COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by Addie Engel with a Top 10 finish, the Ohio State women’s cross country team placed 15th at the 2022 NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday. The Buckeyes, making their fourth team appearance at the national race, posted the best finish in program history.
Engel, in a personal-best time of 19.50.4, came across the line 10th to earn All-America honors. 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. Engel, who won the program’s first Big Ten title this season, earned the fifth All-America laurel in school history.
The Buckeyes posted the best finish among Big Ten teams at the NCAA Championships this year and Engel was only B1G runner in the Top 30. The 2019 Buckeyes finished 23rd for the previous best at the championships, while the 2014 squad was 26th and the 2009 team was 29th.
Quoting Head Coach Sara Mason Vergote
“Addie executed the race perfectly and ran so tough.
“To finish 15th in the country is an incredible accomplishment and I’m so proud of this team.
“The only person who has been to this meet before is Addie, so for all of them to finish this well shows their poise and willingness to fight for each other.
“I’m so appreciative of the support of Eric Brill, my assistant coach, as well as our athletic trainers, nutritionists, strength and conditioning staff and SASSO. It’s been a total team effort this year.”
Women’s 6K Recap
Addie Engel with a Top 🔟 finish at the NCAA Championships❗️
She finished 10th in a personal-best 19:50.4.#GoBucks #NCAAXC pic.twitter.com/Ynrv3appyE
— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioStateTFXC) November 19, 2022
Nov. 19, 2022
*indicates Ohio State PR
10. Addie Engel (19:50.4)*
61. Daniella Santos (20:22.4)
75. Andrea Kuhn (20:27.3)
180. Akemi Von Scherr (21:10.2)
233. Audrey DeSantis (21:50.6)
237. Gia Napoleon (21:56.1)
250. Annie Allen (22:42.3)