Nov. 11, 2016
Madison, Wis. – Evan Stifel ran the fastest 10k of his career Friday afternoon at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course to earn an eighth-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional; the junior was named to the Great Lakes All-Region team for his performance and is the first Buckeye to do so since Nick Pupino (2013).
No. 14 Wisconsin (51 points) and No. 18 Michigan State (81 points) earned the two auto bids to the NCAA Championships in the men’s race, and No. 5 Michigan (61 points) and No. 14 Notre Dame (91 points) clinched their trips to the Big Dance on the women’s side.
The complete field for the NCAA Championships will be announced tomorrow.
For the eighth-straight race, Stifel was the first Buckeye runner to cross the finish line. Stifel, who ran a tactically sound race, hovered inside the top 10 with the lead pack for the whole race. As late as 8k in the race, Stifel was in fourth place. Stifel will now await to hear if he earned a bid to the NCAA Championships as an individual.
As a team, the Buckeyes finished seventh with a team total of 227 points.
Jake Mandel hovered in the 20s and 30s throughout the entire race and was the 36th runner to cross the finish line with a personal record of 31:27.3. Mitch Leitch was the next Scarlet and Gray member to come through the chute in 51st place with a time of 31:47.3.