November 18, 2022

No. 17 Buckeyes Set for NCAA Championships

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 17-ranked Ohio State women’s cross country team is heading to Stillwater, Okla., for the 2022 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes earned an automatic spot after finishing second in the Great Lakes Regional.

The women’s championship, a 6K, will be run at 10:20 a.m. ET Saturday. The race will be televised by ESPNU and available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app, with coverage starting at 10 a.m. ET. Live results will be available HERE.

Ohio State and the NCAA Championships

  • This is the fourth appearance for the Ohio State women at the NCAA Championships. The 2009 squad was also an automatic qualifier, while the 2014 and 2019 squads earned at-large berths.
  • The 2009 team placed 29th, the 2014 squad was 26th and the 2019 Buckeyes were 23rd.
  • Two Ohio State teams – in 1975 and 1980 – competed as a squad at the AIAW Championships prior to the start of NCAA competition for women.
  • Addie Engel, a sophomore this year, was an individual qualifier last season, placing 66th at her first NCAA meet. She was the seventh Buckeye to qualify as an individual since 2010 and the ninth all-time.
  • Kathy Monard placed ninth at the 1986 NCAA race, earning All-America honors with the highest finish in school history.
  • Maureen Cogan, who was 34th in 1983, was the first Buckeye to earn NCAA All-America honors. She also earned AIAW All-America accolades in 1981 after placing 22nd. Susan Mallery was eighth at the AIAW inaugural cross country event in 1975.
  • Katie Borchers recorded two Top 40 finishes, placing 40th in 2013 and 34th in 2014, to become the Buckeyes’ first two-time All-American.

All-Big Ten and All-Region Buckeyes

  • The Buckeyes’ Top 3 runners this season – Addie Engel, Daniella Santos and Andrea Kuhn – all earned First Team All-Big Ten and Great Lakes All-Region accolades. The trio placed in the Top 10 in the six races they ran this year.
  • Engel, from Springfield, Ohio, finished as the runner-up at the regional, running a personal-best time of 19:57.8 in the 6k, and is now a two-time all-region selection. She is the sixth Buckeye to earn all-region honors at least twice. Engel was the 2022 Big Ten Champion, the first conference title in program history, to earn her second All-Big Ten honor. She finished first or second in all six meets this season. Over the last two seasons, she has 10 Top 4 finishes and has been in the Top 16 in 12 of 13 races, with the lone exception the 2021 NCAA Championships, where she finished 66th as an individual qualifier.
  • Santos, a who calls Hilliard, Ohio, home, was seventh at regionals, finishing in 20:14.5, her personal best. She has been the No. 2 finisher for Ohio State in all six races she has run this season, placing among the Top 7 in each. She notched a fourth-place finish at Big Tens to earn her first All-Big Ten accolade after finishing 55th a season ago.
  • A native of Pataskala, Ohio, Kuhn placed ninth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in a time of 20:16.1. It was her personal best, passing the 20:17.7 she ran at Big Tens to finish sixth and earn all-conference laurels, after finishing 70th last year. Kuhn was the third point-getter for the Buckeyes in the six races she ran and finished in the Top 10 in each.
  • This is the fourth time Ohio State had three all-region selections (2009, 2011, 2019). Ohio State has now compiled 17 all-region honors since 2011.

This and That

  • In the USTFCCCA national rankings after regionals, the Buckeyes moved to No. 17, matching the program best first set after regionals in 2019. The squad has been in the Top 25 since the third set of rankings this year.
  • Eight of the nine women on the Ohio State travel roster for the NCAA Championships are from Ohio, with the lone exception Akemi Von Scherr from California. Along with the all-region trio of Addie Engel, Daniella Santos and Andrea Kuhn, the other Buckeyes in Stillwater are Von Scherr, Annie Allen, Emma Bucher, Audrey DeSantis, Gia Napolean and Morgan Schmitt.
  • This season, Engel was a three-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week and she was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, the first Buckeye to be so honored during cross country season.

Leading the Way

  • In June, longtime Ohio State Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Karen Dennis announced her retirement.
  • Rosalind Joseph, an Ohio State alumna who had also served on Dennis’ staff prior to taking over the program at Southern Illinois, was named director of the Ohio State program in June.
  • Sarah Mason Vergote, who has been on the Ohio State staff since 2013-14, was elevated to head cross country coach/assistant track and field coach, in June. She solely oversees all aspects of the cross country, distance and mid-distance student-athletes.