Senior Donny Roys will represent the Buckeyes at the NCAA Championships Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
Nov. 13, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s cross country senior Donny Roys has been selected to compete at the NCAA Championships Saturday, Nov. 17, in Louisville, Ky.
“I’m excited about the performance Donny gave at the regional this past Friday,” Brice Allen, associate head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “He showed amazing patience the first 9,000 meters and that allowed him punch his ticket to the championships with a strong final 1,000 meters.”
Roys, a native of Medina, Ohio, was an automatic qualifier based on his individual finish at the Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wis., Nov. 9. At the regional, Roys finished 11th-place overall with a time of 31:19 on the 10k course.
“This season I have seen Donny go from a good cross country runner to a potentially great one,” Allen said. “We are extremely excited for him to represent us at the NCAA Championships this Saturday.”
For Roys it will mark his third appearance at the NCAA Championships but his first time being selected as an individual. The team made the championships his freshman and junior seasons. Roys was selected Second-Team All-Big Ten last season as well as winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Last season Roys finished 95th at the 10k NCAA championships with a time of 30:59.
The Big Ten will send nine individual runners to the national tournament. Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan State qualified for the men’s team competition. Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Minnesota qualified for the women’s team competition.
The NCAA Championships are scheduled for Noon ET on Nov. 17, beginning with the women’s 6,000-meter race, followed by the 10,000-meter men’s race at approximately 1:15 p.m. ET.