Buckeyes Face 29 Squads at Great Lakes Regional Friday

Go Buckeyes! Curtis Hanle
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Curtis Hanle
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Nov. 7, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Championship season continues for the Ohio State men’s cross country team this Friday, Nov. 9, at the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Madison, Wis. The team heads to north in search of a top-2 finish and automatic bid to the NCAA championships later this month.

The 10k race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course is slated for 2:15 p.m. ET Friday. A complete recap will available later in the day at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Competing Teams
Bowling Green
Central Michigan
Cleveland State
Eastern Michigan
No. 20 Indiana
Indiana State
Kent State
No. 12 Michigan
Michigan State
Miami (Ohio)
No. 28 Notre Dame
Ohio State
No. 6 Wisconsin
Wisconsin-Green Bay

Scouting the Field
The field features three conference champions: Butler (Atlantic 10), Eastern Michigan (Mid-American) and Wisconsin (Big Ten). The Badgers, ranked sixth nationally, are the clear favorite to capture the regional title on their home course and are two weeks removed from winning their 14th-consecutive Big Ten championship. Big Ten runner-up and 12th-ranked Michigan will likely battle No. 20 Indiana and No. 28 Notre Dame for the second automatic qualifying-spot.

Buckeyes Ranked Ninth in Great Lakes Region
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its Great Lakes regional cross country rankings on Oct. 29, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 9. Wisconsin is the top-ranked team in the region, followed by Michigan, Indiana, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, Butler, Indiana State and the Buckeyes.



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Recapping the 2011 Regionals
Ohio State finished fifth overall among 31 teams at the 2011 regional championships last November.

Adam Green had the best performance for the Buckeyes, finishing 19th out of 211 competitors in a 10k time of 30:44.4. Donny Roys (30:48.6) finished 21st overall followed by Chris Fallon (30:51.5) in 22nd place.  Julian Meyer and Taylor Williams rounded out the scoring for OSU with 31st- and 33rd-place finishes, respectively.

Last Time Out
The Buckeyes turned in an eighth-place finish at the 2012 Big Ten Cross Country Championships Oct. 28.

Roys led the way for the Scarlet and Gray on the 8k course, 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).