May 13, 1998

%^$Thursday, May 14%^$Baseball vs.Minnesota, noon, at Big Ten Tournament in Champaign Ill.,%^$ (remaining games based on seeding)%^$Men’s Golf, all day at NCAA Championships in San Antonio, Texas

%^$Friday, May 15%^$Men’s Golf, all day at NCAA Championships in San Antonio, Texas

%^$Saturday, May 16%^$Crew at Central Regional Regatta in Oakridge, Tenn.%^$Men’s Golf, all day at NCAA Championships in San Antonio, Texas%^$Track and Field at Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.%^$%^$


1997-98 Record – (V8 3-3) (2nd V8 5-3) (1st Novice 4-4) (2nd Novice 6-0) (3rd Novice 1-0) (V43V 1-10 )%^$
Head Coach – Andy Teitelbaum (Rutgers, ’87, third year)%^$
Good Stuff – The 2nd Varsity 8 remains undefeated with a record of 6-0. %^$
This Week
– The Buckeyes travel to Oakridge, Tennessee to compete in the Central Regional Regatta. “The Varsity 8 has the best chance to make it to the nationals,” OSU head coach Andy Teitelbaum said. “If we could come in third or better, I think the selection committee will give us bid. As a program we would have to finish past Michigan for our other boats to have a chance.” The Ohio State crew season will come to an end this week unless the Buckeyes receive a bid to the NCAA Championships. %^$
Last Week
– The Buckeyes were idle.%^$
Notes– The Varsity 8 is ranked fourth in the region.


Men’s Golf
1997-98 Record – 125-44-3 overall, 33-2-0 in Big Ten%^$
Head Coach – Jim Brown, 25th year (Ohio State ’66)%^$
Good Stuff – The Buckeyes have made the cut for the NCAA Championships 21 of 24 times during coach Jim Brown’s tenure at Ohio State.%^$
This Week -The men’s golf team will travel to San Antonio, Texas to compete in the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday through Saturday. The top eight teams from the field of 21 teams will advance to the NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., May 27-30.%^$
Last year the Buckeyes placed sixth at the NCAA Central Regional and qualified for the NCAA Championships. Ohio State went on to claim fourth place at the NCAA Championships, just six strokes behind the tournament winner Pepperdine.%^$
Last Week — The Buckeyes went after their fourth straight Big Ten Championship, but had their string snapped by Indiana. Ohio State finished in second place with a 28-over-par 1180, three strokes behind the Hoosiers.%^$
Ohio State’s Ryan Armour (Sr., Silver Lake, Ohio) captured the individual title with a 1-under-par 287. After three rounds of play Armour was tied with Corey Sullivan from Indiana, but Armour saved his best for the final round of play. He shot a 2-under-par 70, his lowest round of the tournament, to pull ahead of Sullivan who posted a 73.%^$
The Buckeyes had two other golfers finish within the top 15 individuals. Craig Matthew (Sr., Point Claire, Quebec) and Mike Austin (Fr., Burton, Mich.) finished 11th and tied for 15th, respectively. Matthew posted the lowest round of the tournament with 5-under-par 67.%^$
Notes — Two members of the Ohio State squad were named to the all-Big Ten team. Armour received all-Big Ten status for the second time in his career, while Austin receives the honor for his first time as a freshman.


Women’s Golf%^$

1997-98 Record – 102-49-2, 43-4-0 in Big Ten%^$
Head Coach – Therese Hession, seventh year (Southern Methodist, ’79)%^$
Good Stuff – Ohio State will be making its second straight NCAA tournament appearance and eighth time in school history.%^$
This Week – The Buckeyes are idle. The Buckeyes will have a week off to prepare for the NCAA Championships that will begin on May 20-23 at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis. (Par 72, 6,033 yards). Competing in the NCAA Championship are Georgia, Duke, Louisiana State, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, Auburn, Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, Tulsa, Texas, Southern California, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Washington, Oregon State, Oregon and Ohio State. Qualifying as individuals are Kristen MacLaren of UTEP, Maria Boden of Oklahoma State, Kathryn Cusick of Alabama and Heather Kraus of Kentucky.%^$
Last year, the Buckeyes tied for eighth place at the championship with a total team score of 1202 and Natalie Mosher (Jr., New Philadelphia, Ohio) tied for 40th place (303). Arizona State won the NCAA tournament title with a total score of 1178.%^$
Last Week – Ohio State tied for fifth place by posting a team total 911 at the NCAA East Regional in Durham, N.C. to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Georgia freshman Reilley Rankin captured the individual medalist title with a three-under par 216 and helped her team take first place honors (882). Leading the way for the Buckeyes was Lisa Strom (So., North Wales, Pa.), who tied for sixth place with a final score of 222 (+3). Senior Bethany Overstake (Urbana, Ohio) also finished in the top 15, with a 12th place tie (224). %^$
Notes – Heading to the NCAA’s, the Buckeyes are averaging a 304.4 per round and have recorded their lowest round of 286 at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational.


Track and Field%^$

1997-98 Record – M-11-11, 0-0 in Big Ten
%^$W-14-8, 0-0 in Big Ten
%^$Track & Field Head Coach – Russ Rogers, 9th year (Maryland-Baltimore County ’65)%^$
Good Stuff – Ayanna Reece (Jr., Bronx, N.Y.) surpassed the NCAA provisional qualifying status of 59.60 for the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.56. This marks an OSU career and personal best for her as well as the possibility for an NCAA berth.%^$ %^$
This Week – The Ohio State track and field teams will travel to Bloomington, Ind. to compete in the Billy Hayes Invitational on Saturday. %^$
Last Week – The track and field teams competed in the Phil Diamond Invitational Friday and Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. There was no team scoring. Leading the Buckeyes were veterans Erika Goines (Sr., Zanesville, Ohio) winning the shot put with a heave of 46’8″ and Sekou Smith (Sr., Chicago, Ill.) winning the 400 hurdles (50.97). %^$
Notes – After two seasons with a nagging hamstring injury, Joe Crallie (Jr., East Sparta, Ohio) is back on track with a first-place finish in the long jump (24’2-1/4″). Hila Hays (Fr., Newark, Ohio) recorded a personal best time of 10:10.41 in the 3,000-meter run shaving over a minute and :20 seconds off of her previous best time. Mark Kovitya (So., Lancaster, Ohio), Goines and Karen Keys (So., Carrington, N.D.) posted season’s best marks in the pole vault (16’4″), discus (139’2″) and javelin (113’7″) respectively. Tamieka Porter (Sr., Escondido, Calif.) and Andrew Pierce (Fr., Yellow Springs, Ohio) are atop the competition having posted the best performances in the Big Ten so far this season. Porter is leading the conference with a 42’3-1/2″ triple jump, while Pierce clocked a 46.23 quarter mile.