Oct. 6, 2004
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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams travel to Delaware, Ohio, Oct. 8, to compete in the 2004 All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships. The event will take place at the Methodist Theological School and will be hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. The men’s 8-kilometer race begins at 2 p.m. The women’s 5-kilometer race will directly the men’s race at 2:45 p.m.
Scouting the All-Ohio Invite
The 2004 All-Ohio Invitational will mark the 50th time the Ohio State men’s cross country team will compete in the All-Ohio Invitational, while the women will compete in the meet for the 23rd time. The event will feature some of the top teams throughout the state of Ohio.
In the 50-year history of the event, Ohio State has captured seven All-Ohio Invitational titles, with the Buckeyes capturing four of the last six titles. On the women’s side, the Buckeyes have captured two All-Ohio Invitational crowns, and should be in contention for their third All-Ohio title.
Recapping the 2003 All-Ohio Invite
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country squads finished in the Top 10 at the 2003 All-Ohio Invitational, in Delaware, Ohio.
The women’s team placed second with Lyndsi Gay and Robyn Detty finishing among the Top 10 in the individual race. Gay placed the highest among her teammates, clocking a time of 18:21.6, good enough for third overall. Detty finished in sixth-place finishing with a time of 18:29.6.
Leading the way for the men were Glenn Collins and Alex Bailey, both of whom finished in the Top 10. Collins placed third with a time of 26:04.8. Bailey finished eighth with a time of 26:27.5.
Past Ohio State Women’s Cross Country Champions
Year – Name
1983 – Maureen Cogan
1986 – Kathy Monard
1993 – Theresa Cain
Past Ohio State Men’s Cross Country Champions
Year – Name
1976 – Steve Crane
1979 – Steve Crane
1985 – Kurt Klodmick
1989 – Mark Crogan
1994 – Robert Gary
1998 – Ian Conner
Last Time Out
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the 2004 Roy Griak Invitational, Sept. 25, and placed seventh and 24th respectively. Minnesota played host the event, which featured 25 teams in the men’s race and 29 teams in the women’s race at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.
The Buckeyes opened competition with the men’s 8-kilometer race where junior Brian Olinger paced the team as he finished 13th. Olinger finished the race in a time of 24:44. Glenn Collins and John Ealy also finished in the Top 50 in a race that featured 223 runners from throughout the country.
On the women’s side, the Buckeyes were led by Chelsea Poling. Poling paced the women’s squad, finishing the 6-kilometer race in a time of 22:52 to place 73rd.
Wisconsin captured the men’s title, while Providence claimed the women’s title.
Keeping Pace With the Buckeyes
Brian Olinger – placed 13th at the 2004 Roy Griak Invitational … during the 8-kilometer event, he finished the race in a time of 24:44 … opened the season with a second-place finish at the 2004 Lou Onesty Invitational … finished the event just three seconds behind individual champion Josh McDougal in a time of 24:44.70.
John Ealy – finished in the Top 50 at the 2004 Roy Griak Invitational … clocked a time of 25:29 in the event and finished the event 49th overall … was one of three Buckeyes to finish in the Top 10 at the Lou Onesty Invitational … finished sixth in a time of 25:28.6.
Glenn Collins – finished 48th, one spot ahead of teammate John Ealy … posted his best time of his collegiate career running a time of 25:29 improving 15 seconds from the previous week where he finished 10th at the Lou Onesty Invitational in a time of 25:44.1.
Melanie Price - paced the women’s squad at the Lou Onesty Invitational as she finished 17th in a time of 19:20.7 in the 6-kilometer run … Price’s time in the event, was her best mark since coming to Ohio State.
Chelsea Poling – paced the Buckeyes at the 2004 Roy Griak Invitational with a time of 22:52.0 in the 6-kilometer run, finishing 73rd.
Robyn Detty- finished 100th overall at the Roy Griak Invitational in a time of 23:11.0.
2004 Cross Country Recaps
The Ohio State cross country team competed in the Lou Onesty Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., Sept. 18. Both men’s and women’s squads posted strong performances with the men finishing second and the women placing sixth. Virginia claimed the women’s event, with William and Mary winning the men’s race.
The Buckeyes were led by Brian Olinger who placed second in the men’s 8-kilometer run with a time of 24:44.7. John Ealy posted a solid performance with a time of 25:28.60 for sixth place.
The women were paced by Melanie Price, who placed 17th in the 6-kilometer run with a time of 19:20.70.
2003 Cross Country Review
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross-country teams both sported impressive seasons in 2003. The men’s team made tremendous strides in establishing itself as one of the top teams in the country as it qualified for the NCAA championships for the third time in four years under the direction of seventh-year head coach Robert Gary. The men also held down a No. 7 ranking in the NCAA Mondo Cross Country Poll for much of the 2003 season. The Buckeyes’ No. 7 ranking was the highest such ranking of any Ohio State cross country team. Ohio State was led by senior Rob Myers who earned First Team All-Big Ten accolades. The women’s team, under the direction of second-year head coach Chad Myers guided the Buckeyes to two first-place finishes and an eighth-place finish at the 2004 Big Ten Championships. The Buckeyes highlighted the season at the 2004 All-Ohio Invitational where they finished second among some of the top teams in the state. The women were led by senior Lyndsi Gay as she finished the season with four Top 10 finishes.
Men’s Coach Robert Gary
A seasoned veteran in both cross country and track and field, head cross country coach Robert Gary is not only recognized as an accomplished athlete, but he also has established himself as one of the elite coaches in the Big Ten Conference.
Now in his eighth season as Ohio State men’s cross country coach, Gary has taken the Buckeyes to new heights. During his tenure, Gary has guided the Buckeyes to the NCAA championships three times in the last four years and was named Ohio Cross Country Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.
What sets Gary apart from other coaches is his innate ability to pass along his competitive drive and strong work ethic. While at Ohio State, Gary has coached four Ohio cross country runners of the year, numerous All-Big Ten selections and two All-Americans. Gary also thrives at coaching his athletes on the track.
As men’s distance coach for the track and field team, Gary has coached 10 All-Americans, 13 Big Ten champions including Rob Myers, who recently finished fourth at the 2004 United States Olympic Team Trails. Gary also has coached one Big Ten freshman of the year, two U.S. junior team members, one U.S. junior champion in the 10,000-meter run and he has coached a Big Ten champion in every distance event.
Academics also play a major role in Gary’s strategy, as he has coached two academic All-America teams (GPA over 3.0) and four academic All-America teams with distinction, while having two of his athletes nominated for the Big Ten Medal of Honor.
As an athlete, Gary qualified for his second Olympic team at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., while competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Gary also represented the United States in Atlanta as a member of the 1996 Olympic team in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In the Olympic trials, he captured second place behind training partner and fellow Buckeye alum Mark Croghan. Gary recorded the eighth fastest time ever by an American in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. He is currently running for Adidas International.
Earlier in 2004, Gary was the top American finisher at the 2004 World Cross Country Championships, where he finished 33rd in a time of 12:12.0.
While competing at Ohio State Gary etched his name into the record books as one of the all-time greats. Gary’s resume while at Ohio State includes All-America honors on six different occasions: cross country (1994-95), indoor track (3,000-meter run, 1995-96) and outdoor track (3,000 meter steeplechase, 1994-95). He remains the school record holder in the 3,000-meter run (indoor) with a time of 7:52.63, which broke the Big Ten record set by Indiana’s Bob Kennedy. Gary seized the Big Ten Championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 1994 and He served as captain of the cross country team his junior and senior seasons.
Gary received a degree in English education from OSU in the fall of 1996. He is a 1991 graduate of Evanston (Ill.) Township High School, where he was the state champion in the two-mile and earned all-state honors in soccer.
Women’s Coach Chad Myers
The 2004 cross country season marks the third year at Ohio State for Chad Myers as coach of the women’s cross country team. In his first year, Myers spent the 2002 season assisting head cross country coach Robert Gary in taking the men’s and women’s cross country programs to new heights.
Last season, Myers continued to mold the women’s program into one of the top programs in the conference as he directed the Buckeyes to their best finish in the Big Ten since 1993. Ohio State also finished in first place on two different occasions during the 2003 season, while displaying an impressive second-place finish at the 2003 All-Ohio Invitational.
The addition of Myers in the fall of 2002 marked the beginning of Myers’ rebuilding phase for the women’s team, the squad Myers spent the most of his time with during the fall season. Under Myers’ guidance, the Ohio State women’s cross country team finished first at the Cincinnati Invitational and Notre Dame Invitational, while compiling a record of 45-19.
Cross country is not the only thing that has been on Myers’ mind. Since his arrival at Ohio State, seven of his runners have earned Academic All-Big Ten in his two years at the helm.
Prior to volunteering at Ohio State, Myers served three years as an assistant coach for the boys cross country team at Fairfield (Ohio) Union High School. He also served as the head distance coach for the boys track team.
During his tenure at Fairfield, Myers led the boys track and field program to two Top-10 finishes, two district championships and took the cross country program to several district and regional championships as well as two Top-12 finishes at the state meet.
As a competitor, Myers attended Otterbein College where served as captain of the cross country team from 1993-95. In 1994-95, Myers qualified for the national cross country meet and captured conference championship honors in the 10,000-meter run in 1996. Myers also was the All-Ohio 10,000-meter champion in 1994. In 1996, Myers was named the outstanding senior athlete for Otterbein College.
While at Otterbein College, Myers received his undergraduate degree in computer graphics/communications from Otterbein College in 1996. He received his associates degree in sports and fitness management at Columbus State University in 2001, graduating with honors. Myers also is a USA track and field level I certified coach.
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Saturday Oct. 16 to compete in the 2004 Pre-National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. site of the 2004 NCAA Championships.