Feb. 27, 2005


Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team concluded competition in the 2005 Big Ten Indoor Championships Sunday, finishing in fifth place at the event held in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes totaled 67.50 team points, falling behind host Michigan and its 130 points. Senior jumper Rosalind Goodwin highlighted the women’s effort as she successfully defended her 2004 triple jump title.

Goodwin became the first Ohio State student-athlete to record back-to-back titles in both the indoor long jump and triple jump events after she won the triple Sunday. The Louisville, Ky. native topped her own Ohio State indoor record with winning leap of 43 feet, 10 1/2 inches (43-10 1/2). Saturday, Goodwin won the long jump with a mark of 20-3 to successfully defend her 2004 titles in both events. Both of Goodwin’s winning measures serve as provisional qualifiers to the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. Teammate Shayla Moore (Jessup, Md.) followed Goodwin in the triple, taking second place with a season-best 43-2 3/4.

Joining Goodwin on the championship podium Sunday was sophomore sprinter Jenna Harris (Somerset, N.J.), who clocked a career-best 7.41 to win the 60-meter dash. The provisional mark helped Harris become the first Ohio State women’s student-athlete to win the 60-meter dash since former Olympian Stephanie Hightower won the event three-consecutive seasons from 1978-80. Later Sunday, Harris contributed another team point with an eighth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (24.55) and helped the 4×400-meter relay team to a sixth-place time of (3:49.77).

Senior Shelaine Larson (Ventura, Calif.,) also turned in significant team points with her second runner-up finish in the throw events Sunday. After taking second in the shot put Saturday, Larson heaved a 64-7 to earn her second All-Big Ten honor at the 2005 meet. Larson’s weight throw mark served as a provisional qualifier. Larson was joined in the top ranks of the weight by fellow seniors Katy Houser and Tiffany Davis. Houser reached a personal record 61-7 for fifth, while Davis topped the 60-foot mark for seventh.

Also in the field, sophomore Jessica Stringer (Williamsburg, Ind.) tied for sixth in the women’s high jump, clearing 5-6.

Big Ten Women’s Indoor Championship – Team Rankings 1) Michigan 130 2) Illinois 117.50 3) Minnesota 79 4) Penn State 74 5) Ohio State 67.50 6) Michigan State 65 7) Indiana 52 8) Wisconsin 50 9) Iowa 39 10) Purdue 27