Sept. 27, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s cross country team looks to sustain its early season momentum Friday at the 8k Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.

Undefeated two meets into the season, the Buckeyes step up the competition level a notch at the Notre Dame Cross Country Course, facing eight ranked opponents in the Blue Division race at 5:00 p.m. ET Friday afternoon. A complete recap will be available after the race at

Blue Division Competing Teams
No. 25 Eastern Kentucky
Eastern Michigan
No. 10 Florida State
Indiana State
McNeese State
No. 26 Michigan
Mississippi State
No. 21 New Mexico
North Carolina
No. 11 N.C. State
No. 24 Notre Dame
Ohio State
No. 17 Princeton
No. 14 Texas A&M
No. 20 Tulsa
No. 29 Washington State

Buckeyes Ranked No. 34 in USTFCCCA Week Three Poll, Fifth in Great Lakes Region
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its national cross country rankings Sept. 25, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 31 in the weekly poll with eight total votes. Wisconsin is the top-ranked team in the nation and is joined by the Buckeyes and three additional Big Ten rivals – No. 11 Indiana, No. 16 Minnesota and No. 26 Michigan – in the Top 35.

In the Great Lakes regional rankings Ohio State finds itself ranked fifth behind the Badgers, Hoosiers, and Wolverines in addition to Notre Dame.
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Last Time Out
Ohio State claimed an unofficial victory at the 8k Auto Owners Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich., Sept. 14.

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.

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

Up Next
The Buckeyes will compete at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational Oct. 12 in Madison, Wisc.