May 6, 2005


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the 20th running of the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday. The evening closed with a world-class men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase event that saw 2004 United State Olympian Anthony Famiglietti win the race in a near meet record 8:20.04. Brian Olinger, who is redshirting the 2005 outdoor season, placed fourth in the steeple in a personal-best 8:33.30. Boaz Cheboiywo of Nike and Solomon Kandie, running for Kenya, placed second and third.

For Ohio State, senior Shelaine Larson led three hammer throwers to post NCAA Mideast Regional qualifier marks. Larson topped the 200-foot plateau for the first time of her career, reaching 204 feet, 3 inches, which was four inches shy of the Big Ten and Ohio State record held by Keturah Lofton, who reached 204-7 to win the 2004 Big Ten championship. Larson’s throw earned second place in the event, ahead of teammates Tiffany Davis, who threw 184-3, and Katy Houser, who set a season-best with a mark of 181-1. Freshman Ashley Rheim placed fifth with a career-best 168-4.

In the men’s hammer, Bryan Duby, a senior from Silver Lake, Ohio, also reached career-best measure of 207-8 to place fifth in a top-rated field, where Ashland Elite’s A.G. Krueger established a stadium and meet record with a winning mark of 247-8. Fellow senior Rosalind Goodwin nearly set a personal record to win the triple jump. The Louisville, Ky. native reached 43-6 ahead of teammate Shayla Moore and her leap of 41-8 1/2. Both jumps served as qualifiers to the Mideast regionals.

On the track, Ohio State junior Dan Glaz set a JOMS stadium record en route to winning the 3,000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 8:13.35. Freshman Braden Martinez took third place in 8:16.03. For the women, sophomore Nicole Gliem timed a 9:48.09 to win the 3,000m.

The final day of the Jesse Owens Track Classic kicks off at 10:30 a.m., with high school events that run throughout the afternoon. The first collegiate field event starts at 3:30 p.m., with the women’s discus, while track action begins at 5:30 p.m., with the men’s and women’s 4×100-meter relay. Invitational competition gets underway at 6:20 p.m.