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Aug. 19, 2004

The Ohio State women’s cross country team enters the 2004 season under the direction of third-year head coach Chad Myers. In Myers’ first two years at the helm, he has directed the Buckeyes to four meet victories including two last season. This season Ohio State will look to build upon its successes from 2003.

In their quest to become one of the Big Ten’s elite teams, the Buckeyes will be gunning for a Top 5 finish at the highly competitive Big Ten championships. During the off-season, Myers installed within his runners the attitude of setting goals and establishing a solid training base.

“I think our goals this season are to try and get in the Top 5 in the Big Ten, qualify for the regional meet and to perform well enough at the regional meet that we are on the verge of qualifying for the national meet,” Myers said. “They are some pretty high goals, but I think they are definitely within our reach.”

The Buckeyes enter the season returning six letterwinners, all of whom competed at the Big Ten championships a year ago. Myers enters the season with high expectations for the team and believes the squad gained some much-needed experience during the 2003 season.

“We are a very young team,” Myers said. “I think there is a little bit of hunger on this team. They all want to get to the next level and they all want to get better. I’m excited about the upcoming season and I see the desire to improve in the eyes of all the current runners.”

Scouting the Women’s Schedule
The 2004 edition of the Ohio State women’s cross country teams faces one of its toughest schedules in recent history as it travel to two of the more competitive meets in the country.

The women open the season with the men’s team at the Virginia Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. The following week, the Buckeyes will face one of their toughest tests of the season as they travel to Minnesota to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational. The meet is one of the largest cross country meets in the country and features some of the top teams in the country.

“The Griak meet is a very large meet and it is a meet that we can gain some at-large points for the NCAA meet,” Myers said. “This is a tough schedule, but it is one that will definitely help us once we head down the stretch

Two weeks after the squad competes at the Griak Meet, the women return to the All-Ohio Invitational where the Buckeyes will look to improve upon its second-place finish from a year ago. Ohio State closes out the regular season at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. site of the 2004 NCAA Championships.

Who To Watch on the Women’s Side
With everyone returning to the team from a year ago, Myers will turn to senior Robyn Detty, junior Chelsea Poling and sophomore Nicole Gliem to lead the team. All four individuals competed on the team last season when the squad posted their best finish at the Big Ten championships since 1993.

Myers feels that Poling could consistently be the Buckeyes top individual this season. Last season, Poling finished 18th at the 2003 Big Ten Championships and just missed earning all-conference honors for the first time in her career.

“Chelsea has really began to take some excellent strides in becoming a great runner,” Myers said.

Although Poling could prove to be the top women’s runner though a majority of the upcoming season, Detty also is a candidate that could push for the No. 1 spot as well. Last season, Detty was one of the most consistent runners on the team as she finished in the Top 15 five times.

Gliem also could be poised for a breakout season this fall after posting an impressive track season that saw her qualify for the 2004 Mideast Regional in the 5,000-meter-run.