Feb. 22, 2003

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams closed out the 2003 indoor regular season as it played host to the Scarlet and Gray Invitational Saturday at French Field House (FFH). 16 Buckeyes posted first place finishes in their respective events, while 13 OSU individuals qualified for NCAA competition with their performances Saturday. The event was highlighted by Ohio State and FFH record-breaking performances from senior sprinter Joel Brown (Sr., Baltimore, Md.) junior sprinter Molly Logan (Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.) while All-American thrower Dan Taylor (Jr., Middlefield, Ohio) contributed another stellar display.

Brown led a dominating outing by the Ohio State sprint squad with a 7.18 time in the 55m hurdles as he automatically qualified for national competition with the new OSU program mark. Brown also posted a first place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 21.78.

Fellow OSU sprinter Molly Logan also set a record as the Buckeyes swept the 55m hurdles event. Logan’s time of 7.68 bested teammate Brandi Hogan (Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) (7.79) and the French Field House all-time mark of 7.77 set by Anita Green of Ohio State in 1992. Logan and Hogan placed first and second in the hurdles for the fourth straight week as the two provisionally qualified for NCAA competition.

Ohio State also swept the throwing events as Taylor led the way with a first place finish in the shot put for the seventh-consecutive week. Taylor made it seven-for-seven in meet victories this season as he set a personal-best with a 20.20m (66-3.25) effort. Taylor’s mark is currently the best among Big Ten competitors. The Middlefield, Ohio product coupled a winning performance in the weight throw with a 21.87m (71.9.00) mark. Both figures serve as automatic qualifiers for nationals. Freshman Mike D’Andrea (Fr., Avon Lake, Ohio) posted a career-high 18.38m (60-3.75) runner-up mark in the shot put to provisionally qualify.

Ohio State dominated the women’s side as well, as OSU posted victories in both the weight throw and shot put, while also notching four provisional qualifiers. Freshman Amarachi Ukabam (Fr., Creve Coeur, Mo.) scored her initial first place performance of 2003 with a 19.32m (63-4.75) toss in the weight throw, while senior Krista Keir (Sr., Westerville, Ohio) claimed first place in the shot put with a throw of 15.80m (51-10.00). Senior Erin Carter (Sr., Logan, Ohio)-15.23m/ 49-11.75 in the shot put – and sophomore Keturah Lofton (Jr., Zanesville, Ohio) -19.12m/ 62-8.75 in the weight throw- joined Ukabam and Keir as provisional qualifiers.

The Buckeyes also excelled in the jump events as senior Tami Smith (Sr., Columbus, Ohio) won her third home meet in as many attempts with a 5-9.75 effort in the women’s high jump for a provisional qualification. Senior Drew Carter (Jr., Solon, Ohio) added a provisional mark in the long jump (24-9.25), as did sophomore Shayla Moore with a 42-8.75 in the triple jump as she fell just shy of a new FFH record. Both served as first place efforts. Sophomore Richard Hurt (So., Penn Hills, Pa.) scored a 47-1.00 mark in the triple jump for the final first place finish in the jump events.

In the distance events, Ohio State claimed the Top 5 spots in the one-mile run as Derek Butler (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a 4:13.87 to place first. Freshman Joe Gourley (Fr., Uniontown, Ohio) scored a first place finish in the 600m run (1:22.91), while sophomore Pannsy Henry (So., Columbus, Ohio) completed the event sweep with a 1:35.97. Sophomore Chris Basinger (So., Pickerington, Ohio) posted a winning performance in the 800m run (1:56.16), while fellow sophomore Aaron Fisher also tallied a win in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:18.16. In addition, Tiffany Simms-McCray (So., Missouri City, Texas) took first in the 800m run with a time of 2:19.73.

Ohio State rounded-out the solid team showing with a win in the women’s 4x400m relay (3:56.96), while the men pulled a second place effort at 3:23.76.

Also worthy of note was a French Field House record-tying performance 6.88 in the 55m dash by Melocia Clark of Central State, while Kira Sims of Akron established a new FFH record in the pole vault with a 12-7.50, which shatters the previous mark of 11-7.00.

Ohio State concludes the 2003 indoor season at the Big Ten Championships Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, with the women competing at Indiana University, while the men travel to the University of Illinois.

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