Ohio State checks in with third-highest score in the nation

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s track and field team sits atop the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes regional rankings, released Feb. 2.

A new concept introduced for the 2010 season, the USTFCCCA regional rankings are designed to measure a team’s all-around strength, as it takes many athletes in many events to yield a high score. The rankings are an alternative to the USTFCCCA national poll, which yields higher rankings to teams with several national championship contenders.

“I think that the new rankings are great because they’re more indicative of your best 15-20 athletes as just opposed to the very few that qualify for nationals,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said of the new poll. “It’s a good transitional ranking for where I think our program is at, moving from the Top 3 in the conference to the Top 15 in the nation.”

With a total of 417.79 points, the Buckeyes have the third-highest score of any team in the nation, regardless of region. BYU (423.17) and Texas A&M (440.08) hold the two highest scores, according to the new regional formula.

In the Great Lakes, Ohio State holds the top spot amongst a Top 7 that includes Big Ten rivals Indiana (No. 2), Wisconsin (No. 3), Purdue (No. 5) and Michigan (No. 6).

This week’s national poll has the Buckeyes ranked No. 41, led by Daniel White (No. 6 in the 800m dash) and Thomas Murdaugh (ninth in the 400m dash). Eight Big Ten teams are represented in the national Top 50, led by No. 11 Indiana.

About the USTFCCCA
The USTFCCCA is the non-profit professional organization that represents men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coaches in the United States. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members, including 93% of NCAA track & field coaches. USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.