Ohio State Opens 2013 Season at Flyer 5k Challenge

Aug 28, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2013 Ohio State men’s cross country team begins its 2013 season this Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Flyer 5k Challenge in Kettering, Ohio.

The 5k event is set for 10:45 a.m. ET at Indian Riffle Park. A complete recap will be available following the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

What’s New in 2013?
Ohio State welcomes three newcomers to the roster: graduate Andy Arnold, freshman Anthony Johnson and freshman Dominik Seitzer. Arnold arrives in Columbus after a successful career at Cornell, where he was a member of both the track and cross country teams. He owns PRs of 8:09 in the 3k and 3:48 in the 1500m. Johnson and Seitzer are middle distance specialists, having placed 1-2 in the 800m run at the 2013 OHSAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Top Returners
Eleven athletes return from the 2012 squad. Redshirt sophomore Curtis Hanle was a Top-50 finisher at the Big Ten championships and a Top-65 runner at the Great Lakes regional meet. Redshirt sophomore Michael Brajdic is the lone Buckeye with NCAA experience, having competed with the Buckeyes at the national championships as a freshman in 2011. Blake Taneff, Jackson Neff and Jordan Redd bring experience to the table as well and showed improvement during the 2013 track season. Taneff ran 30:00 in the 10k at the Big Ten championships, while Neff and Redd posted season-best times of 9:00 and 9:11, respectively, in the 3000m steeplechase at the Sea Ray Relays.  

Buckeyes Ranked Eighth in Great Lakes Region Preseason Poll
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its preseason regional cross country rankings Aug. 26, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 8 in the Great Lakes region. Wisconsin, ranked seventh nationally, is the No. 1-ranked team in the region. 21st-ranked Indiana is second, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Butler and the Buckeyes.

Cross Country Trains in Hocking Hills
The Buckeyes kicked off the 2013 season with a team trip to Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking Hills, Ohio, Aug. 14-16.
Highlights included a 10k run over steep-rolling Hocking Hill County Road, a 12-mile trail run from Ash Cave to Old Man's Cave and back, an afternoon core and bounding session, and a light eight-mile run at Logan High School in Logan, Ohio.

Fallon Continues Dream by Working for Nike
Former Buckeye distance runner Chris Fallon may have graduated and moved on from competitive racing, but he remains involved in the world of running and athletics, all be it on a different platform. Fallon, a two-time First Team All-American, graduated in the spring and is now working for Nike while living in Chicago.
"I have officially hung up the spikes," Fallon said, "although I may get after a road race every now and then. I achieved everything I could have dreamed of and more in my time as a Buckeye. I had to keep the dream rolling by working here."  
As the Marketing Assistant to the Central Territory, Fallon works primarily under the running category but sometimes crosses categories into basketball, football, and women's training.
"The central territory covers the central 22 states and all sales and marketing activities in those states," Fallon said.  "However, most of my work is in the Chicago-land area where right now I am working pretty intensively with the launch of the new Free Flyknit+. Following that, focus will turn to the Chicago Marathon where Nike is a key sponsor."

Follow the Buckeyes on Facebook and Twitter!
The men's track and field and cross country programs are on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.facebook.com/OSUtrackXC  and www.twitter.com/OhioStateMTRK to find the latest news and notes on the Buckeyes.

Recapping Last Season’s Flyer 5k
Ohio State finished first overall with a team score of 36 at the 2012 Flyer 5k Challenge.

Leading the way for the Buckeyes were Nick Pupino and Jordan Redd, who finished fourth and fifth overall with times of 15:25.6 and 15:26.9, respectively. Jackson Neff (15:39.9), Steven Weaver (15:40.4), and Brajdic (15:41.7) rounded out the Top 10.

Up Next
Ohio State takes a week off prior to a Sept. 13 trip to the Big Ten Preview at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.