May 7, 2005


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the 20th running of the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday. A pair of Buckeye sprinters – Todd Dutch and Jenna Harris – timed NCAA Mideast Regional qualifying marks in both the 100-and 200-meter dashes, while former Buckeye All-Americans Joel Brown and Rob Myers were featured competitors in the invitational events.

Harris regionally qualified for the 100-meter dash with a second-place time of 11.68 and later timed 23.90 to take second in the 200m for her second qualifier. The sophomore from Somerset, N.J. also helped the 4×100-meter relay team clocked a season-best 46.83 after a strong finish in the final leg.

Dutch turned in a winning time in the men’s 100-meter dash in a personal-best and regional-qualifying 10.30 to best J. Brown, who clocked 10.32 as a competitor for World Express Track Club. Dutch ran the second leg for the men’s in the 4x100m as they also set a season best 41.18 to finish first. In the 200m, Brown won the event in 20.55 ahead of Dutch, who clocked 20.83, which also served as a regional mark.

The longer track events saw OSU senior Tamecia Brown win the women’s 800-meter run in 2:13.38, while Laura Piper grabbed top honors in the mile in a season-best 4:55.04 ahead of teammate Melanie Price, who ran 4:57.81.

In the field events, freshman Marios Iacovou became just the third Buckeye to top the 7-foot mark in school history, reach 7-0 ¼ to win the men’s high jump invite. For the women, senior Rosalind Goodwin completed her sweep of the horizontal jumps Saturday with a 19-11 1/2 in the long jump after winning the triple with a season-best 43-6 Friday. Sophomore Jessie Stringer took second the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-7.

In the throws, Senior Shelaine Larson continued to set season-bests after a top throw of 2005 in the hammer Friday. Larson reached 46-8 3/4 for runner up in the shot put and 150-7 for third in the discus.

Brown was one of a pair of former Buckeye All-Americans to turn in a strong performance on the track. Rob Myers, who placed third in the mile at the U.S. Olympic Trials last July, ran in the mile invite and took first in the mile invite, breaking the 4:00 mark with a winning time of 3:59.55.

The Buckeyes remain home for their first postseason meet next week as Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium welcomes the 2005 Big Ten Championships Friday through Sunday. The event begins at Noon Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon.