COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Addie Engel of the Ohio State women’s cross country team ran in her first NCAA Championships Saturday at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla.
Engel finished the 6K in a time of 20:15.4, good for 66th among the 250 runners.
The native of Springfield, Ohio, was an individual qualifier to the national championships. Engel was the ninth Buckeye to earn an individual spot at NCAAs and among all Buckeyes who have run at the NCAA Championships, both individuals and when the whole squad qualified, her finish was fifth-best.
This season, Engel earned First Team All-Big Ten and Great Lakes All-Region honors, with Top 5 finishes at both races. She was the Buckeyes’ top finisher in each race she ran, placing in the Top 16 in each.
Quoting associate head coach Sara Mason Vergote
“We couldn’t be prouder of Addie. To come here your first time and be 66th is a huge accomplishment. And with all of the Covid eligibility, this was arguably the most competitive year in NCAA cross country history.
“Addie has continued to show poise at the highest level and we are looking forward to a break and getting back to business on the track.”
The indoor track and field season starts with the Buckeye Open Jan. 7.