April 18, 2000


OSU Looks For a Full Team Effort

The Ohio State Track and Field teams are preparing to host their first home meet of the 2000 outdoor season which will be held on Satuday, April 22 with the field events beginning at 9 a.m. and running events at 1 a.m. This will be the first meet at the new Jesse Owens Track and Field Complex.

The Buckeyes will be competing against the University of Michigan and Seton Hall University. Ohio State head coach Russ Rogers is looking forward to having the whole team contribute towards an Ohio State win.

“We are looking forward to having a home meet so we can have everyone on the team compete,” Rogers said. “For the women, I think it will be very competitive between the three teams. I think our men will be able to hold their own against Seton Hall, but Michigan always presents a good challenge. Overall, our goal is to win the meet and I think we are very capable of doing that.”

Last Week’s Recap

The Ohio State track teams competed against Florida State, Tulane and the University of Miami (Fla.) in this past Saturday’s United States Track Coaches Association Quad Meet in Tallahassee, Fla. The men placed first with 209 points and the women placed second with 172 points to host Florida State (182). Rogers was very pleased with the Buckeyes’ performance.

“Our athletes ran excellent this past weekend and we were more than happy with the results,” Rogers said. “Everyone responded well to the competition and ran hard. I am especially proud of them because due to cold weather, we have had very few practices outside, but our athletes really did an excellent job of adjusting to the outdoors on Saturday and still gave a great performance. I feel that once the weather starts to cooperate and we can regularly practice outside, that is when the true strength of our teams will be seen.”

The men showed their strengths in many areas earning seven first-place finishes. Andrew Pierce (Jr., Yellow Springs, Ohio/ Yellow Springs) led the way for the men with two first-place finishes. He won the 200-meter dash with a seasonal best time of 21.24 and then earned a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 45.49 in his first-place finish in the 400, only nine one-hundredths of a second from reaching the 45.40 automatic qualifying mark. Jon Lageman (Fr., Centerville, Ohio/ Centerville) earned first-place in the hammer throw with a record shattering distance of 178’8″. Teammate Andrew Saurer (So., Smithville, Ohio/Smithville) also threw his personal best distance of 173’10. George Hoover (Fr., Erie, Pa./ Cathedral Prep) broke the school record which he set last week (210’7″) in the javelin, throwing 210’11”. For the women, the tandem of Donica Merriman (Jr., Trotwood, Ohio/ Trotwood-Madison) and Dominque Calloway (Sr., Auroa, Colo./ Denver South) helped lead the Buckeyes to their second-place finish. Merriman won the 200 with a provisional qualifying time of 23.12. She also won the 100-meter hurdles, tying the stadium record (Kim McKenzie, 1988) with a time of 12.92. Calloway placed second in the 100 hurdles with an automatic qualifying time of 12.93. She also won the 400-meter hurdles with a provisional qualifying time of 58.36. The women’s 4×100-meter relay team was in action for the first time this season, earning a second-place finish and a provisional qualifying time of 44.99. Keeley Hancox (So., Franklin, Pa./ Franklin) broke the school’s javelin record (Patricia Hozdic, 125’9″, 1992), throwing 129’2″.

A Man Named Jesse

Construction is moving along on the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and the facility is now available for training and competition for the 1999-2000 school-year. Located in the northwest corner of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Complex, the newest athletics facility features a grandstand and a concourse level elevated above a playing surface that is used for track and field, soccer and lacrosse. It will house a working press box as well as home, visiting and officials’ locker rooms. Integrated into the campus architecturally, the complex will be surrounded by a wrought iron fence with brick piers and green and white ash trees and will be the home to the Jesse Owens Memorial Wall, record plaque and statue.

Meet the Coach

In his 12 years at Ohio State, Russ Rogers has produced 100 Big Ten indoor and outdoor track and field champions, ten NCAA indoor and outdoor champions and 65 All-Americans. His 1993 teams alone produced 16 All-Americans and 12 Big Ten champions in both indoor and outdoor events.

Rogers was recently chosen as the head coach of the national team that participated in the 1999 World Indoor Championships in Macbashi, Japan.

Rogers has more than 30 years of head coaching experience in national and international track and field.

His most recent experience was with the U.S. team at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was also the 1988 sprint coach for the U.S. Olympic Team which competed in Seoul, Korea, the 1987 coach of the World University Games team, the 1985-86 head coach of the U.S. track team and has numerous other coaching credentials.

Rogers came to Ohio State from Fairleigh Dickinson University, located in Teaneck, N.J., where he was the head coach for both the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams for 10 years.

Next Week’s Action

Next week the Buckeyes travel to Philadelphia, Pa. for the Penn Relays on April 27-29. The meet has been run annually since 1885, and will be held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.

Ohio State Collegiate Series Meet Ohio State – Michigan – Seton Hall Saturday, April 22,2000 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Columbus, Ohio Schedule of Events

Field Events Time Men’s/Women’s Event 9:00 a.m. Women’s Hammer Throw 10:00 a.m. Men’s Hammer Throw 11:00 a.m. Women’s Javelin Throw 11:00 a.m. Women’s Pole Vault 12:00 p.m Men’s Javelin Throw 12:30 p.m. Men’s Shot Put 1:00 p.m. Men’s Pole Vault 1:00 p.m. Women’s Long Jump Men’s Long Jump Following Women’s 1:30 p.m. Women’s Shot Put 1:30 p.m. Men’s Discus Throw 2:00 p.m. Women’s High Jump Men’s High Jump Following Women’s 2:30 p.m. Women’s Triple Jump Men’s Triple Jump Following Women’s 2:30 p.m. Women’s Discus Throw

Running Events 1:00 p.m. Women’s 5,000-Meter Run 1:20 p.m. Women’s 400-Meter Run 1:25 p.m. Men’s 400-Meter Relay 1:30 p.m. Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase 1:40 p.m. Women’s 1,500-Meter Run 1:50 p.m. Men’s 1,500-Meter Run 2:00 p.m. Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles 2:10 p.m. Men’s 110-Meter High Hurdles 2:15 p.m. Women’s 400-Meter Dash 2:20 p.m. Men’s 400-Meter Dash 2:25 p.m. Women’s 100-Meter Dash 2:30 p.m. Men’s 100-Meter Dash 2:35 p.m. Women’s 800-Meter Dash 2:40 p.m. Men’s 800-Meter Dash 2:50 p.m. Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles 3:00 p.m. Men’s 400-Intermediate Hurdles 3:05 p.m. Women’s 200-Meter Dash 3:10 p.m. Men’s 200-Meter Dash 3:15 p.m. Women’s 3,000-Meter Dash 3:30 p.m. Men’s 5,000-Meter Dash 3:50 p.m. Women’s 4×400-Meter Relay 3:55 p.m. Men’s 4×400-Meter Relay

Ohio State Buckeyes’ Individual Bests

Men’s Event Time/Mark Athlete Date 100-Meter Dash 10.68 Ryan Grear 4/15/00 200-Meter Dash 21.24 Andrew Pierce 4/15/00 400-Meter Dash 45.49 Andrew Pierce 4/1500 800-Meter Dash 1:50.08 Rob Myers 3/25/00 1,500-Meter Run 3:48.42 Rob Myers 4/15/00 3,000-Meter Run 8:31.37 David Gonzalez 4/15/00 5K Run 14:53.03 Ian Connor 3/25/00 3,000 Steeplechase 9:21.23 Ian Connor 4/15/00 110-Meter Hurdles 14.34 Joel Brown 4/7s/00 400-Meter Hurdles52.07 Courtney Cornwall4/8/00 4×100-Meter Relay40.58 Joel Brown 4/15/00 Ryan Grear Kambon Sampson Edison Francis 4×400-Meter Relay3:06.63Courtney Cornwall4/8/00 Thomas Dickson Joel Brown Andrew Pierce High Jump 6’4″ Jeff Cerveny 3/25/00 Long Jump 21’7-1/2″ Jeff Cerveny 4/15/00 Triple Jump 41’3-1/2″ Jeff Cerveny 4/15/00 Pole Vault 16’0-3/4″ Corey Johnson 4/15/00 Shot Put 46’1-1/2″ Andrew Saurer 4/15/00 Discus 152’3″ Rusty Azbell 4/8/00 Hammer 178’8″ Jon Lageman 4/15/00 Javelin 210’11” George Hoover 4/15/00

Women’s Event Time/Mark Athlete Date 100-Meter Dash 11.65 Donica Merriman 4/15/00 200-Meter Dash 23.12 Donica Merriman 4/15/00 400-Meter Dash 55.50 Tina Johnson 4/15/00 800-Meter Dash 2:11.98 Mandy Omond 3/25/00 1,500-Meter Run 4:28.52 Mandy Osmond 4/8/00 3,000-Meter Run 10:21.39Karyn Kelly 4/15/00 5K Run 17:57.20 Alexis Schulist 3/25/00 100-Meter Hurdles12.92 Donica Merriman 4/15/00 400-Meter Hurdles57.22 Dominque Calloway 4/8/00 4×100-Meter Relay44.99 Nicolette Chambers 4/15/00 Dominque Calloway Tina Johnson Donica Merriman 4×400-Meter Relay 3:41.33 Ayanna Reece 4/8/00 Tina Johnson Donica Merriman Dominque Calloway High Jump 5’8-1/2″ Tami Smith 4/8/00 Long Jump 19’5-1/2″ Nicholette Chambers 4/15/00 Triple Jump 38’9 Nicolette Chambers 4/15/00 Pole Vault 10’10-3/4″ Rachel Zukowski 4/15/00 Discus 147’5″ Katy Craig 4/15/00 Shot Put 45’5″ Desiree Jones 4/15/00 Hammer Throw 168’2″ Katy Craig 4/15/00 Javelin Throw 129’2″ Keeley Hancox 4/15/00