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Ohio Cross Country Opens Competition at NCAA Regionals

Nov. 9, 2012

MADISON, Wis. - The Ohio University men's and women's cross country team takes to the line today at the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. The women's 6-kilometer women's race begins at 1 p.m., and the 10-kilometer men's race at 2:15 p.m.

Both men's and women's teams return to action for the first time since they took part in the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.

During MAC Championship, junior Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) led the women's team to a third-place finish - its best finish since 2008 - as she won the event, finishing in a time of 20:48.4. Accurso became just the fifth individual in school history to win back-to-back individual league titles.

On the men's side, the Bobcats took seventh at the league championships. Senior Tyler Ames (Cortland, Ohio) was the Bobcats' top finisher as he took 19th, finishing in a time of 25:28.9.

This year's Regional will consist of 32 teams and 314 runners on the women's side. Michigan, which took the team title a year ago, returns and is ranked No. 6 in the nation. No. 11 Michigan State and No. 18 Toledo will also take part in the event. Other ranked teams include No. 20 Indiana and No. 28 Notre Dame.

On the men's side, 305 runners from 31 teams will take part in the event. No. 6 Wisconsin took the team title last season with 50 points, while No. 12 Michigan and No. 20 Indiana came in second and third, respectively. All three of those teams return this season.

In the 2011 regionals, Accurso led the women's team to a 12th place finish as she clocked a time of 20:40.8 to finish sixth and was the top finisher among all MAC schools. For the men, Ames led the green and white to a 19th place finish as he posted a time of 31:26.9 to place 47th.

Results will be posted immediately following the race on NCAA.com.