April 20, 2006

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Columbus, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams compete in the 2006 Oregon Invitational in Eugene, Ore. at the historic Hayward Field. Other members from each team will head to Louisville, Ky. for the Cardinal Invitational. Both meet are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.

2006 Oregon Invitational
Day/Time: Friday 6 p.m.- 10:55 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 5:20 p.m.
Venue: Hayward Field
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2006 Cardinal Invitational
Day/Time: Friday 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.- 7:10 p.m.
Venue: Cardinal Park Track Stadium
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Buckeyes Men’s Team Breaks Into The Top 25
The men’s track and field team is ranked in a national poll for the first time this season. The Buckeyes come in at No. 25 in the latest poll release April 17. The Buckeyes were ranked by at the beginning of the 2005 season and spent the entire 2004 campaign rated in’s Top 10. In 2004, the OSU men’s claimed a tie for fourth place at the NCAA championships.

This week, the Buckeyes stand in a four-way tie with George Mason, Jackson State and Kansas State for 25th in the country.

Last Week: Recapping the 2006 Sea Ray Relays
Friday-Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened up competition Friday at the 2006 Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville Tenn.

The men’s team was led on Friday by the outdoor debut of freshman Jeff See. See finished fifth in the 1,500m with regional qualifying mark of 3:45.39. The women’s team was led by Jessica Stringer’s second place finish in the high jump. Stringer’s jump of 5-10 qualifies her NCAA regional championships.

Also for the women in the field senior Keturah Lofton took fourth with a toss of 189-10 in the hammar. This throw also qualifies her NCAA regional championships. On the track for the women both Jenna Harris and Ayrizanna Favours hit regional NCAA qualifying marks in the 100m with there marks of 11.73 and 11.75, respectfully.

In the men’s 3,000m Steeplechase Matt Winebar came in fourth with a time of 9:41.10.The men’s team also got a strong showing from Tony Cole as he came in seventh. Cole’s time of 10.43 also qualifies him for NCAA regional championships.

In the field for the men, Brandon Cathcart hit a regional qualifying mark while taking eighth place with a leap of 50-11.5 Zach Carr came in ninth in the discus throw with a toss of 161-0.

Elon Simms also had a solid showing with a 22nd place finish in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 53.64.

Saturday – 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.

Recapping the 2005 Cardinal Invitational
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Louisville, Ky. for a pair of dual meets against the University of Louisville and the University of Indianapolis Saturday at the Cardinal Invitational. The women topped U of L by an 82-53 score and bested Indianapolis, 80-30. The OSU men claimed a 72-48 victory over Louisville and knocked of Indianapolis by a 74-31 count.

Jatsek Named Big Ten Track and Field Male Co-Athlete of the Week
Lenny Jatsek, a sophomore thrower on the Ohio State men’s track and field team, shared Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors, the conference office announced March 28. At the 2006 Walt Disney World Invitational, Jatsek won the men’s shot put and placed fifth in the hammer throw.

In his first competition of the outdoor season, the 2006 Big Ten indoor weight throw champion posted a NCAA regional qualifying mark to win the shot. He placed first in the event with a personal-best distance of 57 feet, 9 inches (17.60 meters).

In the opening day of the Disney Invite Jatsek placed fifth in the hammer throw, reaching a mark of 179-3 1/4 (54.64m). The Walton Hills, Ohio native also earned the league’s indoor weekly honor Jan. 24.

Jatsek shared this week’s AOW award with Purdue junior sprinter/hurdler Rickey Pinkney.

Olinger at it Again
Brian Olinger is continuing his assault on the Ohio State record book this season. In his first meet of the outdoor season at Stanford April 1, Olinger set the school record in the 10,000m. Olinger’s time of 28:54.68 broke the old mark set by Chris England of 29:01.29 in 1997.

Breaking records is nothing new for Olinger who holds the indoor standard in the 5,000-meter run, which he set this season at the Husky Invitational (Feb.10-11) with his time of 13:45.94.

Olinger still is after the record for the best 3,000m-steeplechase which is currently held by Mark Croghan.

Olinger ran his first indoor 3,000m of the season at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (Feb. 3-4). Even with a mild case of the flu, Olinger still rewrote the Ohio State record books with his time of 8:02.21, a mark that ranked fourth in Buckeye history. Olinger holds the second and fourth best times in Ohio State indoor history in the 3,000m. Olinger still is after the record for the best 3,000m which is currently held by Ohio State distance coach Robert Gary.

Buckeyes in The Big Ten Ranks
The men’s and women’s teams currently have many student-athletes with Top-5 performances in the Big Ten so far this outdoor season.

For the men’s team, Anthony Cole currently is third in the Big Ten in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.43. Freshman Jeff See currently has the fastest time in the 1,500m with a mark of 3:46.83, an NCAA regional qualifying mark. Brian Olinger currently has the third fastest 10,000m time in the Big Ten with his mark of 28:57.68. This is the fastest 10,000m in Ohio State history and also provisionally qualifies Olinger for the NCAA Championships. John Ealy has the fifth fastest time in the 10,000 with a time of 29:52.17. Matt Comer has the sixth best time in the 400m hurdles with a mark of 53.32 this season and the second best time by a freshman.

In the field for the men, Brandon Cathcart has the fourth longest triple jump in the Big Ten this season with a mark of 50-11.25. This effort is NCAA regional qualifying mark and is the best triple jump by a freshman in the Big Ten all season. Leonard Jatsek and Patrick Whalen are fourth and fifth in the shot put, respectfully. Both Jatsek’s throw of 57-8 3/4 and Whalen’s toss of 57-1 1/4 are NCAA regional qualifying marks. In the hammer throw Jatsek (186-9.5) is fourth.

For the women, reigning Big Ten champ in the 100m Jenna Harris has the second fastest time this season with a mark of 11.72. Harris also holds the fastest 200m time with a NCAA regional qualifying mark of 23.61. Harris is followed closely by freshman Ayrizanna Favours, who has the sixth fastest time in the 200m with a mark of 24.35 and in the 100m, where she is fifth with a time of 11.75. Favours currently has the third best time in the 400m in the Big Ten with a mark of 54.80. Junior Chandra Krempel is fifth in the 400m with a time of 56.20.

In the relays, the women’s team has the third best time in the 4x100m with a time of 46.46. The women’s team also has the fifth best 4x400m team in the Big Ten with a time of 3:42.58.

In the field, current indoor and outdoor Big Ten high jump champion Jessica Stringer is second in the Big Ten with her mark of 5-10. Veronica Vance currently is fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 40-2 1/4. In the shot put, Janine Zylinski and Verconica Jatsek are fifth and sixth, respectfully. Both Zylinski’s throw of 48-3 1/2 and Jatsek’s toss of 47-11 3/4 are NCAA regional qualifying marks. In the hammer throw, senior Keturah Lofton is second with a mark of 198-1 1/2. This effort is a NCAA regional qualifying mark.

Buckeyes Receive Indoor Honors
The Big Ten announced its 2006 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field All-League Teams on March 1. Ohio State’s Leonard Jatsek and Jessica Stringer each were named to the first team after claiming league titles in the men’s weight throw and the women’s high jump, respectively. Both the Buckeye men’s and women’s teams finished sixth at their respective conference meets at Iowa and Wisconsin.

Stringer posted the second-best high jump mark in Ohio State history en route to winning her second consecutive conference championship in the event. The native of Franklin, Ind., cleared 5 feet, 11 3/4 inches to claim victory at Wisconsin. She won the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor High Jump Championship at home last season in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Jatsek became the third Ohio State student-athlete to win the weight in the last four seasons. Former Buckeye All-American Dan Taylor won the league title in 2003 and `04. Bryan Duby took first place in the event last season. This year, Jatsek’s heave of 68-2 1/4 topped the conference field.

The men’s distance medley team of Taylor Candella, Gerald Griffin, Joe Gourley and Jeff See also combined to claim first-team honors after winning the event. The group shattered the former Ohio State record of 9:51.05 set in 1995, cruising to the finish line in 9:47.78.

Also for the men, two-time All-American Brian Olinger was a second-team honoree in the 5,000 meters. OSU throwers also grabbed second team honors for the women. Senior and two-time All-American Keturah Lofton was runner-up in the weight at 69-5 1/4, while freshman Janine Zylinski also took second in the shot put at a career-best 52-1 1/4.

Buckeyes Go 5-for-5 at Indoor Nationals
Ohio State sent five student-athletes to the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships (March 10-11) and all five walked away with All-America honors. Seniors Brian Olinger and Keturah Lofton gained their second-career indoor honors in the 5,000-meter run and weight throw, respectively. Junior Jessica Stringer gathered her first All-American award in the women’s high jump, while sophomore thrower Lenny Jatsek also earned his first in the men’s weight. Freshman Janine Zylinski made her NCAA championships debut and reached All-America status in the shot put.

Lofton Makes Triumphant Return
After missing all of last season, senior thrower Keturah Lofton made a triumphant return to competition during the indoor season. The former Big Ten champion and two-time All-American won the weight throw at Kentucky and was runner-up at Indiana.

Lofton’s return was capped at the Big Ten Championships when she set the school record with a throw of 69-5 1/4. This mark also sent her to the NCAA Indoor championships where she earn All-American honers.

Buckeyes Land Top Recruit
The Ohio State men’s track and field and cross country teams will add one of the best distance runners in the state of Ohio in 2006-07 seasons. Chad Balyo of Springboro, Ohio signed his national letter of intent to Ohio State during the early signing period this fall. Balyo was the 2005 Division 1 Ohio cross country champion. Balyo currently holds the best indoor time in the nation in the 2-mile for high school runners with a time of 9:10.

“It has been a goal of our program to recruit the best distance runners in Ohio.” Ohio State head cross country coach and distance coach Robert Gary said. “The past two seasons we have qualified for the NCAA championships with a roster made up of Ohio only athletes. I feel we got the best this year and am very excited to add him to a very young team.”

Up Next
Ohio State will head to the historic Penn Relays in Philadelphia Pa. on April 27-29.