COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State track and field and cross country standout Brian Olinger finished sixth at the 2011 USA Cross Country Championships in San Diego Feb. 5, earning the former All-American his first appearance with the U.S. national team.

Olinger, a five-time All-American and Big Ten champion as a member of the track and field and cross country programs from 2002-2006, ran a 12k time of 36:05 to secure his spot on the Team USA roster for this March’s IAAF world championships in Punta Umbria, Spain. 

“Our program is very proud that Brian has stuck with the support [at Ohio State] and achieved this level of excellence,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said of the former Buckeye All-America’s accomplishment. “He is a model for our team and a great representative of Buckeye Nation. We know that he will represent us well.

“From a walk-on here at Ohio State, to someone who earned a scholarship and now reaching the highest of levels in cross country, Brian is a model for future Buckeyes regardless of what they accomplish in high school.”

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