Oct. 15, 2005


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s cross country team turned in a Top-10 showing at the 2005 NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., Saturday. The Buckeyes placed 10th overall with a team score of 360 points and were led by an eighth-place time by Brian Olinger in the 8-kilometer race. Stanford won the event with 89, while BYU placed second with 174 points. Nicole Gliem led the women to a fifth-place team score at the 2005 National Invitational in State College, Pa. The Buckeyes posted a team score of 238, falling behind team winner Duke and its 22 team points.

Olinger, a senior from Fresno, Ohio, improved upon his 14th-place finish at the 2004 Pre-Nationals, finishing in a career-best 23:56. Three Buckeyes also finished in the Top 100, with John Ealy (So., Reynoldsburg, Ohio) taking 71st in 24:49, Braden Martinez (So., Stryker, Ohio) and Alex Bailey (So., Columbus, Ohio) crossing the finish line in 88th and 89th place in 24:58.

Gliem, a junior from Columbus, headed the Buckeye effort for the third time in her three races this season, placing eighth on the 6K course in 21:00. Teammate Melanie Price (Jr., Cincinnati) finished 24th in 21:43 and Laura Piper (So., Chesterfield, Mo.) was 53rd with a time of 22:22. “The women had a great showing today,” Robert Gary, Ohio State cross country head coach said. “It was great for Nicole Gliem to take eighth today against some of the best compeition in the country. She had a fantastic time and should place in the Top 10 at Big Ten’s. The women ran a small spread and finished ahead of Penn State and All-Ohio champion Akron.

“Brian (Olinger) ran really well for the men,” Gary continued. “The team ran decent, but I look forward to two weeks from now at the Big Ten meet,which will be our first true test.”

Both the men’s and women’s teams are off next week to prep for the 2005 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis Oct. 30.

Ohio State Men’s Results – 2005 NCAA Pre-Nationals 8. Brian Olinger 14:57 23:56 71. John Ealy 15:26 24:49 88. Braden Martinez 15:26 24:58 89. Alex Bailey 15:30 24:58 104. Glenn Collins 15:35 25:06 118. Levi Fox 15:45 25:15

Ohio State Women’s Results – 2005 National Invitational 8. Nicole Gliem, Jr* 21:00 5:38 24. Melanie Price, Jr* 21:43 5:49 53. Laura Piper, So* 22:22 6:00 64. Rachel Stichter, Fr* 22:33 6:03 89. Melanie Grim, So* 22:57 6:09 91. Sarah Cass, Sr* 22:58 6:09 145. Brittannie Hall, So* 23:43 6:21