COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s cross country team will compete Saturday in the 2007 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on the Indiana Cross Country Course in Bloomington Ind.
The men’s race will start at 11 a.m. and the race will be on a 10-kilometer course.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes placed third at the Big Ten Championships Oct. 28 at The Ohio State University Golf Course. The Buckeyes have finished in the Top 3 at the conference meet in four of the last six seasons.
Ohio State finished behind Big Ten Champion and No.4 Wisconsin (33) and No.15 Minnesota (65) and ahead of No. 23 Michigan, who finished fifth. The Buckeyes’ point total (91) was the team’s lowest since finishing second at the championships in 2002.
Junior Jeff See raced his way to first-team All-Big honor, leading the Buckeyes and coming in sixth with a time of 23:56.43. Senior co-captain John Ealy earned second-team All-Big Ten honor with an 11th-place finish in a time of 24:08.22. Fellow senior and co-captain Alex Bailey grabbed second-team All-Big Ten honors as well with a 13th-place finish, coming in with a time of 24:08.22. The last Buckeye to earn first-team all-league honors was Brian Olinger in 2004.
ROBERT GARY ON BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
“It was fantastic. We had three guys in the Top 14 and our four and five guys really came though for us. You could see that they were really hurting. They really came though for us.”
FORMER OHIO HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONS FUEL ANOTHER LATE SEASON RUN
Since being named head coach, Robert Gary has stressed recruiting the best runners in the state of Ohio and that strategy has paid off. Over the last three seasons Ohio State has recruited three former Ohio high school cross country state champions. These three former state champs combined to win five state crowns in cross country.
Chad Balyo won the Division I crown in 2005 before joining the Buckeyes in 2006 and becoming a staple in the team’s Top 5 ever since.
Andy Arnio won the state title in 2005 in Division III and added this to his first-place finish in the team competition in 2003.
Jeff See claimed state titles in Division I in 2003-04 and finished ahead of current Buckeye team co-captain John Ealy in 2003, who placed second.
Ealy, See and Arnio have combined to win five Big Ten runner of the week awards during their time in Columbus. Ealy and See have also both landed All-Big Ten honors this year. See will look to earn the his second All-Regional award this week. He won his last as freshmen in 2005 finishing 22nd.
ARNIO WINS BUCKEYES SECOND BIG TEN RUNNER OF THE WEEK OCT. 9
Andy Arnio, a freshman, was named the Big Ten runner of the week Oct. 9.
Arnio, from North Bloomfield, Ohio, led the Buckeyes to a third-place finish at the All-Ohio Championships Oct. 5 in Delaware, Ohio. Arnio finished seventh among Division I runners in a time of 26:41.2 on an 8-kilometer course.
Arnio led Ohio State, which rested its entire Top 5 at the event. Arnio is the first Buckeye to win R.O.W. as a freshman.
The award is the first career runner of the week honor for Arnio and the Buckeyes’ first R.O.W. since Jeff See took home the honor Sept. 4, 2007, following the Kent State Short Course Open. Arnio is the ninth Big Ten R.O.W. the Buckeyes have claimed in the over the past four seasons more than any other Big Ten team in that span.
LAST SEASON AT NCAA GREAT LAKES REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State men’s cross country team finished ninth with a team score of 232 points at the Great Lakes Regional championships Nov. 11, 2006 in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The championships were held on the campus of Bowling Green State University, with Wisconsin winning the men’s team title with 52 points.
The men’s team, which finished third in 2005 in the region, was led by junior John Ealy. A two time Big Ten runner of the week in 2006, Ealy finished 13th in a time of 31:34.29 on the 10-kilometer course. Junior Alex Bailey was second on the team coming in 28th in 31:56.11. Sophomore Jeff See finished 54th Saturday in a time of 32:32.05.
BUCKEYES PULLING IN BIG TEN AWARDS BY THE BOAT LOAD
Jeff See and Andy Arnio have added two more Big Ten runner of the week awards to the Buckeyes collection this season. See won his on Sept. 4, and Arnio on Oct. 9. Ohio State now has won nine R.O.W. in the last four yearsmore then any other Big Ten team in that span.
Alex Bailey won the award on Oct. 10, 2006 following the All-Ohio Championships as the men’s team took home the conference honor in each of its first three meets a year ago.
John Ealy won R.O.W. honors following the Xavier (Sept. 12, 2006) and Buckeye Invitational (Sept. 19, 2006). Ealy has taken most of the awards as he has won three, R.O.W. over the past two seasons. Ealy also was named the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Bailey has taken home two R.O.W. each following the All-Ohio Championships in 2005-06.
Ohio State has also had 16 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big Ten over the last three years. The Buckeyes also were named by the NCAA as an All-Academic cross country team.
BUCKEYE JEFF SEE NAMED CO-BIG TEN RUNNER OF THE WEEK SEPT. 4
Jeff See was named the co-Big Ten runner of the week Sept. 4 and shared the award with Penn State’s Brian Fuller.
See, a junior from Middletown, Ohio, led the Buckeyes at the Short Course Open Aug. 31 on the campus of Kent State as he took home the individual title in a time of 15:14.5. The mark was a collegiate career best time for See on a 5-kilometer course.
The award was the first career runner of the week honor for See and the Buckeyes’ first R.O.W. since Alex Bailey took home the honor Oct. 10, 2006, following the All-Ohio Championships.
The award rounds out a solid summer for See as he became the first Buckeye to break the four minute mark in the mile competing unattached June 2, during his redshirt season at the Music City Distance Classic.
The Buckeyes started season with wins at the Kent State Short Course Open race Aug. 31 and the Tennessee Twilight Invitational Sept. 14. Ohio State has now won the opening race of its season in three-consecutive years. The Scarlet and Gray were led to victory by junior Jeff See in both meets. The win for See at Kent State was the first individual title of his Ohio State career. See won the race in a career-best time on a 5-kilometer course, 15:14.5.
See was tightly followed at Kent by senior John Ealy who finished second overall and came in at a time of 15:15.5. Sophomore Chad Balyo came in third in time of 15:16.7 as the Buckeyes ran away with the team title in a sweep of the Top 3 overall positions. At Tennessee once again Ealy came in second and Balyo third.
The Buckeyes will take a week off and wait to see if they will be selected to compete in the 2007 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 19.