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The women will look to extend their season with a good performance at the regional meet

COLUMBUS, Ohio After a 10th-place finish at the Big Ten championships two weeks ago, Ohio State will be looking to turn things around at the 2008 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday, Nov. 15, in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Buckeyes have had two weeks to push thoughts of the Big Ten Championships aside to focus on running a longer race then they are normally accustomed.

Ohio State will now be competing in 6K races throughout the remainder of the year, but a change could help propel them to the NCAA Championships.

“We are looking to finish off the season with a strong showing,” distance coach Chris Neal said. “We are shooting for a Top 15 finish in the regional meet and hopefully walk out of there with at least one runner placing in the Top 25. It is a very tough region, but if we can run the way we have trained over the past several weeks, we should have no problem achieving our goals.”

Sarah Foster and the Buckeyes will take on the teams in the Great Lakes Region at the Purdue University Varsity Cross Country Course at 11 a.m., 45 minutes before the men’s race is scheduled to begin.

The Ohio State women didn’t compete at the Regional Championships last year, but they will be looking to be one of the two teams from the Great Lakes Region to qualify for the NCAA National Championship meet Monday, Nov. 17, in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Top 2 teams from all nine regions qualify for nationals, but 13 more at-large teams and the Top 4 individuals from non-qualifying teams also earn a bid to nationals.