Nov. 19, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 2011 national championship will be decided Monday, Nov. 21, when the top 31 teams in the country run for the title at the 2011 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.
Among the teams in attendance will be the Ohio State Buckeyes, making their first appearance at the national championships since 2009. Led by 16th-year head coach Robert Gary, the Scarlet and Gray finished fifth at the Big Ten championships and fourth at the Great Lakes regional to earn an at-large bid to Terre Haute.
Indiana State University will host the 10k title run Monday at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center; race time is set for approximately 12:08 p.m. ET. A complete recap will be available after the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
The Ohio State Buckeyes
Donny Roys is enjoying his best season as a Buckeye, having posted the top finish at the some of squad’s most competitive meets. Last month, the junior used an 8k personal-best time of 24:21 to place 19th at the Big Ten championships; he placed 21st overall at the Great Lakes regional Nov. 12.
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-Great Lakes regional selection in 2009, Williams posted a PR and 21st-place time of 24:24 at the Big Ten championships and took 33rd at the regional meet last weekend.
Adam Green is the top 10k runner for the Buckeyes – he placed 14th in 30:44.4 at last Saturday’s regional championship.
National Championship Coverage
A live webcast of the championships will be broadcast for free from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET Monday on NCAA.com. In addition, highlights from the championships will be included as part of the CBS NCAA Fall Seasonal Show scheduled to air on Sunday, Dec. 25, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
Ohio State History at the NCAA Championships
The Buckeyes have appeared in 12 NCAA championships in their 98 year history, including seven this decade under Gary. Ohio State's top finish at the national championships came in 1944, when the team finished third overall. Gary's highest finish as coach came in 2005, when his squad, led by All-American Brian Olinger, finished 11th overall.
Buckeyes 30th 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. 15, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 30 in the weekly poll, a two-spot drop from its ranking heading into the regional championships. 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. 17 Michigan and No. 19 Minnesota – 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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Last Time Out
Ohio State placed fifth overall at the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Toledo, Ohio, Nov. 12.
Green had the best day for the Buckeyes, finishing 19th out of 211 competitors in a 10K time of 30:44.4. Roys (30:48.6) finished 21st overall followed by junior Chris Fallon (22nd, 30:51.5). Julian Meyer and Williams rounded out the scoring for the Buckeyes with 31st and 33rd place finishes, respectively.