Aug 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2013 Ohio State women’s cross country season gets underway this Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Flyer 5k Challenge in Kettering, Ohio.
The 5k event is set for 11:15 a.m. ET at Indian Riffle Park. A complete recap will be available following the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
What’s New in 2013?
Sara Vergote enters her first season as assistant cross country/distance coach at Ohio State, replacing Khadevis Robinson, who accepted a similar position at LSU. She will lead a roster featuring nine true freshmen and 17 returning athletes.
A former MAC champion at the University of Toledo, Vergote spent the 2013 season as an assistant track coach at Iowa State. In her one season with the Cyclones, ISU placed ninth at the NCAA indoor championships and 13th at the outdoor national meet, while All-American Betsy Saina captured a national title in the 10000m.
Prior to Iowa State, Vergote was the associate head coach for cross country and track and field at her alma mater from 2008-2012. During her time on staff the Rockets won a pair of MAC cross country championships and qualified for the NCAA championships twice. Vergote was also a distance assistant at Manhattan College for three seasons.
Junior Michelle Thomas is the top returner for the Buckeyes. Thomas finished 21st at the Big Ten championships last season and was an All-Great Lakes region selection. Nicole Hilton, Katie Borchers, Helen Willman and Lexi Aughenbaugh join Thomas to form a talented Top 5.
Buckeyes Ranked Seventh in Great Lakes Region Preseason Poll
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its preseason regional cross country rankings Aug. 26, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 7 in the Great Lakes region. Michigan State, ranked 13th nationally, is the No. 1-ranked team in the region. 17th-ranked Michigan is second, followed by No. 18 Notre Dame, Butler, Toledo, Wisconsin, and the Buckeyes.
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Recapping the 2012 Flyer 5k
Ohio State claimed first place at the 2012 Flyer 5k Challenge last September.
The Buckeyes finished with a team score of 19 points, 19 points better than second-place Miami University (38). Dayton finished third with 85 points followed by Cincinnati (108), Wright State (153) and Cleveland State (170).
The top three finishers, and five of the Top 7, were all Buckeyes. Meredith Wagner had the top time of 18:12.0 followed by Thomas (18:21.0) and Aughenbaugh (18:23.0). Willman (18:41.0) finished sixth and Hilton (18:47.0) finished seventh.
Ohio State takes a week off prior to a Sept. 13 trip to the Big Ten Preview at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.