Sept. 30, 2016
Cedarville, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the All-Ohio Championships Friday afternoon. The men won their 13th All-Ohio Championship title, and the women finished fourth overall.
The 2015 reigning All-Ohio Champions took a quick trip to Cedarville Friday afternoon and took care of business. The Buckeyes captured the team title with a final score of 91 points edging Dayton (96 points) and Cincinnati (101 points). Ohio State has now won 13 All-Ohio Championships since the meet commenced in 1955.
Evan Stifel was on a mission and he would not be stopped. After two and a quarter miles, Stifel was in a lead pack of about eight runners, and the by the end of the fourth mile it a two-man duel between the Buckeye and James Ngandu of Tipton University. Ngandu wound up pulling away from Stifel in the final mile, but Stifel cruised to a second-place finish with an 8K time of 25:03.7.
“Evan (Stifel), our frontrunner, executed his race plan very well,” associate head coach Brice Allen said. “He was not only running today for the team title, but he was chasing an individual title as well. He showed great poise and patience…that’s the type of racing he’s going to need to have as we get into the championship portion of this season.”
Jake Mandel barely missed out on a personal best with a time of 25:15.5 to follow Stifel and finish in fourth place. Luke Landis narrowly missed a top-10 finish; the sophomore was the 11th runner to finish with a time of 25:33.2.
“It was great to have Luke (Landis) rebound and show his form that he displayed earlier in the season at the Queen City Invite,” Allen noted. “Jake (Mandel) continues to impress and he has been very consistent for us this season.”
Aaron Wood (26:02.6/32nd place) and Jordan Redd (26:14.7/42nd place) were the final scorers for the Buckeyes. Kevin Blank was the final member of Ohio State’s team to finish in 48th place with a readout of 26:20.9.
“Aaron (Wood) and Jordan (Redd) ran very well in the last 2,000 meters, and they closed the race out exceptionally well, and that helped us secure the team title,” Allen said.
The Buckeyes will next compete at Pre Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 15th.