Buckeye track and field/cross country head coach Robert Gary provides an update on the post-collegiate athletes training at Ohio State.
Dan Huling (a 2006 graduate of Miami University)
“Dan is finishing up his European season, which will end in mid-September. I hope he can improve his PR with these last couple of steeple races and he will be the top-ranked American going into next season. We are always talking about what he needs to do to be making national teams and major championship finals. He is about five seconds – though they’re very, very tough ones – from the American steeple record. We’re confident he can get there.”
“Brian had a tough season and we have both agreed that the steeplechase is just too tough on his body. He has committed very little specific work towards his flat races, and yet it always seems like he can run 13:30 and around a 4:00 minute time for the mile. His goals for 2011 include running a sub-13:20 and achieving the A-standard in the 10k – we think Brian can run 27:40 in 2011.”
“Jeff, who is still in the middle of his second European season, will begin post-collegiate training this fall with Brian and Dan while also serving as our cross country volunteer coach . He has been everything you could ask from an Ohio State student-athlete, and I think the distance guys will benefit greatly by having him involved in the program. We have talked several times since Jeff arrived in Columbus about trying the steeplechase, but the collegiate schedule and untimely injuries have not allowed us to see if he might be able to do it. Jeff will spend the fall working on hurdling, and I think having Dan Huling as a training partner will be a great benefit to him.”