May 12, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State mens and womens track teams will travel to Bloomington, Ind. May 15 to compete in the Billy Hayes Invitational. The event will begin at 11:45 a.m. with the field events and is expected to wrap up around 4:00 p.m. Just as in years past, there is expected to be a wide range of schools and individuals in attendance for a final tune-up before conference championships next week.

Although there was no team scoring at last years event, many current Buckeyes fared well at 1998s Billy Hayes Invitational. Andrew Pierce (So., Yellow Springs, Ohio) won the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.17. Junior Dominque Calloway (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) also won an event, the 200-meter dash at a clip of 23.66. Calloway also finished third in the 100-meter hurdles.

Other current Buckeyes who placed at last years invitational were junior David Gonzalez (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Ian Connor (So., Lexington, Ohio) who placed second and sixth, respectably, in the 1,500-meter run.

For the women, Ayanna Reece (Sr., Bronx, N.Y.) finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles while Ta-Meika Brown (Sr., Long Island City, N.Y.) was fourth in the 800-meter run. Karen Keys (Jr., Carrington, N.D.) fared well in the field events, finishing seventh in the shot put, eighth in the discus throw, and 12th in the hammer throw.

The threesome of Andrew Pierce, Donica Merriman and Dominque Calloway won two events each May 9 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Pierce was victorious in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, while Merriman won the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Calloway set the standard in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Two womens relay teams, the 4×400 and the 4×1600, also won Sunday for the Buckeyes.

This weekends meet marks the final regular season event before the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 21-23 in West Lafayette, Ind., hosted by Purdue University.

Several Ohio State athletes are competing for berths in three postseason meets: the NCAA Championships, the United States Track and Field Championships, and the United States Track and Field Junior Championships. The NCAA Championships will occur at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho June 2-5. Meanwhile, the United States Track and Field Championships will take place at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. June 18-19. A site has not yet been announced for the Junior Championships.

-Go Bucks!-