Feb. 5, 2005


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field team, who traveled to New York City to compete in the fifth annual New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational, concluded competition Saturday at the New Balance Track and Field Center. The Buckeyes also sent a squad to compete in the Doug Raymond Invitational at Kent State University, where the men finished fourth, while the women placed seventh.

Highlighting the field for the Buckeyes in New York were senior women’s jumpers Rosalind Goodwin (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Ballard) and Shayla Moore (Jessup, Md./Long Beach) both of whom competed in the collegiate triple jump competition. Moore led the way in the event with a second-place finish, posting a performance of 43 feet, 1 inch (43-1), while Goodwin finished in third. Moore’s jump served as a provisional qualifier.

For the men’s jump squad, freshman Marios Iacovou (Nicosia, Cyprus/Lyceum Kykkos B) finished second with a personal best leap of 7-1 3/4 in the collegiate high jump.

In the sprint events, Todd Dutch (Turnerville, N.J./ Washington Twp./St. Augustine) finished fourth in the 200-meter dash, clocking a time of 21.51, while teammate Tony Cole (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) posted as personal-best time of 22.03. On the women’s side, sophomore Jenna Harris (Somerset, N.J./Franklin) notched a personal and team-best time of 24.03 in the 200-meter dash. Last night, Harris timed a personal-best 7.45 to place second in the collegiate 60-meter dash at the Millrose Games, which just missed a provisional qualify mark.

At the Doug Raymond Invitational, Bryan Duby (Silver Lake, Ohio/Archbishop Alter), Patrick Woods (East Liverpool, Ohio/Beaver Local) and Aaron Fisher (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin) highlighted the field for the men as all three individuals claimed first-place in their respective events.

Duby’s performance in the weight throw was a personal-best and provisional qualifier of 67-6 1/4. Fisher claimed the 3,000-meter run in a time of 8:21.86. Woods won the high jump with a leap of 6-8.

Also posting strong performances for the men’s team was Gerald Griffin (College Park, Ga./Westlake) as he finished third in the 400-meter dash in a time of 48.92.

Shelaine Larson (Ventura, Calif/Buena), Tiffany Davis (Akron, Ohio/Garfield) and Jessie Stringer (Williamsburg, Ind./Franklin Comm.) fueled the women’s team as all three posted runner-up performances in their respective events. Also topping 60 feet was Katy Houser (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake), who threw 60-6 3/4.

Larson finished second in the shot put with a toss of 49-5 1/2 and fifth in the weight throw with a throw of 55-9. Davis’ showing in the weight throw reached a performance of 61-6 3/4 and provisional qualifier, while Stringer’s second-place mark in the high jump was 5-6.

Other events saw Joe Gourley (Uniontown, Ohio/Green) finish third in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:51.17 and Laura Piper (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette) break the sub-five minute mark in the mile as she clocked a time of 4:58.67 to finish third.

The Buckeyes return to action Feb. 11-12 in Ames, Iowa as they compete in the Iowa State Invitational.