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Oct. 26, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio — The men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the Big Ten Championships Sunday at the University of Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. The women are set to start their 5-kilometer race at 10:30 a.m. (CST) and the men follow in their 8K event at 11:30 a.m.

The Big Ten Championships
The men’s race will start at 11:30 a.m. and the women’s race will start at start at 10:30 a.m. Both races will be held on the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. The men’s course will be 8-kilometers and the women will run a 5K.

Men’s Meet Information: http://www.gophersports.com/sports/sport.asp’sport_id=mcross

Women’s Meet Information: http://www.gophersports.com/calendar/listing.asp?option=CALENDAR&TArch=False&event_id=6315&sport_id=wcross

Olinger Named Big Ten Runner of the Week
Brian Olinger finished eighth at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, the highest-place of any Big Ten runner, while leading the Buckeyes to a 10th-place finish. The OSU senior earned his second Top-10 finish of the season with his 8K time of 23:56.

It is Olinger’s second career Runner of the Week award as he was honored for the first time on Oct. 12, 2004. Last Week: Men 10th at NCAA Pre-National’s, Women 5th at National Invitational
The men’s team turned in a Top-10 showing at the 2005 NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., October 15th. The Buckeyes placed 10th overall with a team score of 360 points and were led by an eighth-place time by Brian Olinger in the 8-kilometer race. Nicole Gliem led the women to a fifth-place team score at the 2005 National Invitational in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes posted a team score of 238.

Olinger, a senior from Fresno, Ohio, improved upon his 14th-place finish at the 2004 Pre-Nationals, finishing in a career-best 23:56. Three Buckeyes also finished in the Top 100, with John Ealy taking 71st in 24:49, Braden Martinez and Alex Bailey crossing the finish line in 88th and 89th place in 24:58.

Gliem, a junior, headed the women’s effort for the third time in her three races this season, placing eighth on the 6K course in 21:00. Teammate Melanie Price finished 24th in 21:43 and Laura Piper was 53rd with a time of 22:22.

Big Ten Runner of the Week Aplenty for the Buckeye Men This Season
The men’s team now has earned more Big Ten runner of the week awards than any other team in the league.

Senior captain Brian Olinger’s eighth-place finish led the Buckeyes to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Pre-National’s and earned, Olinger Big Ten runner of the week honors. It was the third time this season the Buckeyes have had one of their runners receive this honor.

John Ealy was the first Buckeye to claim the title this season Sept. 13th after he won the Xavier Invitational.

Sophomore Alex Bailey was honored as the top Big Ten runner of the week on Oct. 11th after a second-place finish at the All-Ohio Championships.

Ohio State now has three runners of the week, which places one ahead of Wisconsin,which has two. Wisconsin is the No. 2 ranked team in the nation this season.

Men’s Improvement Evident
The men’s team has improved in every meet from last season. The trend continued at the NCAA Pre-National’s when the Buckeyes came in 10th, an improvement of five spots on their 2004 finish.

The Buckeyes also posted their best finish ever in the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 24th with a sixth-place score.

The Buckeyes also have won three meets this season, the Xavier Invitational, the Cedarville Invitational and the All-Ohio Championships.

Top-10 Finishes Just Keep Coming
For the fifth week in a row, the women’s team placed at least one of it’s members in the Top 10. The streak started opening week, when Melanie Price, Rachel Stichter, Melanie Grim and Laura Piper all took Top-10 honors at the Xavier Invitational.

The women continued their run of Top-10 finishes at the Cedarville Invitational. Piper, Stichter and Price finished third, fourth and eighth, respectfully.

The women did it again with Top-10 finishes at the Louisville Invitational as Price and Stichter continued their streak, while Nicole Gliem led the Buckeye’s to a win with a runner-up standing.

Then at the All-Ohio Championships, the women’s team placed Gliem and Price in the Top 10 as they took second and seventh, respectfully.

At the National Invitational at Penn State, Nicole Gliem continued the run with an eighth-place finish at the event. It was Gliem’s third Top-10 finish in a row after missing the first two meets of the season.

The men’s team also has had its fare share of Top 10’s.The men’s team put one of it’s runners in the Top 10 at the NCAA Pre-National’s as senior captain Brian Olinger finished eighth.

The men have been led by Glenn Collins and Alex Bailey with three Top 10 finishes this season, while John Ealy, Branden Martinez, Levi Fox, Olinger and Jeff See all have two Top 10 finishes this season. Kevin Bruffy and Matt Penza each have one Top 10 placing so far in 2005.

The Buckeyes best meet for Top 10’s this season was the Xavier Invitational, where the men captured eight of the Top 10 spots.

Men Defend Title at All-Ohio Championships
For the second year in a row, the men’s team won the All-Ohio Championships. Ohio State posted a team score of 64 points, marking the first time it has repeated as champions at the All-Ohio since winning three All-Ohio titles in a row from 1997 to 1999. It also was the first time the men’s team won the All-Ohio without having the individual champion since 1999.

Crazy Eights For Olinger and Gliem
The men’s and the women’s teams were led by their top runners this season at their respective meets on Oct. 15th. The women’s team was led to a fifth-place finish at the National Invitational by Nicole Gliem’s eighth-place time. The men’s team was led by their own eighth-place finisher senior captain Brian Olinger. It helped propel the Buckeye’s to an 10th-place finish at the NCAA Pre-National’s meet in Terre Haute, Ind. Olinger has led the Buckeye’s in two of his last three meets.

Men’s Team Getting Booked
The men’s team is being featured in an online journal that soon will be turned into book about 11 different cross country teams from around the nation.

Matt Taylor, a former runner at Yale, is doing a documentary with 11 different programs across the country, spending one week with each team to get an inside peek at their season. Brian Olinger, Jeff See and John Ealy all are keeping journals for Taylor, who is not only reporting on each team, but is working right along side the runners during workouts.

Taylor has been to Portland, Adams State, Colorado and Notre Dame so far. After his one week stop at Ohio State, Taylor will head to Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Iona, Dartmouth, William & Mary, Georgetown and Virginia Intermont.

Taylor’s trip can be followed on his website at www.chasingtradition.com.

Next Meet
The men’s and women’s teams head to the Great Lakes Regional in Bloomington, Ind. on Nov. 12th.