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Oct. 17, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team defeated nine Top-30 teams on its way to a 14th-place finish overall at the adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., Friday afternoon.

Racing against a 38-team field featuring 22 ranked opponents and 265 athletes, Ohio State closed the meet with a team score of 443. No. 2 Michigan State placed five runners in the Top 35 to capture the team title with a score of 87.

“Aside from the NCAA championships, this is the most competitive cross country meet in the country,” distance coach Sara Vergote said after the race. “Finishing 14th in this challenging field and beating nine nationally ranked teams gives us confidence moving forward.”

Ohio State was led by senior All-American Katie Borchers, who placed 19th overall. A native of Russia, Ohio, Borchers crossed the finish line in a personal-best 6k time of 20:22, 15 seconds faster than her previous record. Crystal Nelson of Iowa State won the individual title in a time of 19:35.

Senior Michelle Thomas finished second for the Buckeyes and 84th overall in a time of 21:15. Sophomore Tammy Berger was 100th in a personal-best 6k time of 21:12, followed by junior Helen Willman (106th, PR of 21:16) and senior Nicole Hilton (134th, 21:33).

“Katie did a great job for us up front and Michelle helped close the gap between her and our second pack,” Vergote said. “I’m especially proud of the way Tammy, Helen and Nicole stayed composed and together. They ran very well the last 2k.”

Ohio State Results
Scorers
19. Katie Borchers – 20:22
84.  Michelle Thomas – 21:05
100.  Tammy Berger – 21:12
106.  Helen Willman – 21:16
134.  Nicole Hilton – 21:33 

Non-scorers
173.  Sakiko Minagawa – 21:51
253.  Christine Frederick – 23:27

Open Race
14. Minori Minagawa – 21:32
40. Kaitlyn Willette – 22:05
49. Rachel Weber – 22:14

Team Standings
1) No. 2 Michigan State – 87
2) No. 5 Arkansas – 191
3) No. 8 Iowa State – 212
4) No. 15 Wisconsin – 227
5) No. 20 West Virginia – 245
6) No. 11 New Mexico – 261
7) No. 6 Stanford – 284
8) No. 9 Florida State – 309
9) No. 10 Virginia – 367
    Bradley – 367
11) No. 13 North Carolina – 382
12) No. 12 Syracuse – 403
13) No. 14 Washington – 417
14) No. 37 Ohio State – 443
15) No. 26 Minnesota – 462
16) No. 25 Arizona State – 464
17) No. 16 Boise State – 480
18) Toledo – 497
19) No. 24 Dartmouth – 511
20) No. 31 UCLA – 529
21) No. 17 Boston College
22) No. 33 Iona – 544
23) SMU – 551
24) No. 23 Providence – 565
25) Texas A&M – 576
26) No. 30 BYU – 588
27) No. 19 William and Mary – 590
28) Columbia – 657
29) Indiana – 667
30) No. 28 Notre Dame – 684
31) Cornell – 690
32) Arizona – 710
33) Weber State – 759
34) Harvard – 798
35) Duke – 58
36) San Francisco – 934
37) Georgia – 957
38) Florida – 976

Up Next
Ohio State returns to action Nov. 2 at the Big Ten championships in Iowa City, Iowa.