Aug. 31, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s cross country team is ranked 25th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) preseason top 30 poll.

The Buckeyes, who return all but one letterman from a 2010 unit that finished seventh in the Big Ten and fourth in the Great Lakes region, garnered a total of 66 points to join four conference opponents in the national top 30. Third-ranked Wisconsin is the highest ranked Big Ten squad, followed by No. 8 Indiana, the Buckeyes and 27th-ranked Minnesota. Two-time defending national champion Oklahoma State collected 357 points to open the year at No. 1.

“We are excited about this fall season and happy to be ranked to begin the season,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said in response to his team’s preseason ranking. “But at the end of the day, results in November at the three big ending meets are the real gauge of a team’s skill and success.”

Ohio State opens the 2011 season Sept. 16 at the Appalachian State Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C.