Feb. 12, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman Glenn Collins, former Buckeye Ian Connor and Ohio State men’s cross country coach Robert Gary, competed in the 2004 United States Cross Country Championships, Feb. 7-8 in Indianapolis, Ind. The two-day event served as a qualifier for 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, March 20 in Brussels, Belgium.

The top six finishers in the Open and Junior races were eligible to compete in the event, which will take place March 20.

Ohio State head cross country coach Gary (1993-96) highlighted the event as he placed third in the men’s open 4-kilometer and second in the 12-kilometer divisions, posting times of 11:15 and 35:07, respectively, to earn a spot on the world cross country team. Gary will compete in the 4-kilometer run at the World Cross Country Championships.

Connor (1996-99), who completed his Buckeye career two years ago, still trains with the team, placed sixth in a time of 11:22 in the men’s open 4-kilometer event to earn a spot on world cross country team.

Collins, who consistently finished eighth on the men’s cross country team during the 2003 season, competed in the 8-kilometer run in the men’s junior division and finished 10th in a time of 25:03. The time marked his second best time ever. Despite his strong finish, Collins did not finish in the Top 6 to earn a spot on the world cross country team.