April 16, 2006


Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams completed competition Saturday at the 2006 Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. Jenna Harris was the star on the track for the Buckeyes, clocking a NCAA Mideast regional qualifier in the women’s 200-meter dash. In the field, Pat Whalen marked a regional qualifier in the men’s shot put.

A day after timing a regional mark in the 100m, Harris ran a season-best 23.61 to place eighth in the 200m. She also helped the 4×400-meter relay team to a ninth-place finish. Veronica Vance turned in another solid mark in the women’s long jump. After posting a solid mark in the triple jump Friday, Vance cleared 18 feet, 7 inches in the long to claim sixth.

For the men, Whalen took fifth place in the shot put at a distance of 56-3 ¼. Friday in the throws, Lenny Jatsek posted a regional mark of 183-3 in the hammer for a seventh-place score.

Also on Friday, several Buckeyes posted Top 5 performances, including a second-place finish for Jessica Stringer in the women’s high jump and a fifth-place time for Jeff See in the men’s 1,500-meter run.

Stringer posted a NCAA Mideast Regional qualifying mark of 5 feet, 10 inches to finish second in the high jump. On the men’s side of the jumps, freshman Brandon Cathcart cleared a personal-best and regional qualifier of 50-11 ½. Also in the field events, two-time All-American Keturah Lofton placed fourth in the women’s hammer at 189-10.

On the track, See timed 3:46.83 to capture fifth place in the 1,500, which serves as a regional qualifying mark. Distance teammate Matt Winebar also took a Top 10 spot in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 9:41.10. For the women, sprinters Harris and Ayrizanna Favours each clocked regional times in the 100m dash, respectively. Harris finished the 100m in 11.73, while Favours raced to a time of 11.75.

The Buckeyes continue the outdoor schedule next week at the Oregon Invitational.