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Oct. 16, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team travels to Madison Wis., this Friday, Oct. 17, for the adidas Invitational.

The race is the first 6k of the year for the Buckeyes and features a total of 25 teams ranked among the Top 40 nationally. The championship race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course is set for Noon ET.

Ohio State will send 10 student-athletes to Madison, led by seniors Katie Borchers and Michelle Thomas. Seven athletes will compete in the championship race, while three runners challenge the field in the open race.

Live results are available at the above link. Fans can follow along on Twitter @Badger_Track and with the hashtag #adidasinvite. A complete recap will be available after the race.

Competing Ranked Teams (National, Regional)
Arizona State (No. 25, No. 5 West)
Arkansas (No. 5, No. 1 South Central)
Boise State – No. 16 (No. 4 West)
Boston College (No. 17, No. 2 Northeast)
BYU (No. 30, No. 3 Mountain)
Dartmouth (No. 24, No. 3 Northeast)
Florida State (No. 9, No. 1 South)
Iona (No. 33, No. 9 Northeast)
Iowa State (No. 8, No. 1 Midwest)
Michigan State (No. 2, No. 2 Great Lakes)
Minnesota (No. 26, No. 3 Midwest)
New Mexico (No. 11, No. 2 Mountain)
North Carolina (No. 13, No. 2 Southeast)
Notre Dame (No. 28, No. 4 Great Lakes)
Ohio State (No. 37, No. 5 Great Lakes)
Providence (No. 23, No. 4 Northeast)
Stanford – No. 6 (No. 2 West)
Syracuse (No. 12, No. 1 Northeast)
UCLA – No. 31 (No. 6 West)
Vanderbilt (No. 27, No. 2 Vanderbilt)
Virginia (No. 10, No. 1 Southeast)
Washington (No. 14, No. 3 Great Lakes)
West Virginia (No. 20, No. 3 Mid-Atlantic)
Wisconsin (No. 15, No. 3 Great Lakes)
William & Mary (No. 19, No. 3 Southeast)

Katie Borchers Named Big Ten Athlete of the Week
Ohio State’s senior All-American was named Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Week by the conference office Oct. 7.

Borchers, a native of Russia, Ohio, crossed the finish line in a personal-best 5k time of 16:19.40 (5:16 mile pace) at the Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 3, 16 seconds faster than her previous record. Three of the Top-4 finishers at the meet, which featured 165 runners total, were All-Americans during the 2013 season.

The weekly award is the second for Borchers this season after she previously won following her victory at the Kentucky Bluegrass Invitational.

Buckeyes Ranked Fifth in Great Lakes Regional Rankings, 37th Nationally
The Buckeye women remained fifth in the Great Lakes regional rankings for the week of Oct. 6 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Ohio State is also receiving votes in the national poll (No. 37 overall).

Michigan checks-in at No. 1 both nationally and regionally. Second -ranked Michigan State is second in the region, followed by No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 28 Notre Dame and No. 37 Ohio State.

USTFCCCA Results Wall
Follow what’s happening in Wisconsin with live social media updates on the USTFCCCA Results Wall. 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.

Last Time Out
Ohio State raced to a sixth-place team finish at the 5k Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., Oct. 3.

Ohio State closed the meet with a team score of 184, finishing three points shy of fifth place and 30th-ranked Penn State. No. 12 New Mexico placed five runners in the Top 20 to capture the team title with a score of 49. A total of 20 teams and 165 athletes competed.

The Buckeyes were led by Borchers and her 5k PR of 16:19.40. Ohio State’s four additional scorers finished the race in a tight pack within the Top 50, and all recorded personal-best times. Junior Sakiko Minagawa was 42nd overall in 17:02.6 (5:30 mile pace), followed by sophomore Tammy Berger (44th, 17:04.5/5:30), senior Michelle Thomas (46th, 17:05.3/5:30) and senior Nicole Hilton (17:06.2/5:31).

Up Next
The Buckeyes have two weeks off prior to the 2014 Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.