Feb. 26, 2005


Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in first-day action at the 2005 Big Ten Indoor Championships Saturday. Purdue University played host to the men’s championships in West Lafayette, Ind., while the University of Michigan played hosted to the women’s event in Ann Arbor, Mich. The women’s team enters final-day competition in sixth with 19 team points, while the men are 10th after accumulating four points. Wisconsin leads the men’s side with 53.5 points and Michigan stands atop the women’s standings with 40.50 points.

Senior Rosalind Goodwin led the way for the women’s squad as she won the long jump for the second-consecutive season. Goodwin’s mark in the event tied a season-best mark of 20 feet, 3 inches. With the Big Ten title in the long jump, the Louisville, Ky. native became the first OSU jumper to win the event in consecutive indoor seasons. Sunday, Goodwin will aim to become the first Buckeye to win back-to-back crowns in the indoor triple jump since Monique Hayes accomplished the feat in the 1992-93 seasons. Should Goodwin claim the triple Sunday, she would be the first Buckeye to post a “double” in the long and triple jumps in consecutive conference meets.

Also in the field for the women, senior thrower Shelaine Larson (Ventura, Calif.) placed second in the shot put with a season-best throw of 49-7. Larson also will compete in the weight throw Sunday, where she posted the top mark in the Big Ten regular season at 66-3.

On the track for the women, sophomore sprinter Jenna Harris (Somerset, N.J.) earned the No. 1 seed in the finals of the 60-meter dash scheduled for Sunday with a time of 7.43 in the preliminary heats. Harris also timed a mark of 24.44 to qualify for the finals in the 200m. In Ann Arbor, a pair of men’s sprinters earned spots in the finals of the 60-meter dash, which is scheduled to run Sunday. Freshman Tony Cole (Columbia, Md.) posted the top time in the preliminary rounds, crossing the line in 6.82. Junior Todd Dutch (Turnerville, N.J.) turned in a 6.92 to join Cole in the semifinals, where Cole timed a career-best 6.75 to earn the No. 2 seed in the finals. Dutch also reached the finals, clocking a 6.92. The tandem also qualified for the finals in the 200m, with Dutch timing a 21.77 and Cole a 21.89.

In the men’s heptathlon, junior Scott Hudepohl currently is sixth heading into the final day of the event with 2,889 points. Hudepohl also claimed sixth in the long jump thanks to a season-best mark of 20-0 3/4.

Senior Brian Olinger contributed points for the men’s team as he finished eighth in the 3,000 with a time of 8:14.15. Fellow senior John Morris also will compete in a track final Sunday after he timed a 49.10 to advance in the 400m.

Both squads scored points in the relays Saturday. The men took seventh in the distance medley and the women placed eighth.

Final day competition in Ann Arbor begins at 9 a.m. with the women’s weight throw and 10:20 a.m. in West Lafayette with the men’s 60-meter hurdles.