Ohio State Opens 2012 Season at Dayton Flyer 5k Challenge
VIDEO: Coach Allen Interview
Aug. 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new season and new era of Ohio State men's cross country begins this Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Meijer Flyer 5k Challenge in Kettering, Ohio.
What's New in 2012?
Brice Allen was named Ohio State associate and distance head coach in July. He returns to coaching after a one year absence, with previous stops at Louisville and Northern Arizona. As Louisville, the distance and cross country programs made considerable jumps under his tutelage, garnering three top-25 finishes from 2007-10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the first time in school history.
Ohio State also welcomes a trio of freshmen to the 2012 roster: Steven Weaver, the 2011 Ohio Division II State cross country champion from Napoleon, Ohio; Jordan Redd, a two-time All-Ohio selection from Fairborn, Ohio; and Nick Pupino, a three-time state cross country qualifier from Copley, Ohio.
Donny Roys and Chris Fallon return for their senior seasons with the Scarlet and Gray. Roys was the top Buckeye finisher at both the Big Ten championships and Great Lakes regional championships, turning in personal-best times at both events. Fallon enjoyed his best season as a Buckeye in 2011, placing 22nd at the Big Ten championships and among the top-50 competitors at the regional meet.
Buckeyes Ranked No. 33 in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll, Sixth in Great Lakes Region
In the Great Lakes regional rankings, Ohio State finds itself ranked sixth behind the Badgers, Hoosiers, Wolverines, Notre Dame and Michigan State.
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