September 3, 2016

Men’s XC: Buckeyes Capture Team Title at Queen City Invite


Sept. 3, 2016



Cincinnati, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s cross country team took the team title at the 35th Annual Queen City Invite 6K Saturday morning in controlling fashion by taking eight of the top 11 spots. The Buckeyes team score of 23 dominated the meet and Northern Kentucky took second with 63 points.


“I want to start off by recognizing Luke Landis and his phenomenal performance this morning,” associate head coach Brice Allen said. “I also want to congratulate two of our freshman runners on competing very well. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from Aaron Wood (fifth place) and Alex Lomong (sixth place) in their first collegiate meet.”


Landis, a sophomore, paced the way for the Scarlet and Gray with a second-place showing with a 6K time of 18:25.1 in a field of 81 runners. Mitch Leitch closely followed Landis and took bronze with a time of 18:27.7.


Freshmen Wood (18:33.3) and Lomong (18:36.8) ran stride for stride with each other and junior Jake Mandel took seventh with a readout of 18:38.2.


“Our gap from our first finisher to the fifth runner was only 13 seconds, and I like that a lot,” Allen noted. “If we can run that closely together as a unit, good things will happen.”


Kevin Blank (18:54.1), Jordan Redd (19:00.6) and Jared Fleming (19:06.6) rounded at Ohio State’s stellar performance with ninth, 10th and 11th place showings respectively.


The Buckeyes will return to action on Sept. 17 at the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn.