COLUMBUS, Ohio The 30th-ranked Ohio State men’s cross country team finished fifth Saturday at the 2007 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Bloomington, Ind., improving four spots from its ninth place finish in 2006.

Ohio State turned in a combined score of 167, finishing behind Indiana (111), No 22 Notre Dame (76), No. 23 Michigan (68) and No. 4 Wisconsin (68).

The Buckeyes were paced by John Ealy’s sixth place finish with a time of 30:52.31. Ealy will now qualify for the NCAA Championships for a fourth-consecutive year.

Finishing second for the Buckeyes was junior Jeff See, who came in 16th with a time of 31:18.83. Taylor Candella finished 32nd (31:46.67) while Alex Bailey and Andy Arnio rounded out the scoring for the Buckeyes, finishing 56th and 57th, respectively.

Notre Dame’s Patrick Smith finished first with a time of 30:22.44, 16 seconds ahead of second place finisher Matt Withrow from Wisconsin.

The official NCAA Championship selections will be announced Sunday.

Team Results:
1. Wisconsin (68)
1. Michigan (68)
3. Notre Dame (76)
4. Indiana (111)
5. Ohio State (167)

Ohio State Individual Results:
6. John Ealy (30:52.31)
16. Jeff See (31:18.83
32. Taylor Candella (31:46.67)
56. Alex Bailey (32:29.43)
57. Andy Arnio (32:30.33)

83. Chad Balyo (32:59.59)
95. Christopher Olinger (33:18.63)