Sept. 24, 2016


Falcon Heights, Minn. – Sophomore Emily Stoodley led the way for the Buckeyes with a 20th-place finish in a field of more than 325 runners on Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational. The Columbus, Ohio native finished her 6K with a time of 22:21.0.

“Emily (Stoodley) had a phenomenal race and I’m incredibly proud of her poise and toughness against such a stacked field,” assistant coach Sara Vergote said.

Ohio State finished in 10th place as a team with a team score of 280 points. Stoodley is the third runner in three races this season to be the top finisher for the Buckeyes. No. 30 Portland captured the team title with a tally of 74. 

Lilly Saniel-Banrey covered the 6K course in a time of 22:40.6, which was good enough for 45th place. Sarah Kanney (22:48.5) and Jessica Passwater (22:56.9) ran to 54th and 59th place showings respectively. Rachel Weber was the fifth and final scorer for the Scarlet and Gray; the senior finished in 99th place with a time of 23:25.2.

In true cross country form, a rainy couple of days before the meet made the course a little bit tougher to navigate than normal. The race was held at the Les Bolstad Golf Course, and that is important because the Buckeyes will make a return trip to this same exact course in about a month.

“The main purpose of racing here was to familiarize ourselves with the course for the Big Ten Championships,” Vergote mentioned. “We have some things we need to work on, but this group is excited and confident to be back here a month from now.”

Rachel Lehnert (23:25.8/101st place), Abby Nichols (23:27.8/104th place) and Lainey Studebaker (23:56.0/147th place) rounded out the day for Ohio State.