Nov. 1, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Championship season begins for the Ohio State men's cross country team this Sunday, Nov. 3, as it heads to West Lafayette, Ind., for the 2013 Big Ten Cross Country Championships.
The 8k event at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course on the campus of Purdue University is slated for 10:45 a.m. ET. A complete recap will available after the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Setting the Stage
No. 7 Wisconsin will be racing for its 15th-consecutive Big Ten title this Sunday. The Badgers bring a relatively young squad to West Lafayette having lost most of its 2012 squad to graduation, but a fourth-place finish at the competitive adidas Invitational two weeks ago has the team feeling confident as it looks to hold on to its spot atop the conference. No. 16 Michigan and No. 24 Indiana will be the top challengers to the Badgers.
Cross Country on BTN
BTN will offer delayed coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships at Noon ET on Thursday, Nov. 14. The event will also be offered on BTN2Go.
Ohio State History at the Championships
In its 98-year history, the men's cross country team has won only one Big Ten title (1923). The Buckeyes have placed among the Top 5 42 times and have claimed runner-up honors seven times.
Nine individuals have been named to the All-Big Ten team based on their performances at the conference championships, the most recent being Donny Roys in 2012.
Recapping the 2012 Big Ten Championships
Ohio State turned in an eighth-place finish at the 2012 Big Ten Cross Country Championships.
Roys led the way for the Scarlet and Gray, earning All-Big Ten honors with a 12th-place time of 24:10. Curtis Hanle and Blake Taneff stepped up as well, running personal-best times of 24:43 and 24:52 for 41st and 46th, respectively. Also scoring for the Buckeyes were Jordan Redd (55th, 25:03) and Nick Pupino (56th, 25:04)
Wisconsin captured its 14th-consecutive Big Ten title with a team score of 33. Runner-up honors went to Michigan (65 points), while Indiana finished third (79). Indiana’s Zach Mayhew won the individual title in a time of 23:30.
Buckeyes Eighth in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its regional cross country rankings Oct. 21, 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. 16th-ranked Michigan is second, followed by Notre Dame, Indiana, Butler, Michigan State, Purdue, and the Buckeyes.
Buckeyes Pay Forward
Fifty-five student-athletes and four coaches from the Ohio State men's track and field and cross country program recently completed a community-service project for the Ronald McDonald House, helping clean, clear and prepare two houses that will eventually be utilized by the organization to provide shelter for future need-based families
Tasks completed by the team included removing flooring and carpeting, cleaning out debris from the basement, and emptying bedrooms of construction debris including drywall and excess molding. The athletes and coaches removed old book cases and a fire place and fixed multiple electrical outlets after turning off the breaker to the house.
The team also worked outside on landscaping by trimming rose bushes, removing 600 pounds of cinder blocks and concrete pavers and moving two, 250-pound rocks from the front to the back. The men also installed subflooring in the entrance way of one of the homes.
Last Time Out
Ohio State placed 28th out of 52 teams at the 8k Indiana State Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., Oct. 19.
OSU closed the meet with a team score of 733. No. 1 Colorado won the race with 90 team points, followed by No. 4 Oregon (113 points) and No. 8 Iona (126).
Redd continued his four-meet streak as the top Buckeye finisher, placing 69th overall for the Scarlet and Gray in a time of 24:23.77. Also scoring for Ohio State were Pupino (123rd, 24:36.36), Hanle (145th, 24:55.72), Brian Hannaford (147th, 24:56.32) and Taneff (249th, 25:28.31). The times from Redd and Pupino were personal bests.
Ohio State has two weeks off prior to a Nov. 15 trip to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Madison, Wis.