Sept. 2, 2017
Bloomington, Ind. – The Ohio State women’s and men’s cross country teams opened the 2017 season on Saturday morning at the Indiana Opener. The women’s team placed third, and the men’s team placed fourth at the Indiana Championship Course.
“It was a good opener for us and it was good to see where everyone is at,” head coach Khadevis Robinson said. “I think the women gave themselves a chance and our men still have some work to do.
“We were pleased to get a look at the course the Big Ten Championships will be held at. Now, we know what to expect and what we need to work on.”
For the second year in a row, Lainey Studebaker was Ohio State’s top finisher at the season opener. The sophomore covered the 5k course with a time of 17:49.4 to register a sixth-place finish. In 2016 as a freshman, Studebaker won the individual title and helped Ohio State claim the Queen City Invite team title at the season opener.
Coming in not too far behind Studebaker were Emily Stoodley and Sarah Kanney. Stoodley (10th) covered the course with a readout of 18:01.2 while Kanney (13th) came through the finishing chute with a time of 18:08.0.
Jessica Passwater and Kalee Soehnlen rounded out the scoring effort for the Scarlet and Gray with 16th and 17th-place showings. Passwater (18:11.7) and Soehnlen (18:12.2/PR) ran stride for stride over the last 200 meters.
Ohio State (62 points) finished in third behind Indiana (40 points) and Minnesota (51 points). Wisconsin (84 points) and Miami (116 points) rounded out the competition.
Ohio State had three freshman make their collegiate debuts and Vanessa Robinson, a transfer from Cincinnati competed in her first race as a Buckeye.
For the first time in his young career, sophomore Aaron Wood was the top finisher for the men. Traversing the 8k Indiana Championship Course, Wood clocked a personal best time of 25:24.8 for a 10th-place showing in the 50-man field.
Senior Mitch Leitch crossed the finish line with a time of 25:31.3 for a 13th-place finish. Jake Mandel (23rd) and Kevin Blank (28th) both finished in the 20s with times of 25:59.6 and 26.11.3, respectively.
Patrick Kunkel rounded out the scoring effort for the Buckeyes with an 8k time of 26:23.8 to begin his redshirt senior year.
Ohio State will return to action in two weeks at the Commodore Classic. The meet will be hosted in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 16.
Women’s Results – 5k
Team | 3rd out of 5 teams | 62 points
6th | Lainey Studebaker | 17:49.4
10th | Emily Stoodley | 18:01.2
13th | Sarah Kanney | 18:08.0
16th | Jessica Passwater | 18:11.7
17th | Kalee Soehnlen | 18:12.2 | PR
22nd | Abby Nichols | 18:20.1 |
28th | Brittany Atkinson | 18:30.1
31st | Caroline Millican | 18:33.0 | PR
32nd | Lilly Saniel-Banrey | 18:38.4
35th | Claire Wiles | 18:43.4
42nd | Devon Leahy | 19:04.5
51st | Kelsey Sandlin | 19:24.5
55th | Kacee Soehnlen | 19:48.5 | PR
58th | Vanessa Robinson | 19:54.7
60th | Grace Thomas | 20:04.5 | PR
63rd | Courtney Clody | 20:28.0
65th | Maddie Woods | 21:00.3
Men’s Results – 8k
Team | 4th out of 5 | 94 points
10th | Aaron Wood | 25:24.8 | PR
13th | Mitch Leitch | 25:31.3
23rd | Jake Mandel | 25:59.6
28th | Kevin Blank | 26:11.3
30th | Patrick Kunkel | 26:23.8
39th | Peter Hayden | 26:33.4 | PR
46th | Luke Wagner | 27:10.2
49th | Steven Bauers | 27:27.7