Oct. 30, 2016
Falcon Heights, Minn. – Placing two runners inside the top 15, the Ohio State women’s cross country team dashed to a fifth-place showing at the Big Ten Championships hosted at the Les Bolstad Golf Course with a team tally of 130 points. Sarah Kanney, who finished in 13th place, earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors.
Evan Stifel paced the men’s team again and finished in seventh place to earn First Team All-Big Ten accolades. The Buckeyes as a team placed eighth with 228 points.
No. 18 Wisconsin captured the men’s team title with 63 points, and No. 6 Michigan (63 points) won the hardware on the women’s side.
For the seventh-straight race, Stifel led the charge for the Scarlet and Gray. Running in a race that featured multiple ranked teams and high-quality runners, the junior mixed it up with some of the best in the Big Ten for the whole race. Stifel ran with the lead pack for the first 5,000m before the top two finishers, Morgan McDonald (Wisconsin) and Sherod Hardt (Michigan State), pulled away from him. Stifel battled to a seventh place finish with a readout of 24:51.8 and became the first Buckeye since Jeff See (2009) to be named to the Big Ten First Team.
The other four Buckeyes were unable to improve their position throughout the race hovering in the 50s and 60s during the 8,000m trek. Jake Mandel (25:49.1/55th place), Luke Landis (25:59.1/61st place), Alex Lomong (26:01.9/63rd place) and Mitch Leitch (26:02.9/65th place) were the other four scorers.
The Buckeyes will return to action in 12 days for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Madison, Wis.