Former Ohio State All-American and Big Ten champ raced through Central Park

NEW YORK (AP) — A Columbus, Ohio man took second place honors in a frigid foot race run early this morning through New York City’s Central Park.

Brian Olinger, a runner at Ohio State from 2003-06, finished the four-mile course of the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in 18 minutes, 53 seconds, 8 seconds behind men’s title winner Sean Quigley, of Philadelphia.

Aziza Aliyu of Ethiopia took the women’s in 21 minutes, 21 seconds, just 1 second ahead of Emily Brown, of Minneapolis.

A field of about 4,000 competed in the event sponsored by the New York Road Runners.

The temperature was 18 degrees when the race started at midnight and a 16-mile-an-hour wind made the wind chill just 3 degrees.

2008 The Associated Press