Feb. 13, 2005


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in the second and final day of events at the 14th annual Iowa State Classic Friday in Ames, Iowa. Sophomore sprinter Jenna Harris led the Buckeyes with a winning time in the 60-meter dash.

Harris, a native of Somerset, N.J., completed an outstanding meet by setting a personal-best for the second straight day. After posting a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash Friday night in 24.16, Harris claimed the 60-meter title, clocking a 7.42. Both of her times in the 60 and 200m serve as provisional qualifiers to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Last week, Harris placed second in the 60m at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York.

Senior jumper Shayla Moore added another Top 5 finish for the women’s team with a fourth-place leap of 41 feet, 6 1/2 inches in the triple jump. Sophomore Jessica Stringer also recorded a Top 5, tying for third in the high jump with a 5-7 measure. Also in the field events, senior Shelaine Larson took 12th in the women’s shot put at a length of 47-0 3/4.

For the men, freshman jumper Marios Iacovou completed the high jump in sixth place, clearing the bar at 6-10 1/4. On the track, junior Todd Dutch reached the finals of the men’s 60m with a 6.84 preliminary time before he crossed the finish line in 6.86 to take 13th in the final. In the 400m, senior John Morris registered a Top 20 finish with a time of 48.04. In the distance events, returning All-American Aaron Fisher placed 10th in the 3,000-meter run in 8:15.90, while senior Jacob McCauley timed a season-best 4:10.99 in the mile for an 18th-place standing.

In the relays, the women posted a season-best 3:48.85 to place 13th, while the men also combined for a top time this season in 3:12.65 to take 11th.

The Buckeyes return home next week to wrap up the regular season with the Scarlet and Gray Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday in French Field House.