Oct. 22, 2014
Big Ten Championships on the Horizon
The University of Iowa will host the 2014 Big Ten Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City, Iowa. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for youth for pre-sale tickets and $10 for adult $5 for youth for walk-up tickets. Visit HawkeyeSports.com for additional ticket information.
The women’s 6k race begins at 11:45 a.m. ET, with the men’s 8k race set for 12:45 p.m. ET.
Buckeye Women Enter USTFCCCA Top 20
The Ohio State women’s cross country team was ranked 19th in the nation by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Oct. 21. The appearance in the national Top-30 poll is the second in program history and marks the first time the Buckeyes have been ranked among the Top-20 teams in the nation.
Ohio State was ranked in the Top 30 once previously at 27th overall in 2009, a week after the team finished second at the Great Lakes regional championships. The team has received votes in three weekly polls this season.
“It’s a nice nod for our women to receive votes and I’m pleased with where we are at in terms of fitness and health,” distance coach Sara Vergote said. “While rankings are nice, we understand as a team there is a lot of season left. We are excited to continue to prove ourselves every week.”
The Buckeyes were also ranked 18th as a team in the Saucony Flo 50 rankings by Flotrack, while senior All-American Katie Borchers was ranked 25th in the website’s individual athlete rankings.
Borchers is Burnin’
All-American Katie Borchers has enjoyed a remarkable senior season in 2014 as the top Buckeye runner at all four meets. She is a two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week selection and has set personal-best times at both the 5k (16:19 at Notre Dame) and 6k (20:22 at Wisconsin) distances. In a ranking of the top athletes in Division I this season by Flotrack, Borchers has been as high as 22 and is currently 25th.
“She’s been consistent this season, and it’s impressive for someone who’s blossoming into an XC talent,” the website said. “Her aggressive running will take her far in Terre Haute.”
OSU in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
The Buckeye women climbed one spot to No. 4 in the Oct. 20 edition of the USTFCCCA Great Lakes regional rankings, while the men fell two spots to No. 13.
No. 1 Michigan State is the top-ranked team in the region on the women’s side, followed by No. 4 Michigan, No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 19 Ohio State and No. 27 Toledo.
The men’s regional rankings are led by No. 6 Wisconsin, followed by No. 14 Michigan, No. 20 Indiana, No. 22 Michigan State and Eastern Michigan.
Last Time Out
The women’s team competed at the adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., Oct. 17, while the men traveled to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational Oct. 18.
Ohio State defeated nine Top-30 teams on its way to a 14th-place finish overall at Wisconsin. Racing against a 38-team field featuring 22 ranked opponents and 265 athletes, Ohio State closed the meet with a team score of 443.
OSU was led by Borchers, who placed 19th overall in a personal-best 6k time of 20:22, 15 seconds faster than her previous record. Senior Michelle Thomas finished second for the Buckeyes and 84th overall in a time of 21:15.
At Pre-Nationals, Ohio State was led by junior Curtis Hanle, who turned in a 107th-place finish. Ohio State placed 37th as a team with a score of 897.