COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following a strong showing at the Commodore Classic, the Ohio State women’s cross country team is ranked No. 21 by the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll. This is the first time in program history that the women have been ranked in the top 30 at this point in the fall season.
Ohio State has had first and second place showings, respectively, its first two meets – the Miami Opener (Aug. 30) and Commodore Classic (Sept. 14). As a result, the Buckeyes jumped five spots – from No. 26 and No. 21 – in the national rankings and were the biggest movers from week one to week two.
Seniors Abby Nichols and Lainey Studebaker have led the Scarlet and Gray this season as the top two finishers in both the Miami Opener and the Commodore Classic. Last weekend, the Studebaker-Nichols combo produced a pair of top 10 overall finishes in Nashville (No. 4 and No. 6, respectively). Ohio State was the only team in the field with two top 10-finishers.
Freshman Allie Guagenti has made an impressive debut for the Buckeyes as she’s contributed to scoring efforts in both meets. At the Miami Opener, Guagenti finished third with a time of 21:48.4.
Ohio State Top 5 Finishers – Miami Opener
Abby Nichols – 1st – 21:18.8
Lainey Studebaker – 2nd – 21:19.0
Allie Guagenti – 3rd – 21:48.4
Kalee Soehnlen – 4th – 21:48.4
Devon Leahy – 9th – 22:01.8
Ohio State’s Top 5 Finishers – Commodore Classic
Lainey Studebaker – 4th – 21:10.7
Abby Nichols – 6th – 21:26.0
Allie Guagenti – 25th – 22:04.4
Julia Rizk – 26th – 22:09.3
Kalee Soehnlen – 34th – 22:14.8
Ohio State will host its first home meet, the Buckeye Preview, on Sept. 28. Racing will begin at 9 a.m. with the start of the men’s 800m event followed by the women’s 6000m at 9:45 a.m. A full preview will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com next week.