Buckeyes Head North for Great Lakes Regional

Nov. 14, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Championship season continues for the Ohio State men’s cross country team this Friday, Nov. 15, at the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Madison, Wis. The team heads 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 noon CT Friday. A complete recap will available later in the day at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Setting the Stage
The field features three conference champions: Detroit (Horizon League), Eastern Michigan (Mid-American) and No. 11 Indiana (Big Ten). The regional is up for grabs this season after the Hoosiers’ upset of Wisconsin at the Big Ten championships two weeks ago, a victory that snapped the Badgers’ 14-year win streak at the conference championship. No. 19 UW will look to extend its run of 11-consecutive regional titles Friday on its home course but will face stiff competition from the Hoosiers and 16th-ranked Michigan.

Recapping the 2012 Great Lakes Regional
Ohio State placed eighth at the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships.

Leading the way for the Scarlet and Gray on the 10k course, Donny Roys earned All-Regional honors with an 11th-place time of 31:19. Brian Hannaford (39th, 32:07), Curtis Hanle (63rd, 32:32), Nick Pupino (67th, 32:37) and Blake Taneff (89th, 33:04) also scored for the Buckeyes.

Wisconsin won the regional title with a team score of 43. Second place went to Michigan (73 points) while Indiana took bronze with a score 107.

Buckeyes Eighth in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its regional cross country rankings Nov. 4, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 8 in the Great Lakes region. Indiana, ranked 11th nationally, is the No. 1-ranked team in the region. 16th-ranked Michigan is second, followed by No. 19 Wisconsin, No. 22 Notre Dame, Purdue, Butler, Michigan State and the Buckeyes.

Last Time Out
Ohio State finished eighth for the second-consecutive season at the Big Ten championship meet in West Lafayette, Ind., Nov. 1.

OSU finished the meet with a team score of 182. No. 11 Indiana took home the team championship with a score of 51. No. 16 Michigan earned silver with a score of 66 and No. 19 Wisconsin, winner of the previous 14 Big Ten championships, took third with a score of 71. Malachy Schrobilgen, a freshman for Wisconsin, won the individual title with a time of 24:16.9.

Pupino was the top Buckeye runner on the day, finishing 28th overall with a time of 25:05.2. Also scoring for Ohio State were Hannaford (30th, 25:09.3), Hanle (40th, 25:19.8), Jordan Redd (43rd, 25:23.0) and Michael Brajdic (49th, 25:27.4).