Buckeyes Battle Big Ten Rivals at Conference Championship

Nov. 1, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team battles the best of the Big Ten at the 2013 Big Ten Cross Country Championships this Sunday, Nov. 3, in West Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue University’s Boilermaker Cross Country Course is slated to host the 6k event at 11:45 a.m. ET. A complete recap will available after the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Setting the Stage
As always, the Big Ten is loaded with talented teams as six squads – No. 6 Michigan State, No. 14 Michigan, No. 15 Minnesota, No. 21 Indiana, No. 28 Wisconsin, No. 29 Penn State – are featured in the USTFCCCA Top 30. Michigan State and Michigan will likely dual for the conference crown. The Wolverines are the defending team champion, while MSU features 2012 Big Ten individual champion Sara Kroll. Kroll has yet to run for the Spartans this season but is expected in the lineup after winning the ‘B’ race as an unattached competitor at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational two weeks ago. 

Cross Country on BTN
BTN will offer delayed coverage of the 2013 Big Ten Cross Country Championships at Noon ET on Thursday, Nov. 14. The event will also be offered on BTN2Go.
Recapping the 2012 Big Ten Championships
Ohio State finished sixth overall at the 2012 Big Ten Cross Country Championships.
Meredith Wagner earned All-Big Ten honors with a 12th-place time of 20:41 on the 6k course. Michelle Thomas was stellar for the Scarlet and Gray as well, crossing the finish line in 20:56 for a 21st place. Tori Brink (40th, 21:18), Nicole Hilton (44th, 21:24) and Katie Borchers (53rd, 21:34) rounded out scoring for OSU.
Michigan captured the team title with 55 points. Runner-up honors went to Michigan State (75 points). Penn State finished third (96).

Buckeyes Ninth in Great Lakes Regional Rankings
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its regional cross country rankings Oct. 21, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 9 in the Great Lakes region. Michigan State, ranked sixth nationally, is the No. 1-ranked team in the region. Seventh-ranked Butler is second, followed by No. 14 Michigan, No. 21 Indiana, No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 28 Wisconsin, Toledo, Miami (Ohio) and the Buckeyes.

Last Time Out
Led by a 38th-place finish from Borchers, the Buckeyes placed 25th out of 51 teams at the 6k Indiana State Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., Oct. 19.
Borchers crossed the finish line in a 6k personal-best time of 20:55.31. Thomas also placed in the Top 100 for Ohio State, taking 88th overall in 21:22.09. Also scoring for the Buckeyes was sophomore Sakiko Minagawa (171st, 21:54.90), sophomore Helen Willman (211th, 22:08.42) and Hilton (233rd, 22:14.81).
The Scarlet and Gray closed the meet with a team score of 740. No. 3 Georgetown claimed first place with 117 points, followed by No. 5 Florida State (162 points) and No. 7 Butler (176).

Up Next
Ohio State has two weeks off prior to a Nov. 15 trip to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Madison, Wis.