September 9, 2021

Buckeyes Head East for Spiked Shoe Invitational


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Friday, the Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country programs will take part in the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational hosted by Penn State at the Penn State Golf Course in University Park, Pa.

The women will kick off the day with a 6K at 10 a.m., followed by a 5.2 mile race for the men at 10:45 a.m. Live results can be found HERE.

The Buckeyes will be joined in the meet by Georgetown, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State and Syracuse. Of the women’s teams, Ohio State is ranked 28th, with Minnesota ninth, Michigan 11th and Georgetown 20th, along with Syracuse receiving votes. On the men’s side, Georgetown is ranked 25th nationally, with Michigan No. 26 and Syracuse receiving votes.

Buckeye This and That

  • Penn State will also be the site of the 2021 Big Ten Championships, set for Oct. 29.
  • Ohio State started the year at the Evansville Opener last Friday, winning the team title in both the men’s and women’s races. Freshman Kevin Agnew, in his first collegiate race, finished in first place for the men and sophomore Addie Engel, in her second Ohio State cross country race, was the women’s winner. In all, Buckeyes finished in the Top 9 spots for the men and the Top 4, as well as seven of the Top 10, for the women.
  • Engel was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for her performance in Evansville. It was her first Big Ten weekly honor.
  • Freshmen Agnew, Sean Carney and Zach Plotkin all made their Ohio State debut on the men’s side. For the women, Emma Bucher, Juliana Metz, Mia Mlynek and Sophia Spencer all ran their first cross country races in the Scarlet and Gray.
  • In the first USTFCCCA polls of the season released Aug. 31, the women were ranked 28th nationally. In the Great Lakes Region, the women were No. 5 and the men were No. 12. New polls will be released next week.

Up Next

  • The women’s squad will head to Eugene, Ore., for the Bill Dellinger Invite Sept. 23.
  • Both teams will then be back in action at the Joe Piane Invitational hosted by Notre Dame Oct. 1.