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Oct. 19, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After perhaps its finest start to a season in program history, the Ohio State women’s cross country team has reached the No. 8 position in the Oct. 16 Women’s Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes rankings.

Coming off a strong fifth-place finish at the 2005 National Invitational in State College, Pa., Saturday, the Buckeyes slid into the regional Top 10 for the first time in 12 seasons.

“It has been a very exciting first year really working with the women’s program,” Robert Gary, cross country head coach who previously concentrated on the men’s team, said. “I have been impressed with their competitiveness and their adaptation to the training. They are rounding into shape just as we enter the championship season and I am excited to watch the program make a huge jump like the men’s team did my first couple years coaching.”

Nicole Gliem, a junior from Columbus, has led the Buckeyes in each of her three races this season, posting second-place finishes at two meets and taking eighth at the National Invite last weekend.

Melanie Price, another junior, has placed in the Top 10 in her first four races and finished in the Top 15 at the National Invite. Senior Melanie Grim, sophomore Laura Piper and freshman Rachel Stichter also have gotten off to solid starts in 2005. Each has posted at least three Top 20 finishes this season.

The men’s team also is rated in the Great Lakes poll, coming in at the No. 5 position in the Mondo rankings and 26th nationally.

WICCCA REGIONAL RANKINGS
Rankings #4 (Oct 16)
Region 4 Great Lakes

1. Michigan
2. Notre Dame
3. Michigan St.
4. Butler
5. Marquette
6. Wisconsin
7. Indiana
8. Ohio State
9. Toledo
10. Akron