April 1, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the Ohio State men’s track distance team competed Friday at the 2006 Nike Stanford Invitational at Cobb Angel Field in Palo Alto, Calif. Brian Olinger, a senior two-time All-American, bested the OSU record in the 10,000-meter run, winning Section 2 of the event in 28:57.68.

The school record holder in the indoor 5,000m, Olinger topped the 10K mark of 29:01.29 set by Chris England in the 1997 season. Olinger’s time stands as a provisional qualifier to the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Sophomores John Ealy and Braden Martinez also ran in the 10K, placing 17th and 34th, respectively. Ealy timed 29:52.17, while Martinez turned in a 30:40.36.

Senior Kevin Bruffy also competed Friday in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He took 13th in 9:21.45.

The men’s and women’s teams play host to the 2006 outdoor home-opening All-Ohio Championships April 7-8 in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.