Oct. 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's cross country team faces its toughest test of the season when it races against 20 of the top-30 teams in the nation this Friday at the 8k Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis.
Top-ranked and defending national champion Wisconsin, winner of the last 13 Big Ten cross country championships, headlines a 46-team field that also includes 4th-ranked Oklahoma, No. 5 (tie) Iona, No. 5 Portland (tie) and No. 8 Stanford. In addition, all 11 Big Ten squads will be in attendance, providing an excellent preview of the upcoming Big Ten championship meet.
Action from Madison is set to begin at 1:40 p.m. ET at the Zimmer Championship Course. A complete recap will be available after the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
No. 19 Arkansas
No. 17 Columbia
No. 20 Eastern Kentucky
No. 24 Georgia
No. 26 Indiana
No. 5 Iona
No. 24 Michigan
No. 16 Minnesota
No. 30 Missouri
No. 28 New Mexico
No. 18 Northern Arizona
No. 13 Notre Dame
No. 4 Oklahoma
No. 5 Portland
No. 11 Princeton
No. 8 Stanford
No. 10 Syracuse
No. 22 Texas
No. 29 Virginia
No. 1 Wisconsin
Buckeyes Seventh in USTFCCCA Great Lakes Regional Rankings
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its regional cross country rankings Oct. 1, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 7 in the bi-weekly poll. Wisconsin is the top-ranked team in the region, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and the Buckeyes.
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Last Time Out
Ohio State finished 13th overall in the Blue Division race at the 8k Notre Dame Invitational Sept. 28.
With a team score of 296, the Buckeyes performed well in a tightly contested race. Tulsa captured the team title with 104 points, followed by No. 17 Princeton (139 points) and host Notre Dame (143).
Senior Donny Roys led the Buckeye effort at the Notre Dame Golf Course, turning in a personal-best time of 24:14 to finish in 25th. Sophomore Josh Sabo was the No. 2 runner for the Scarlet and Gray, crossing the finish line in a 38th-place and personal-best time of 24:23. Senior Chris Fallon (63rd, PR of 24:38), sophomore Michael Brajdic (74th, PR of 24:45) and sophomore Curtis Hanle (96th, 25:02) completed the Buckeye scoring.
The Buckeyes head to East Lansing, Mich., for the Big Ten championships Oct. 28.
Mandel Takes 46th at Great Lakes Regional