Oct. 26, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Championship season begins for the Ohio State men’s cross country team this Sunday, Oct. 28, as it heads to East Lansing, Mich., for the 2012 Big Ten Cross Country Championships.

Michigan State University’s Forest Akers East Golf Course will play host to the 8k event, slated for 11:45 a.m. ET. A complete recap will be posted after the race at  

The Ohio State Buckeyes
Under the direction of head coach Ed Beathea and distance coach Brice Allen, Ohio State brings a young roster to East Lansing this weekend.

Senior Donny Roys has been the top runner for the Buckeyes throughout the 2012 season, finishing first among all OSU athletes at every meet he has competed in this season. Roys is coming off of an 8k PR-run of 24:05 at the adidas Invitational two weeks ago. Redshirt freshman Josh Sabo has shown tremendous improvement in his second season and has placed in the Top 40 in three of the four races he has competed in.

Scouting the Big Ten
No. 11 Michigan enters the championships as the top-ranked team in the conference. The Wolverines return seven runners from last year’s championship roster.

Defending NCAA and Big Ten champion Wisconsin enters the meet ranked 20th nationally after a disappointing performance at the adidas Invitational two weeks ago. The previously No. 1-ranked Badgers return their top two finishers from last season, Mohammed Ahmed and Maverick Darling, and are seeking their 14th-consecutive conference title and 47th overall.

No. 24 Indiana is led by two senior All-Big Ten honorees from 2011 in Andy Bayer and Zach Mayhew. The Hoosiers will challenge the Wolverines and Badgers for the top spot.

Cross Country on BTN
BTN will offer delayed coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Ohio State History at the Championships
In its 98-year history, the men’s cross country team has won only one Big Ten title (1923). The Buckeyes have placed among the Top 5 42 times and have claimed runner-up honors seven times.
Eight individuals have been named to the All-Big Ten team based on their performances at the conference championships, the most recent being Jeff See in 2009.

Recapping the 2011 Big Ten Championships
Ohio State placed four runners in the Top 30 to place fifth overall at last season’s championship.

Roys was the leader of the pack for the Scarlet and Gray, turning in a 19th-place and personal-best time of 24:21. Taylor Williams crossed the finish line in a PR of 24:24 for a 21st-place finish, followed by Julian Meyer (25th, PR of 24:28), Adam Green (28th, 24:31) and Chris Fallon (45th, 24:49).

As a team, the Buckeyes compiled 138 points to finish behind Wisconsin (17 points), Indiana (60), Michigan (104) and Minnesota (104).

Buckeyes Tenth in USTFCCCA Great Lakes Regional Rankings
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its regional cross country rankings Oct. 15, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 10 in the bi-weekly poll. Michigan is the top-ranked team in the region, followed by Indiana, Wisconsin, Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame, Butler, Michigan State, Indiana State, Purdue and the Buckeyes.

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Last Time Out
OSU competed at the 8k Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., Oct. 12.

With a team score of 1021, the Buckeyes finished 39th overall. Roys was the top finisher of the day for the Scarlet and Gray, completing his race in a personal-best time of 24:02 for a 53rd-place finish.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will take a week off before heading to Madison, Wis., for the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships Nov. 9.