Gia Napoleon


Player profile

  • Hometown Worthington, Ohio
  • Last School Thomas Worthington
  • Year Senior
  • Major Journalism & Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Personal Records: 6k (XC) – 22:44.1 | 5k (XC) – 18:51.1 | 800 – 2:09.90 | 1500 – 4:30.66 | Mile – 4:55.77 | 600Y – 1:25.76

Ohio State Career

  • Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete


  • Cross Country
    •  Ran at Notre Dame
  • Earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honors


  • Cross Country
    •  Did not compete
  • Indoor
    • Ran in the 4×400 at the UM B1G Simmons-Harvey Invitational
  • Academic All-Big Ten honoree and an OSU Scholar-Athlete


  • Cross Country
    • Was a part of the record-setting 2019 Ohio State team that finished 23rd nationally at the NCAA championships; One of nine Buckeyes on the championship roster
    • Competed at the 2019 Big Ten cross country championships held at the OSU Golf Club
    • Set personal 5k best at Jenna Strong Invitational (18:51.1) and also ran at Miami Opener at Commodore Classic
  • Indoor
    • Part of DMR that finished fourth at Big Ten Championships and also ran in the 800m at the meet
    • Set career best in the mile at Alex Wilson Invitational (4:55.77), finishing ninth
    • Personal best 2:11.19 to place seventh in the 800m at the Meyo Invitational
    • Third in the 800m and first in the DMR at Jim Green Invitational and third in the 800m at Simmons-Harvey Invite
    • Also ran at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge, with DMR placing fifth and a 12th-place finish in the mile
    • Competed in 800m, mile and 4×400 at Iowa State Classic

Prior to Ohio State

  • Lettered all four years in both cross country and track
  • Three-time state qualifier in cross country
  • 2017 and 2019 Indoor State Champion (8oom)
  • 2017 outdoor State Champion (8oom)
  • New Balance national All-American in the 800m
  • Member of the 2019 4x800m relay team who won state


  • Daughter of Matthew and Amy
  • Has two younger siblings, Carina, who is also on the cross country and track and field teams at Ohio State, and Dominic
  • Mother played field hockey at Bloomsbury University.
  • Father played professional soccer in the MLS as a goalkeeper and was a part of the 2000 Summer Olympic team
  • Double majoring in journalism and women’s gender and sexuality studies