COLUMBUS, Ohio The 30th-ranked Ohio State men’s cross country team received an at-large bid to the 2007 NCAA Championships on Monday after finishing fifth at the 2007 Great Lakes Regional Championships this past Saturday.

 This is the sixth time that the Buckeyes will head to the NCAA Championships since 2000, which is third-most among Big Ten teams. This will be the 11th time the Ohio State has competed in the NCAA Championships overall.

 “I am very proud of our program. This season has been very exciting,” head coach Robert Gary said. “We were able to redshirt a very strong class and throughout the year, we have not had the same order in our top 7 at any meet. I am glad our small team has another chance at a great race and I look forward to returning to the National meet”

 The Scarlet and Gray’s selection will be the sixth time they made it to the championships under head coach Robert Gary. This is more than any cross country coach in Ohio State history.

 The NCAA Championships will be held Monday Nov. 19 at Noon ET in Terre Haute Ind., on the campus of Indiana State University.