Feb. 27, 2005


Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team moved up from a 10th-place standing after day-one competition Saturday at the 2005 Big Ten Indoor Championships to finish the event sixth in the team standings with 49 team points Sunday. Wisconsin won the team title with a cumulative score of 144.50. Purdue’s Lambert Field House served as the host venue to league meet.

Senior Bryan Duby (Silver Lake, Ohio) concluded his Big Ten career with a title in the weight throw, giving Ohio State the weight championship for the third straight season. In 2003 and `04, former Buckeye Dan Taylor claimed the weight crown. Duby won the 2005 competition with a heave of 65 feet, 0 3/4 inches.

On the track, freshman Tony Cole (Columbia, Md.) gave Ohio State a sweep of the men’s and women’s 60-meter dashes with a winning time of 6.76. At the women’s event in Ann Arbor, Mich., sophomore Jenna Harris won the women’s 60m. Cole’s teammate Todd Dutch (Turnerville, N.J.) also contributed team points with a sixth-place finish in the 60m in a time of 6.81. Later Sunday, Dutch added a fifth-place score in the 200m in 21.75. Cole and Dutch combined for one additional team point, leading the Buckeye 4×400-meter relay to an eighth-place finish (3:16.06).

Another Ohio State freshman scored points in the field events as Marios Iacovou (Nicosia, Cypress) took third in the men’s high jump at a height of 6-11 1/2. Senior Brian Olinger scored points for the Buckeyes for the second straight night in the distance events. After placing eighth in the 3,000-meter run Saturday, Olinger pushed to a fourth-place finish in the 5,000m Sunday in 14:15.10.

In the multi-events, junior Scott Hudepohl (Cincinnati, Ohio) closed out the heptathlon with a sixth-place standing, accumulating a total of 5,143 points.

Men’s Big Ten Indoor Championships – Team Rankings 1) University of Wisconsin 144.50 2) Indiana University 105.50 3) University of Illinois 96 4) University of Michigan 88 5) University of Minnesota 80 6) Ohio State University 49 7) Purdue University 47 8) Pennsylvania State Univer 37 9) Michigan State University 32 10) University of Iowa 22

60-meter dash
Anthony Cole, Ohio State

On winning the Big Ten title …
“It was a great feeling. I came into OSU and took some lumps really hard, but I did what the coach said and I seemed to improve. Things didn’t seem to be going well, but then with the help of my coaches and teammates, I peaked just before the Big Tens. All I wanted to do was place; I didn’t expect to win at all. I just tried to stay focused and maintain a modest image, and it looks like it worked.”

On preparing for the NCAA Championships …
“I plan on going back and getting a lot of rest, because getting enough rest is just as important as working out. I just hope to work on the little things and the mechanics and hopefully, that will work out.”

Weight Throw
Bryan Duby, Ohio State

On winning the Big Ten title …
“This was absolutely huge. Four years of hard work led up to this one day. I guess I wasn’t really too surprised that I won because I was seeded first, but the competition was a lot closer than what I would have liked it to be.”

On preparing for the NCAA Championships …
“I’ll probably take this next week off and get some rest. Then I’ll practice like I usually do and get as ready as I can possibly get for the NCAAs; it’s a much bigger stage, that’s for sure.”