April 18, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field teams will travel to Fort Worth, Texas Saturday, April 20 to compete in the TCU Track Invitational. The event, hosted by Texas Christian University, will be held at the Lowden Track Complex on the TCU campus. Field events are set to begin at 11 a.m. and running events will start at 12 p.m. Team scheduled to compete included: Ohio State, Texas (women only), Stephen F. Austin, UNT, Lamar, Texas Southern, Garden City Junior College, South Plains Junior College, Southwest Christian and TCU.

A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION The Texas Christian men’s team have recorded nine NCAA provisional marks so far this season. Top performers for the Horned Frogs include sohomore Michael Frater in the 100 and 200 meter sprint events. Frater posted times of 10.23 (100) and 20.64 (200), both wins at the Texas A&M Invitational held April 12-13. Aundre Edwards leaped 7.7 meters to win the long jump in the meet. Monica Twum was TCU’s only women’s winner at last week’s competition, finishing first in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.56. J.W. Potter, a senior from Stephen F. Austin, finished first in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:51.85 at the Texas A&M Invitational.

LAST TIME OUT The Buckeyes finished strong at the 2002 Ohio Championships April 12-13. Hosted by Ohio State, the event was held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The men’s team finished competition with 177 points to win the meet. Kent State placed second with 139 points while Akron finished third with 100.5 points. Ohio State won seven individual events, including two by sophomore thrower Dan Taylor. Taylor had a first place distance of 18.75 meters in the shot put and 53.84 in the discus throw. Justin Cavinee won the hammer throw with a distance of 61.12 meters. In other field events, John Ferguson set a personal best in the javelin throw with a throw of 64.76 meters while Nosa Ehimwenman captured first place in the triple jump with a distance of 15.46 meters.

Derrick Butler crossed the finish line in 30:30.05 to win the 10,000 meter run while Todd Helber finished first in the 800 meter run in 1:52.36.

The woman’s team compilied 102 points to tie for second place with Akron. The Kent State Golden Flashes won the meet with 133 points. The Buckeyes garnered three first-place finishes, all field events.

Krista Keir set a school record in the discus with her throw of 182-4 (55.57 meters). The throw earned her a NCAA automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Championships. Keir is currently the NCAA leader in discus. Tami Smith finished first in the high jump with a height of 1.77 meters while teammate Rosalind Goodwin captured the triple jump event with a first- place jump of 12.13 meters.

Ohio State sophomore Dan Taylor earned Big Ten Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week April 10 after his performance at the Wheeling Jesuit Invitational, Ohio State’s first outdoor track meet of the season. Taylor broke a 20-year old school record with his toss of 180-2 (54.92m) in the discus. The previous record of 178-2 was set back in 1982 by Kevin Akins. In the shot put, Taylor earned a NCAA provisional qualification with a distance throw of 61-1 Ľ (18.62m). He also placed third in the hammer throw with a toss of 182-7 (55.65m).

Track legend Jesse Owens was named the Ohio State male athlete of the century by the Columbus Touchdown Club. Owens’ legend at Ohio State blossomed, thanks to such feats as setting three world records – in the long jump, 220-yard dash and 220-yard hurdles – within a 70-minute span at the 1935 Big Ten Track Championships. He became a household name at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, where he won four gold medals. Stephanie Hightower was named women’s track and field athlete of the century. She was a three-time (1978-80) All-American in the hurdles.

In his 14 years at Ohio State, Russ Rogers has produced more than 100 Big Ten indoor and outdoor track and field champions, 10 NCAA indoor and outdoor champions and 69 All-Americans. Rogers has more than 30 years of head coaching experience in national and international track and field. Rogers came to Ohio State from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he served as the head coach for men’s and women’s track and field as well as the cross country teams for 10 years.

Ohio State will play host to the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Sunday, May 5. Competition will begin at 9 a.m. with featured events starting at 1 p.m.

The Buckeyes will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to compete in the Penn Relays April 25-26.