Ohio State Takes Second at Flyer 5k

Mitch Leitch
Mitch Leitch
Aug. 30, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s cross country team finished in second place at the season-opening Dayton Flyer 5k Challenge Saturday morning in Kettering, Ohio.

Ohio State totaled a team score of 34, finishing six points behind team champion Louisville (28). Miami was third with 79 points.

Freshman Mitch Leitch led the way for the Scarlet and Gray, placing third in a time of 15:45.1 behind Louisville’s Edwin Kibichiy and Ernest Kibert. Three other Buckeyes placed in the Top 7: freshmen Clayton Bowie (fifth, 15:53.2) and Nick Elswick (sixth, 15:58.9) and redshirt junior Blake Taneff (seventh, 15:59.1). Freshman Kevin Blank also scored for OSU, crossing the finishing line 14th overall in 16:12.7.

"I was very pleased with the performance of freshmen Mitch Leitch and Clayton Bowie," distance coach Brice Allen said after the race. "As a team we have to improve our pack running heading into Kentucky in two weeks.”

Team Standings
1. Louisville – 28
2. Ohio State – 34
3. Miami (Ohio) – 79
4. Dayton – 109
5. Northern Kentucky – 136
6. Wright State – 182

Ohio State Results
3.    Mitch Leitch, 15:45.1
5.    Clayton Bowie, 15:53.2
6.    Nick Elswick, 15:58.9
7.    Blake Taneff, 15:59.1
14.  Kevin Blank, 16:12.7

18.  Jake Mandel, 16:15.4
36.  Patrick Kunkel, 16:34.3
39.  Francesco Maiorca, 16:39.4
51.  Steve Weaver, 16:57.7
60.  Dominik Seitzer, 17:16.4

Up Next
Ohio State has a week off before traveling to Lexington, Ky., for the Bluegrass Invitational Sept. 13.