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Ohio State awaits announcement of possible at-large bid to NCAA Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio In what could have been their final meet of the 2008 season, Ohio State put together a solid 6K race to end up 13th out of 34 teams at the Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Buckeyes bounced back from there 10th-place finish out of 11 total teams at the Big Ten Championships and have left themselves with a chance to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. They will find out if they qualified or not either Sunday or Monday.

The Buckeyes strong showing at the regional meet was due in part to the performance of Sarah Foster, who finished 28th in 22:01. Foste leaves herself with an outside shot at qualifying for the national meet as well.

Emily Thompson finished second for Ohio State with her 50th-place finish in 22:28, and Ellen Birmingham ran to a time of 23:02 to finish 84th overall. Freshman Sarah Yerkey was the third Buckeye to finish and she did so in 23:14, and Jordan Jennewine followed her in 23:55.

Rounding out the top seven for Ohio State were Sarah Lowe and Brittany Wise, who finished in 23:57 and 24:06, respectively.

Much like on the men’s side, Wisconsin and Michigan finished first and second in the team standings, but it was Michigan who won the women’s race. The Wolverines scored 72-team points to hold off the Badgers, who ended up with 80-team points.

Michigan State senior Nicole Bush, coming off her individual Big Ten title, added to her trophy collection with her first-place finish at the NCAA Regional Championships in 20:48. Michigan senior Nicole Edwards followed her in 20:57.

If they qualify, the Buckeyes will compete at the NCAA Championship meet Monday, Nov. 24 in Terre Haute, Ind.