May 16, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded Sunday at Purdue University’s Rankin Field in West Lafayette, Ind. with finals in 14 men’s events and 13 women’s competitions. A pair of Buckeye seniors, Joel Brown in the 110-meter hurdles and Dan Taylor in the shot put, defended their 2003 event championships to lead the men to a third-place finish with 105 team points. The women amassed 86.0 team points to place fourth, including 10 first-place points from Rosalind Goodwin, who won the triple jump with an Ohio State record leap of 43 feet, 2 ˝ inches (43-2.50). Senior Molly Logan also contributed an individual title in the women’s 100-meter hurdles and junior Brian Olinger claimed the 5,000-meter race.
The team titles went to Wisconsin on the men’s side and Michigan – for the second straight season – on the women’s end. Wisconsin tallied 165 points to best 2003 men’s champ Minnesota (157 points) and the Buckeyes. The Wolverines successfully defended their women’s team crown with 148 points.
Taylor, a native of Middlefield, Ohio, won the shot put at the Big Ten meet for the third straight season, becoming the first Buckeye to “three-peat” in an outdoor event since Jordan Gray won the 110-meter hurdles from 1991-93. Taylor used a heave of 66-8.50 to claim the crown over second-place Nedzad Mulagebovic of Purdue to set a Rankin Track record previously held by Mulagebovic. The shot put title added to Taylor’s third-place finish in the hammer Friday and runner-up in the discus Saturday as the senior contributed 24 team points over the weekend.
J. Brown alone was responsible for 26 team points Sunday as the Baltimore native successfully defended his 2003 title in the 110-meter hurdles in a winning time of 13.88, which blew away the field by nearly half a second. Later Sunday, Brown tallied runner-up times in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes, timing a season-best 20.64 in the 200m and a 10.73 in the 100m. Brown is the first Buckeye to repeat in the 110m hurdles since Gray’s defense from 1991 through 1993.
The women were fueled by Goodwin’s 22 points on the weekend as the product of Prospect, Ky. recorded her first Big Ten title with her OSU record-setter in the triple jump. Goodwin tied Shandi Boyd-Pleasant’s Ohio State all-time mark set in 1996. Junior Shayla Moore added fifth in the triple at 40-4.25.
Goodwin, who took second in the long jump Saturday, also helped the women’s 4×100-meter team to a fifth-place finish in a season-best time of 45.95. Goodwin was joined in the relay by seniors Brandi Hogan and Molly Logan, and freshman Jenna Harris. Harris, Hogan and Logan also helped the Buckeyes in the individual races as Logan earned her first Big Ten crown with a winning time in the 100-meter hurdles at 13.36, while Hogan placed eighth in the same event at 14.29. Harris contributed points in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes, earning sixth in the 100m (11.93) and seventh in the 200m in a season-best 23.89.
Olinger, who placed fourth in the steeplechase Saturday night, led the distance contingent with a first-place standing in the 5,000-meter run at 14:09.80. Aaron Fisher, the 2003 Big Ten champ in the 5,000m and the winner of the steeplechase Saturday, took seventh behind Olinger in 14:26.11. Junior Dan Glaz added an eighth-place score in the event falling behind Fisher at 14:31.91. In Sunday’s shorter distance event, senior Rob Myers placed third in the 1,500-meter run in 4:02.16. The women’s distance was led by senior Tamecia Brown in the 800 meters as she posted a fourth-place finish in a time of 2:09.79. Freshman Nicole Gliem also contributed points in the women’s 5,000m, placing seventh in 17:04.08.
The throw events saw sophomore Amarachi Ukabam score her third Top 3 finish of the weekend, taking the No. 3 spot in the discus Sunday at 164-0. Ukabam placed second in the shot put Saturday to provide a total of 14 team points for OSU on the weekend.
Three seniors on the men’s side completed their Big Ten careers as 2000 and 2001 javelin conference champ George Hoover earned fifth in the same event at a distance of 190-8. Fellow 2001 individual title-winner Nosa Ehimwenman placed eighth in the triple jump at 47-4.50, while senior Seth MacCarter’s final pole vault meet in Big Ten action ended in eight place at a season-best 15-11.
Freshman Jesse Stringer finished in a tie for fifth in the women’s high jump (5-6).
The Top 4 team finishes on both the men’s and women’s sides serve as the second straight season Ohio State has placed within the No. 4 spot in the last two outdoor conference meets. The men and women each took fourth in the 2003 outdoor championships. The men have placed within the Top 4 in four of the last five seasons, while the women have done the same in three of the last five conference finals.
Complete results for the Big Ten championships may be viewed at http://www.bigten.org/PressReleases/20040413/otrk-040413-2004bigtenchampionships.cfm.
Ohio State is idle this week in preparation for the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in Baton Rouge, La. May 28-29.