Aug. 28, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State began preparations for the 2015 cross country season at team camp Aug. 18-21 at Hidden Hollow Camp in Hocking Hills, Ohio.

Running in their first team practices of the season, both the men and women of the Scarlet and Gray enjoyed the scenic views of Hocking Hills leading up to the season debut Sept. 7 at the Flyer 5k Challenge in Kettering, Ohio. Ohio State welcomed back returning letter winners and introduced its newcomers to the program with a number of team-building activities.

The Buckeyes ran at camp with former athlete and long-time friend of the program John Hammond in their thoughts. Hammond, an OSU distance runner from 1969-72 and cross country team captain, served as a volunteer coach with the men’s cross country team for several seasons after a 26-year coaching and teaching career in Hilliard. A native of Granville, Hammond has been a tremendous advocate for the Ohio State track and field and cross country teams and was a key member of the contingent involved in the development of the Jesse Owens statue outside of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

“Coach Hammond has been a mainstay in our program as an athlete, coach and mentor,” Ohio State distance and cross country coach Brice Allen said.  “As an educator in Central Ohio he has positively influenced hundreds of students and student-athletes and was a personal inspiration to his peers in integrity, dedication, fitness and his pursuit of excellence in all endeavors. He has an expansive breadth of knowledge and experience in an amazing variety of subjects from British Literature to horticulture to elite track and field. hE is one of those truly captivating personalities that knows no stranger.”