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Redshirt freshman Taylor Williams runs to a 26th-place finish

COLUMBUS, Ohio With five of the 10 teams competing at the 2008 Big Ten Championships ranked in the Top 30 in the country, Ohio State knew it was in for a battle this weekend at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes finished eighth overall and were paced by two freshman runners.

Ohio State, who is redshirting most of its freshman and other top distance runners this season, was led by redshirt freshman Taylor Williams who has paced the Buckeyes all season long.

Wisconsin Badgers finished first with 40 teams points, holding off the surging Michigan Wolverines, who finished with 57 team points.

The Big Ten individual champion was Minnesota sophomore Hassan Mead. Mead used an average 4:55 mile throughout the 8K race to run to a time of 24:26.

Williams checked in first for the Buckeyes in 25:17 and freshman Adam Green also ran a very solid race for Ohio State with a time of 25:30.

Rounding out the rest of the Top 5 for the men in scarlet and gray were Christopher Olinger (25:35), Brian Gallagher (25:49) and Levi Fox (25:57).

Sophomore Andy Arnio finished the Big Ten Championship race in 26:22 with junior DJ Hanigosky following shortly thereafter in 26:32.

Head coach Robert Gary and the Buckeyes will surely be back in 2009 as they plan to feature their full contingent of runners in their quest for a Big Ten championship.

The Buckeyes will enjoy another two-week break from racing before they compete for the NCAA Regional Championship Saturday, Nov. 15, in West Lafayette, Ind.

Team Results (Avg. Time, Total Time) 
  1.    40  Wisconsin  (24:50.9  124:14.3)
  2.    57  Michigan (24:56.2  124:41.0)
  3.    60  Minnesota  (24:53.9  124:29.5)
  4.   133  Penn State  (25:16.4  126:21.9)
  5.   135  Indiana (25:17.6  126:27.7)
  6.   138  Michigan State (25:19.2  126:35.7)
  7.   169  Iowa (25:26.2  127:11.0)
  8.   209  Ohio State (25:37.9  128:09.3)
  9.   252  Illinois (25:47.9  128:59.3)
10.   296  Purdue  (26:25.6  132:08.0)

Ohio State Finishers
  1.     26   Taylor Williams            25:17.0
  2.     35   Adam Green               25:30.8
  3.     41   Christopher Olinger    25:35.1
  4.     52   Brian Gallagher          25:49.0
  5.     55   Levi Fox                     25:57.4
  6.   (63)  Andy Arnio                 26:22.6
  7.   (64)  DJ Hanigosky             26:32.9