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Dec. 15, 2014

Katie Borchers, the defending Big Ten outdoor 800-meter champion, returns for her senior year with the Buckeyes in 2015. Borchers has already enjoyed a fast start to the 2014-15 athletic season, earning All-America, All-Region and All-Big Ten honors for the cross country team this fall.

Borchers, a native of Russia, Ohio, reflects on the cross country season and looks ahead to the upcoming track and field campaign.

On the 2014 cross country season
“In general, the season went very well. I think that everyone on the team ran a PR at some point in the season. That just shows as a group we are all improving and that is the key to running. Making it to NCAAs was a huge goal for us all season. While we thought we could have performed better at the NCAA meet, looking at the season as a whole we should be very proud of ourselves.”

On switching from XC training to track and field
“I took a break after cross country so now we are getting back into base training and endurance. When I come back from break, I will hit the speed a bit more. I am looking forward to it.”

On adapting to a combined team
“It is definitely different but in a good way. You just feel more as one big program and I know that the distance teams have become closer and there is a bigger feeling of support.”

On defending her outdoor 800-meter Big Ten title
“I just need to keep doing what I am doing right now and keep my pace. I want to improve every day and stay confident. I have such great people to train with so everything is there.”

On personal and team expectations and goals
“Individually I would like to set some personal records and get my mile time down, as well as compete at NCAAs. As a team we are really looking at the distance side to score more points at the conference meet, as that has been an area we have lacked in. We want to place as high as we can at Big Tens.”