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Oct. 3, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team will travel to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the 48th annual Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational Saturday, Oct. 5. The women’s team will race in the Gold Divison race at the Burke Memorial Golf Course. The women’s race will begin at 2 p.m. The men’s team is idle this week.

The Notre Dame Invitational
This season will mark the 48th running of the Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational. The meet began in 1956 and continues to be one of the top cross country races in the country. The meet will consist of teams from the Big Ten, Pac-10, Big East and Southeastern Conferences. The Burke Memorial Golf Course features a flat soft terrain.

Who To Watch
As the women’s team prepares for the Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational this weekend the Buckeyes will look for another strong performance from Chelsea Poling (Fr., Toledo, Ohio/Sienna Southview). Poling was the top finisher at the Queen City Invitational two weeks ago, turning in a time of 19:29.6. The women will also look to Robyn Detty (So., Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) to help lead the way for the Buckeyes. Detty finished eighth at the Queen City Invitational with a time 19:43.2.

Last Time Out For The Women
The Ohio State women’s cross country team took first place at the Queen City Invitational Friday. The team finished the race with a final score of 43 points. The event took place at Mount Airy Forest in Cincinnati, Ohio. The women’s 5-kilometer course consisted of a flat surface with one mild hill. Leading the way for the Buckeyes was Chelsea Poling (Fr., Toledo, Ohio) running a time of 19:29.6 to place sixth. Not far behind, finishing in ninth place, was Robyn Detty (So., Indianapolis, Ind.) running a time of 19:43.2. Also placing in the Top 10 was Jennifer Ordway (Jr., Holgate, Ohio/Holgate), who finished 10th with a time of 19:44.6.

Last Time Out For The Men
The Ohio State men’s cross country team finished 12th out of 27 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday with a final score of 314 points. The event took place at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.

“That was one of the strongest performances a men’s team has had at Ohio State in quite some time,” Robert Gary, coach of the men’s team, said.

Leading the way for the Buckeyes was Dan Glaz (So., Palos Hills, Ill./A.A.Stagg), who ran a time of 24:57.3 to place 35th out of 231 competitors. The men also received strong performances from Rob Myers (Jr., Rushville, Ohio/Fairfield) who turned in a time of 25:04.7 to place 45th.

Kip Kangogo from Brigham Young University won the meet with a time of 23:38.9. The University of Oregon won the team title compiling a final score of 96.

Gary Now in Sixth Season
Robert Gary will begin his sixth season as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. During his tenure at Ohio State Gary has coached several All-Americans and he lead the Ohio State men’s team to the NCAA Championships for the first time in over forty years.

As an athlete, Gary has qualified for his fourth United States World Cross Country team and competed at the 1999 World Track Cross Country team and competed at the 1999 World Track Championships in Seville, Spain.

Gary represented the United States in Atlanta, Ga., as a member of the 1996 Olympic team in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In the Olympic trials, he captured second place behind training partner and former Buckeye Mark Croghan. Gary recorded the eighth-fastest time ever by an American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Myers Leads Women’s Team
During the offseason, the Buckeyes added a familiar face to the coaching staff in Chad Myers. Over the last four years, Myers has served as a volunteer coach for the Buckeyes. Myers duties will be primarily working with the women’s team. Myers attended Otterbein College and competed in track and cross country. In 1994 and 1995 Myers qualified for nationals was also runner-up at the Ohio Athletic Conference cross country Championships. Myers was also a national qualifier in track in 1996.

Up Next
The Ohio State women’s cross country team will travel to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational. The men will return to action, Oct. 11, at the All-Ohio Championship in Delaware, Ohio.