Sept. 12, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team travels to East Lansing, Mich., this Friday, Sept. 14, for the Auto Owners Spartan Invitational.
The Buckeyes return to action following a dominating win at the Flyer 5k Challenge Sept. 1. This weekend’s run will provide more of a challenge as the squad faces a pair of top-15 teams in No. 11 Michigan and 13th-ranked and host Michigan State on the 6k course that will host the Big Ten championship meet in late October .
The race at Forest Akers East Golf Course is slated for noon ET. A complete recap will available later in the day at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
Notable Competing Teams
No. 11 Michigan
No. 13 Michigan State
Buckeyes Ranked Eighth in Great Lakes Region
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its Great Lakes regional cross country rankings on Sept. 11, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 8. Michigan is the top-ranked team in the region, followed by Michigan State, Toledo, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Indiana, Butler and the Buckeyes.
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Last Time Out
Ohio State opened the 2012 season with an impressive victory at the Flyer 5k Challenge on Sept. 1.
The Buckeyes finished with a team score of 19, 19 points better than second-place finisher Miami (Ohio). Dayton finished third with 85 points, followed by Cincinnati (108), Wright State (153) and Cleveland State (170).
The top-3 finishers (and five of the top seven) were all Buckeyes. Junior Meredith Wagner had the top time of 18:12 followed by sophomore Michelle Thomas (18:21) and freshman Alexandra Aughenbaugh (18:23). Freshman Helen Willman (18:41) placed sixth and sophomore Nicole Hilton (18:47) claimed seventh.
Ohio State takes a week off prior to a Sept. 28 trip to the Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.
Women Finish Sixth at Great Lakes Regional