April 23, 2006


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at two meets this weekend. Part of the squad traveled to Eugene, Ore. to participate in the Oregon Invitational Friday and Saturday, while other student-athletes went to Louisville, Ky. for the Cardinal Invitational Saturday.

For the second consecutive week, Jenna Harris turned heads on the track. At Oregon, she swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes with NCAA regional qualifying times of 11.72 and 23.73, respectively. Freshman Ayrizanna Favours joined Harris in the winners circle with the top time in the 400m at 54.37. For the men, Tony Cole and Todd Dutch placed high in the 100m and 200m. Cole was runner up in the 100m, finishing in 10.53. Dutch was fifth in the 100m (10.73), but improved in the 200m, placing third in 21.38.

In the Oregon distance events, freshman Jeff See and senior Brian Olinger ran the men’s mile. See captured second place in 4:04.97, ahead of Olinger’s seventh-place mark of 4:09.32.

In the field at Oregon, two-time Big Ten champion Jessica Stringer cleared a second-place mark in the high jump of 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches. For the men, freshman Brandon Cathcart reached 49-3 to earn a third-place finish in the triple jump and record a NCAA regional qualifier.

At Louisville, the Buckeyes swept the men’s and women’s steeplechase events. Senior Kevin Bruffy won the men’s side in a time of 9:30.05, while Melanie Price took top honors for the women in 10:51.08. Also on the track, Chandra Krempel cruised to a win in the women’s 400m (56.66) and Gerald Griffin was second in the men’s 400m in 47.91. The Buckeyes dominated several field events. Leonard Jatsek posted first- and third-place throws in the hammer (185-8) and the shot (54-6 3/4), while Pat Whalen placed ahead of Jatsek in the shot at 55-3. For the women, Keturah Lofton led several Top 5 Buckeyes, taking second in the hammer. In the jumps, Veronica Vance cleared a regional mark of 40-11 1/4 to win the triple and hit 18-3 1/4 to take third in the long jump.

The Buckeyes are back in action next week at the Penn Relays or the Hillsdale Distance Carnival.