Feb. 7, 2004


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in opening day events at the Indiana Invitational Friday in Bloomington, Ind. at IU’s Gladstien Field House. Ohio State, one of 26 teams competing in the event, advanced 17 athletes to the finals Saturday.

Several Buckeyes advanced to the finals in multiple events. Ohio State sprinters Jenna Harris, who qualified for the 60-meter dash (7.54) and 200 meters (24.86), and Brandi Hogan, who advanced in the 60-meter hurdles (8.62) and 200 meters (25.41), each moved on to second day action. The throws team also pushed athletes through to the finals in two events as junior Shelaine Larson led the way with qualifiers in both the weight (58-8.75) and the shot put with a 46-2.50, while five-time All-American Dan Taylor advanced to the finals of the weight and shot put with top marks in each event. Taylor heaved a 67-4.75 to move on in the weight and a 59-6.75 to advance in the shot put. Alexis McCall, Tiffany Davis, Holly Carr and Katy Houser all advanced to throw competitions Saturday as well.

The Ohio State jumps squad turned in a strong effort in the first day as junior Rosalind Goodwin recorded a personal best in the long jump for the third straight week with a 20-3.50, while fellow jumper Shayla Moore turned in the top mark in the women’s triple jump with a 41-1.50. Buckeye freshman high jumper Jessica Stringer cleared 5-6.50 in the high jump to advance to the finals. Ohio State junior sprinter Greg Norman clocked a 6.87 to claim a spot in the finals of the 60-meter dash Saturday, while fellow junior John Morris timed the top mark in the 400 meters with a 1:21.75. The 600-meter event saw two Buckeyes tally places in the finals Saturday as sophomores Joe Gourley and Rodney Chambers posted qualifying times.

The men’s triple jump also featured two Buckeyes to advance to the finals as senior Nosa Ehimwenman eclipsed 47-feet to post the fifth-best jump, while sophomore Richard Hurt advanced with a qualifying leap as well.

Ohio State senior Rob Myers, who has exhausted his indoor eligibility and will join the Buckeyes as a scoring competitor in the outdoor season, clocked the second-best time run by an American this season in men’s mile with a 4:00.17 to win the event as an unattached competitor. Also in the distance events, junior Robyn Detty placed second in the women’s 3000 meters with a time of 10:16.93.

Complete results and events information may be found at .

The Buckeyes compete in the finals Saturday at the Indiana Invite, with events beginning at 8:30 a.m.