COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team tied its second-best finish ever at the Big Ten Conference championships and did so with a program record score of 110 while finishing fifth overall. The 6K, 2020-21 championship meet was held at the Blue River Cross Country Venue at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville, Ind.
Michigan State won its second consecutive women’s cross country championship with a score of 48 with Minnesota (76), Illinois (79), Indiana (101) and Ohio State (110) rounding out the top five teams.
Ohio State coaches Khadevis Robinson and Sara Mason Vergote brought a youthful, 11-runner team to Shelbyville. The contingent included seven freshmen, two sophomores and one junior and senior with three freshmen among Ohio State’s top five runners.
Leading the way was sophomore Allie Guagenti, who stayed near the front of the pack throughout the race and closed with a terrific 3:18.7 final 1,000 meter split to place fifth in 20:40.0 and earn all-Big Ten Conference honors.
Freshmen Andrea Kuhn and Addie Engel were next for the Buckeyes, finishing 21st and 25th in times of 21:11.8 and 21:15.3, respectively. Right behind those two to complete Ohio State’s scoring was junior Hannah Moulton, in 26th in 21:17.9, and freshman Daniella Santos, 33rd in 21:30.5.
“We are really proud of how tough and fearless the women ran today,” Vergote said. “Allie [Guagenti] has taken on a huge leadership role and to be fifth in this conference is a huge accomplishment, especially as a sophomore.”
Buckeyes competing today included Fr. Annie Allen, Fr. Erica Francesconi, Sr. Kalee Soehnlen, Fr. Akemi Von Scherr, Fr. Suzanne Stein and So. Ellie Weber.
Women’s Team Standings
Ohio State Top 5 Finishers (scorers)
5. Allie Guagenti – 20:40.0
21. Andrea Kuhn – 21:11.8
25. Addie Engel – 21:15.3
26. Hannah Moulton – 21:17.9
33. Daniella Santos – 21:30.5