Jan. 16, 2001
The Ohio State men’s and women’s track teams will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to battle Big Ten conference rival Indiana at the Indiana Invitational Jan. 20. The meet will be held at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The battle will begin first with field events at 12:00 noon, followed by running events promptly at 12:10p.m. The Ohio State, Indiana dual meet will be scored in a 5-3-2-1 fashion with each school scoring their top two finishers.
Members of the Ohio State track and field team competed at the Armory Invitational at in New York, N.Y. , Jan.13. The field events athletes represented Ohio State well with dominating performances. The women’s squad earned five Top 5 finishes in seven field events while the men’s team posted six Top 5 finishes in seven field events.
Katy Craig (Jr.,Hilliard,Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) captured first place in the weight throw with a mark of 19.25m. Alexis McCall (Fr., Elryria,Ohio/Elyria) posted a first-place finish in the shot put (14.50m). Teammate Erin Carter (So.,Logan,Ohio/Logan) followed with a mark of 14.49m to place second. Tami Smith (So., Galloway,Ohio/Westland) won the women’s high jump with a mark of 5 feet.
On the men’s squad Brad Hart (Fr., Erie,Pa./CathedralPrep)andJeff Cerveny(So.,Wadsworth,Ohio/Wadsworth) posted first ( 6′ 09″) and second -place finishes in the high jump.
Other top performers for the Buckeyes included Donica Merriman (Sr.,Trotwood,Ohio/Trotwood Madison) Andrew Pierce (Sr., Yellow Spring, Ohio/Yellow Springs), Rob Myers(Jr., Rushville,Ohio/Fairfield )and Ian Connor (Sr., Lexington,Ohio/Northmoor Local) Merriman coasted to a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.46. Pierce posted a time of 46.84 to capture first-place in the 400-meter dash. Myers won the 800-meter with a time of 1:52.55 while Connor placed first in the 3,000-meter run (8:17.95)
Looking to settle the score
The men’s squad was edged by Indiana last season to place second while the women captured third behind firstplace and defending Big Ten Champions Indiana and second place Washington.
The Indiana men’s team is coming off an 85-77 victory over Michigan Jan 13.
The Field events battle will be among Ohio State’s Katy Craig , Alexis McCall ,Erin Carter and Indiana’s Jennifer Brown and Heather Cayler, in the women’s weight throw and shot put.
Brown is coming of two provisional qualifying throws in the weight throw (18.27m) and the shot put (14.90m). Cayler placed second behind Brown in the shot put.
Donica Merriman will face off with All-American Lorraine Dunlop in the 60-meter dash and All-American Rachelle Boone in the 200-meter dash.
Athletes of the Week
Andrew Pierce and Katy Craig received Big Ten Athlete of the week honors Jan .9 after there impressive performances at the Ohio State Invitational. Pierce earned the honor after he placed first in two individual events, posting a time of 47.84 in the 400-meter dash and 22.01 in the 200-meter. He also anchored the first place 4×400 relay team.
Craig earned honors after she won the weight throw with a throw of 19.59m The distance of an automatic qualifier for the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Meet the Coach
In his 13 years at Ohio State, Russ Rogers has produced 100 Big Ten indoor and outdoor track and field champions, ten NCAA indoor and outdoor champions and 65 All-Americans. His 1993 teams alone produced 16 All-Americans and 12 Big Ten champions in both indoor and outdoor events.
Rogers was recently chosen as the head coach of the national team that participated in the 1999 World Indoor Championships in Macbashi, Japan.
Rogers has more than 30 years of head coaching experience in national and international track and field.
His most recent experience was with the U.S. team at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia. He also was the 1988 sprint coach for the U.S. Olympic Team which competed in Seoul, Korea, the 1987 coach of the World University Games team, the 1985-86 head coach of the U.S. track team and has numerous other coaching credentials.
Rogers came to Ohio State from Fairleigh Dickinson University, located in Teaneck, N.J., where he was the head coach for both the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country teams for 10 years.
Last season, All-Big Ten and All-American performers were produced in both the men’s and women’s camps.
Andrew Pierce (Sr., Yellow Springs,Ohio/Yellow Springs) Pierce claimed his second consecutive indoor medal in the 400-meter dash (46.46).Pierce represented the Buckeyes at the 2000 NCAA Championships posting a second-place All-American finish in the 400.
Donica Merriman (Sr.,Trotwood,Ohio Trotwood-Madison)guided the women’s team to a sixth-place finish in the 2000 Big Ten Championships, just two points shy of a fourth- place finish. Merriman claimed the 60-meter hurdles (8.19) for the second consecutive year and won the 200-meter dash to earn 2000 Big Ten and Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year.
Next week the Buckeyes will prepare for the Arkansas Inviatational in Fayetteville, Ark. Jan 26-27.