Oct. 13, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team heads back to action at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational this Friday. The Buckeyes took last week off and are expected to turn in their top times of the season against a field of fierce competition in Madison.

“This meet will be by far the toughest field we will see this season prior to the NCAA Championships,” distance coach Chris Neal said. “The team has gotten faster and stronger everyday over the past two weeks. We are struggling a little bit right now with some sickness, but hopefully by Friday that will all be cleared up. We are excited to get back on the cross country course and see where we are.”

The Scarlet and Gray will run in the women’s 6k race, which is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. CT at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. A complete recap will be available after the race at

Scouting the Field
Forty teams will be competing against the Buckeyes on Friday including No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Providence, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 New Mexico, No. 8 Syracuse and No. 9 Iowa State. Almost half of the field is ranked in the top 30 according to the Oct. 11 rankings from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Nine other Big Ten teams, including host Wisconsin, will also hit the course on Friday. Illinois, Indiana, No. 23 Iowa, No. 15 Michigan State, No. 21 Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin will all use this meet as preparation for the Big Ten championships, which is Ohio State’s next meet.

Competing Teams
Air Force
No. 14 Arizona
Arizona State
Boston College
No. 27 BYU
No. 30 Clemson
No. 22 Florida
No. 23 Iowa
No. 9 Iowa State
James Madison
No. 15 Michigan State
No. 21 Minnesota
No. 7 New Mexico
Northern Arizona
No. 13 North Carolina
NC State
No. 25 Notre Dame
Ohio State
No. 12 Oregon
No. 28 Princeton
No. 2 Providence
San Francisco
No. 6 Stanford
Stony Brook
No. 8 Syracuse
Texas A&M
No. 1 Villanova
No. 24 Washington
William & Mary

Ohio State in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
In the Oct. 10 USTFCCCA Great Lakes regional rankings the Buckeyes are No. 7, a one place improvement from their previous ranking. Fellow Big Ten member Michigan State has replaced Michigan at the top of the poll. The Spartans are followed by No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 Indiana, No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 12 Purdue to round out the conference presence in the Great Lakes regional rankings.

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Last Time Out
Ohio State placed 13th at the loaded 5k Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30 scoring 366 points. Jordan Jennewine led the team finishing 37th overall in 17:42. Freshman Nicole Hilton came in second for the Buckeyes and took 65th overall in 17:54.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will take some time to rest and continue training before heading to Champaign for the 2011 Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30.