Jan. 16, 2005


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams completed competition Saturday at the Kentucky Invitational. The University of Kentucky played host to the two-day event in Lexington, Ky., at the Nutter Field House.

Seniors Shelaine Larson (Ventura, Calif.) and Rosalind Goodwin (Louisville, Ky.) led the way for the women’s squad as they scored first-place finishes in their respective events. Larson, who provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships in the weight throw in day-one, notched a personal-best mark of 46-feet, 8 3/4-inches in the shot put. Goodwin, who also provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships Friday in the triple jump, posted a performance of 19-04 3/4 in the long jump.

On the men’s side, senior distance runner Jacob McCauley (Enon, Ohio) and junior Brian Olinger (Fresno, Ohio) led the way with strong showings in the mile and 3,000-meter events. McCauley won the mile, posting a time of 4:15.13. In the 3,000-meter run, Olinger placed second, smashing his previous personal-best time of 8:18.80, which he set last season at the 2004 Kentucky Invitational. His time of 8:10.25 Saturday placed him second to former cross country and track teammate Rob Myers, who finished first in a time of 8:09.38.

“I am not surprised with Shelaine or Brian today at all,” Russ Rogers, OSU track and field head coach, said. “They are both tremendous athletes and work very hard in practice.” Overall, Rogers was pleased with Ohio State’s effort in the two-day event.

“I am very excited about our performance for the first meet of season,” Rogers said. “I think we competed very well and if we continue to improve we could be a very strong team toward the end of the season.”

In the women’s sprint events, the Buckeyes received strong performances from sophomores Jenna Harris (Somerset, N.J.) and Jennifer Ogbuehi (Gahanna, Ohio). Harris competed in the 60, 200-meter dashes and 4×400-meter relay, finishing second, fifth and third, respectively. In the 60-meter dash, she finished in a time of 7.52, In the 200, she notched a showing of 24.42. Harris completed her day by running the final leg of the 4×400-meter relay team that finished with a time of 3:49.52. The team consisted of seniors Pannsy Henry (Columbus, Ohio), Ashley McLean (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Ogbuehi, who also competed in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 57.11.

In the men’s sprints, the Buckeyes received Top 10 performances from Gerald Griffin (College Park, Ga.) and John Morris (Camden, N.J.) in the 400-meter dash. Griffin finished the race sixth in a time of 48.65, while Morris finished eighth in 48.94. The men’s sprinters closed the meet in the 4×400-meter relay by winning their heat in a time of 3:14.26 to place fourth overall.

Freshmen Tony Cole (Columbia, Md.) and Todd Dutch (Turnerville, N.J.) qualified for the 60-meter dash in times of 6.88 and 6.89. Dutch also ran in the 200-meter dash, finishing seventh in a time of 21.46.

Additionally, Ohio State also received strong performances from Jessie Stringer (Williamsburg, Ind.) and Shayla Moore (Jessup, Md.) as they finished sixth in the high jump and seventh in the long jump, respectively.

“I think it is pretty clear that Jessie’s confidence is beginning to come back,” Tom Doyle, OSU jumps coach, said. “I feel she is competing at a very high level and I think both her and I expect big things in the future. Rosalind is hitting some very big jumps and Shayla had a big one today, but just fouled. Sometimes it takes a while for an athlete to get their timing down.”

The Buckeyes hit the road again Jan. 22 as they travel to Bloomington, Ind. to compete in a tri-meet with Big Ten rivals Indiana and Purdue.