Stifel, Elswick Help Ohio State Finish Ninth at the Big Ten Championships



Nov. 1, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by sophomores Evan Stifel and Nick Elswick, the Ohio State men’s cross country team raced to a ninth-place finish at the 2015 Big Ten Championships Sunday morning in Chicago, Ill.

Stifel, competing at his first Big Ten meet as a Buckeye, crossed the line in a 24th-place time of 24:08.8, finishing just ahead of Elswick, who was 26th in a personal-best 8k time of 24:09.9, a 43-spot improvement from his finish as a freshman in 2014.

Senior Michael Brajdic used a 12-second PR of 24:20.3 to place 36th in his final Big Ten race, his best finish in three trips to the conference championships. Sophomores Clayton Bowie (55th, 24:45.4) and Mitch Leitch (67th, 24:53.9) completed the scoring for Ohio State.

No. 5 Michigan won its first team title since 1998 with a team score of 63, followed by Illinois (81) and Minnesota (98). Ohio State finished with a team score of 201, two points shy of eighth place and 27th-ranked Wisconsin, the defending conference champion.

Ohio State Results
Scorers
24.    Evan Stifel, 24:08.8
26.    Nick Elswick, 24:09.9
36.    Michael Brajdic, 24:20.3
55.    Clayton Bowie, 24:45.4
67.    Mitch Leitch, 24:53.9
 
Non-scorers
85.    Kevin Blank, 25:36.2
88.    Jared Fleming, 25:43.1 
98.    Patrick Kunkel, 26:58.1
101.  Luke Landis, 27:40.4

Team Standings
1. No. 5 Michigan – 63 points
2. Illinois (RV) – 81
3. Minnesota – 98
4. No. 28 Indiana – 112
5. No. 19 Michigan State – 113
6. Penn State – 169
7. Purdue – 173
8. No. 27 Wisconsin – 199
9. Ohio State – 201
10. Iowa – 265
11. Nebraska – 284
12. Rutgers – 337
 
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