April 17, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2005 All-Ohio Track and Field Championships came to a close Saturday at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial. The host Buckeyes placed second in the women’s overall team standings with 126 points, falling behind the team champion Akron, which finished with 197 points. The OSU men took a fourth-place standing with 96 points. Akron also won the men’s side with 168 points.
Senior jumpers Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore combined to turn in a pair of first-place finishes for the women with season-best efforts in both the long and triple jumps. Goodwin won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 3 3/4 inches ahead of Moore, who placed third at 18-6 1/2. In the triple jump, Moore claimed the top mark at 42-0 3/4 in front of Goodwin at 40-6 3/4. Both marks for Goodwin served as regional qualifiers, while Moore’s triple jump effort also was a regional qualifier. Ohio State also scored points in the women’s high jump, where sophomore Jessie Stringer reached a regionally-qualifying mark of 5-8.75 to take second place.
On the track, Ohio State senior Dalanda Jackson also scored 10 first-place points in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in a time of 13.68 seconds, which served as a qualifier to the Mideast regional championships. In the 400m hurdles, Jennifer Ogbuehi placed second in a season-best 1:01.35. In the 200-meter run, Jenna Harris added another runner-up score with a season-best time of 24.18.
For the men’s events on the track, freshman Tony Cole, the 2005 Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year, won the 100-meter dash in a career-best 10.58. Fellow sprinter Todd Dutch, a junior, took first place in the 200-meter dash in 21.24, narrowly missing the regional standard of 21.19. In the 400 meters, Gerald Griffin took third in 48.22.
In the distance events, freshman Brittaney Hall also contributed a first-place finish in the women’s 5,000-meter run in a season-best 18:12.50, while sophomore Melonie Price placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a season-best 10:54.36, which also set the Ohio State program record in the event. Earlier in the day, senior Tamecia Brown added a second-place score in the 800-meter run in 2:12.34. For the men, senior Jacob McCauley contributed points in the 1,500-meter run with a third-place finish in 3:52.73 and junior Kevin Bruffy took runner-up in the steeple in 9:16.05.
In the throws, freshman Lenny Jatsek placed second in the discus with a career-best and regionally-qualifying throw of 166-7. In addition to the All-Ohio, Ohio State sent senior Shelaine Larson to compete in the hammer at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calilf. Larson took 13th in the event with a throw of 182-6.
Both the men’s and women’s teams head to the Cardinal Invitational in Louisville, Ky., next week.
Women’s Team Scores Pl. School Points 1. University of Akron 197 2. Ohio State University 126 3. Bowling Green State Univ. 92 4. University of Cincinnati 87 5. Ashland University 80 6. Miami University of Ohio 78 7. University of Toledo 49 8. Ohio University 36 9. University of Findlay 30 10. University of Dayton 18 11. Tiffin University 10 12. Central State University 8 13. Wright State University 5 14. Xavier University 1
Men’s Team Scores Pl. School Points 1. University of Akron 168 2. University of Cincinnati 157 3. Miami University of Ohio 111 4. Ohio State University 96 5. Ohio University 94 6. Ashland University 86. 5 7. University of Findlay 48. 5 8. Tiffin University 40 9. Xavier University 10