Pre-Nationals = Big PRs for Buckeyes

Oct. 17, 2015

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The Ohio State men’s cross country team raced to a 21st-place finish at Pre-Nationals Saturday morning in Louisville, Ky. All five Buckeye scorers ran personal-best 8k times in a race that featured 12 ranked teams.

Sophomore Evan Stifel led Ohio State with a 69th-place finish in a time of 24:07.9, trimming a massive 40 seconds off of his previous 8k PR. Sophomore Nick Elswick (94th, 24:17.0) turned in a 13-second PR, while sophomore Clayton Bowie (121st, 24:25.4) improved on his previous personal best by 11 seconds. Senior Michael Brajdic (138th, 24:32.9) and sophomore Mitch Leitch (170th, 24:44.7) completed the scoring for Ohio State, with each improving by more than 10 seconds.

No. 1 Colorado won the team title with a team score of 89, followed by No. 3 Oregon (151) and No. 13 Arkansas (164). Ohio State finished with a team score of 592.

Ohio State Results
69.    Evan Stifel, 24:07.9
94.    Nick Elswick, 24:17.0
121.  Clayton Bowie, 24:25.4
138.  Michael Brajdic, 24:32.9
170.  Mitch Leitch, 24:44.7
219.  Luke Landis, 25:02.8
232.  Patrick Kunkel, 25:05.7

Open Race
30.  Jared Fleming, 25:16.1
32.  Kevin Blank, 25:16.5
35.  Adrian Ross, 25:20.0
80.  Steven Weaver, 26:12.8
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