Oct. 15, 2016
Terre Haute, Ind. – Evan Stifel continued his rapid ascension in the cross country ranks on Saturday morning at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country course; the junior finished 23rd in a field of 263 runners that featured numerous All-Americans to help Ohio State finish 15th as a team with 468 points.
For the women, Sarah Kanney was Ohio State’s top finisher with a 63rd-place showing. The Buckeyes finished 20th in the 42-team field with 580 points.
No. 4 Oregon took the team title in the men’s race with 85 points and No. 2 Colorado captured the women’s race with 93 points.
Stifel became the first runner since Jeff See (2007) to earn a top-25 finish at Pre Nationals. For the sixth-straight race, Stifel was the Scarlet and Gray’s top finisher; he crossed the finish line with a 8K time of 24:26.0.
“The team got off to a perfect start and worked pretty well throughout the race,” head coach Brice Allen said. “Evan’s 23rd-place finish was the best by a Buckeye at a Pre National meet since 2007. Both Evan and the team are gaining momentum.”
Jake Mandel had his second-straight solid performance; he clocked a personal best time of 25:09.8 to finish 83rd, and this is his second-straight race that he has been the second Buckeye to finish.
Luke Landis (25:15.0/92nd) and Mitch Leitch (25:25.5/122nd) ran closely together for the three and four spots for Ohio State. Jordan Redd was the final scorer for Ohio State in 155th with a readout of 25:41.0.
Ohio State will return to action in two weeks at the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.