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Oct. 13, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s cross country team will compete in the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind., at 11 a.m. Saturday. The women head the opposite direction to State College, Pa., for the 2005 National Invitational on the campus of Penn State University.

NCAA Pre-Nationals
Indiana State University will host the 2005 NCAA Pre-Nationals. The men’s competition will be over an 8 -kilometer terrain and will start at 11 a.m.

The meet features 74 men’s teams, including four from the national Top 10.

Meet Information:http://www.indstate.edu/athletic/cross/

National invitational
Penn State will host the 2005 Spiked Shoe Cross Country Meet on Saturday. The women will be running on the Blue-White golf courses on a 6-kilometer course. The race will start at 10 a.m., and features 16 teams in the women’s race.

Meet Information: http://www.gopsusports.com/pressreleases/pressrelease.cfm?anncid=8545

Last Week: OSU Men Take 1st and Women Come in Second at the All-Ohio Champion
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the 2005 All-Ohio Championships Friday in Delaware, Ohio. The men’s team edged Ohio University by a 64-75 score to claim first place for the third time this season, while the women were topped by Akron by a 71-82 margin.

Both the men’s and women’s teams featured a second-place runner as junior Nicole Gliem (18:11.0)took second in the 5-kilometer event for the second consecutive season and sophomore Alex Bailey (25:56.6) led the men on the 8K course with a runner-up performance, which serves as his highest career finish. The men’s team successfully defended its 2004 All-Ohio team title, benefiting from three Top 10 placers in Bailey, junior Glenn Collins (26:10.7/Fifth) and freshman Levi Fox (26:16.9/10th). Buckeye senior Brian Olinger, who won the 2004 event, was one of four Ohio State runners that did not compete. Sophomores John Ealy, the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Braden Martinez and freshman Jeff See also were held out of the event.

Gliem took second place in the All-Ohio meet for the second year-in-a-row and was edged at the finish line by Beata Rudzinska of Akron. Junior Melanie Price (18:36.3/ Seventh) also finished in the Top 10.

Bailey Named Big Ten Runner of the Week
Sophomore Alex Bailey was named Big Ten men’s cross country runner of the week Tuesday by the conference office. Bailey helped the Buckeyes successfully defend their All-Ohio men’s team title Saturday by taking second-place overall, which serves as a career-best performance.

Bailey finished the 8-kilometer course in Delaware, Ohio in 25:56.6, which served as a career-best time. The Columbus native is the second Buckeye this season to win the weekly conference award.

Despite sitting four of its top runners, the Buckeye men’s team won the team event, topping second-place Ohio University by a 64-75 count.

Buckeye Men Crack National Rankings
After starting the season with victories in their first two meets, the men continued their impressive 2005 campaign with a strong sixth-place showing at the Roy Griak Invitational Sept. 24, the highest finish ever for Ohio State in the event. The men then followed that up with a victory at the All-Ohio Championships. The men moved down in the rankings two spots in the Mondo Men’s Cross Country poll, going from 16th September 27th to 18th October 4th.

Men Continue Winning Ways
The men’s team is trying to improve off a 15th place finish from last season at the Pre-Nationals.

Ohio State has a shot at improving on that score after its solid start to the 2005 season. The men have three first-place finishes this season and one sixth-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational. The men have won the Xavier Invitational, the Cedarville Invitational and the All-Ohio Championships.

Top-10 Finishes Just Keep Coming
For the fourth week in a row, the women’s team placed at least two of it’s member in the Top 10 at their meet. The streak started opening week, when Melanie Price, Rachel Stichter, Melanie Grim and Laura Piper 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 of Top 10 finishes, while Nicole Gliem ran in her first race of the season and 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.

The men’s team also has had its fare share of Top 10’s. Despite not getting one of its runners in the Top 10 the Roy Griak Invitational on September 24th, the men still have a team total of 17 Top 10 finishes this season.

The men’s team put three runners in the Top 10 at the All-Ohio Championships on October 7th on their way to their second consecutive victory at the All-Ohio Championships.

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 and Jeff See all have two Top 10 finishes this season. Brian Olinger, 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.

Women’s Team
Underclassmen are Leading The Way

The women have been led this season by underclassmen, helping Ohio State to two wins and two second-place finishes this season.

Nicole Gliem, Melanie Price, Laura Piper, Rachel Stichter and Melanie Grim have led the buckeye’s to their best starts in four season’s. Gliem and Price are juniors, while Piper and Grim are sophomores. Stichter is the only freshman on the team and has three finishes this season in the Top 10 in 2005.

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

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.

Gliem Goes Back 2-For-2 To Start Season
The women’s team had a welcomed addition to their team effort at the Louisville Classic on September 24th in junior Nicole Gliem. In her fist meet of the season, Gliem led the Buckeyes to a first-place finish in Louisville, with a second overall time of 17:09.42. Gliem headed the women’s team with another second-place finish at the All-Ohio Championships on October 7th. This helped the women’s team to there third second-place finish in a row at the All-Ohio Championships.

Olinger To Captain Men’s Team
Brian Olinger enters his senior season in 2005 and will serve as team co-captain. In 2004, he gained All-America status with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Olinger qualified for nationals with a fourth-place time of 30:18.7 in the regional meet 10K race.

Olinger also turned in a spectacular track season. He gained his first All-America honor during the indoor year and set an OSU record in the 5,000-meter run.

Most recently, he broke the 8:20 mark at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Belgium, with a time of 8:19.56, which stands as the second fastest time ever run by an American collegiate.

Next Meet
The men’s team and the women’s team head to the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis Minnesota on October the 15th.