Nov. 12, 2015
The seven-year-old Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course will serve as the site of the 6k and 10k championship races. The women’s 6k begins at Noon ET, followed by the men’s race at 2 p.m. ET. Live results are available at the above link, while @Badger_Track will provide live Twitter updates. Recaps can be found at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com at the conclusion of the men’s competition.
Setting the Stage
Five conference champions will be represented in the field: No. 5 Michigan (Big Ten), Eastern Michigan (MAC), Indiana State (Missouri Valley), IUPUI (Summit League) and Oakland (Horizon League). The Wolverines look to win their second regional title in the last three years, with No. 30 Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin hoping to break into the Top 2 and clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA championships.
Big Ten runner-up and seventh-ranked Michigan, No. 15 Notre Dame and No. 18 Michigan State look to battle for the regional crown and the two automatic bids to nationals. MAC champion Eastern Michigan and Horizon League champ Oakland are also featured in the field.
USTFCCCA Results Wall
Follow what’s happening in Wisconsin with live social media updates on the USTFCCCA Results Wall (link above). The premise behind this page is to centralize up-to-date results/tweets/commentary of the weekend’s biggest meets into one convenient place where cross country fans can also interact with one another.
OSU in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
Ohio State closed the regular season at No. 7 in both the men’s and women’s Great Lakes regional rankings.
The men’s regional rankings feature No. 5 Michigan at the top, followed by No. 30 Indiana, Michigan State (RV), Purdue, Eastern Michigan (RV), Wisconsin and the Buckeyes.
No. 7 Michigan is also the top-ranked team in the women’s regional poll, followed by No. 15 Notre Dame, No. 18 Michigan State, Wisconsin (RV), Purdue (RV), Eastern Michigan and OSU.
Borchers earned the second All-Great Lakes region honor of her career with an eighth-place finish in a personal-best 6k time of 20:11 (5:25 mile pace), while Thomas, a senior from Cincinnati, placed 21st in a personal-best 6k time of 20:36 (5:32 mile pace), capturing her third All-Region award in the process.
The No. 3 runner for the Buckeyes, Helen Willman, was 28th overall in a time 20:48, finishing just shy of All-Great Lakes recognition. Nicole Hilton (48th, PR of 21:08) and Sakiko Minagawa (50th, 21:13) completed the scoring five for the Scarlet and Gray.
The men earned a 10th-place finish out of 30 teams. The Buckeyes’ top runners all finished within the Top 55 of the overall standings. Senior Jackson Neff led the way with a 37th-place time of 31:00 (5:00 mile pace). Junior Blake Taneff was 41st in 31:07, while Mitch Leitch turned in a 53rd-place finish in 31:22.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes competed at the Big Ten championships in Chicago Nov. 1.
Minagawa posted a 27th-place finish in a personal-best 6k time of 20:54.8, trimming more than 20 seconds off her previous personal-best time and improving 24 places on her 2014 conference finish. Frederick, competing at her first Big Ten championship, raced to a 37th-place time of 21:09.3, nearly 20 seconds better than her previous PR.
Led by sophomores Evan Stifel and Nick Elswick, the men’s squad raced to a ninth-place finish. Stifel, competing at his first Big Ten meet as a Buckeye, crossed the line in a 24th-place time of 24:08.8, finishing just ahead of Elswick, who was 26th in a personal-best 8k time of 24:09.9, a 43-spot improvement from his finish as a freshman in 2014. Ohio State finished with a team score of 211, two points shy of eighth place and 27th-ranked Wisconsin, the defending conference champion.