Sept. 14, 2012

The Ohio State men’s cross country team claimed an unofficial victory at the 8k Auto Owners Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich., Friday afternoon.

Although the meet was not scored and therefore no winner declared, the Buckeyes cumulative placements in the standings would have given the team a victory under normal circumstances. Host Michigan State was the unofficial runner-up.

Senior Donny Roys was the top runner of the day for the Scarlet and Gray. Competing in his first meet of the season, the Medina, Ohio, native crossed the finish line in a fifth-place time of 25:00. Joining Roys in the Top 10 was freshman Nick Pupino, who placed seventh in 25:02.

“I was very pleased with how we ran today, especially during the second half of the race,” distance coach Brice Allen said after the meet. “The team was extremely competitive. I like the direction we are headed [in].”

Rounding out scoring for the team were Curtis Hanle (14th, 25:15), Josh Sabo (15th, 25:16) and Jordan Redd (35th, 25:40).

Ohio State Results


1   5 Donny Roys 25:01

2   7 Nick Pupino 25:02

3   14 Curtis Hanle 25:15

4   15 Josh Sabo 25:16

5   35 Jordan Redd 25:40


6    42 Brian Hannaford 25:44

7    48 Blake Taneff 25:51

8    56 Steven Weaver 25:58

9    60 Jeff Hannaford 26:00

10  64 Evan Schwartz 26:04

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