COLUMBUS, Ohio – All-American and Big Ten Champion Addie Engel of the Ohio State women’s cross country team picked up another honor Wednesday, as she was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year. She is the first Buckeye to earn the award and was selected unanimously in a vote by the league’s coaches.
Engel’s 2022 campaign was the best in program history. After four Top 2 finishes in the regular season, she won the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten title, was the runner-up at the Great Lakes Regional as Ohio State clinched a team automatic bid to the NCAA Championships and placed 10th at the national meet to earn All-America honors.
At the Big Ten Championships Oct. 28, Engel crossed the line in 20:00.0 to win the first individual title in program history. She earned her second First Team All-Big Ten accolade, the first Buckeye to earn two first-team nods. She improved on her fourth-place finish at the 2021 conference meet.
At the Great Lakes Regional Nov. 11, Engel finished as the runner-up, running a then-personal-best time of 19:57.8 in the 6k to earn her second all-region honor. She is the sixth Buckeye to earn all-region honors at least twice. The Buckeyes’ second-place finish clinched the program’s fourth trip to the NCAA Championships and the second automatic spot.
At the NCAA Championships Nov. 19, Engel crossed the line in 10th in a time of 19:50.4, capturing the fifth All-America laurel for a Buckeye. She is the second Ohio State runner to post a Top 10 finish in the NCAA Championships and the first since Kathy Monard was ninth in 1986. Ohio State placed 15th as a team at the national race, the best finish for the program.
A Sprinfield, Ohio, native, Engel was first or second in all six meets heading into the NCAA Championships. Over the last two seasons, she has 10 Top 4 finishes and has been in the Top 16 in 13 of 14 races, with the lone exception the 2021 NCAA Championships, where she finished 66th as an individual qualifier.