Oct. 29, 2017
Bloomington, Ind. - Ohio State's men's and women's cross country teams opened up the postseason portion of their schedule with the Big Ten Championships on Sunday at the Indiana Championship Cross Country Course. The women placed sixth with a team score of 149 points and edged No. 29 Indiana (156 points).
Running at the course for the second time this season, the Buckeyes covered the difficult and hilly course with some swift times. Christine Frederick paced the Buckeyes and earned an 11th-place showing with a 6k time of 20:39.2 to earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors.
Running with Frederick for most of the 6k race was Emily Stoodley. Stoodley, who placed 15th at the 2016 Big Ten Championships, covered the course in 21:00.1 to place 24th today marking the second Buckeye to cross the finish line.
Sophomore Lainey Studebaker was the final Buckeye to score with a 43rd-place finish; she clocked a time of 21:30.6. Just off Studebaker's pace was Lilly Saniel-Banrey who dashed to the finish line with a time of 21:32.8 to finish in 44th place.
Big Ten Sportsmanship Honorees
Aaron Wood and Christine Frederick were named Big Ten Sportsmanship honorees. Wood and Frederick are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students are in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
The men's team finished in 11th place with a team score of 332 points. Jake Mandel, a senior, was Ohio State's top finisher with an 8k clocking of 25:25.0, and Aaron Wood followed his footsteps with a 65th-place showing with a readout of 25:26.9.
Rounding out the scoring effort for the Buckeyes were Mitch Leitch, Kevin Blank and Alex Lomong. Leitch, a senior, crossed the finish line at 25:34.6 earning him a 71st-place showing. Blank, also a senior, finished in 25:50.8 to earn the 77th slot. Lomong was just off Blank's place and finished with a time of 25:54.9 for 79th place.
Women | 6th Place | 6k | 156 points
11th | Christine Frederick | 20:39.2
24th | Emily Stoodley | 21:00.1
35th | Sarah Kanney | 21:23.1
36th | Abby Nichols | 21:23.9
43rd | Lainey Studebaker | 21:30.6
44th | Lilly Saniel-Banrey | 21:32.8
50th | Kalee Soehnlen | 21:38.9
57th | Brittany Atkinson | 21:47.1
60th | Caroline Millican | 21:58.9
Men | 11th Place | 8k | 332 points
63rd | Jake Mandel | 25:25.0
65th | Aaron Wood | 25:26.9
71st | Mitch Leitch | 25:34.6
77th | Kevin Blank | 25:50.8
79th | Alex Lomong | 25:54.9
95th | Paul Bete | 26.29.4
98th | Patrick Kunkel | 26:55.5
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