November 16, 2019

Buckeyes Take Fourth At NCAA Regionals


MADISON, Wisc. – The Ohio State women’s cross country program raced for a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division I Great Lakes Regional with 134 points, hosted on Friday afternoon at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Madison, Wisc. As a result of their finish, the Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third time in program history.

The Great Lakes region had the most at large bids of any region making it the most competitive region in the NCAA. Only 31 teams will compete on Nov. 23 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.


It’s also the third time that Ohio State has produced three All-Region runners – Abby Nichols, Lainey Studebaker and Julia Rizk.

Michigan State won the meet with 49 points beating Michigan (74 points) both team automatically going on to nationals. Rounding out the top five were Wisconsin (100 points), Ohio State (134 points) and Notre Dame (144 points).

Leading the Buckeyes was Nichols, who raced to the finish line with a time of 20:32.1 to take ninth overall in a field of 215 runners. Studebaker and Rizk came through the threshold simultaneously, finishing 21st (20:54.8) and 22nd (20:55.4) Rounding out the scoring efforts for the women was freshman Allie Guagenti (21:09.6/personal record) and junior Kalee Soehnlen (21:31.5).

For Nichols, her performance on Friday comes just two weeks after she was fifth overall and earned first team All-Big Ten honors at the conference championship meet.

Top 5 finishes
Abby Nichols – 20:32.1
Lainey Studebaker – 20:54.8
Julia Rizk – 20:55.4
Allie Gaugenti – 21:09.6 (PR)
Kalee Soehnlen  – 21:31.8

Team Standings
1. Michigan State – 49
2. Michigan – 74
3. Wisconsin – 100
4. Ohio State – 134
5. Notre Dame – 144
6. Indiana – 175
7. Butler – 234
8. Purdue – 280
9. Eastern Michigan – 283
10. Xavier – 320