Sept. 1, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s cross country team began the 2012 season by winning the Flyer 5K Challenge Saturday at Indian Rifle Park in Kettering, Ohio.

The meet was the first under new associate head coach Brice Allen. The Buckeyes finished with a score of 36, edging Miami (Ohio) by a total of three points. Miami (Ohio) finished with the top two individual finishers and a team score of 39.  Dayton finished in third-place with a team score of 52, and Wright State finished fourth with a score of 110.

“I’m excited about today’s win at the Flyer 5K Challenge,” Allen said. “I’m looking forward to traveling with a full squad to East Lansing. Great finishes by two of our freshmen today in Pupino and Redd.”

Leading the way for the Buckeyes were freshmen Nicholas Pupino and Jordan Redd, who finished fourth and fifth respectively with times of 15:25.6 and 15:26.9. Junior Jackson Neff (15:39.9), freshman Steven Weaver (15:40.4), and sophomore Michael Brajdic (15:41.7) rounded out the top 10.

Ohio State will take a week off prior to a Sept. 14 trip to the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.