Aug. 30, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team opens its 2012 campaign this Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Meijer Flyer 5k Challenge in Kettering, Ohio.

Meet Information
Location: Indian Rifle Park – Kettering, Ohio
Distance: 5,000 meters
Time: 11:15 a.m. ET
Scoring: The score is determined by totaling the finishing places of the first five runners for each team. The team scoring the lowest total number of points is the winner. Although the six and seventh runners of a team to finish do not score points toward their team’s total, their places, if better than any of the first five runners of the opponents’ team, serve to increase the score of the opponents. Team ties will not be broken.

Competing Teams
Cleveland State
Miami (Ohio)
Ohio State
Wright State

What’s New in 2012?
Khadevis Robinson joins the Ohio State staff as head cross country and distance coach. An eight-time USA champion and two-time Olympic qualifier in the 800-meter run, Robinson spent the past two seasons as head cross country and assistant track and field coach at UNLV.

Six freshmen begin also their first season with the Buckeyes this fall: Alexandra Aughenbaugh, a four-time state cross country qualifier from Sylvania, Ohio; Tammy Berger, a two-time Division III State cross country champion from Versailles, Ohio; Helen Willman, a three-time state qualifier from Carmel, Ind.,  Rebecca Rings, and 800-meter specialist from Delaware, Ohio; and two-time state cross country participants Minori and Sakiko Minagawa of Dublin, Ohio.

Top Returners
Tori Brink and Nicole Hilton are Ohio State’s top returning athletes from 2011 – both qualified as individuals for the NCAA championships. In addition, Meredith Wagner returns to competition after missing last season due to injury. Wagner was an All-Great Lakes regional qualifier and NCAA championship participant as a freshman in 2010.

Buckeyes Ranked Eighth in Great Lakes Region to Begin Season
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its Great Lakes regional cross country rankings on Aug. 28, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 8. Michigan is the top-ranked team in the region, followed by Michigan State, Toledo, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Indiana, Butler and the Buckeyes.

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Up Next
Ohio State takes a week off prior to a Sept. 14 trip to the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.