HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Ohio State cross country team opened the 2018 season at the 36th annual Queen City Invitational hosted by Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky. The women’s team highlighted the effort for the Buckeyes, claiming first place as a team. The men’s team placed sixth, with a spread of just 26 seconds between the five Ohio State scorers.
QUOTING COACH ROBINSON
“The men’s race was a challenge. I think we let some things out of our control bother us. We will get better. The women did what we expected. We felt we should have run stronger, and we should only get stronger.”
HOW IT HAPPENED – WOMEN’S TEAM
• The No. 29 women finished first overall with a team score of 68 points.
• Junior Lainey Studebaker paced the Buckeyes with a fifth-place finish, clocking in at 17:54.4.
• The next Buckeye finisher was senior Emily Stoodley in 10th (18:15.5).
• Junior Devon Leahy and senior Sarah Kanney finished together in 15th and 16th place, respectively.
• Four Buckeye women made their first appearance in the Scarlet and Gray – Gabby Dilick (25th), Ellie Weber (45th), Emma Hoellrich (56th) and Alexa Jankowsky (73rd).
HOW IT HAPPENED – MEN’S TEAM
• The Ohio State men’s cross country team finished sixth with a score of 132 points.
• The five Ohio State scorers were spread out just 26 seconds between each other.
• Junior Aaron Wood was the first Buckeye across the finish line, placing 16th with a 5k time of 15:48.0, a personal best.
• Sophomore Paul Bete followed Wood with a 27th-place finish, clocking in at 15:58.0.
• Seven OSU runners debuted at the Queen City Invite – Nick Regas (38th), Eric Halford (54th), Sean O’Connell (63rd), Cameron Stark (87th), Tommy Wintering (92nd) and Mikey Zedan (96th).
Ohio State cross country looks to continue the success at the Golden Eagle Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Cookeville, Tenn.