COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s cross country competed at the 2007 NCAA Championships on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind., and finished tied with Iowa State for 30th-place with 636 points.
The Buckeyes were led by senior co-captain John Ealy, who was competing in his fourth NCAA Championship. Ealy finished in 64th-place in a time of 31:00 and was followed by junior Jeff See, who claimed 81st-place in a time of 31:07. Senior co-captain Alex Bailey rounded out his Ohio State cross country career and the team’s Top 3 with a 134th-place finish in a time of 31:41.
“The team and I are a bit disappointed, but when they stop and reflect, we had some great highlights,” head coach Robert Gary said. “Conference at home, the alumni dinner, and the fact that we qualified as a team were very exciting accomplishments. We red-shirted a bunch of our freshmen and hope to do the same with recruits next year. The program is very healthy.”
The Scarlet and Gray were competing in their sixth NCAA Championships in the last eight years, all under head coach Robert Gary. Gary has now coached the Buckeyes to more NCAA finishes then any other cross country coach in Ohio State history.
The Oregon Ducks won the title with a total of 85-points and were followed by Iona who finished second with 113-points. The individual champion was Josh McDougal of Liberty who came in at 29:22.4 on the 10-kilometer course finishing just one second Galen Rupp of Oregon, who finished first in the team competition with a mark of 29:23.4.
The Buckeyes featured a team of young runners and will return a majority of their Top 7 in 2008. Including first-team All-Big Ten performer See and Big Ten runner of the week freshman Andy Arnio.
30. 636 Ohio State (31:44 2:38:40)
1 64 484 John Ealy SR 31:00
2 81 487 Jeff See JR 31:07
3 134 481 Alex Bailey SR 31:41
4 169 482 Chad Balyo SO 32:11
5 188 483 Taylor Candella SO 32:41
6 (200) 480 Andy Arnio FR 33:10
7 (204) 486 Christopher Olinger SO 33:18