Buckeyes Head to Notre Dame to Face the Best of the Best
Sept. 29, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's cross country team will head to Notre Dame this Friday to face several of the nation's top teams at the Adidas Notre Dame Invitational.
With two meets under their belt and coming off of a 4k race, the Buckeyes are looking to move up in the regional rankings and score well this weekend with a burst of momentum. Freshman Nicole Hilton and redshirt senior Jordan Jennewineare expected to make an impact for the Buckeyes as they have been the leading runners so far this season.
"This week we will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance at Toledo," distance coach Chris Neal said. "We have had a great week of training and are excited to get back on the cross country course. Last week we had a couple of girls coming off being sick and they just did not race as well as we would have expected them too. At Notre Dame we will again be facing a field with some very tough nationally-ranked teams and we will hopefully get out well and race tough from the gun."
Ohio State will run in the Blue Division 5k race, which is scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m. at the Notre Dame Golf Course. A complete recap will be available after the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Scouting the Field
Blue Division Teams
No. 18 Arkansas
No. 23 BYU
No. 7 Florida State
No. 2 New Mexico
No. 28 Penn State
No. 22 Princeton
Buckeyes at the 2010 Notre Dame Invitational
Senior captain Sarah Lowe was unable to compete but then freshman sensation Meredith Wagner ran well for Ohio State to take 35th in 17:22. Ellen Birmingham(17:34) was the second Buckeye to finish and she took 55th. Villanova, who was ranked No. 1 at the time, took home the gold.
Ohio State in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
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Last Time Out
Ten newcomers stepped onto the course for the Buckeyes and were able to gain valuable experience as they saw race day action early in their careers.