Feb. 23, 2005
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams take part in the 2005 Big Ten Championships Saturday and Sunday. The men’s squad will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., in search of its sixth team title. Purdue University will play host to the men’s event at Lambert Fieldhouse.
The women depart for Ann Arbor, Mich., in search of capturing its first indoor crown. The women’s championships will be held inside the University of Michigan Indoor track building.
MEET INFORMATION: 2005 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fans can access event information, schedule of events and complete results at www.bigten.org.
Live updates will be provided for the men’s meet at the following link http://www.deltatiming.com/events/2005/bigten/index.htm.
GOODWIN LOOKS TO DEFEND LONG AND TRIPLE JUMP CROWNS
Senior Rosalind Goodwin enters the 2005 Big Ten Championships in search of successfully defending her 2004 titles in the long and triple jumps.
In the event she does complete the back-to-back feat, she will become the first-ever woman to do so in Ohio State track and field history.
Currently, Goodwin ranks first in the league in both events as she heads to Ann Arbor.
Last season at Big Ten’s, Goodwin posted leaps of 20 feet, 9 inches (20-9) in the long jump and 43-6 1/2 in the triple jump to become the first Ohio State woman to win both events in the same season.
Monique Hayes is the only woman in Ohio State history to win back-to-back titles in the triple in 1992-93.
LARSON EARNS FEMALE BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONOR
Shelaine Larson was named female Athlete of the Week by the Big Ten Tuesday. Larson concluded her indoor home career this past Saturday by setting a career best in winning the weight throw at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational in French Field House.
Larson reached a provisional qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships with her winning mark of 66 feet, 3 inches (66-3), which stands as the top throw in the Big Ten heading into the conference meet this Saturday and Sunday at Ann Arbor, Mich. She also heads to the league meet this weekend with the No. 2 measure in the shot put at 49-5 1/2.
Larson’s weight mark from the Scarlet and Gray Invite also serves as the 11th-best throw in the nation during the 2005 season.
RECAPPING THE 2004 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The women, competing in Iowa City, Iowa, scored a fourth place standing with 88.83 points, falling shy of team champion Penn State and its 115.0 total points. The men, who traveled north to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the event, placed seventh with 51.0 points.
Record setting efforts by Dan Taylor and Rosalind Goodwin highlighted Ohio State’s showing at each venue as both gained two individual titles. Taylor, won the shot put in day one with a Michigan track record-setting heave of 66-11 1/4 to defend his 2003 championship in the event. His second conference weight throw title came in the weight throw where he broke the Michigan Indoor Track Building venue mark and his own Big Ten championship meet standard with a winning toss of 75-8.25 .
Goodwin led the women’s effort as the Buckeyes posted their second consecutive fourth-place showing at the indoor conference meet. Goodwin, who set Iowa venue records to win the long jump in day one at 20-9, also bested her own OSU standard and Iowa venue record to win the triple jump with a leap of 43-6.50. Shayla Moore placed third in the event with a leap of 41-8.50.
Shelaine Larson grabbed third place with a then career-best 62-1 in the weight.
The women also received contributions in the running events as Jenna Harris posted a fourth-place time of 7.47 in the 60-meter dash.
In Ann Arbor, the men’s team also received points in the field events from Bryan Duby in the weight with a sixth-place hoist of 62-3.25.
The running events added to the OSU total with fourth-place finishes by Brian Olinger in the 5,000 meters and Joe Gourley in the 800 meters. Olinger, who placed eighth in the 3,000 meters in day one, finished the 5,000m in 14:18.15 to score in his second event. Gourley posted a time of 1:50.95.
BUCKEYES ADD TOP RECRUITS
The Ohio State coaching staff announced the addition of Wendy’s High School Heisman Finalist Brandon Cathcart and four-time All-Ohio runner Jeff See Nov. 29, 2004. Cathcart of Salisbury, N.C., and See, of Middletown, Ohio, are the first additions to the 2005-06 freshman class that will attend Ohio State in the fall.
Cathcart, who will compete in the long jump and triple jump, boasts an impressive resume, which includes a North Carolina state title in the outdoor long jump as a junior and indoor triple jump state crown as a senior. His career best leap in the long jump of 24-feet-2-1/2-inches ranks eighth in the country among returning high school long jumpers.
His career best in the triple is currently rated No. 3 in the nation. As a junior, Cathcart marked a triple jump of 50-5 to claim the 2004 National Junior Olympic crown..
Cathcart also boasts a tremendous reputation off the track, earning scholar athlete and national honor roll marks in the classroom. In addition to his studies, Cathcart volunteers at an assisted living center and ministry programs in the Salisbury area.
See, like Cathcart, also boasts an impressive high school resume, which includes four trips to the Ohio High School Athletic Association state cross country meet. In his four trips, See has won the event twice posting times of 15:40 in his junior season and 15:25 in his senior season.
Most recently, See won the 2004 Regional Midwest Footlocker Cross Country Championships in a time of 15:22, Saturday and will compete in the 2004 National Footlocker Cross Country Championships on Dec. 11.
On the track, See has posted personal best times of 1:54 in the 800-meter run, 4:06 in the 1,600-meter run and 9:14 in the 3,200-meter run.
See’s time of 4:06 in the 1,600-meter run came during his sophomore season at the Adidas outdoor track and field championships and set a national sophomore record, which broke the previous sophomore record held by Alan Webb.
LAST WEEK: SENIORS DUBY, LARSON, GOODWIN AND MOORE COMPETE IN FINAL HOME MEET
Ohio State played host the final regular season meet in the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Saturday in French Field House.
Shelaine Larson finished her home indoor career with a personal best and winning mark of 66-3 to win the weight throw at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational. Larson’s measure served a provisional qualifier to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Also for the women, Rosalind Goodwin measured a season-best 43-1 1/2 to win the triple jump ahead of teammate Shayla Moore, who reached 42-5 1/4. The marks for both serve as provisional qualifiers.
On the men’s side, Bryan Duby closed out his indoor home career with a personal best mark to win the weight throw. Duby reached 20.79m or 68 feet, 6 1/2 inches to claim first place, while posting a provisional qualifying mark to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.
In the men’s sprint events, Tony Cole took runner-up in the men’s 55-meter dash in 6.28. Additionally for the men, Marios Iacovou won the men’s high jump, clearing 6-10 1/4.
OLINGER SETS SCHOOL RECORD IN INDOOR 5,000-METER RUN
At the Iowa State Classic Feb. 11, junior distance runner Brian Olinger set a school record in the 5,000-meter run. In the event, Olinger topped the field in a time of 13:54.34, which provisionally qualified him for the NCAA championships.
Olinger’s provisional qualifying time in the 5,000m marks the second indoor event the Fresno, Ohio native has qualified for this season. Earlier this year, Olinger provisionally qualified for the 3,000m as he timed an 8:01.36.
HARRIS SPRINTS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
The 2005 indoor track season has seen the emergence of sophomore Jenna Harris, who has provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships in both the 60 and 200-meter dashes. At the Iowa State Classic, Harris clocked a time of 7.42 to win the 60m and timed a 24.16 for runner-up in the 200m.
The previous week while competing in New York City, Harris placed fourth in the 200m, notching a provisional qualifying time of 24.17 at the Armory Invitational. She also posted a time of 7.45 to finish second in the collegiate division at the Millrose Games.
MOORE, GOODWIN FIRST BUCKEYES TO SURPASS 43-FOOT MARK
Senior jumpers Shayla Moore and Rosalind Goodwin each topped the 43-plus mark in the triple jump Feb. 5 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Moore’s leap in the event was a personal-best of 43-1, while Goodwin jumped a mark of 43-0 1/2.
The performances by both jumpers marked the first time in school history that two OSU athletes have surpassed the 43-foot mark in the same meet as well as the same indoor season.
The performances by both jumpers rank as the top two marks in the Big Ten conference this season.
FOUR BUCKEYES PACE BIG TEN PERFORMANCE LIST
The men’s and women’s teams have combined for four individuals that lead the Big Ten Conference in their respective events. On the women’s side, senior Rosalind Goodwin leads the conference in the long jump (20-3), triple jump (43-1 1/2), while Shelaine Larson tops the conference in the weight throw (66-3). Sophomore Jenna Harris heads the conference in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.42. On the men’s side, senior Bryan Duby sits atop the conference in the weight throw with a toss of 68-2 1/2.
OLINGER NO. 2 ALL-TIME IN INDOOR 3,000 METERS
Junior Brian Olinger clocked a time of 8:01.36 in the 3,000-meter run to place third at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Olinger’s time in the event smashed his previous season-best time of 8:10.25, moving him into second in the all-time Ohio State indoor record books. The previous second-best 3,000-meter mark was 8:01.60 and was run in 1991 by two-time Olympian Mark Croghan. The top mark of 7:52.63 is held by current OSU distance coach Robert Gary, who also is a two-time Olympian.
IACOVOU TIES FOR THIRD ON ALL-TIME HIGH JUMP LIST
Freshmen jumper Marios Iacovou tied for third on the all-time Ohio State indoor high jump list with his leap at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Iacovou’s mark in the event tied former Buckeye Otis Winston, who also jumped 7-1 3/4 back in 1995. Mark Cannon holds the OSU standard at 7-3 1/4, set in 1991.
OHIO STATE ASSISTANT Robert Gary NAMED CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF YEAR
Robert Gary, Ohio State cross country head coach and track and field distance coach, was named 2004 United States Cross Country Runner of the Year by Track and Field News.
Gary was awarded the honor following a tremendous campaign that saw him qualify for the 2004 World Cross Country Championships in both the 4 and 12-kilometer runs, posting times of 11:15 and 35:07, respectively, at the U.S. cross country championships.
At the world championships, Gary was the first American finisher in the 4k, clocking a time of 12:12.
In 2003, Gary also qualified for the world championships, winning the 4k title and placing sixth in the 12k run. Gary’s 2004 qualification to the world championships in two events marked the first time a U.S. runner made both teams in consecutive years.
Also in 2004, Gary earned a second trip to the summer Olympics in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Athens, Greece. His first trip to the Olympics came at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
This past fall, Gary directed the men’s team to a winning performance at the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships and its fourth appearance to the NCAA championships where the team finished 22nd of 30 teams.
DUBY AND LARSON MOVE INTO OSU ALL-TIME TOP 5 IN WEIGHT
Senior throwers Bryan Duby and Shelaine Larson’s personal-best marks in the weight throw this season have moved both athletes into the Ohio State all-time Top 5 rankings in the event. Duby’s heave of 68-2 1/2 at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational moved him into fourth in the all-time performance list.
Larson’s performance of 66-3 places her at the No. 4 slot all-time in Buckeye annals.
Duby and Larson join fellow Buckeyes Marios Iacovou, Rosalind Goodwin, Shayla Moore and Brian Olinger as the only current Buckeyes listed on the all-time indoor performance lists. Goodwin tops both the long jump (20-9) and triple jump (43-6 1/2), while Moore stands in third in the triple at a length of 42-8 3/4.
BUCKEYE INDOOR DEBUTS
The 2005 Kentucky Invitational marked the debut of seven Ohio State track and field athletes.
In the field events, high jumpers Marios Iacovou and Pat Woods competed in day-one competition Friday. During the event, Marios finished second with a leap 6-10.75, while Woods tied for seventh with a leap of 6-06.75.
On the women’s side, Colleen Farrell finished ninth with a height of 5-04.25. Farrell also competed in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 9.18.
In the throwing events, the Buckeyes received strong performances from Lenny Jatsek, Pat Whalen and Dave Ebersole. Over the weekend, all three saw action in the weight throw. Jatsek and Whalen also competed in the shot put with Jatsek finishing eighth with a mark of 54-06.
In the sprint events, newcomers Tony Cole and Todd Dutch qualified for the finals in the preliminary heats of the 60m posting times of 6.88 and 6.89. Dutch, who transferred to Ohio State from the junior college ranks also competed in the 200m and finished seventh in a time of 21.46.
Melanie Grim also debuted for the Buckeyes last week and competed in the 3,000m.
OLINGER POSTS STRONG 2004 CROSS COUNTRY SEASON
In the 2004 cross country season, Brian Olinger turned in one of the best individual performances in Ohio State history, capping his year with All-America honors after a 21st-place finish at the NCAA championships.
The native of Fresno, Ohio helped the Buckeyes to their fourth NCAA championships appearance in the last five years as he finished fourth at the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships, clocking a time of 30:18.7 in the 10-kilometer race. At the Big Ten Championships, Olinger was just as impressive, capturing first team all-league with a seventh-place finish in a time of 24:21.0.
OSU WELCOMES TWO NEW COACHES
During the offseason, the Buckeyes announced Kevin Mannon as the new throws coach and the return of Tom Doyle to handle the duties of jumps coach.
A former Buckeye assistant from 1984-93, Doyle rejoined the OSU coaching staff after spending the previous eight seasons as a field events coach at Illinois (1996-2003) as well as a two-year period at Arizona State (1994-95). Mannon also is a familiar face to the Buckeye coaching staff serving as a volunteer instructor to the Buckeye throwers the last two seasons.
2004 CROSS COUNTRY RECAP
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams once again turned in strong seasons in 2004. Despite redshirting three of its top runners from the 2003 season, the men’s team once again established themselves as one of the elite teams in the country, qualifying for the 2004 NCAA Championships for the fourth time in five years. The men’s and women’s teams finished and sixth and 11th, respectively, at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. In addition, the men and women placed first and second, respectively, at the 2004 All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships in Delaware, Ohio.
The Buckeyes return to action March 4-5 as they travel to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the Alex Wilson Classic, a last chance meet to qualify for the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships March 11-12 in Fayetteville, Ark.