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Nov. 12, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Saturday, in Terre Haute, Ind. as they compete in the 2003 Great Lakes Regional Championships.

The men’s 10-kilometer race begins at 11 a.m. with the men’s 6-kilometer race directly following the men’s race at 12:15 a.m.

The event will take place at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.

SCOUTING THE MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
The Ohio State men’s cross country team goes into Terre Haute and will be looking for their third trip to the NCAA championships in the last four years under head coach Robert Gary. The No. 13 ranked Buckeyes also feature some of the nation’s top distance runners.

Leading the Buckeyes talented group of runners this season is junior Aaron Fisher. Fisher has posted several strong performances for the Buckeyes, including a 10th-place finish at the 2003 Pre-National Championships. Fisher also paced the Buckeyes at that the prestigous 2003 Great American Cross Country Festival.

Along with Fisher, Ohio State also has received strong performances from Dan Glaz and Brian Olinger, both of whom have led the Buckeyes to four Top 5 finishes including a first-place finish at the Ohio State Invitational. SCOUTING THE WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
The Ohio State women’s cross country team enters the 2003 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships after posting a strong performance at the 2003 Big Ten Championships that saw the Buckeyes finish eighth overall.

The Buckeyes opened the season on a high note at the Ohio State Invitational where the Buckeyes captured the Top 5 spots.

Four weeks later, while competing at the Indiana State Invitational the Buckeyes posted their second victory of the season as they notched 30 total team points.

Pacing the Buckeyes throughout the season has been senior Lyndsi Gay. In four meets this season, Gay has led the women, four-consecutive weeks in a row, while posting four Top 10 finishes.

RECAPPING THE 2002 GREAT LAKES REGIONAL CHAMPIONSIHPS
The Ohio State men’s cross country team placed fifth out of 31 teams finishing with 138 points. The event was held at Purdue University’s Varsity Cross Country Course.

Derrick Butler led the way for Ohio State finishing the 10,000-meter race in a time of 30:58.0, finishing 16th place overall. The Buckeyes also received strong performances from Aaron Fisher and Jon White. Fisher finished 22nd overall while White finished 28th.

LAST TIME OUT
The Ohio State State men’s and women’s cross country teams finished fourth and eighth, respectfully on a rain-soaked day at the 2003 Big Ten Cross Country Championships Sunday at Forest Akers East Golf Course. The men finished the event with 93 points three points behind third-place Indiana, while the women finished with 197 points to finish eighth.

The men placed three runners in the Top 20 with an average team time of 24:45.6, while the women posted an average time of 22:19.9

Leading the way for the men was senior Rob Myers. Myers placed sixth overall in a time of 24:24.9 and earned 2003 First Team All-Big Ten honors.

Leading the way for the women was sophomore Chelsea Poling. Fresh off earning Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors, Poling paced the Buckeyes as she posted a time of 21:46.5 to finish 18th overall.

MYERS EARNS FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN HONOR
With his impressive sixth-place performance at the 2003 Big Ten Championships Senior co-captain Rob Myers was named First Team All-Big Team.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY RANKED IN THE POLLS
The Ohio State men’s cross country team is ranked No. 13 in the latest NCAA Mondo Men’s Cross Country poll, released Nov. 4 by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association. The Buckeyes’ No. 7 ranking is the highest mark in Ohio State men’s cross country history.

The Buckeyes began the season ranked No. 26 and have been as high as No. 7 in the poll.

NOTING THE MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
Rob Myers… Myers continued his successful senior season as he placed sixth in a time of 24:24.9 placed 29th at the Great American Cross Country Festival in a time of 26:26.3 … the senior co-captain finished in the Top 10 for the second time this season at the Spartan Invitational finishing the event in a time of 25:01.5 … opened the season with a first-place finish in the Ohio State Invitational, where he finished the 6-kilometer event in a time of 20:56.1.

Aaron Fisher… paced the Buckeyes for the second consecutive week as he posted a time of 23::52.0 to finish the event in 10th-place … during the Great American Cross Country Festival Fisher placed 20th in a time of 26:18.6 to lead the Buckeyes to a third-place finish … posted his second Top 15 at the Spartan Invitational … opened the on a high note at the Ohio State Invitational where he finished sixth overall to help the Buckeyes to a first-place finish.

Dan Glaz… placed 12th and the 2003 Big Ten Championships with a time of 24:33.9 … posted a time of 23:43.0 at the 2003Pre-National Championdships to finish the event 67th … helped the Buckeyes to a third-placed finish at the 2003 Great American Cross Country Festival as he placed 21st in a time of 26:18.6 … after an impressive 2002 campaign, Glaz has picked up right were he left off by finishing in the Top 5 in the first two meets of the season … during the Spartan Invitational, Glaz finished fourth in a time of 24:51.7 … Glaz opened the 2003 season with a third-place finish at the Ohio State Invitational.

Sjaan Gerth… placed 54th in a time of 24:36.0 to at the Pre-National championships … the senior co-captain placed in the Top 15 in the first two meets of the season … last week at the Spartan Invitational Gerth posted a time of 25:15.2 … in the men’s 8-kilometer race.

Glenn Collins… posted a time of 24:20.0 at the 2003 Pre-National Championships … helped the Buckeyes to a third-place finish at the 2003 Pre-National championships as he clocked a time of 24:56.0 … placed third at the 2003 All-Ohio Invitational as he clocked time of 26:04.8 … has posted two Top 20 performance in his first two meets as a Buckeye … has shown great potential through the early meets of the season … was the only freshman to run under 26 minutes at the Spartan Invitational.

Matt Penza… placed 38th at the Great American Cross Country Festival in a time of 26:35.5 … started the 2003 season on a high note by placing in the Top 15 in the first two meets of the season … last week at the Spartan Invitational, Penza clocked a time of 25:17.6 … Penza opened the 2003 season with a fifth-place finish at the Ohio State Invitational.

NOTING THE WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
Robyn Detty… placed 33rd at the 2003 Big Ten Championships, while clocking a time of 22:12.0 … broke 19-minutes in the 2003 Eastern Michigan Invitational to finish the event sixth … in five meets this season, Detty has posted five Top 15 finishes … during the All-Ohio Chmapionships, Detty placed sixth in a time of 18:29 as she helped the Buckeyes to a second-place finish … prior to All-Ohio championships, Detty posted a strong show at the Indiana State Invitational, Detty placed third in a time of 22:10.92 … led all Ohio State runners at the 2002 Big Ten Championships where she placed 47th in a time of 18:49.1 … posted Top 10 finishes at the Purdue, Cincinnati and Notre Dame invitationals.

Lyndsi Gay… in four meets this season, Gay has placed in the Top 10 four times … her fourth Top 10 finish came at the All-Ohio Invitational where she placed third in a time of 18:21 … during the Indiana State Invitational where she posted a time of 21:59.9 to the Buckeyes to their second first-place finish of the season … during the Ohio State Invitational, Gay clocked a time of 21:50.5 enroute to earning Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors … during the 2002season, Gay competed in five meets … posted her best meet of the season at the Notre Dame Invitational where she ran a time of 19:07.0 … best finish came at the Purdue Invitational where she placed seventh.

Nicole Gliem… has made an immediate impact for the Buckeyes this season placing in the Top 30 four times this season … during the All-Ohio Invitational, finished 11th in a time of 18:44.9 … Gliem opened the season at the Ohio State Invitational where she placed fifth in a time of 14:36.1.

Chelsea Poling… placed 18th at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 22:17 … captured Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors for her performance at the 2003 Eastern Michigan Invitational … during the Eastern Michigan Invitational, Poling clocked a time of 18:40.0 to pace the Buckeyes during the event … during the All-Ohio invitational Poling placed 14th in a time of 18:57.7 to help the Buckeyes to a second-place finish … posted a strong performance at the Indiana State Invitational as she placed fifth in a time of 22:12.6 … after a successful freshman season, Poling has picked up where she left off placing in the Top 20 four times this season for the Buckeyes … during the Ohio State Invitational, Poling led the Buckeyes consistently served as one of the top runners on the team, during the 2002 season as Poling competed in every meet … her best finish coming at the Purdue Invitational, where she placed fourth … finished second on the team at the Big Ten championships placing 63rd overall in a time of 18:56.0.

POLING AND GAY EARNS BIG TEN ACCOLADES DURING THE 2003 SEASON
The Big Ten Conference named Lyndsi Gay as the Big Ten Athlete of the week, for the week ending Sept. 7. Gay finished first at the Ohio State Invitational last in a time of 14:03.6.

Gay paced the Buckeyes who captured first in the season-opening event by placing five individuals within 33 seconds of each other in the Top 5.

The Ohio State women’s cross country team was honored with its second Big Ten Athlete of the Week honoree this season as Chelsea Poling was named Big Ten Conference named Athlete of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 25.

Poling was awarded the honor after the Oct.24 paced the Buckeyes Oct. 24 at the 2003 Eastern Michigan Invitational. During the 5-kilometer event, Poling placed fourth in a time of 18:40.0.

MEET COACH GARY
Entering his seventh season as Ohio State men’s cross country coach, Gary has taken the Buckeyes to new heights. During his tenure, Gary has guided the Buckeyes to the NCAA championships twice in the last three years.

Last season served as Gary’s finest season as men’s head coach of the cross country team, as he directed Ohio State to a second-place finish at the Big Ten championships, which marked its highest since 1977.

Following the 2002 cross country season, Gary received the Ohio Cross Country Coach of the Year Award for the third time while at Ohio State.

What sets Gary apart from other coaches is his innate ability to pass along his competitive drive and strong work ethic. While at Ohio State, Gary has coached four Ohio cross country runners of the year, numerous All-Big Ten selections and two All-Americans. Gary also thrives at coaching his athletes on the track.

As men’s distance coach for the track and field team, Gary has coached eight All-Americans, 11 Big Ten champions, one Big Ten Freshman of the Year, two United States junior team members and one United States junior champion in the 10,000-meter run. He has also coached a Big Ten champion in every distance event.

Cross country has not been the only thing on Coach Gary’s mind during his tenure at Ohio State. Academics have played a major role in Gary’s strategy, as he has coached two academic All-America teams (GPA over 3.0) and three academic All-America teams with distinction, while having two of his athletes nominated for the Big Ten medal of honor.

MEET COACH MYERS
The 2003 cross country season marks the second year at Ohio State for Chad Myers as coach of the women’s cross country team. In his first year, Myers spent the 2002 season assisting head cross country coach Robert Gary in taking the men’s and women’s cross country programs to new heights.

The addition of Myers last fall marked the beginning of Myers’ rebuilding phase for the women’s team, the squad Myers spent the most of his time with during the fall season. Under Myers’ guidance, the Ohio State women’s cross country team finished first at the Cincinnati and Notre Dame invitationals, while compiling a record of 45-19.

UP NEXT
In the event the Buckeyes qualify for the NCAA championships the Ohio State men’s and women’s country teams will return to action Nov. 24 to compete in the 2003 NCAA Championships in Waterloo, Iowa.