Sept. 1, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country team will start the 2016 slate Saturday at the 35th Annual Queen City Invite. Both the men and women will run 6K races at the Voice of America MetroPark.
Teams: Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier, Northern Kentucky, Wright State, Indianapolis, Kentucky State, Cedarville (women only) and the UC Running Club
Times: Men – 9 a.m. Women – 9:30 a.m.
Course: Voice of America MetroPark is a 100-percent grass course with rolling hills and path cut through several tall grass areas … the park is located 21 miles northeast of Cincinnati’s campus on I-75 in Butler County.
The men will trot out a relatively experienced set of runners Saturday with two seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and three freshman. Jordan Redd, a senior who returns to the team after a two year hiatus, will see his first action for the Scarlet and Gray since 2013; that year he captured gold in the first meet of the season at the Dayton Flyer Challenge.
Kevin Blank, Mitch Leitch and Mitchell Grose are beginning their third year on campus and are joined by junior transfer Sam Stevens-Jones. All four of these men have raced in big meets and they will look to capitalize off that experience this fall.
The women will have 16 athletes in action Saturday morning, seven of whom will be running their first career race for the Scarlet and Gray. The triumvirate of Christine Frederick, Emily Stoodley and Lilly Saniel-Banrey will look to lead the Buckeyes young squad that features only two seniors.
Frederick, a junior, is the top returning finisher for Ohio State from last year’s NCAA Great Lakes Regional (41st) and the Big Ten Championships (37th). Saniel-Banrey was the Buckeyes’ top runner early on in 2015 including a fourth-place showing at the Flyer 5K Challenge. Stoodley had two top-10 showings in 2015; she placed sixth at the Flyer 5K Challenge and seventh at the All-Ohio Championships.