John Ealy sets personal record with the third-fastest time in school history


WALNUT, Calif. John Ealy crossed the finish line of the 10000m run in a personal record time of 29:08.33 as the Buckeyes competed Thursday evening at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif.


The senior from Reynoldsburg, Ohio set the third-fastest time in school history (set by Dan Glaz in 2005) while shattering the Big Ten Conference’s previous season best time by more than 40 seconds. He now holds the top two league times in both the 10000m and 5000m runs. Contending with some of the nation’s top distance runners, Ealy finished in 10th-place Carlos Trujillo of Eugene Running finished in first at 28:52.26.


“John had a fantastic race,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary said. “He set a very strong NCAA provisional mark that may just get him into nationals.


“I know that John will be ready to compete well at the Big Ten Championships his mark in the 5k will really help.”


In a separate 10000m race, Buckeyes Levi Fox and Taylor Williams posted strong times in their introduction to 10k. Fox finished 17th in a time of 30.04.83, while Williams was close behind in 20th at 30:10.88.


“Levi and Taylor had great debuts with 10000m as well,” Gary said. “I purposely made them go out controlled and they both did a great job of moving up through the field.”


The rest of the Buckeyes take to the track Saturday at the Louisville Invitational in Louisville Ky.