Oct. 4, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s cross country team raced to an eighth-place team finish at the 8k Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky., Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes were led by freshman Nick Elswick, who placed 29th overall.
Ohio State closed the meet with a team score of 247. No. 11 Wisconsin placed five runners in the Top 20 to capture the team title with a score of 56. A total of 28 teams and 250 athletes competed.
“We executed our race plan today and had a much better start than we did last week,” distance coach Brice Allen said after the race. “Nick continues to lead us as we look forward to Pre-Nats in two weeks.”
Elswick crossed the finish line in a time of 24:41.96. The Chardon, Ohio, native has impressed in his freshman campaign for the Buckeyes, finishing first among Scarlet and Gray runners at all three 8k meets this season.
Junior Curtis Hanle was 40th overall in 24:51.34, followed by senior Jackson Neff (45th, 24:56.25). Ohio State’s two additional scorers ran in a tight pack. Sophomore Adrian Ross was 69th in 25:14.45, while freshman Clayton Bowie was 72nd overall (25:18.54).
Team Standings (Top 10)
1) Wisconsin – 56
2) Ole Miss – 111
3) Missouri – 125
4) Virginia Tech – 156
5) Middle Tennessee State – 159
6) Louisville – 171
7) Clemson – 219
8) Ohio State – 247
9) Southern Indiana – 277
10) Cincinnati – 371
Ohio State returns to action Oct. 18 at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.