Oct. 20, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With just over a week remaining until the Big Ten championships, the Ohio State men’s cross country team looks to round into top form Oct. 21 at the Eastern Michigan Fall Classic in Dexter, Mich.
No. 21 Michigan and Michigan State are scheduled to join the Scarlet and Gray at the 5k event in Dexter. Toledo and host Eastern Michigan will also test their legs against the Big Ten rivals along with a bevy of post-collegiate individual entrants.
Hudson Mills Metro Park is set to host Friday’s race at approximately 6:00 p.m. ET. A complete recap will be posted following the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Buckeyes Return to National Rankings, Jump to Fourth in Regional Poll
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its national cross country rankings Oct. 18, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 26 in the weekly poll. Defending national champion Oklahoma State is the top-ranked team in the nation, while four Big Ten rivals – No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 7 Indiana, No. 12 Minnesota and No. 21 Michigan – join the Buckeyes in the top 30.
In the Great Lakes regional rankings, Ohio State finds itself ranked No. 4 overall behind the Badgers, Hoosiers, and Wolverines.
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The Ohio State men’s cross country team defeated six top 30 teams on its way to a 17th-place finish at the 8k Wisconsin adidas Invitational Oct. 14.
The Buckeyes performed admirably against a field that featured 20 of the top 30 programs in the nation, using a team score of 464 to place fifth among Big Ten teams and ahead of ranked foes that included 16th-ranked Georgetown and No. 18 Columbia. Second-ranked Wisconsin won the prestigious meet on its home course with a score of 66, finishing well ahead of runner-up and sixth-ranked BYU (120 points) and No. 4 Stanford (125).
For the second-consecutive meet, Donny Roys was the leader on the course for the Scarlet and Gray, taking 54th overall in 24:33. Taylor Williams and Chris Fallon finished 2-3 once again for OSU, with Williams finishing 71st in 24:50 and Fallon placing 101st in 24:50. Rounding out scoring were Adam Green (114th, 24:54) and Julian Meyer (124th, 24:58).
Ohio State travels to Champaign, Ill., for the 2011 Big Ten Championships Oct. 30.