September 29, 2016

WXC: Women Prepped for All-Ohio Championships

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Sept. 29, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s and men’s cross country teams will venture to Cedarville, Ohio, on Friday for the All-Ohio Championships. The women’s 6K race is slated to start at 2 p.m. ET and the men will follow at 2:45 p.m. with an 8K.

The race will be run at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course, which opened in 2006. This will be the seventh-straight year that the All-Ohio Championships have been hosted at this location.

If the weather cooperates, there will be a live stream of both women’s and men’s races that will be free of charge. There will be cameras placed at the start, halfway point and the finish of each race.

The women, who are coming off a grueling 6K race at the Roy Griak Invitational last weekend, will send seven athletes to Cedarville for Friday’s meet.

Last year, a group that mainly consisted of freshman, galloped to a fourth-place finish as a team with 179 points. Claire Wiles is the top-returning finisher for the Buckeyes; she placed 15th in a field of 592 athletes with a 6K time of 22:16.0.

Joining Wiles will be Devon Leahy, Brittany Atkinson, Kaitlyn Willette, Kelsey Sandlin and Maddie Woods. Willette is the only other returner from last year; she ran a 6K time of 23:55.71.

THE FIELD

A mix of 48 different Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA teams will be in attendance. Some notable Division I opponents include Akron, Cincinnati and Xavier; last year’s races featured over 1,200 athletes.