April 15, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This weekend, the Ohio State track and field teams will split up for the first time during the outdoor season. The majority of athletes will head to the Pacesetter Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. this Saturday, but a select few will compete in the Mt. Sac Relays at Mt. San Antonio Junior College this weekend%^$


%^$The Pacesetter Invitational is a scored meet in which the Buckeyes, will do battle against host Indiana State, Illinois State, Louisville, Bradley, Southern Illinois (women only), Notre Dame, Butler, Western Illinois, Purdue (men only), Eastern Illinois (women only) and Missouri-Kansas City.%^$


%^$Andrew Pierce, David Gonzalez, J.J. OReilly, Joe Crallie, Dominque Calloway, Donica Merriman, Carrie Hoblet, Cathy Rejouis, Ayanna Reece and Chris England will represent OSU at the Mt. Sac. Relays in Walnut, Calif.%^$


%^$Dominque Calloway qualified automatically for the NCAA Championships in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles by virtue of victories last Saturday at the United States Collegiate Track and Field Series in Tampa, Fla.%^$


%^$Donica Merriman and Ayanna Reece, along with the womens 4×100-meter relay team, were provisional qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. Merriman qualified in the 100-meter dash while Reece qualified in the 400-meter hurdles after their respective performances last weekend.%^$


%^$The Ohio State mens and womens track and field teams both finished third at the U.S. Collegiate Track and Field Series in Tampa, Fla. last Saturday. In a meet hosted by the University of South Florida, the Buckeyes placed first in eight events.%^$FINAL TEAM SCORES (MEN): 1. South Florida, 198; 2. Florida State, 183; 3. Ohio State, 146; 4. Florida International, 77.%^$FINAL TEAM SCORES (WOMEN): 1. Florida State, 209; 2. South Florida, 185; 3. Ohio State, 150; 4. Florida International, 89.%^$


%^$OSU had four athletes compete for the first time this outdoor season last Saturday; Rusty Azbell, Katie Craig, Keeley Handcox and Alan Barr. Azbell finished fourth in the mens hammer throw (41.18 meters) and seventh in the javelin throw (39.84 meters). He also finished fourth in the discus throw (40.02 meters). Craig finished seventh in the shot put (9.76 meters), sixth in the discus throw (37.26 meters), fourth in the hammer throw (37.54 meters), and 10th in the javelin throw (14.40 meters). Handcox won the javelin throw (35.32 meters) in her only event of the day. Finally, Barr finished sixth in both the high jump (1.93 meters) and the long jump (5.80 meters).%^$


%^$Dominque Calloway set a school record in the 400-meter hurdles (56.83) and was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week this week.