Terre Haute, Ind. – Christine Frederick was named to the Great Lakes All-Region team on Friday as she ran to a 10th-place finish at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course to help the Ohio State women take seventh place with a team score of 189 points.
Frederick, a senior, has peaked at the right time and has run some of the best races of her career of the last three meets. Her 10th-place finish today helped her earn Great Lakes All-Region team honors becoming the first Buckeye to do so since Michelle Thomas and Katie Borchers earned the award in 2014. Just two weeks ago, Frederick earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors for an 11th-place finish at the conference meet.
Running a course that has lots of undulations and elevation changes, Frederick remained calm and consistent throughout the race on her way to a top-10 showing on a day where temperatures hovered in the 30s. Frederick placed 10th in a field of 223 runners with a 6k time of 20:53.3. Emily Stoodley and Sarah Kanney were the next two finishers for Ohio State.
Stoodley came out of the starting gate with a fast pace and held the lead in the race for over half the race. Passing the 3,000-meter mark of the course at 10:25, Stoodley was out in front of the leaders pack for Ohio State. Stoodley’s pace slowed a tad in the later parts of the race, but she earned a 30th-place finish with a 6k time of 21:14.3 narrowly missing out on the all-region team (top 25 spots).
Kanney was in the same boat as Stoodley and hovered around the lead pack for the first half of the race. The Coldwater, Ohio, native closed out the 6k race with a finishing readout of 21:28.0 for 45th place. Sophomore Abby Nichols (21:34.8) and freshman Kalee Soehnlen (21:35.1) ran to 51st and 53rd-place finishes to round Ohio State’s scoring effort.
The team title went to Michigan, who tallied a team score of 71 points.
For the second straight race, Jake Mandel was Ohio State’s top finisher. The men were running their first 10k race of the season, and Mandel, a senior, who has run a number of them throughout his career took 46th place with a readout of 32.04.2.
Kevin Blank and Aaron Wood finished directly 10 spots behind their counterparts in 91st and 95th place. Blank ran a time of 32:55.9, and Wood registered a personal-best time of 33:02.3 in his first-career 10k race. Paul Bete, also running in his first-career 10k race, registered a persona-best time of 33:55.6.
The men as a team placed 15th in the 26-team field. Michigan State won the team title with 68 points.
Team – 7th Place – 189 points
Christine Frederick – 10th – 20:53.3
Emily Stoodley – 30th – 21:14.3
Sarah Kanney – 45th – 21:28.0
Abby Nichols – 51st – 21:34.8
Kalee Soehnlen – 53rd – 21:35.1
Lainey Studebaker – 64th – 21:46.9
Lilly Saniel-Banrey – 76th – 22:03.7
Team – 15th Place – 398 points
Jake Mandel – 46th – 32:04.2
Mitch Leitch – 81st – 32:46.0
Alex Lomong – 85th – 32:49.7
Kevin Blank – 91st – 32:55.9
Aaron Wood – 95th – 33:02.3 - PR
Paul Bete – 134th – 33:55.6 - PR
Frederick Ready for NCAA Championships