September 29, 2016

MXC: Men Prepped for All-Ohio Championships

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Sept. 29, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s and men’s cross country teams will venture to Cedarville, Ohio, on Friday for the All-Ohio Championships. The women’s 6K race is slated to start at 2 p.m. ET and the men will follow at 2:45 p.m. with an 8K.

The race will be run at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course, which opened in 2006. This will be the seventh-straight year that the All-Ohio Championships have been hosted at this location.

If the weather cooperates, there will be a live stream of both women’s and men’s races that will be free of charge. There will be cameras placed at the start, halfway point and the finish of each race.

The men will look to retain their title they captured a year ago with a team score of 39 points; the Buckeyes ran away from the competition and defeated second place Akron by 36 points. Ohio State has captured 12 All-Ohio Championships since the meet began in 1955 and will look to make it two-straight this year.

The men are returning from a 13-day hiatus that last saw them race at the Commodore Classic (Sept. 17). In that race, the Buckeyes ran to a third-place showing while knocking off No. 28 Louisville receiving outstanding performances from Evan Stifel, Alex Lomong and Jake Mandel.

The will be two races for the men: the 2:45 p.m. championship race and the 4:15 p.m. open race. The Buckeyes will have seven men run in the championship race including Stifel and Mandel. At last year’s All-Ohio Championships, Stifel placed sixth with a 8K time of 24:47.73. Joining Stifel and Mandel will be Kevin Blank, Jared Fleming, Luke Landis, Jordan Redd and Aaron Wood.

The Buckeyes will have five athletes in the open race; Clayton Bowie, Mitchell Grose, Mitch Leitch Sam Stevens-Jones and Nick Jarrell will represent the Scarlet and Gray in that race.

THE FIELD

A mix of 48 different Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA teams will be in attendance. Some notable Division I opponents include Akron, Cincinnati and Xavier; last year’s races featured over 1,200 athletes.