Sept. 3, 2016


Cincinnati, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s cross country won the 35th Annual Queen City Invite 6K team title with a perfect score of 15 points. Cincinnati was the closest opposition with 64 points.

“I thought the women did a great job executing the race plan and working together through the first half of the race,” assistant coach Sara Vergote said. “Emily (Stoodley), Christine (Frederick) and Lilly (Saniel-Banrey) all had great summers of training and are way ahead of where they were at this time last year.

Freshman Lainey Studebaker took gold with a personal record of 20:53.8 and transfer Sarah Kanney placed fourth with a personal record of 21:35.9.

“Both Lainey and Sarah have had an immediate impact at practice and that showed today in the race,” Vergote noted.

Stoodley (21:04.8) took silver while Frederick captured bronze with a time of 21:29.8. Sophomore Saniel-Banrey narrowly missed a personal best with a readout of 21:44.3 for fifth place.

Freshmen Devon Leahy (21:45.9) and Abby Nichols (21:47.0) had impressive showing in their debuts donning the Scarlet and Gray with sixth and eighth-place showings.

Jessica Passwater finished with a personal best of 21:46.9 for seventh, while transfer Rachel Lehnart captured 10th place with a personal record of 22:03.3. Brittany Atkinson took 11th with a time of 22:19.1.

“We know we have a lot of work left to do, but as a whole, this is the starting point we were hoping for,” Vergote mentioned.

Rachel Weber (22:57.7), Claire Wiles (23:12.8) and Kelsey Sandlin (23:25.7) rounded out the Buckeyes performance.

The squad will head to the Commodore Classic on Sept. 17 in Nashville, Tenn.