April 28, 2006


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the Ohio State track and field teams competed at the 106th running of the Penn Relays Thursday at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia. A pair of Buckeye seniors – Brian Olinger and Keturah Lofton – turned in the top performances Thursday.

Olinger ran a second-place time of 8:45.05 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase collegiate championship, while Lofton heaved a throw of 197 feet, 5 3/4 inches to take third in the women’s hammer collegiate championship. Lofton also competed in the collegiate women’s discus event and placed 22nd with a throw of 140-7. Olinger’s steeple time and Lofton’s hammer mark are NCAA Mideast Regional qualifiers.

Several more Buckeyes participated in the women’s throws events Thursday. Freshman Janine Zylinski took 12th in the women’s collegiate shot put championship at a distance of 45-6. Fellow freshman Veronica Jatsek was 14th in the college women’s shot with a toss of 44-5 1/2. Sophomore Ashley Riehm was entered in the women’s college hammer throw and took a seventh-place standing at 175-4 3/4, which serves as a season-best mark.

In the relay events, the OSU women’s 4×100-meter team of Bever-Leigh Holloway, Jenna Harris, Janell Mitchell, Ayrizanna Favours finished second in Heat No. 3 with a 23rd-ranked overall time of 46.66. Harris and Favours joined Chandra Krempel and Ashley McClean in the women’s 4x400m relay and placed fifth in Heat No. 4.

The Buckeyes are back in action Friday at the Penn Relays. OSU freshmen Matt Comer and Elon Simms started events at 9 a.m. in the 400-meter hurdles. Simms timed 53.55 and Comer clocked a 53.95.

Complete results for the 2006 Penn Relays are available at

Members of the Ohio State distance team also will compete Friday at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays Distance Carnival in Hillsdale, Mich.