May 17, 1999
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State mens and womens track and field teams will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. this weekend for the Big Ten Championships, hosted by Purdue University. The meet begins Friday and runs through Sunday.
SIZING UP THE FAVORITES
The following competitors lead the Big Ten in their respective events and are also ranked among the nations best. The athletes event, name, school, their marks, the date they were set and national rank are all provided.
Mens 100-meter dash: Lenton Herring (Wisconsin); 10.21; April 3; 16th nationally.
Mens 400-meter dash: Andrew Pierce (Ohio State); 45.86; March 27; 17th nationally.
Mens 5,000-meter run: Matt Downin (Wisconsin); 13:40.37; May 7; third nationally.
Mens 10,000-meter run: Steve Schell (Michigan State); 28:39.74; March 27; sixth nationally.
Mens 110-meter hurdles: Sherman Armstrong (Illinois); 13.88; May 8; 15th nationally.
Mens 400-meter intermediate hurdles: Sherman Armstrong (Illinois); 50.13; May 2; fifth nationally.
Mens 3,000-meter steeplechase: Tom Chorny (Indiana); 8:37.18; April 22; third nationally.
Mens 4×100-meter relay: Kurt Felix, Tony Branch, Tim Dodge, Bashir Yamini (Iowa); 39.96; May 1; 31st nationally.
Mens 4×400-meter relay: Tony Branch, Tim Dwight, Tim Dodge, Bashir Yamini (Iowa); 3:06.18; May 1; 20th nationally.
Mens High Jump: Bobby Myers (Wisconsin); 2.22; May 1; 12th nationally.
Mens Long Jump: Babatunde Ridley (Illinois); 7.74; May 2; 13th nationally.
Mens Triple Jump: Djeke Mambo (Purdue); 16.17; March 19; ninth nationally.
Mens Shot Put: Chris Spurrier (Purdue); 18.18; May 1; 22nd nationally.
Mens Hammer Throw: Arno vndr Westhuizen (Iowa); 63.22; May 8; 24th nationally.
Mens Javelin Throw: Dave Matson (Penn State); 68.76; April 17; 16th nationally.
Mens Decathlon: Glenn Lindqvist (Minnesota); 7578; April 16; fourth nationally.
Womens 100-meter dash: Kerry-Ann Richards (Illinois); 11.27; May 8; 10th nationally.
Womens 200-meter dash: Aleisha Latimer (Illinois); 23.42; April 10; 22nd nationally.
Womens 800-meter run: Jenni Westphal (Wisconsin); 2:05.54; May 1; seventh nationally.
Womens 1,500-meter run: Janet Westphal (Wisconsin); 4:15.43; May 1; first nationally.
Womens 3,000-meter run: Jenelle Deatherage (Wisconsin); 9:17.88; April 16; seventh nationally.
Womens 5,000-meter run: Katie McGregor (Michigan); 16:11.03; April 16; seventh nationally.
Womens 10,000-meter run: Erica Palmer (Wisconsin); 34:03.60; April 22; sixth nationally.
Womens 100-meter high hurdles: Dominque Calloway (Ohio State); 13.03; April 18; fourth nationally.
Womens 400-meter intermediate hurdles: Dominque Calloway (Ohio State); 56.48; May 9; fifth nationally.
Womens High Jump: Nicole Forrester (Michigan); 1.85; April 16; sixth nationally.
Womens Pole Vault: Kierstin Doyle (Purdue); 3.76; April 16; 23rd nationally.
Womens Long Jump: Brandi Bentley (Michigan); 6.37; April 17; 10th nationally.
Womens Triple Jump: Shakeema Walker (Penn State); 13.28; May 9; fifth nationally.
Womens Shot Put: Collinus Newsome (Illinois); 16.02; May 8; sixth nationally.
Womens Discus Throw: Deshaya Williams (Penn State); 53.22; May 9; 13th nationally.
Womens Hammer Throw: Toyinda Smith (Purdue); 58.70; May 9; 12th nationally.
Womens Javelin Throw: Nicole Chimko (Minnesota); 54.92; March 26; third nationally.
Womens Heptathlon: Andrea Guertsen (Wisconsin); 5133; May 14; 25th nationally.
THE BUCKEYES AND BIG TEN HISTORY
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won four Big Ten Championships, all of the mens variety. In the two most recent seasons that OSU secured the title (1992 and 1993), current head coach Russ Rodgers has been selected Big Ten Coach of the Year. The men are competing for the 87th time in the Big Ten Championships (all consectutive) and the women are taking part for the 22nd time (all consectutive).
DEFENDING TEAM CHAMPIONS
The Minnesota Golden Gophers mens team (134.5 points) and the Michigan Wolverines womens squad (129.5 points) will be looking to defend the team titles they captured at the 1998 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
1998 BIG TEN RETURNING CHAMPIONS
Dominque Calloway is the only returning individual outdoor champion for Ohio State (100-meter hurdles). However, Andrew Pierce was a member of the victorious mens 4×400-meter relay team and Ayanna Reece and Cathy Rejouis were both a part of the womens 4×400-meter relay team, which also visited the winners circle.
CALLOWAY EARNS DISTINCTION
Dominque Calloway was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week this past week for the second time this outdoor season after her performance at the Phil Diamond Quad May 9 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Calloway came out on top in the 100-meter hurdles (13.12) as well as the 400-meter hurdles (56.48). Her time in the latter event is a conference-best thusfar. She also was a member of the victorious 4×400- and 4×1600-meter relay teams.