COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2018 cross country season has ended for the Buckeyes as they did not qualify for the NCAA Championships. However, throughout the season there is evidence of growth from both teams.
This years men’s cross country team featured nine freshmen, seven sophomores, three juniors and just one senior.
“The season for our men was a struggle because we lost our No. 1 and No. 2 runners this season,” head coach Khadevis Robinson said. “Our goal is to continue to develop the men’s program. We had a lot of personal bests and a young team so we expect to run better next season.”
Assistant coach Sara Vergote added: “There is plenty of time for improvement with this team being so young and we are looking forward to next season. We had a few late season injuries that presented a challenge for our team and led us to come up short of our goals. We are looking forward to returning the entire roster of men while adding a great recruiting class for next year.”
— Sara Vergote (@vergotes) September 8, 2018
— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioStateTFXC) October 8, 2018
This year’s women’s team was experienced, bringing back seven seniors, five juniors, five sophomore and four freshmen. The Buckeyes started the season off strong, winning the first two races of the season. They also placed third at the 41st annual Loyola Lakefront Invitational, where eight runners set new personal best records.
“This season for the women went well, but not as well as we wanted. Considering six teams from our conference were in the top rankings, we knew that getting to the top would be a challenge,” Robinson said. “We know that we will have to continue to get better if we want to be a top team in the Big Ten and I think that is possible with this experienced team.”
— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioStateTFXC) September 14, 2018
— Sara Vergote (@vergotes) September 15, 2018