Oct. 30, 2005


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s cross country team placed three individuals in the Top 20 en route to claiming a second-place standing at the 2005 Big Ten Championships Sunday at the University of Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn. The runner-up finish for Ohio State tied an all-time best for the men’s cross country team, equaling second-place finishes at the conference meet in 1977,1940, 1928 and ’26. The Buckeyes edged Minnesota by one point for second place with 101 team points, falling behind league winner Wisconsin, which set a Big Ten standard with a team total of 16 points. The Ohio State women’s team improved on its 2004 league standing by two spots Sunday, taking ninth place with 257. Michigan won the women’s title with a team score of 42.

Individually for the men, returning All-American Brian Olinger placed in the Top 10 for the second consecutive season at the league meet. The senior from Fresno, Ohio led the Ohio State record-breaking effort with a 10th-place time of 24:41.98 in the 8-kilometer race. Olinger finished seventh in 2004. Freshman Jeff See (Middletown, Ohio) and sophomore John Ealy (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) joined Olinger in the Top 20. See turned in a 16th-place finish in a time of 24:59.73, while Ealy took 18th in 25:05.53. Sophomores Glenn Collins (Akron, Ohio) and Alex Bailey (Columbus, Ohio) added significant points as well with 27th- and 30th-place times of 25:22.28 and 25:27.03, respectively.

“The men matched the best finish in Ohio State history today” Robert Gary, Ohio State head coach, said. “They placed ahead of a bunch of ranked teams. I’m real proud of them. We are looking forward to the NCAA meet next month and I think a Top 10 finish at NCAA’s is a real possibility.”

For the women, junior Nicole Gliem headed the Buckeye effort for the fourth time in her four races this season. The Columbus native placed 25th on the 6K course in a time of 21:01.24. Fellow junior Melanie Price (Cincinnati) finished 39th in 22:40.54 and Laura Piper (So., Chesterfield, Mo.) was 53rd with a time of 22:32.89.

“The women didn’t get out to a great start, but we did improve from last season,” Gary said. “The team now has a better sense of what it takes to compete at this level.”

Both the men’s and women’s teams are off next week to prep for the 2005 Great Lakes Regional Championships Nov. 12 in Bloomington, Ind.

2005 Big Ten Championships Men’s Individual Results 1 10 Brian Olinger SR 24:41.98 2 16 Jeff See FR 24:59.73 3 18 John Ealy SO 25:02.53 4 27 Glenn Collins JR 25:22.28 5 30 Alex Bailey SO 25:27.03 6 (38) Levi Fox FR 25:37.38 7 (50) Klaus Freeland JR 25:58.43

Women’s Individual Results 1 25 Nicole Gliem JR 22:01.24 2 39 Melanie Price JR 22:40.54 3 60 Laura Piper SO 23:32.89 4 66 Melanie Grim SO 23:52.29 5 67 Brittannie Hall SO 23:53.54 6 (69) Rachel Stchter FR 24:01.94 7 (72) Sarah Cass JR 24:06.64

2005 Big Ten Championships Men’s Team Standings PL. Score Team 1. 16 Wisconsin 2. 101 Ohio State 3. 102 Minnesota 4. 124 Iowa 5. 125 Michigan 6. 137 Indiana 7. 162 Michigan State 8. 235 Purdue 9. 239 Penn State 10. 241 Illinois

Women’s Team Standings PL Score Team 1. 42 Michigan 2. 60 Illinois 3. 82 Minnesota 4. 128 Indiana 5. 145 Michigan State 6. 146 Wisconsin 7. 170 Iowa 8. 180 Purdue 9. 257 Ohio State 10. 258 Penn State 11. 294 Northwestern