COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s cross country team will compete Monday, Nov. 19 in the 2007 NCAA Championships on the campus of Indiana State. Admission is $5 and gates will open at 9 a.m. The race will be covered live on CSTV.
The event begins at 12:08 p.m. and will take place at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.
For meet information log on to www.gosycamores.com.
ROBERT GARY ON BEING SELECTED TO THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
“I am proud of our program. This season has been exciting,” Robert Gary, Ohio State head coach, said. “We were able to redshirt a 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’’
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes finished fifth at the 2007 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships, Nov. 10 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. With that, Ealy qualified 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.
FORMER OHIO HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONS FUEL ANOTHER LATE SEASON RUN
Head coach Robert Gary has stressed recruiting the best runners in the state of Ohio and that strategy has paid off. Over the last three seasons Ohio State has recruited three former Ohio high school cross country state champions, who combined to win five state crowns.
Chad Balyo won the Ohio High School Division I crown in 2005 before joining the Buckeyes in 2006 and becoming a staple in the team’s Top 5 ever since. Andy Arnio won the state title in 2005 in Division III and added this to his first-place finish in the team competition in 2003. Jeff See claimed state titles in Division I in 2003 and 2004 and finished ahead of current Buckeye teammate co-captain John Ealy in 2003, who placed second.
Ealy, See and Arnio have combined to win five Big Ten runner of the week awards during their time at Ohio State. Ealy and See have also both landed All-Big Ten honors this year.
BUCKEYES COLLECT POSTSEASON AWARDS
Ohio State had two runners named to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional team Tuesday. The honors come after the Buckeyes’ fifth-place finish in the 2007 Great Lakes Regional, Nov. 10.
Senior co-captain John Ealy earned first-team All-Region with his sixth-place finish in a time of 30:52.31 on the 10-kilometer course. The finish propelled him to an automatic qualification to the 2007 NCAA Championships. Ealy is the first Buckeye to earn first-team All-Regional honors since Brian Olinger in 2005. He has competed at the NCAA championships all four years at Ohio State. The all-regional award is Ealy’s second honor of the season, as he earned All-Big Ten accolades earlier this year.
Junior Jeff See continued to establish himself as one of the top distance runners in the country with a 16th-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional and second-team All-Regional honors. See finished in a time of 31:18.83. The time is a career-best for the Middletown, Ohio, native on a 10-kilometer course. The award is the second all-regional honor of his career, earning his first honor in 2005 as a freshman after finishing 22nd in the Great Lakes Regional. See adds this honor to the first-team All-Big Ten laurels he earned Oct. 28.
BUCKEYES PULLING IN BIG TEN AWARDS BY THE BOAT LOAD
Jeff See and Andy Arnio have added two more Big Ten runner of the week awards to the Buckeyes collection this season. See won his on Sept. 4, followed by Arnio on Oct. 9. Ohio State has won nine conference weekly awards in the last four yearsmore then any other Big Ten team in that span.
Alex Bailey won the award on Oct. 10, 2006, following the All-Ohio Championships as the men’s team took home the conference honor in each of its first three meets a year ago.
John Ealy has won the most awards with three over the past two seasons. Ealy also was named the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Bailey has taken home two R.O.W. each following the All-Ohio Championships in 2005 and 2006.
Over the last three years, Ohio State also has had 16 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big Ten over the last three years and the team was recognized by the NCAA as an All-Academic cross country team.
ARNIO WINS BUCKEYES’ SECOND BIG TEN RUNNER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Andy Arnio was named the Big Ten runner of the week Oct. 9, becoming the first Buckeye to win R.O.W. as a freshman. The native of North Bloomfield, Ohio, led the Buckeyes to a third-place finish at the All-Ohio Championships Oct. 5 in Delaware, Ohio. Arnio finished seventh among Division I runners in a time of 26:41.2 on an 8-kilometer course.
BUCKEYE JEFF SEE NAMED CO-BIG TEN RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Jeff See was named the co-Big Ten runner of the week Sept. 4 and shared the award with Penn State’s Brian Fuller. The junior from Middletown, Ohio, led the Buckeyes at the Short Course Open Aug. 31 on the campus of Kent State as he took home the individual title in a time of 15:14.5. The mark was a collegiate career best time for See on a 5-kilometer course. The award was the first career runner of the week honor for See and the Buckeyes’ first R.O.W. since Alex Bailey took home the honor Oct. 10, 2006.
The award rounded out a solid summer for See as he became the first Buckeye to break the four minute mark in the mile competing unattached June 2, during his redshirt season at the Music City Distance Classic.
The Buckeyes started season with wins at the Kent State Short Course Open race Aug. 31 and the Tennessee Twilight Invitational Sept. 14. Ohio State has now won the opening race of its season in three-consecutive years. The Scarlet and Gray were led to victory by junior Jeff See in both meets. The win for See at Kent State was the first individual title of his Ohio State career. See won the race in a career-best time on a 5-kilometer course at 15:14.5.
See was tightly followed at Kent by senior John Ealy who finished second overall and came in at a time of 15:15.5. Sophomore Chad Balyo came in third in time of 15:16.7 as the Buckeyes ran away with the team title in a sweep of the Top 3 overall positions. At Tennessee once again Ealy came in second and Balyo third.