Jan. 14, 2005


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the 2005 season Friday evening at the Kentucky Invitational. The University of Kentucky is playing host to the two-day event in Lexington, Ky. at the Nutter Field House.

Senior All-American jumper Rosalind Goodwin (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Ballard) led the way for the women’s squad as she provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships with a second-place leap of 41 feet, 10 3/4 inches (41-10.75). Along with her NCAA provisional qualification, Goodwin’s performance in the event also was a nine-inch improvement from her mark in the 2004 Kentucky Invitational, where she posted a jump of 41-1.75. Fellow senior jumper Shayla Moore (Jessup, Md./Long Beach) displayed an impressive performance in the triple jump as well, finishing just behind Goodwin in third with a showing of 40-11.

“I was very pleased with Shayla and Rosalind today,” Tom Doyle, OSU jumps coach, said. “I was pleased to see them step up. I am happy with where they are at right now.”

On the men’s side, freshmen Iacovou Marios (Nicosia, Cyprus/Lyceum Kykkos B) opened his Ohio State career on a high note as he finished second in the high jump with mark of 6-10. Fellow freshman Pat Woods also finished in the Top 10 with a seventh-place leap of 6-6.75.

“That was an excellent attempt for this early in the season,” Doyle said. “I am very pleased with his (Marios) performance.”

Ohio State senior throwers Bryan Duby (Silver Lake, Ohio), Tiffany Davis (Akron, Ohio), Katy Houser (Westlake, Ohio) and Shelaine Larson (Ventura, Calif.) all competed in the weight throw Friday. Larson headlined the group with a provisional qualifying throw of 64-5.25 to take second place, while Houser (60-1) and Davis (58-4.75) followed in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Duby represented the men with a fourth-place measure of 61-4.75. Freshman Lenny Jatsek made his OSU debut with an eighth-place finish, reaching 54-6.5. Overall, Russ Rogers, OSU head coach, also was satisfied with Ohio State’s effort in the first day.

“I am very pleased with some of our performances today,” Rogerssaid. “I think we were really competitive for the first meet of the season. Sometimes in the first meet of the season you tend to come out a little tentative, but that was not the case today.”

Day two competition begins tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s high jump.