May 3, 1999

COLUMBUS-Ohio State will take to the track in Ann Arbor, Mich. for the Phil Diamond Quad Sunday.


Ohio State will battle Big XII member Missouri, as well as Big Ten counterparts, Michigan (the meet host) and Penn State.


The distance events, coupled with the high jump, appear to be the Wolverines strong suit. They are led by Steve Lawrence, Katie McGregor, Katie Clifford, Elizabeth Kampfe and Nicole Forrester. Lawrence, McGregor and Clifford all have strong times in the 5,000 meters, while Lawrence and Kampfe are among the elite in the 10,000 meters. McGregor and Clifford lead the way in the 3,000 meters for U-M, and Forresters forte is the high jump.


The Nittany Lions are known for their field events. John Gorham, George Audu, and Shakeema Walker lead the way in the high jump. Walker is also among the elite in the triple jump. Dave Matson, Troy Burkholder and Carrie Karbinos are nationally recognized for their outdoor performances in the javelin. Finally, Deshaya Williams has been strong all season long for PSU in the shot put and discus events.


The Tigers have athletes who excel in the track events as well as athletes who succeed in the field competitions. Derrick Peterson and Ashley Wysong are strong for Missouri in the 800 meters, while Rannveig Kavalvick and Eli Sommerfeldt are superior in the womens heptathlon. Lastly, Darin File and Justa Dahl are among the nations finest in the javelin throw and 10,000 meters, respectively.


OSU claimed five 1-2 finishes at the Toledo Invitational; Alexis Schulist and Karyn Kelly (10,000 meters), Andrew Pierce and Eswort Combs (400 meters), Donica Merriman and Monique Coleman (100 meters), Ta-Meika Brown and Ayanna Reece (800 meters) and Merriman and Reece (100-meter high hurdles).


After the Phil Diamond Quad Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Buckeyes travel to Bloomington, Ind. May 15 for the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University. Then, the regular season will conclude May 21-23 with the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., hosted by Purdue University. A LOOK AHEAD – THE POSTSEASON

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.