Feb. 19, 2003

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Columbus, Ohio – Following another excellent showing on both the men’s and women’s sides last weekend at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge Cup at Penn State, the Ohio State track and field team returns to compete in the final home meet of the indoor season at the Scarlet and Gray Invitational this Saturday Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. at the French Field House.

Last Week’s action: Nittany Lion Invitational
The men’s team finished the event in first place with a total score of 136 points, while the women finished third with 85 points.

The men posted another strong performance in the field events led by Dan Taylor, who placed first in both the shot put and weight throw. Taylor took first place honors in the shot put with a throw of 64-00.00 and the weight throw with a toss of 70-11.00.

The men also received a strong showing in the distance events from Sjaan Gerth and Aaron Fisher. Fisher captured first place in the mile with a time of 4:08.00, while Gerth took second in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 8:16.48.

On the women’s side, Krista Keir placed first in the shot put with a throw of 55-3.00, which gave her an automatic entry to the 2003 NCAA championships. With her performance, Keir bested her own Ohio State indoor record.

Joel Brown, who set an OSU record last week in the Rod McCravy Invite at the University of Kentucky, equaled his program all-time best mark of 7.77 as he took first in the 60m hurdles, which is good for a provisional qualification for national competition. Molly Logan helped the Buckeyes capture both sides of the 60m hurdles as she claimed first place, while Brandi Hogan placed second with a provisional time of 8.39. The event marks the second instance this season that Pennsylvania-natives Logan and Hogan have placed first and second in the 60m.

Ohio State senior jumper Drew Carter scored 10 first place points for the Buckeyes as he captured his second straight tournament title posting a 24-3.00 (7.39m) leap in the men’s long jump.

Buckeye Men Among Nation’s Elite
Despite winning the Sykes/Sabock Challenge Cup, the Ohio State men’s track and field squad dropped a couple notches in the latest poll from No. 10 last week to a three-team tie for 12th this week.

Taylor Second Place? Not Likely
Dan Taylor, a junior thrower for OSU, once again dominated the throwing events for the sixth-consecutive meet as he topped the feild at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge Cup in both the weight throw and the shot put. Taylor placed first in the shot put with a 64-00.00 mark, while also winning the weight throw with a 70-11.00 performance.

The Middlefield, Ohio product bested his own school record in the weight throw to place first at the McCravy Invite Feb. 8 and establish a new Big Ten record in the event with a toss of 22.03m. Taylor also grabbed first in the shot put with a mark of 19.45m. Both figures serve as automatic qualifiers.

In the Ohio State invite, Taylor posted a 20.52m throw in the shot put to once again automatically qualify for national competition and claim first place for the fourth-consecutive event. The figure is the best in the nation in the 2003 season.

In all, Taylor has placed first in 10 of 12 throwing events this season, including wins in all six shot put events in 2003.

The Scarlet and Gray field

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The Logan – Hogan Connection
For the third-straight week Molly Logan and Brandi Hogan placed first and second in the 60m hurdles at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge. Logan provisionally qualified with a season-best mark of 8.26, with Hogan falling just behind at 8.39. Hogan’s time also serves as a provisional mark. Logan added a first place finish in the 200m dash, 24.39.

Logan completed an OSU sweep of the hurdle events at the Ohio State Invitational and McCravy Invite with first place finishes.

Noting the Buckeyes…
Joel Brown (Jr., Baltimore, Md./ Woodlawn) continued a stellar 2003 Indoor season by placing first in the 60-meter hurdles at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge for the third consecutive week with a time of 7.77, which equals his own schol record established a week earlier at the McCravy Invite. Earlier this season, Brown established a new French Field House record in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 7.97.

Krista Keir (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville) broke her own Ohio State record in the shot put with a winning 55-3.00 performance at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge. Keir set her first Ohio State shot put record at the McCravy Invite with a throw of 16.72m. The mark serves as an automatic qualification to national competition.

Greg Norman (So., Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) broke the French Field House record in the 60-meter dash in a time of 6.88 seconds during the Buckeye Invitational. He equaled that time in the 60-meter dash as he placed second with a time of 6.88 at the OSU Invite. Norman also took first place honors in the same event at the Illinois Invitational and posted a season-best 6.86 in the 60m at the Sykes/Sabock Challenge.

Tami Smith (Sr., Galloway, Ohio/Westland) Automatically qualified for NCAA competition with a 5-10.00 leap at the Rod McCravy Invite. Smith took first-place honors in each of Ohio State’s first four events in 2003 and began this season by automatically qualifying for the 2003 NCAA indoor championships in the high jump with a leap of 6-00.00.

Going the Distance
The Ohio State men’s distance runners have faired well over the last three events posting first place finishes in each of the last three meets in at least one distance event.

At the Ohio State Invitational Rob Myers set a new French Field House mark along with a new Ohio State record in the 1,000-meter run and finished the race in a time of 2:23.85. Myers continued his dominance the following week at the Kentucky Invitational breaking the four minute mark in the mile automatically qualifying for the NCAA championships. Along with Myers’s performance at the Kentucky Invitational, Derrick Butler also turned in a solid performance for the Buckeyes setting a new meet record in a time of 8:13.03. Last week, at the Nittany Lion Invitational Aaron Fisher finished first and posted a time of 4:08.00.

Lyndsi Gay represented the women’s side with a winning 19:04.38 performance in the 5000-meter run Feb. 1 at the OSU Invite.

Ohio State plays hosts to NCAA Regional Championships
The NCAA has announced that The Ohio State University has been awarded the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Regional Championships to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on May 30 and 31.

The championships are a two-day event that will feature over 900 collegiate athletes.

Up Next
The Buckeyes head to the 2003 Big Ten Indoor Championships March 1 and 2, with the men competing at Illinois and the women at Indiana.