Oct. 3, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team raced to a sixth-place team finish at the 5k Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., Friday afternoon. The Buckeyes were led by senior All-American Katie Borchers, who placed fourth overall.
Ohio State closed the meet with a team score of 184, finishing three points shy of fifth place and 30th-ranked Penn State. No. 12 New Mexico placed five runners in the Top 20 to capture the team title with a score of 49. A total of 20 teams and 165 athletes competed.
“Today was our first opportunity this season to experience a quality field in a big race setting,” distance coach Sara Vergote said after the race. “Our upperclassmen showed we have come a long way from last year in terms of managing the pressure that comes with this type of race.”
Borchers, a native of Russia, Ohio, crossed the finish line in a personal-best 5k time of 16:19.40 (5:16 mile pace), 16 seconds faster than her previous record set three weeks ago at the Kentucky Bluegrass Invitational. Three of the Top-4 finishers were 2013 All-Americans, including individual champion Charlotte Arter of New Mexico (16:09.3).
Ohio State’s four additional scorers finished the race in a tight pack within the Top 50, and all recorded personal-best times. Junior Sakiko Minagawa was 42nd overall in 17:02.6 (5:30 mile pace), followed by sophomore Tammy Berger (44th, 17:04.5/5:30), senior Michelle Thomas (46th, 17:05.3/5:30) and senior Nicole Hilton (17:06.2/5:31).
“Katie had a great race and our 2-5 runners did an excellent job working and staying together,” Vergote said. “We have some things we need to continue to improve on but I’m pleased with our performance today.”
Team Standings (Top 10)
1) No. 12 New Mexico – 49
2) No. 32 N.C. State – 123
3) Notre Dame – 147
4) No. 33 BYU – 157
5) No. 30 Penn State – 181
6) No. 37 Ohio State – 184
7) No. 37 Princeton – 214
8) No. 31 SMU – 228
9) No. 34 Toledo – 234
10) Bradley – 271
Ohio State returns to action Oct. 17 at the adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis.