October 1, 2015

Busy Weekend for Cross Country Buckeyes



Oct. 1, 2015

All-Ohio Championship Central (live video)
USTFCCCA National Results Wall

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State cross country is preparing for a busy weekend, as the Buckeyes split for a pair of meets. On Friday, the men’s team will travel to Cedarville, Ohio, along with a partial women’s squad for the 2015 All-Ohio Championships. The next day, Ohio State’s top women’s runners compete at the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky.

Friday’s 8k race on the men’s side is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, followed by the 6k women’s race at 2:45. The women will take to the 6k course at Louisville on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. ET in a race that features six ranked teams, including No. 6 Iowa State, No. 8 Michigan and No. 11 Wisconsin.

Stay Updated this Weekend!
Weather permitting, Cedarville will video stream both championship races at the All-Ohio from the above link, with video coverage of the start, midway point and finish of each race. Video streams are free of charge and will be archived for viewing later. Fans should use #AllOhioXC in social media communication to stay updated.

At Louisville, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) will provide coverage of the event on the National Results Wall (link above) using crowd-sourced social media updates. Fans are encouraged to have an active role in generating Twitter/Instagram posts with live race updates and race photos.

Buckeyes in the Great Lakes Regional Rankings
The Buckeye women are ranked seventh and the men 10th in the latest USTFCCCA Great Lakes regional rankings, released Sept. 28.

Eighth-ranked Michigan is ranked No. 1 in the region on the women’s side. No. 11 Wisconsin is second, followed by No. 12 Michigan State, No. 20 Notre Dame and Purdue.

On the men’s side, fourth-ranked Wisconsin is the top team in the region, followed by No. 10 Michigan, No. 16 Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and IUPUI.

Ohio State History at the All-Ohio Championships
The men last competed with a full squad at the All-Ohio in 2009, when they won the team title by placing all five runners – including individual champion Jeff See – in the Top 10.The Buckeyes are 11-time team champions at the event and have also claimed eight individual titles.

The women also last competed in 2009, winning the team title behind the legs of individual winner Jordan Jennewine. The Buckeyes have won three All-Ohio team titles and four individual championships.

Last Time Out
Ohio State ran at the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 19.

Placing three runners in the Top 10, the men totaled a team score of 68 at their first 8k event of the season, finishing second overall. Sophomore Nick Elswick led the Buckeyes with a fourth-place finish in a time of 24:47.8, followed by sophomores Clayton Bowie (seventh, 24:59.3) and Evan Stifel (eighth, 24:59.7). Freshman Luke Landis (22nd, 25:23.9) and junior Patrick Kunkel (27th, 25:30.8) completed the scoring for the men of the Scarlet and Gray.

Senior Sakiko Minagawa was the top finisher on the women’s side with a 16th-place time of 17:30.0 as the Buckeyes totaled a team score of 161 to finish in sixth place. Freshman Lilly Saniel-Banrey continued her strong start to the season with a 33rd-place time of 17:49.1. Three seniors completed the scoring for Ohio State: Minori Minagawa (37th, 17:50.3), Helen Willman (48th, 18:01.7) and Andrea McArdle (57th, 18:08.8).

Up Next
On Oct. 16, the women’s team travels to Madison, Wis., for the adidas Invitational. The following day, Oct. 17, the men compete at the annual Pre-Nationals Invitational in Louisville, Ky.