Sept. 12, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s cross country team travels to East Lansing, Mich., this Friday, Sept. 14, for the Auto Owners Spartan Invitational.

Two weeks removed from a season-opening win at the Flyer 5k Challenge, the Buckeyes bring a complete squad to East Lansing in hopes of sustaining their early-season momentum. The Friday meet also provides a preview of this season’s Big Ten championship course (the Spartans host the conference meet on Oct. 28) and an opportunity to run against two of the top teams in the region in 20th-ranked Michigan and the host Spartans.

The 8k race at Forest Akers East Golf Course is slated for 12:35 p.m. ET. A complete recap will available later in the day at

Notable Competing Teams
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan
No. 20 Michigan
Michigan State
No. 31 Ohio State

Buckeyes Ranked No. 31 in USTFCCCA Week One Poll, Sixth in Great Lakes Region
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its national cross country rankings Sept. 11, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 31 in the weekly poll with 21 total votes. Wisconsin is the top-ranked team in the nation and is joined by the Buckeyes and three additional Big Ten rivals – No. 13 Indiana, No. 17 Minnesota and No. 20 Michigan – in the Top 35.

In the Great Lakes regional rankings Ohio State finds itself ranked sixth behind the Badgers, Hoosiers, and Wolverines, as well as Notre Dame and Michigan State.

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Last Time Out
Ohio State opened the 2012 season with a win at the Flyer 5k Challenge in Kettering, Ohio, Sept. 1.

The Buckeyes finished with a score of 36, edging Miami (Ohio) by a total of three points. Miami finished with the top-2 individual finishers and a team score of 39. Dayton finished in third place with a team score of 52, while Wright State was fourth with a score of 110.

Leading the way for the Buckeyes were freshmen Nick Pupino and Jordan Redd, who finished fourth and fifth respectively with times of 15:25.6 and 15:26.9. Junior Jackson Neff (15:39.9), freshman Steven Weaver (15:40.4), and sophomore Michael Brajdic (15:41.7) also placed in the Top 10 for the Buckeyes.

Up Next
Ohio State takes a week off prior to a Sept. 28 trip to the Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.