Track and Field Plays Host to First Home Meet

Jan. 25, 2006

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Columbus, Ohio -- The Ohio State men's and women's track and field teams will compete in their first home meet of the 2006 season in the Ohio State Invitational. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 in French Field House in Columbus, Ohio.

2006 Ohio State Invitational
Time: Field Events 11:15/ Track Events noon
Venue: French Field House
Competing Teams (as of Jan. 25): Ohio State(M/W), Cincinnati (W), Marshall (M/W), Ashland (M/W), Malone (M/W), Indiana,Pa.(M/W), California (Pa.) (M/W), Ohio(M/W), Shawnee State(M/W), Ashland Elite(M/W), IPFW(W), Xavier(M/W) SpeedXL Track Team(M) West Virginia State(M)
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Jatsek Scores Big Ten Male Athlete of The Week
Sophomore thrower Lenny Jatsek was named Athlete of the Week in an announcement made by the Big Ten Tuesday. Saturday at the Indiana Invitational, Jatsek won the men's weight throw event and placed fourth in the shot put.

With his winning weight mark of 65 feet, 9 ½ inches Saturday, Jatsek provisionally qualified for the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships and posted the league's second-best mark in the event this season. Jatsek's weight figure also moved him into the Top 5 in Ohio State's all-time indoor performance list in the weight. Later Saturday, Jatsek added a fourth-place score in the shot put with a toss of 51-11.


Jatsek's weekly honor contributes to Ohio State's impressive run of Big Ten weekly honorees in the throws events. During the last three indoor seasons and last two outdoor campaigns, Buckeye men's and women's throwers have combined to win 14 conference athlete of the week awards.

Recapping the 2006 Indiana Invitational
The Ohio State men's and women's track and field teams opened their Big Ten season Saturday at the Indiana Invitational, competing in a quad meet Indiana State and Big Ten rivals Indiana and Purdue. The meet was held in Indiana's Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The women's team won the meet as they accumulated 155 points to edge Indiana, who finished with 147 points. The men's team had many impressive individual performances and finished third with 123 points.

For the women, sophomores Jessica Stinger and Colleen Farrell finished first and second, respectively, in the high jump. Stringer jumped 5 feet, 10.75 inches to provisionally qualify for the NCAA indoor championships and Farrell took second at 5-07.75. Also in the field, freshman Jenine Zylinski won the shot put with a throw of 49-11.75 feet.

On the track, Nicole Gliem won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:46.11 and junior Jenna Harris won the 60m dash in 7.50. Later, Harris came in second in the 200m dash in 24.31 to accumulate 16 points for the Buckeyes. Harris also was a member of the 4x400m relay that came in second with a time of 3:45.74. The 4x400m relay was anchored by freshman Ayrizanna Favours, who earlier finished second in the 400m (54.96).

For the men, sophomore Lenny Jatsek provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships in weight with a throw of 65-9.50. His mark in the weight throw ranks fifth all-time in Ohio State history. Jatsek also took fourth in the shot put with a toss of 51-11 feet. In the high jump, sophomore Patrick Woods came in second, clearing 6-7.50.

On the track, senior Todd Dutch had a solid day, coming first in the 200m (21.58) and second in the 60m (6.86). Dutch also was a member of the 4x400m team that took second place in a time of 3:17.32. In distance events, senior Brian Olinger won the mile in an impressive 4:07.83. Also scoring points on the track was freshman Elon Simms, who won the 600m with a time of 1:20.67.

Revisiting the 2005 OSU Invite
The men's and women's track and field teams competed against Big Ten foes Indiana and Purdue on Jan. 22 and finished third and second, respectively. Indiana University played host to the event at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.

The women's second-place standing was fueled by another stellar showing from its field event athletes as they scored 56 of the team's 101 points. Leading the way for the women, was senior jumper Rosalind Goodwin and senior thrower Shelaine Larson. Goodwin posted two winning performances in the long and triple jumps with leaps of 18 feet, 11 inches 1/2 (18-11.5) and 41-5, respectively.

Larson finished second in the shot put and first in the weight to help Ohio State take the top three spots. Larson topped 63 feet in the weight and more than 47 feet in the shot. Rounding out the Top 3 in the weight where Tiffany Davis and Katy Houser, who both reached more than 59 feet.

On the men's side, the Buckeyes were led by thrower Bryan Duby, who posted a personal-best of throw of 66-8 1/2 to win the weight. In other men's field events, Pat Woods and Marios Iacovou finished second and third respectively in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6-6.75.

The sprint events saw Ohio State receive winning performances in the 60 and 200-meter dashes from Todd Dutch, who finished with times of 6.83 in the 60m and 21.91 in the 200m. The Buckeyes also received a first-place performance from John Morris in the 600-meter dash in 1:20.57.

On the women's side, Jenna Harris scored second in both the 60m and 200m dashes, clocking times of 7.63 and 24.90.

Stringer, Jatsek Post All-Time Marks
At the Indiana Invite Jan. 21, two Buckeyes posted all-time Ohio State marks. Junior Jessica Stringer won the women's high jump by clearing 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches to rank third all-time at OSU. Sophomore Lenny Jatsek heaved a mark of 65-9 1/2 to win the weight throw and now rates fifth all-time at OSU in the event.

Lofton Makes Triumphant Return
After missing all of last season, senior thrower Keturah Lofton has made a triumphant return to competition. The former Big Ten champion and two-time All-American won the weight throw at Kentucky and was runner-up at Indiana.

At the Kentucky Invite, Lofton tossed a provisional qualifier for the NCAA indoor championships, reaching a distance of 67-2 1/4.

Buckeyes In The Big Ten Ranks
Several Buckeyes own top marks in the Big Ten. For the men, Brian Olinger leads the conference in the mile with his 4:07.83 time set at Indiana (Jan. 21). Lenny Jatsek's winning weight mark of 65-9 1/2 at Indiana is ranked second in the league.

Freshman Jeff See has the sixth best time in the 3,000m run and the second best by a freshman. Todd Dutch is tied for fourth in the Big Ten in the 60m dash with a time of 6.83.

Freshman Brandon Cathcart hold the fourth best triple jump this season with and enffort of 49-8 1/2.

On the women's end, Jenna Harris owns the No. 2 time of 7.50 in the 60m, while Ayrizanna Favours is rated third with her 54.96 posted in the 400m at Indiana.

In the field, Keturah Lofton is second in the weight at 67-2 1/4 from her winning effort at Kentucky and freshman Janine Zylinski is second in the shot put with her debut mark of 49-11 3/4 in the shot put. High jumper Jessica Stringer currently is third in the high jump standings at 5-10 3/4. Stringer's jump is also the best by a junior this season.

Notable Debuts At Kentucky
The men's and women's team 37 has freshman combined and several transfer student-athletes that will be making their Ohio State debut this season. Several did so last weekend at the Kentucky Invitational.

For the men, Jeff See, last year's high school national champion in the mile, made his track and field debut for the Buckeyes, taking fourth in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:15.14. In the field, Bryan Chard took 10th-place in the pole vault with a height of 14-07 1/4. Brandon Cathcart, last year's high school national champion in the triple jump, took fourth place in the triple with a distance of 49-8 1/4. Adam Wilhelm and Elon Simms both made their Ohio State debuts in the 400 meters with times of 49.49 and 49.61, respectively.

For the women, Ayrizonna Favours took third in the 400 meters with a time of 55.96. Transfer Veronica Vance made her first Ohio State apperence in two events the in long jump and the triple jump with leaps of 17-11 1/2 and 38-9 3/4, respectively.

Men's Newcomers
Russ Rogers, Ohio State men's and women's track and field head coach, announced the addition of seven recruits for the men's team. The class of 2009 boasts three scholastic national champions and nearly 20 individual titles at the state level.

A pair of 2005 high school national champions heads the list in middle-distance specialist Jeff See, who comes to Ohio State from Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio and Brandon Cathcart, a jumper from Salisbury, N.C. In June of 2005, See claimed the national championship in the boy's mile run in a career-best 4:03.53. See also was a four-time Ohio High School Athletics Association state champion, winning three consecutive 1,600-meter titles and one 800-meter run crown in 1:51.18. He also was a regional and state cross country champion.

Cathcart will join the Buckeye jumps team after claiming the 2005 National High School Championship in triple jump. He owns a career-best leap of 50 feet, 5 1/4 inches and won back-to-back North Carolina state championships in the triple. He also added a long jump state title and owns a career long jump mark of 24-2 1/2.

Two more runners are among the group of recruits. Levi Fox and Elon Simms come to Columbus after top showings at the 2005 Ohio State Championships. Fox claimed the state title in the 3,200 meters in 9:05 while competing for Troy High School. Fox also had a career-best 4:15 in the 1,600m. Simms was the runner-up at the Ohio state championships in 800m last season with Fremont Ross and owns a top time of 1:52.51.

Also on the track, Mathew Comer won the Michigan state championship in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and was runner-up in the 100-meter high hurdles. Adam Wilhelm, another Fremont Ross product, was the 2005 Ohio State Championships runner-up in the 400-meter dash and will supply instant support in the long sprints.

In the field, the Buckeyes will welcome pole vaulter Brian Chard from Caledonia River Valley High School. He won the Ohio state championship in 2005, clearing the bar at 15-3.

"I am excited about this recruiting class," Russ Rogers, who will enter his 19th season as Ohio State men's and women's track and field head coach, said. "It is talented and deep on the track and in the field. I expect each of the recruits to make an immediate impact on our team and help us finish near the top of the Big Ten this year. We have a young team, but we are talented and that is what excites me the most."

The Buckeyes also anticipate a boost from Ted Ginn Jr., who is expected trade the football cleats for track spikes after completing his track and field redshirt year in 2005. At Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ginn was a national champion in 110-meter high hurdles his junior year and held the top time in the country his senior season at 13.23. He was a two-time state champ in the 110m event and earned another state title in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles his senior season of 2004, winning in 36.73. He added the Ohio title in the 200 meters in 2004 as well. Ginn also has been timed at 10.5 in the 100m and was runner up at the state level in the 200m in 2002, timing 21.16, and second in the 400m in 2003 and `04, clocking a 46.57.

In addition to Ginn, Rogers also foresees several more possible contributions from student-athletes currently with the Ohio State football team.

"I'm looking forward to three other football Buckeyes coming out in the spring," Rogers said. "Malcolm Jenkins has run a 47.8 in the 400 meters, Jamario O'Neal was second in the state (Ohio) last year in the 100 meters and Brian Hartline was the state champion in both the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles."

Ohio State also will welcome a pair of transfer student-athletes in 2006. John Dunham comes to Columbus from the University of Tennessee as a specialist in the 400 meters. At the high school level, Dunham was a two-time 400m Ohio state champion for Wheelersburg High School. Chris Watkins, who transferred from Toledo, will add to the Buckeyes sprint squad as well, mainly in the 200 meters. He placed third in the Ohio state meet in 2003 at Toledo Whitmer High School.

The Buckeyes also will welcome back the return of a veteran in the spring in Brian Olinger, who redshirted the outdoor schedule last year. Although he sat out collegiate competition, Olinger ran at the 2005 United States Track and Field Championships and placed fourth in the 3, 000-meter steeplechase. A month later, he clocked the second-fastest time by an American collegiate athlete in the steeple at a meet in Europe, finishing in 8:19.56.

Coach Gary and Olinger Honored For Outstanding Efforts In 2005 Cross Country Season
The NCAA announced its men's cross country regional awards Saturday Nov. 19 prior to the 2005 National Championship meet Monday in Terre Haute, Ind. Ohio State head coach Robert Gary was named 2005 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year, while senior co-captain Brian Olinger earned 2005 Great Lakes Runner of the Year honors.

Gary guided the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the 2005 Big Ten Championships, a third-place team score at the 2005 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships and an 11th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Olinger led the Ohio State pack in each of the races, taking 10th at Big Ten's before winning the regional event Nov. 12.

For the season, Gary and Olinger also combined to lead Ohio State to three event team titles and an all-time best sixth-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis in September.

Women's Newcomers
Russ Rogers, Ohio State men's and women's track and field head coach, announced the addition of four recruits to the women's team for the up coming season. The class includes a pair of signees from Ohio, while also featuring recruits from Arizona, Indiana, Maryland and Michigan.

"This is the best recruiting class we have had in the last three to four years," Rogers, who will coach the Buckeyes for his 18th season in 2006, said. "When you add this class to the athletes we have returning, we have a chance to do really well in the Big Ten. We could be in the Top 3, or possibly win the conference."

Ayrizonna Favours, a native of Columbus, comes to Ohio State as a multi-sport star at Columbus Eastmoor Academy. A 12-time letterwinner in basketball, soccer and track and field, Favours was a four-time Ohio Division II state champion in the 400-meter run and helped Eastmoor win Division II team state titles in both 2004 and `05. Her best times include a 53.1 in the 400m, 24.4 in the 200m and 12.01 in the 100m dash. She also anchored Eastmoor to a 3:47 best in the 4x400m.

Also on the track, Detroit native Jessica Jones comes to Columbus as a multiple individual Michigan state champion. She spent her freshman and sophomore years at Renaissance High School before switching to Mumford High for her final two seasons. At each school, she claimed state titles in each of the 200m and 400m dashes. Jones' personal-best times include 54.4 in the 400m and 24.21 in the 200m. She also helped Mumford set the Michigan state record in the 4x200-meter relay (1:39.12). In national competition, Jones finished second in the indoor 400m at the 2005 Nike Indoor National Meet.

The Buckeye track unit also added a top-flight hurdler in Bever-Leigh Holloway, of Greenbelt, Md. Holloway won individual state titles in both Maryland and Nevada. In her freshman season, she won Nevada state crowns in the 100-meter hurdles and the 100m and 200m dashes. She completed her career in Maryland with state championships in the 100m and 300m hurdles for Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Holloway boasts personal-best times of 14.34 in the 100m H and 43.87 in the 300m H. She also helped Roosevelt High to indoor Maryland state titles in 2004 and `05 and outdoor state championships in 2003 and `05.

In the distance events, Rachel Stichter already has made her presence felt on the Ohio State women's cross country team, routinely running third on the squad in five meets this season. At Wawasee High School in Milford, Ind., Stichter was the 2005 Indiana State Champion in the 3,200-meter run (10.41.77) and a two-time team most valuable runner. She holds the Indiana regional record for the 3,200m and a section mark in the 1,600m (5:06.87 in 2004).

In the field, Cori Tarzwell, of Mesa, Ariz., will help offset the loss of three seniors on the throws team. The 2004 Arizona State Champion in the shot put owns a career-best throw of 142-11 1/2 in the discus. In 2005, she doubled as the state runner-up in the shot and discus.

In addition to its recruiting class, Ohio State also has added transfer Veronica Vance to the jumps unit. Vance comes to Ohio State after spending two seasons as Bowling Green's top performer in the triple jump. At the 2005 All-Ohio meet at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Vance placed third behind former Buckeye All-American jumpers Rosalind Goodwin and Shayla Moore. Vance's top marks include 40-4 in the triple and 18-7 on the long jump.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will be on the road to New York, N.Y. for the New York Collegiate Meet on Feb. 3-4. Some athletes from the men's and women's team will complete at the Akron Invitational Feb. 4.

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