November 13, 2022

Buckeye Trio Earns All-Region Honors

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USTFCCCA Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With Top 9 finishes at Saturday’s NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships, Addie Engel, Daniella Santos and Andrea Kuhn of the Ohio State women’s cross country team all earned spots on the All-Great Lakes Region Team. All region honors are awarded by the USTFCCCA to the Top 25 finishers in each region. The trio of Ohio natives, who also earned All-Big Ten honors this season, helped the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the regional, clinching an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

Engel, a sophomore from Springfield, Ohio, finished as the runner-up at the regional, running a personal-best time of 19:57.8 in the 6k, and is now a two-time all-region selection. She is the sixth Buckeye to earn all-region honors at least twice. Engel was the 2022 Big Ten Champion, the first conference title in program history, to earn her second All-Big Ten honor. She finished first or second in all six meets this season. Over the last two seasons, she has 10 Top 4 finishes and has been in the Top 16 in 12 of 13 races, with the lone exception the 2021 NCAA Championships, where she finished 66th as an individual qualifier.

Santos, a junior who calls Hilliard, Ohio, home, was seventh at regionals, finishing in 20:14.5, her personal best. She has been the No. 2 finisher for Ohio State in all six races she has run this season, placing among the Top 7 in each. She notched a fourth-place finish at Big Tens to earn her first All-Big Ten accolade after finishing 55th a season ago.

A native of Pataskala, Ohio, Kuhn placed ninth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in a time of 20:16.1. It was her personal best, passing the 20:17.7 she ran at Big Tens to finish sixth and earn all-conference laurels, after finishing 70th last year. Kuhn was the third point-getter for the Buckeyes in the six races she ran and finished in the Top 10 in each.

This is the fourth time Ohio State had three all-region selections (2009, 2011, 2019). Ohio State has now compiled 17 all-region honors since 2011.

NCAA Championships Saturday

The NCAA Championships will be held in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday. The race will be televised by ESPNU. Coverage starts at 10 a.m. ET, with the women’s 6k beginning at 10:20 a.m. ET.

Ohio State is one of five Big Ten teams to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes and Northwestern were automatic qualifiers, while Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin earned at-large bids.

The Buckeyes will be making the fourth appearance as a team in the NCAA Championships, joining the 2009, 2014 and 2019 squads. This was the second runner-up finish for the Buckeyes at regionals to earn an automatic spot, with the first in 2009.