No. 20 Men's Cross Country Travels To Raleigh
Sept. 24, 2003
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's cross country team will travel to Raleigh, N. C. this Friday, to compete in the 2003 Great American Cross Country Festival.
The Buckeyes will compete in the 8-kilometer race, which begins at 4:40 p.m.
Competing along with the Buckeyes will be Butler, Central Michigan, Delaware, Duke , East Tennessee State, Florida State, High Point, Liberty, Norfolk State, North Carolina State , Northern Arizona, Texas A&M., Illinois, Miami, Michigan, New Virginia, West Point, Navy, Villanova and William and Mary
SCOUTING THE MEET
The Great American Cross Country Festival will feature three Big Ten teams, including Ohio State, Michigan and Illinois. The festival also features seven teams in the latest Mondo NCAA cross country poll.
LAST TIME OUT
Brian Olinger, led the way for the men as he clocked a time of 24:45.7. The men also received a strong performance from Dan Glaz who finished ninth in time of 24:51.7.
On the women's side, Lyndsi Gay finished eighth in a time of 21:50.5, and finished first on the team for the second-consecutive week.
COACH GARY ON THE SPARTAN INVITATIONAL
RACING TO THE TOP
BUCKEYES MOVE UP IN THE POLLS
The men began the season 26th in the Mondo preseason poll, conducted by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association. The Buckeyes join fellow Big Ten foes Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota, who also are nationally ranked in the initial poll.
Last season the Buckeyes were ranked as high as 17th in the Mondo Poll enroute to their second NCAA championships appearance in the last three years.
NOTING THE BUCKEYES
Aaron Fisher... posted his second Top 15 this past weekend at the Spartan Invitational ... opened the on a high note at the Ohio State Invitational where he finished sixth overall to help the Buckeyes to a first-place finish.
Brian Olinger... this past weekend at the Spartan Invitational, Olinger placed second to led the Buckeyes ... his second-place finish at the Spartan Invitational was his second Top 5 finish of the season.
Dan Glaz... after an impressive 2002 campaign, Glaz has picked up right were he left off by finishing in the Top 5 in the first two meets of the season ... during the Spartan Invitational, Glaz finished fourth in a time of 24:51.7 ... Glaz opened the 2003 season with a third-place finish at the Ohio State Invitational.
Sjaan Gerth... the senior co-captain placed in the Top 15 in the first two meets of the season ... last week at the Spartan Invitational Gerth posted a time of 25:15.2 ... in the men's 8-kilometer race.
Glenn Collins... has posted two Top 20 performance in his first two meets as a Buckeye ... has shown great potential through the early meets of the season ... was the only freshman to run under 26 minutes the Spartan Invitational.
Matt Penza... started the 2003 season on a high note by placing in the Top 15 in the first two meets of the season ... last week at the Spartan Invitational, Penza clocked a time of 25:17.6 ... Penza opened the 2003 season with a fifth place finish at the Ohio State Invitational.
BUCKEYE FROSH COMES UP BIG
In the men's the race freshman Glenn Collins turned in a strong performance for the Buckeyes as he placed 10th in a time of 21:39.0, to lead the Buckeyes to a first-place finish.
2002 CROSS COUNTRY REVIEW
MEET COACH GARY
Last season served as Gary's finest season as men's head coach of the cross country team, as he directed Ohio State to a second-place finish at the Big Ten championships, which marked its highest since 1977.
Following the 2002 cross country season, Gary received the Ohio Cross Country Coach of the Year Award for the third time while at Ohio State.
What sets Gary apart from other coaches is his innate ability to pass along his competitive drive and strong work ethic. While at Ohio State, Gary has coached four Ohio cross country runners of the year, numerous All-Big Ten selections and two All-Americans. Gary also thrives at coaching his athletes on the track.
As men's distance coach for the track and field team, Gary has coached eight All-Americans, 11 Big Ten champions, one Big Ten Freshman of the Year, two United States junior team members and one United States junior champion in the 10,000-meter run. He has also coached a Big Ten champion in every distance event.
Cross country has not been the only thing on Coach Gary's mind during his tenure at Ohio State. Academics have played a major role in Gary's strategy, as he has coached two academic All-America teams (GPA over 3.0) and three academic All-America teams with distinction, while having two of his athletes nominated for the Big Ten medal of honor.
MEET COACH MYERS
The addition of Myers last fall marked the beginning of Myers' rebuilding phase for the women's team, the squad Myers spent the most of his time with during the fall season. Under Myers' guidance, the Ohio State women's cross country team finished first at the Cincinnati and Notre Dame invitationals, while compiling a record of 45-19.