Feb. 4, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field team competed in day one action at the fifth annual New Balance Collegiate Invitational Friday in New York, N.Y. The two-day event, which features some of the top teams throughout the country, is being held at the New Balance Track and Field Center.

Leading the way for the men was junior Brian Olinger (Fresno, Ohio/Girard) as he clocked a time of 8:01.36 in the 3,000-meter run to place third. Olinger’s time in the event smashed his previous season-best time of 8:10.25, while in the process moving him into second in the all-time Ohio State indoor record books. The previous second-best 3,000-meter mark was 8:01.60 and was run in 1991 by Mark Croghan . The top mark of 7:52.63 is held by current OSU distance coach Robert Gary.

Teammate Dan Glaz (Pabs Hills, Ill./A.A. Stagg) also turned in a solid time in the 3,000 as he finished under 8:10 to finish ninth.

In the sprint events John Morris (Camden, N.J./Camden) posted a season-best showing of 47.80 in the 400-meter dash to place third in his heat. On the women’s side, sophomore Jenna Harris (Somerset, N.J./Franklin) blew away the field in her heat in the 60-meter dash clocking a time of 7.47. Harris will compete tonight at 10:30 p.m. in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.

Women’s jumpers Rosalind Goodwin (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Ballard) and Shayla Moore (Jessup, Md./Long Beach) will compete tomorrow in the women’s triple jump, while men’s freshman jumper Marios Iacovou (Nicosia, Cyprus/Lyceum Kykkos B) will compete in the high jump. Day two competition begins tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s 5,000-meter run.