Borchers, Buckeyes Win 5k Bluegrass Invite

Katie Borchers
Katie Borchers

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Sept. 13, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by an individual title from senior All-American Katie Borchers, the Ohio State women’s cross country team was victorious at the 5k Bluegrass Invitational in Lexington, Ky., Saturday morning.

Borchers, a native of Russia, Ohio, crossed the finish line in a personal-best 5k time of 16:35.90. Ohio State closed the meet with a team score of 39, finishing well ahead of runner-up Eastern Kentucky.

Ohio State’s four additional scorers finished the race in a close pack behind Borchers, all with personal-best times. Junior Helen Willman was eighth overall in 17:04.00, followed by sophomore Tammy Berger (ninth, 17:05.40), junior Minori Minagawa (10th, 17:08.30) and senior Michelle Thomas (11th, 17:09.40).

“Our intention was to run more aggressively this weekend while still showing we can race together,” distance coach Sara Vergote said after the race. “The women executed the race plan perfectly. Katie had a great race leading from start to finish and I was very pleased with the spread of only five seconds from our No. 2 through No. 5 runner.”

Team Standings
1) Ohio State - 39 points
2) Eastern Kentucky - 75
3) Oklahoma State - 76
4) Kentucky - 80
5) Southern Indiana - 148
6) Tennessee - 162
7) Morehead State - 200
8) Akron - 218
9) Northern Kentucky - 253
10) Bellarmine - 320

Ohio State Results
Scorers
1.   Katie Borchers – 16:35.90
8.   Helen Willman – 17:04.00
9.   Tammy Berger – 17:05.40
10.  Minori Minagawa – 17:08.30 
11.  Michelle Thomas – 17:09.40

Non-scorers
12.  Nicole Hilton – 17:15.90
14.  Christine Frederick – 17:19.10
16.  Erin Gyurke – 17:20.50
18.  Sakiko Minagawa – 17:21.90
20.  Kaitlyn Willette – 17:27.40
28.  Andrea McArdle – 17:46.80
42.  Rachel Weber – 18:24.20
54.  Olivia Smith – 18:47.70

Up Next
The Buckeyes return to action Oct. 3 at the Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.