Oct. 9, 2002

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country team will travel to Delaware, Ohio to compete in the All-Ohio Invitational. The meet will take place on Friday Oct. 11 at the Methodist Theological School. The men will run first at 2 p.m. with the women’s race beginning directly after the men’s race at 2:45 p.m.

The All-Ohio Invitational
Ohio Wesleyan University will play host to the All-Ohio Invitational and will take place at the Methodist Theological School . The meet was established back in 1955 and has continued to run every year since. Since its establishment back in 1955 the meet has continued to attract some of the top teams throughout the state of Ohio.

Who To Watch
Dan Glaz (So., Palos Hills, Ill./A.A. Stagg) leads the Buckeyes into the All-Ohio Invitational this Friday. Two weeks ago at the Roy Griak Invitational, Glaz was the top finisher which marked the second time in three meets Glaz was the top finisher for the Buckeyes. While at the Griak Invitational Glaz finished 35th in a time of 24:57.3. On the women’s side Chelsea Poling (Fr., Toledo, Ohio/Sienna Southview) has continued to be the most consist runner for the Buckeyes. Poling has been the top finisher for the Buckeyes twice this season.

Last Time Out For The Women
The Ohio State women’s cross country team took first place at the Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational Saturday afternoon in South Bend, Ind. The win at the Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational marks the second time this season the team has taken first place in a meet. The women won their first race this season at the Queen City Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 48th annual event was held at the Burke Memorial Golf Course. Teams throughout the Big Ten, Pac-10, Big East and Southeastern Conferences competed in the event.

Chelsea Poling (Fr., Toledo, Ohio/Sienna Southview) and Robyn Detty (So., Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) led the Buckeyes Saturday afternoon to their second straight first place finish. Poling was the top finisher for the Buckeyes, finishing seventh in a time of 18:45. Detty finished ninth in a time of 18:52.

Last Time Out For The Men
The Ohio State men’s cross country team finished 12th out of 27 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday with a final score of 314 points. The event took place at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.

“That was one of the strongest performances a men’s team has had at Ohio State in quite some time,” Robert Gary, coach of the men’s team, said.

Leading the way for the Buckeyes was Dan Glaz (So., Palos Hills, Ill./A.A.Stagg), who ran a time of 24:57.3 to place 35th out of 231 competitors. The men also received strong performances from Rob Myers (Jr., Rushville, Ohio/Fairfield) who turned in a time of 25:04.7 to place 45th.

Kip Kangogo from Brigham Young University won the meet with a time of 23:38.9. Oregon won the team title with a final score of 96.

Gary Now in Sixth Season
Robert Gary will begin his sixth season as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. During his tenure at Ohio State Gary has coached several All-Americans and he lead the Ohio State men’s team to the NCAA Championships for the first time in over forty years.

As an athlete, Gary has qualified for his fourth United States World Cross Country team and competed at the 1999 World Track Cross Country team and competed at the 1999 World Track Championships in Seville, Spain.

Gary represented the United States in Atlanta, Ga., as a member of the 1996 Olympic team in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In the Olympic trials, he captured second place behind training partner and former Buckeye Mark Croghan. Gary recorded the eighth-fastest time ever by an American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Myers Leads Women’s Team
During the off-season, the Buckeyes added a familiar face to the coaching staff in Chad Myers. Over the last four years, Myers has served as a volunteer coach for the Buckeyes. Myers duties will be primarily working with the women’s team. Myers attended Otterbein College and competed in track and cross country. In 1994 and 1995 Myers qualified for nationals was also runner-up at the Ohio Athletic Conference cross country Championships. Myers was also a national qualifier in track in 1996.

Up Next
The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Terre Heute, Ind. for the Pre-National Championships.