Nov. 11, 2016
Madison, Wis. – The women’s team placed sixth as a team with 193 points, and all five women scorers for the Buckeyes notched personal records on the course. In what was a valiant effort to secure a spot at the NCAA Championships, the women came up just short.
No. 14 Wisconsin (51 points) and No. 18 Michigan State (81 points) earned the two auto bids to the NCAA Championships in the men’s race, and No. 5 Michigan (61 points) and No. 14 Notre Dame (91 points) clinched their trips to the Big Dance on the women’s side.
The complete field for the NCAA Championships will be announced tomorrow.
The trio of Sarah Kanney, Christine Frederick and Emily Stoodley did everything they could to try and earn a trip to the NCAA Championships for the Buckeyes. Kanney hovered in the 20s the whole race before finishing in 26th place with a personal record 6k time of 20:41.2. Frederick made a huge jump over the last 2,000m of the race to slide into 30th with a personal record mark of 20:47.7. Stoodley (20:52.59) stayed put in the high 20s and low 30s all race and came through the finishing chute in 33rd.
“We put everything on the line all season long, including today,” assistant coach Sara Vergote said. “The NCAA Championship meet is one of the toughest to qualify for because there are only 31 slots. We were one of the first teams out and that is always tough.
“Six of the seven women that competed today will return next year…their future is incredibly bright. It has been a privilege to coach them and I couldn’t be more proud of what they have accomplished this season.”
Freshman Abby Nichols carded a 47th-place showing with a personal record of 21:16.4 and Lilly Saniel-Banrey rounded out the scoring for the Scarlet and Gray with a personal record of 21:26.1 (57th place).