Nov. 10, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The race for the national championships continues this Saturday, Nov. 12, as the Ohio State men's cross country team heads to the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Toledo, Ohio, in search of a top-2 finish and automatic bid to the NCAA championships later this month.
Ottawa Park places host to the 10k event, set to begin at Noon ET. A complete recap will be posted after the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
No. 7 Indiana
No. 19 Michigan
No. 37 Notre Dame
No. 28 Ohio State
No. 1 Wisconsin
The Ohio State Buckeyes
Under the direction of 16th-year head coach Robert Gary, Ohio State brings an experienced team to Toledo this weekend.
Donny Roys is enjoying his best season as a Buckeye, having posted the top finish at the squad’s most competitive meets. Two weeks ago, the junior used an 8k personal-best time of 24:21 to place 19th at the Big Ten championships.
Taylor Williams has been a solid No. 2 runner for the Scarlet and Gray and brings a wealth of experience to the table. A top-15 finisher and all-Regional selection in 2009, Williams posted a PR and 21st-place finish at the Big Ten championships last month.
Adam Green has enjoyed success at the regional championships in the past. The senior was the top Buckeye finisher at last season’s meet, placing 14th overall. He also finished 28th in 2009.
Scouting the Great Lakes
No. 1 Wisconsin, winner of the past nine Great Lakes championships, is the overwhelming favorite once again. The Badgers are fresh off a dominating first-place finish at the Big Ten championships -- their 13th-consecutive conference title -- and are led by Big Ten champion Mohammed Ahmed and Maverick Darling.
No. 12 Indiana, the Big Ten runner-up, will be the top challenger to Wisconsin. Despite finishing a distance second at the conference meet two weeks ago, IU has enjoyed some success against the Badgers in the past. Andrew Poor and Andy Bayer are the leaders of an experience Hoosier squad – both finished in the top 10 at the conference championships.
No. 19 Michigan has returned to top-25 form this season with the help of All-Big Ten athletes Craig Forys and Bobby Aprill. Forys placed eighth and April ninth at the league championships last month, helping the Maize and Blue to a third-place team finish.
Buckeyes 28th in National Rankings, Fourth in Regional Poll
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its national cross country rankings Nov. 1, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 28 in the weekly poll. Wisconsin is the top-ranked team in the nation and is joined by the Buckeyes and three additional Big Ten rivals – No. 7 Indiana, No. 18 Minnesota and No. 19 Michigan – in the top 30.
In the Great Lakes regional rankings, Ohio State finds itself ranked fourth behind the Badgers, Hoosiers, and Wolverines.
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Recapping the 2010 Regional Championships
Ohio State finished fourth at the 2010 NCAA Great Lakes regional championships.
Green was the top Buckeye runner, posting a 14th-place finish in 30:41. Jake Edwards (31:04.5) and Chad Balyo (31.04.6) finished neck-and neck for Ohio State, turning in 25th and 26th-place times, respectively. Rounding out the scoring five for the Buckeyes were Williams (32nd, 31:11.5) and Roys (31:16.5).
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes placed four runners in the top 30 on their way to a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten championships Oct. 30.
Roys was the leader of the pack for the Scarlet and Gray, turning in a 19th-place and personal-best time of 24:21. Williams crossed the finish line in a PR of 24:24 for a 21st-place finish, followed by Julian Meyer (25th, PR of 24:28), Green (28th, 24:31) and Chris Fallon (45th, 24:49).
As a team, the Buckeyes complied 138 points to finish behind Wisconsin (17 points), Indiana (60), Michigan (104) and Minnesota (104).
With a top-2 finish Saturday, the Buckeyes secure an invitation to the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Mandel Takes 46th at Great Lakes Regional