COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s cross country team had two of its runners named to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional team Tuesday. The honors come after the Buckeyes’ fifth-place finish in the 2007 Great Lakes Regional last Saturday.
Senior co-captain John Ealy earned first-team All-Region with his sixth-place finish in a time of 30:52.31 on the 10-kilometer course. The finish propelled Ealy to an automatic qualification to the 2007 NCAA Championships. Ealy is the first Buckeye to earn first-team All-Regional honors since Brian Olinger won in 2005. Ohio State received an at-large bid to the NCAA championship Monday, so for the third time in his career, the Reynoldsburg, Ohio, native will compete with his team at the NCAA championships. Ealy has competed at the NCAA championships all four years at Ohio State. The all-regional award is Ealy’s second honor of the season, as he earned All-Big Ten accolades earlier this year.
Junior Jeff See continued to establish himself as one of the top distance runners in the country with a 16th-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional and second-team All-Regional honors. See finished in a time of 31:18.83. The time is a career-best for the Middletown, Ohio, native on a 10-kilometer course. The award is the second all-regional honor of his career. See earned his first honor in 2005 as a freshman after finishing 22nd in the Great Lakes Regional. See adds this honor to the first-team All-Big Ten laurels he earned two weeks ago.
The Buckeyes will compete in the 2007 NCAA Championships Monday Nov. 19 in Terre Haute Ind., on the campus of Indiana State. The men’s race starts at 12:08 p.m. and will be covered live on CSTV.