No. 24 Ohio State one of four Big Ten teams represented in national poll

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team is ranked No. 24 in the Feb. 16 edition of the NCAA Division I National Team Rankings by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the first Top 25 appearance for the Buckeyes this season.

The Scarlet and Gray moved up three places in the rankings after a solid weekend at both the Akron Invitational and Grand Valley State Big Meet. Jeff See and Patrick Sovacool’s efforts in the 3000m invitational at GVSU and Jake Edward’s performance in the 5000m in Akron provided the crucial points that catapulted OSU into the Top 25.

“The program’s focus remains recruiting the best student-athletes from Ohio, which I have long since regarded as a Top 3 state in the entire country for overall track talent and placing expectations on the teams development academically, athletically as well as character,” head coach Robert Gary said.

“This recipe has produced a consistent Top 3 and nationally ranked cross country program. And now, with our last couple finishes at the conference championships, a new regional ranking and this latest national ranking, I hope we continue to move up on the track and field side of things.”

With a total of 41.86 points, Ohio State is one of four Big Ten teams featured in the national poll. The conference banner is carried by No.7 Indiana, with No. 11 Penn State, 17th-ranked Minnesota and the Buckeyes also representing the league.

Ohio State remains No. 1 in the Great Lakes Regional Rankings for the third consecutive week. With a total of 396.90 points, the Buckeyes have the fourth-highest team score in the nation. The regional rankings – a new concept for the 2010 season – are designed to measure a team’s overall depth, whereas the national poll places greater emphasis on national championship contenders on a team’s roster. Wisconsin is the second-ranked team in the Great Lakes with a score of 361.79, followed by Indiana, Akron and Michigan.

No. 24 Ohio State returns to Columbus this Friday, Feb. 19, for the Buckeye Tune-up at French Field House. Field events get underway at approximately 4:00 p.m. ET.