Junior Aaron Wood previews the Golden Eagle Invite
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Week two of competition will be starting this Saturday at the Golden Eagle Invitational that is set to start at 9:30 a.m. ET in Cookeville, Tenn. However, the men will only be competing this weekend which will be a 6k at 10:30 a.m. ET.
TEAMS IN ATTENDANCE
Four teams will make their way to Cookeville to be a part of the season opener, headlined by Ohio State of the Big Ten Conference and Western Kentucky from Conference USA. Also in attendance will be Division II Lane College, along with Welch College of the National Christian College Athletic Association.
The meet will have a new locale this year, as teams will compete at the Putnam County Athletic Complex near Cookeville High School rather than Ironwood Golf Course, the site for the previous two years. The Putnam County course is flatter than Ironwood, which should make it easier on the competitors to clock better times.
QUOTING COACH ROBINSON
On the teams goals this meet
“This week only the men will be competing and the men have a really young team. The goal is to continue to work together and steadily get better.”
On the teams progression from last week
“Training has been going really well. We have to really work on competing. Practice and training is performing in a controlled environment. Competing is about performing in a chaotic environment.”
The Ohio State cross country team opened the 2018 season at the 36th annual Queen City Invitational hosted by Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky. The women’s team highlighted the effort for the Buckeyes, claiming first place as a team ending with 68 team points. The men’s team placed sixth, with a spread of just 26 seconds between the five Ohio State scorers.
For the women, junior Lainey Studebaker paced the Buckeyes with a fifth-place finish, clocking in at 17:54.4. Studebaker has been a runner to watch her last two seasons as a Buckeye and continues to be an important asset for the team so early this season. The next Buckeye finisher was teammate and senior Emily Stoodley in 10th (18:15.5). Junior Devon Leahy and senior Sarah Kanney finished together in 15th and 16th place, respectively. Four Buckeye women made their first appearance in the Scarlet and Gray for last weeks meet– Gabby Dilick (25th), Ellie Weber (45th), Emma Hoellrich (56th) and Alexa Jankowsky (73rd).
The men’s junior runner, Aaron Wood was the first Buckeye across the finish line, placing 16th with a 5k time of 15:48.0, a personal best. Sophomore Paul Bete followed Wood with a 27th-place finish, clocking in at 15:58.0.
Seven OSU runners debuted at the Queen City Invite – Nick Regas (38th), Eric Halford (54th), Sean O’Connell (63rd), Cameron Stark (87th), Tommy Wintering (92nd) and Mikey Zedan (96th).