COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team placed ninth Thursday evening in a strong field of teams at the Bill Dellinger Cross Country Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon. The 6K race, contested over the Pine Ridge Golf Club in Springfield, Ore., featured 17 teams, including nationally ranked Boise State (No. 17), Colorado State (No. 15), Oregon State (No. 23) and the host Ducks (No. 24). Ohio State and Utah are each receiving votes in the national Top 25 poll.
Utah will be receiving a lot more votes next week. The Utes won the meet with a low score of 38 points. Colorado State (93), Arkansas (112), Portland (115) and Oregon State (170) rounded out the top five teams. Ohio State was ninth at 238.
As it has been in each of these first three races of the 2021 season, Ohio State was led by Addie Engel, who finished in 17th place with a time of 20:28.6. Close behind in 37th was Hannah Moulton (20:50.1) with Daniella Santos also grabbing a Top 50 finish among the 165 runners by placing 48th in 21:02.5.
Each of Ohio State’s top six runners set a personal best at 6K, with Engel (20 seconds) and Moulton (53 seconds) having the most impressive drops in time.
Rounding out the scoring for Ohio State was Andrea Kuhn, 67th in 21:13.6, and Akemi Von Scherr, 93rd in 21:36.9. Emma Bucher joined the Top 5 with a personal best at 6K, finishing 133rd in 22:21.3. Also running this evening was Juliana Metz (23.47.9) and Erica Francesconi (23:55.9).
Ohio State’s women’s and men’s cross country teams run again on Oct. 1, at Notre Dame, Ind., for the Joe Piane Invitational.