Oct. 14, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head coach Robert Gary watched as two of his runners received awards following the conclusion of the 2005 All-Ohio Championships in Delaware, Ohio. The Ohio State men’s team defended its 2004 team title at the event last Friday despite missing two of its top runners in senior Brian Olinger, the 2004 All-Ohio individual winner, and sophomore John Ealy, the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Although neither runner raced in the 2005 version of the All-Ohio meet, both Ealy and Olinger (Fresno, Ohio) were in attendance at the post-meet awards session, where both received top honors in the state. Olinger, who walked on to Ohio State, was named 2004 Ohio Runner of the Year, while Ealy (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) was the recipient of the 2004 Ohio Freshman Runner of the Year. In addition, Gary was named the Ohio coach of the year for the sixth time in 10 seasons as Buckeye head coach.

Gary was especially pleased with Olinger’s award and looks forward to consistent team success after Olinger’s collegiate career ends. Gary points to Ealy and 2004 Footlocker High School All-Americans Levi Fox and Jeff See, who have boasted strong starts to their initial collegiate seasons, as several future catalysts for the Buckeye program.

“I think is speaks great volumes about Brian, a walk-on, who has risen to the top of the national level and the potential for the future in John (Ealy) and state champions like Jeff (See) and Levi (Fox) from Ohio that we have recruited,” Gary said. “Recruiting and developing Ohio kids will continue to be my biggest priority for our program.”

The All-Ohio meet also served as a career event for another walk-on in Alex Bailey (Columbus, Ohio), who timed a personal-best 25:56.6 to take runner-up at the meet and lead the Buckeyes to their successful team title defense. For his effort, Bailey was named Big Ten Runner of the Week Tuesday by the conference office. Nicole Gliem, also from Columbus, posted her second consecutive runner-up finish at the All-Ohio as well last Friday. Gliem started at Ohio State as a walk-on and has earned a scholarship after gaining bids to the 2005 NCAA Track and Field Championships in the 5,000-meter run and qualifying for the NCAA Mideast regional meet in the same event the last two seasons.