Jan. 18, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams hit the road again Saturday as they travel to Bloomington, Ind. for a tri-meet against Big Ten foes Indiana and Purdue. The meet begins at 11 a.m. and will follow a rolling schedule in Indiana University’s Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.

The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams will see a familiar face Saturday in former OSU coach Jack Warner. Warner, who spent 12 years in Columbus assisting the track and field team, is now the track and field head coach at Purdue. Warner’s main area of responsibility, while in Columbus was with the male and female jumpers, but he also assisted with the cross country/distance runners and throwers.

The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the 2005 season on the road in Lexington, Ky., Jan. 14-15 at the Kentucky Invitational.

The Buckeyes began the two-day event with an impressive performance from senior All-American jumper Rosalind Goodwin as she provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships with a second-place leap of 41 feet, 10 3/4 inches (41-10.75). The women also received an impressive performance from thrower Shelaine Larson, who provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships in the weight throw with mark of 64-05.25.

For the men, freshman Marios Iacovou opened his Ohio State career with a second-place showing in the high jump with a leap of 6-10.75.

In day-two action, junior distance runner Brian Olinger and senior Jacob McCauley highlighted the day for the men’s squad as they finished second and first in their respective events. Olinger competed in the 3,000-meter run and placed second to former cross country and track teammate Rob Myers, who finished first in a time of 8:09.38. During the event, Olinger smashed his previous personal-best time of 8:18.80 with a time of 8:10.25.

McCauley, won the mile in a time of 4:15.13.

On the women’s side, Goodwin, Larson and sophomore sprinter Jenna Harris led the team in day two. Goodwin won the long jump, posting a mark of 19-04.75, while Larson claimed the shot put with a toss of 46-08.75.

Harris posted a strong performance over the weekend as she competed in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes, placing fifth and third respectively. Harris finished the day running the anchor leg of the 4×400-meter relay that placed third.

Senior All-American jumper Rosalind Goodwin and senior thrower Shelaine Larson provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships. Goodwin’s provisional qualification came in the triple jump with a second-place leap of 41-10.75. The jump served as a nine-inch improvement from her mark in the 2004 Kentucky Invitational, where she posted a jump of 41-1.75.

Larson’s provisional qualification came in the weight throw with a toss of 64-5.25 to take second-place.

In its first meet of the season, the Ohio State track and field team saw three of its athletes earn winning marks in their respective events. On the women’s side, Shelaine Larson won the women’s shot put with a heave of 46-08.75 while Rosalind Goodwin claimed the long jump with a performance of 19-04.75. For the men, Jacob McCauley won the mile clocking a time of 4:15.13.

Last season at the 2004 Indiana/Purdue tri-meet, the Buckeye men totaled 114 team points, with Indiana taking second with 97 points and Purdue followed with 76. Ohio State’s 123 team points won the women’s end as the Buckeyes bested the 112-point effort by Indiana and 80 points accumulated by Purdue.

Ohio State scored first in several field events. Senior Rosalind Goodwin posted seven team points in the long jump with a winning mark of 19-11 and added another seven with a provisional qualifier in the triple jump with a leap of 42-2.75. Fellow jumper Shayla Moore followed Goodwin in the triple jump in second with a 41-3.75.

Sophomore Joe Gourley clocked a first-place 1:21.53 in the 600-meter run. Junior Dan Glaz finished the Ohio State scoring in the distance events with a first-place time of 8:25.38 in the 3,000-meter run.

Freshman Jenna Harris clocked a 7.52 to win the women’s 60-meter dash and also clocked a 24.90 to win the 200 meters. The men received points from John Morris in the 400-meter dash as the junior finished the event in 49.26 to claim first. Ohio State also scored in the women’s 400m as junior Pannsy Henry finished with a strong kick to claim second with a time of 59.02.

The Ohio State women’s 4×400-meter relay squad added the final seven-point effort with a winning time of 3:52.11.

This past weekend at the 2005 Kentucky Invitational, seven Buckeyes made their Ohio State debut on the track.

In the field events, high jumpers Marios Iacovou and Pat Woods competed in day-one competition Friday. During the event, Marios finished second with a leap 6-10.75, while Woods tied for seventh with a leap of 6-06.75.

On the women’s side, Collen Farrell finished ninth with a height of 5-04.25. Farrell also competed in the 60-meter hurdles posting a time of 9.18.

In the throwing events, the Buckeyes received strong performances from Lenny Jatsek, Pat Whalen and Dave Ebersole. Over the weekend, all three saw action in the weight throw. Jatsek and Whalen also competed in the shot put with Jatsek finishing eighth posting a mark of 54-06.

In the sprint events, newcomers Tony Cole and Todd Dutch qualified for the finials in the preliminary heats of the 60m posting times of 6.88 and 6.89. Dutch, who transferred to Ohio State from the junior college ranks also competed in the 200m and finished seventh in a time of 21.46.

Melanie Grim also debuted for the Buckeyes last week and competed in the 3,000m.

Graduation hit the men’s track and field team hard as the Buckeyes saw the departure of Dan Taylor and Joel Brown, both of whom played a significant role in the squad’s success in 2004. Looking to fill the void left by Taylor in the throw events will be senior thrower Bryan Duby. Duby returns as the squad’s best thrower from a year ago. Last season, he qualified for the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships and placed eighth in the hammer.

In the sprint events, senior John Morris returns and will look to make up for the loss of Brown. In 2003, Morris qualified for NCAA Mideast regional in the 400-meter dash.

The distance events could prove to be where the Buckeyes will score the most points with juniors Aaron Fisher and Brian Olinger coming back after impressive 2004 campaigns. Fisher returns to the track after redshirting during the 2004 cross country season, while Olinger will enter the track season coming off one of the best individual cross country campaigns in school history.

Last season, Fisher placed fourth in the steeplechase at the 2004 NCAA Championships to earn his first All-America honor. Fisher also held the top steeplechase time in the country for four weeks at 8:37.40. Olinger posted a strong 2004 campaign, winning the 5,000-meter run at the Big Ten championships and just missed All-America status at NCAA’s with a 12th-place finish in steeplechase.

In the 2004 cross country season, Brian Olinger turned in one of the best individual performances in Ohio State history, capping his year with All-America honors after a 21st-place finish at the NCAA championships.

The native of Fresno, Ohio helped the Buckeyes to their fourth NCAA championships appearance in the last five years as he finished fourth at the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships, clocking a time of 30:18.7 in the 10-kilometer race. At the Big Ten Championships, Olinger was just as impressive, capturing first team all-league with a seventh-place finish in a time of 24:21.0.

With graduation hitting the women’s squad hard as well, the Buckeyes look to have a majority of their strength in the jump events as they return senior and three-time All-American Rosalind Goodwin. An Ohio State record-holder, Goodwin enters her senior season aspiring to defend her Big Ten titles in the indoor long and triple jumps and outdoor triple.

Senior Shayla Moore also returns to the jumps squad this season and seeks to return to her All-America status of 2003 in the triple jump.

Sophomore Jessie Stringer will look to build on a solid 2004 campaign. She tied for second in the high jump in her first indoor Big Ten championship meet.

The Buckeyes boast an impressive throws squad with a pair of key returnees in seniors Tiffany Davis and Katy Houser both of whom qualified for the 2004 Mideast Regional in their respective events.

In the sprint and hurdle events, senior Dalanda Jackson will look to return to her All-America form from 2002 in the 60-meter hurdles, while Jenna Harris will build on an impressive freshman season that saw her qualify for the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in the 200-meter dash.

The distance squad features three individuals that could make an impact in seniors Tamecia Brown and Robyn Detty and sophomore Nicole Gliem.

Last season, both Brown and Gliem qualified for the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in the 800 and 5,000-meter events.

The 2005 indoor season features two home meets at French Field House. The Buckeyes welcome visiting teams to the Ohio State Invitational Jan. 29 and the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Feb. 19 before heading to the Big Ten indoor meet Feb. 26-27 at Purdue for the men and Michigan for the women.

The schedule also offers a trip to the 2005 Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City Feb. 4-5 and a journey the following week to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic Feb. 11-12.

Rogers foresees the indoor schedule as a solid tune-up for the national meet in Fayetteville, Ark. March 11-12.

“Kentucky is our first big meet of the season,” Rogers said. “We have a tri-meet with Purdue and Indiana before we host our biggest home meet in the OSU Invite. In February, we send our top athletes to New York City for the Armory Collegiate Invite, which is a great meet for sprinters and hurdlers. By Big Ten’s, we should be among the Top 3 teams in both the men’s and women’s standings.”

In August, Robert Gary, Ohio State cross country head coach and assistant track coach, competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Gary’s trip to the 2004 games marked his second trip to the Olympics. His first endeavor came at the 1996 Atlanta games, where he also competed in the steeplechase.

In Athens, Gary was hampered by an injury and failed to qualify for the steeplechase finals.

Gary earned his second bid to the Olympics at the 2004 United States Trials in Sacramento, Calif. with a third-place finish in the steeplechase, posting a career-best time of 8:19.46.

During the offseason, the Buckeyes announced Kevin Mannon as the new throws coach and the return of Tom Doyle to handle the duties of jumps coach.

A former Buckeye assistant from 1984-93, Doyle rejoined the OSU coaching staff after spending the previous eight seasons as a field events coach at Illinois (1996-2003) as well as a two-year period at Arizona State (1994-95). Mannon also is a familiar face to the Buckeye coaching staff serving as a volunteer instructor to the Buckeye throwers the last two seasons.

The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams once again turned in strong seasons in 2004. Despite redshirting three of its top runners from the 2003 season, the men’s team once again established themselves as one of the elite teams in the country, qualifying for the 2004 NCAA Championships for the fourth time in five years. The men’s and women’s teams finished and sixth and 11th, respectively, at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. In addition, the men and women placed first and second, respectively, at the 2004 All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships in Delaware, Ohio.

The Buckeyes return home to compete in the Ohio State Invitational at 11 a.m. on Jan. 29.