April 20, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams fared well at the Texas Christian Invitational, held Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. The event was an open, non-scoring NCAA Track and Field Competition.

Ohio State junior Tami Smith (Galloway, Ohio/Westland) remained unbeaten for the 2002 season with her leap of 6-0 (1.83) in the high jump. The distance earned Smith an automatic bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships later this year.

Brandi Hogan (So., Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry Traditional) earned first place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.05 while Jennifer Ordway (So., Holgate, Ohio/Holgate) earned her first win of the season in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 11:39.85. In throwing events, Alexis McCall finished first in the shot put with her throw of 51-0 Ľ (15.55) to earn a provisional NCAA bid. Krista Keir (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Westerville) won the discus event with a toss of 169-5 (51.64). The win marks Keir’s third consecutive victory in the outdoor season.

Dan Taylor (Middlefield, Ohio/Berkshire) continued his strong efforts with two wins in the shot put and discus events. Taylor tossed the discus 182-0 (55.48), breaking his own school record that he set April 6 (54.92 meters). He also had a distance of 60-1 Ľ (18.32) in the shot put. John Ferguson picked up his second straight win in the javelin with a launch of 209-8 (63.9) while Brian Olinger won the 3000 meter steeplechase in a time of 9:19.15.

The Buckeyes return to action April with split sessions at the Penn Relays April 25-27 in Philadelphia, Pa. and at the Bearcat Classic April 27 in Cincinnati, Ohio.