Sept. 27, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team travels to Notre Dame, Ind., this Friday, Sept. 28, for the 5k Notre Dame Invitational.

The Buckeyes, competing against four ranked teams in the Blue Division race, will take to the Notre Dame Cross Country Course at approximately 4:15 p.m. ET Friday afternoon. A complete recap will be available after the race at

Blue Division Competing Teams
Arizona State
No. 2 Florida State
Mississippi State
No. 19 New Mexico
North Carolina
No. 25 N.C. State
No. 20 Notre Dame
Ohio State
Texas A&M
Washington State

Buckeyes Ranked Ninth in Great Lakes Region
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its Great Lakes regional cross country rankings on Sept. 25, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 9. Michigan is the top-ranked team in the region, followed by Michigan State, Butler, Toledo, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and the Buckeyes.

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Last Time Out
Ohio State competed at the 6k Auto Owners Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich., Sept. 14.

Facing a pair of ranked teams in Michigan and Michigan State, the Buckeyes performed admirably, placing two runners among the top-15 finishers. Sophomore Michelle Thomas led the way for OSU, finishing ninth overall in a time of 21:36. Junior Meredith Wagner joined in her in Top 15 with a 12th-place time of 21:41.

Also scoring of Ohio State were freshman Lexi Aughenbaugh (28th, 22:11), sophomore Katie Borchers (44th, 22:32) and freshman Helen Willman (48th, 22:35).

Up Next
The Buckeyes will compete at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational Oct. 12 in Madison, Wisc.