May 14, 2004


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field team opened competition at the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday at Purdue University’s Rankin Field in West Lafayette, Ind. After two events the men stand in fifth-place with 10 points, while the women sit in second-place with 14 points.

Buckeye thrower Keturah Lofton highlighted the day for the women as she snapped her own Big Ten and Ohio State record in the hammer throw. Last week at Akron, Lofton posted a mark that reached 200 feet, 2 inches (200-2). Friday, Lofton walked away with her first career Big Ten outdoor title with a winning heave of 61.15-meters, breaking the meet record set last year by Michigan’s April Phillips.

Senior All-American Dan Taylor fell short of capturing his first Big Title in the hammer throw as he placed third with a toss of 61.58-meters.

In the final event of the evening, junior distance runner Dan Glaz placed seventh in the 10,000-meter run posting a provisional qualifying time of 29:39.9

In the men’s decathlon, Ohio State was represented in the by sophomore Scott Hudepohl. On the day, Hudepohl finished in the long jump with a leap of 6.87 meters and fifth in the high jump posting a mark of 1.93 meters. The decathlon resumes tomorrow morning with the 110-meter hurdles.

Complete results for the Big Ten championships may be viewed at

Action resumes Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).