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Oct. 5, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams get back together and come back to Ohio for the All-Ohio Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University Friday. The women’s race is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., while the men’s race will begin at 2:45 p.m.

THE ALL-OHIO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio Wesleyan University will play host to the 2005 All-Ohio Championships at its Methodist Theological School course. The men’s competition will be over an 8 -kilometer terrain and the women in a 5K race.

Meet Information:http://bishops.owu.edu/alohxc05.html

LAST WEEK: MEN TAKE SIXTH AT GRIAK INVITE, WOMEN WIN SECOND MEET OF SEASON AT LOUISVILLE
The men’s and women’s teams competed in two separate meets Saturday, September 24th. The men posted their highest finish all-time at the Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights, Minn., while the women won the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky.

The Buckeye men totaled 204 points behind a 17th-place effort by senior Brian Olinger, who finished the 8-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 44 seconds (24:44). BYU won the event with 117 points and top-ranked Wisconsin was second with 151 team points. Sophomore John Ealy was the second Buckeye to finish in the Top 25 with a 21st-place time of 24:52 and freshman Jeff See was 27th in 24:59. Nicole Gliem, a junior, placed second in the 5K race at Louisville in 17:09.42 to help the women’s team take first place in a field of more than 50 teams. Freshmen Rachel Stichter and Melanie Price also finished in the Top 10. Stichter crossed the finish line in sixth place in 18:03.50 and Price completed the race in 18:28.27 for 10th. The Buckeyes finished with a team score of 69 points.

BUCKEYE MEN CRACK NATIONAL RANKINGS
After starting the season with victories in their first two meets, the men continued their impressive 2005 campaign with a strong sixth-place showing at the Roy Griak Invitational last week, the highest finish ever for Ohio State in the event. The men moved down in the rankings one spot in the Mondo Men’s Cross Country poll, going from 15th September 20th to 16th September 27th.

MEN’S TEAM GETTING BOOKED
The men’s team is being featured in an online journal that soon will be turned into book about 11 different cross country teams from around the nation.

Matt Taylor, a former runner at Yale, is doing a documentary with 11 different programs across the country, spending one week with each team to get an inside peek at their season. Brian Olinger, Jeff See and John Ealy all are keeping journals for Taylor, who is not only reporting on each team, but is working right along side the runners during workouts.

Taylor has been to Portland, Adams State, Colorado and Notre Dame so far. After his one week stop at Ohio State, Taylor will head to Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Iona, Dartmouth, William & Mary, Georgetown and Virginia Intermont.

Taylor’s trip can be followed on his website at www.chasingtradition.com.

MEN SEEK TO FURTHER SUCCESS AT ALL-OHIO MEET
The men’s team looks to continue to stay ahead of the pack at the All-Ohio Championships. Ohio State has won five of the last eight All-Ohio meets. During their run, the men also have had two individual champions in Ian Conner (1998) and Brian Olinger, the winner a year ago.

The men also have more victories during the last 20 years, winning six more titles than any other competing teams. Ohio State also has the most number of individual champions, boasting five in that same time frame.

TOP-10 FINISHES KEEP ROLLING IN
For the third week in a row, the women’s team placed three of it’s member in the Top 10 at the Louisville Classic. The streak started opening week, when Melanie Price, Rachel Stichter, Melanie Grim and Laura Piper all took Top 10 honors at the Xavier Invitational.

The women continued their run of Top 10 finishes at the Cedarville Invitational. Piper, Stichter and Price finished third, fourth and eighth, respectively. The women did it again with Top-10 finishes at the Louisville Invitational as Price and Stichter continued their streak of Top 10 finishes, while Nicole Gliem ran in her first race of the season and led the Buckeye’s with a runner-up standing.

The men’s team also has had its fare share of Top 10’s. Despite not getting one of its runners in the Top 10 the Roy Griak Invitational, the men still have a team total of 14 Top 10’s this season.

The Men’s team has been led by John Ealy, Glenn Collins, Branden Martinez, Alex Bailey and Jeff See, who all have two Top 10 finishes this season. Brian Olinger, Levi Fox, Kevin Bruffy and Matt Penza each have one Top 10 placing so far in 2005.

The Buckeyes best meet for Top 10’s this season was the Xavier Invitational, where the men captured eight of the Top 10 spots.

YOU HAVE TO “SEE” IT TO BELIEVE IT
For the second-consecutive meet, Freshman Jeff See finished in the Top 3 for the Buckeyes. See, who has managed to hold down one of the Top 3 stops in two races for the 16th ranked Buckeyes, also has held his own versus the best in the nation as he took 27th in the Roy Griak Invitational with a time of 24:59.

See’s Griak time was a personal-best in an 8K.

OLINGER LOOKS TO DEFEND ALL-OHIO CROWN
Brian Olinger, captain of the men’s cross country team, will try to successfully defend his title at the All-Ohio Championships. Olinger is trying to become the first repeat champion of the event since Chris Reis of Cincinnati pulled off the feat in 2000 and `01.

Olinger also would be the first Buckeye to have back-to-back wins at the All-Ohio Championships.

The Buckeyes also are trying to win the All-Ohio in back-to-back years. It would be the first time the Buckeyes had repeated as All-Ohio champions since they won three titles in a row in 1997, 1998 and 1999 season.

WOMEN CLAIM TOP HONORS FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON
After a four-year drought without a first-place finish, the women’s team placed first at the Xavier Invitational Sept. 10, with 28 team points. The meet win was the first for the Buckeye women in four seasons.

Two weeks later, the women followed up a second place finish in the Cederville Invitational with a win at the Greater Louisville Classic. Prior to this season, the last time the women’s team placed first in a meet was at the Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational Oct. 6, 2002.

MEN IMPROVE AT GRIAK FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON
For the second year in a row, the men’s team posted a new all-time best finish at the Roy Griak Invitational. The sixth-place tally this season topped the team’s all-time best finish in the event set just a year ago, when the men took seventh.

GLIEM LEADS BUCKEYES IN HER FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON
The women’s team had a welcomed addition to their team effort at the Louisville Classic on September 24th in junior Nicole Gliem. In her fist meet of the season, Gliem led the Buckeyes to a first-place finish in Louisville, with a second overall time of 17:09.42.

OLINGER TO CAPTAIN MEN’S TEAM
Brian Olinger enters his senior season in 2005 and will serve as team co-captain. In 2004, he gained All-America status with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships with a 10-kilometer mark of 31:42. Olinger qualified for nationals with a fourth-place time of 30:18.7 in the regional meet 10K race.

Olinger also turned in a spectacular track season. He gained his first All-America honor during the indoor year and set an OSU record in the 5,000-meter run.

Despite redshirting the outdoor collegiate season, Olinger qualified for the 2005 USA National Championships in June in the 3,000m steeplechase, where he finished fourth with a then-career time of 8:28.44.

Most recently, he broke the 8:20 mark at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Belgium, with a time of 8:19.56, which stands as the second fastest time ever run by an American collegiate.

NEXT MEET
The men’s team heads to Terre Haute, Ind., for the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet, while the women head to State College, Pa., for the National Invitational Saturday, October 15th.