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Ohio State awaits announcement of possible at-large bid to NCAA Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio For the first time all season, the Buckeyes were up against more than the competition Saturday at the NCAA Regional Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.

But despite the cold temperatures, the men finished eighth in the 28-team field in the 10K race at the Great Lakes Regional meet and have left themselves with an outside chance at making the NCAA Championships. They will await an announcement of a possible at-large bid in order to qualify for the national meet and will hope to be one of the 13 teams from all nine regions to earn a spot to Terre Haute, Ind.

The Buckeyes were led once again by Taylor Williams at the regional meet. The freshman also has a possibility to make it to the NCAA Championships with his 25th-place finish in 32:05 on the Purdue Varsity Cross Country Course at Purdue University. Ohio State will find out if they qualified for the national meet as a team or if Williams did as an individual either Sunday or Monday.

Freshman Adam Green placed 45th overall for Ohio State in 32:29 with senior Levi Fox coming in 54th place in 32:36. Junior Christopher Olinger was the fourth Buckeye to cross the line, and he did so in a time of 32:44 to come into 60th place. Skyler Schmitt finished in 69th place in 32:57 to wind up as the fifth Buckeye runner. Ohio State ran only six men at the NCAA Regional meet even though seven runners are allowed to compete, and freshman Brian Gallagher was that six man with his 74th-place finish in 33:09.

For the second straight season, Wisconsin and Michigan finished first and second at the regional meet to earn automatic bids to the national meet. Wisconsin edged out Michigan with a team score of 39 points and had a nice pack of runners finish in fourth through seventh place. Michigan also had a quartet of four straight runners that finished in eighth through 11th place, but fell short of the Badgers with 62-team points.

Patrick Smyth of Notre Dame captured his second-straight regional championship in a time of 31:06 to comfortably hold off Butler’s Andy Baker, who finished second in 31:12.

The running of the NCAA Championships will be Monday, Nov. 24 in Terre Haute Ind., and Ohio State will travel to Indiana State University if they qualify.