Columbus, Ohio. – The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams will make their way to Bloomington, Ind. this Sunday (Oct. 29) for the 2017 edition of the Big Ten Championships. The men’s 8k race is set to begin at 10:45 a.m. ET. The women’s 6k race is slated to come after the men’s race at 11:45 a.m. ET. The races will take place on Indiana University’s Cross Country Course.
There will be no live video coverage of the meet, but Big Ten Network will show the races on Monday, Oct. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
With the regular season coming to a close, the Buckeyes look to finish strong at this year’s Big Ten Championship. Coming off of a 14th place showing at Pre Nationals, the Buckeyes are looking to win big. Going into this championship season, the Buckeyes are gearing up to face several ranked teams within the conference: No. 9 Penn State, No. 10 Michigan, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 19 Minnesota, No. 20 Michigan State and No. 29 Indiana.
This season, the women’s team has seen large contributions from top finishers Sarah Kanney, Emily Stoodley and Lainey Studebaker in previous races. Kanney and Stoodley ran to a 13th and 15th-place at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. With her 13th-place finish, Kanney became the first woman to earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors since Katie Borchers did so in 2014.
Senior Evan Stifel has played an integral part in the Buckeyes’ success this season. Stifel was the top finisher for the men’s team at Pre Nationals and is attempting to become the first runner to be named First Team All-Big Ten in back-to-back years since Jeff See did so from 2007-09.
Running right next to Stifel this season has been rising sophomore Aaron Wood. Wood has run at three meets this season, including a personal best 8k time of 24:24.8 that he recorded at the Bloomington course at the season-opening meet.
The men’s team is also preparing to take on No. 13 Michigan, No. 15 Michigan State, No. 18 Minnesota and No. 30 Penn State.
Frederick Ready for NCAA Championships