November 23, 2019

Buckeyes Make School History at National Championships


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Ohio State women’s cross country team competed in the 2019 NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. The women placed 23rd with 566 points, the highest finish in school history. Arkansas won the championship with 96 points.

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Senior Abby Nichols led the Buckeyes to their 23rd finish by crossing the finish line at 20:50.2 to take 41st in a field of 254 runners. The next Buckeye to cross the finish line was senior Lainey Studebaker with a time of 21:47.2. Rounding out the scoring effort for the Buckeyes was Allie Guagenti (21:45.6), Julia Rizk (21:49.9) and Kalee Soehnlen (21:53.6).

The Buckeyes end their 2019 season with a historic performance as they entered the national championships ranked No. 17, their highest rank in program history. This was the only third time the women’s program has qualified for the elite competition and their highest place (23rd) to date.

Quoting Coach Khadevis Robinson

“The women did an absolutely amazing job today. Their performance was the best in school history and we are so proud of this group of ladies. They have set the bar really high for years to come. Our goal is to build on this performance and become a consistent Top 20 program. We are all very proud of what this team has accomplished.”

Top 5 Finishes
Abby Nichols – 20:50.2
Lainey Studebaker – 21:47.2
Allie Guagenti – 21:45.6
Julia Rizk – 21:49.9
Kalee Soehnlen – 21:53.622:09

Team Standings (Top 10)
1. Arkansas – 96 points
2. BYU – 102 points
3. Stanford – 123 points
4. New Mexico – 168 points
5. NC State – 190 points
6. Michigan State – 209 points
7. Wisconsin – 235 points
8. Air Force – 259 points
9. Furman – 290 points
10. Colorado – 294 points