Great Lakes Regional Next Up for Ohio State

Go Buckeyes! Lexi Aughenbaugh
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Lexi Aughenbaugh
Go Buckeyes!

Nov. 7, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country team travels to Madison, Wis. this Friday, Nov. 9, for the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships. The team heads to the University of Wisconsin campus in search of a top-2 finish and automatic bid to the NCAA championships later this month.

The 6k race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course is slated for 1:00 p.m. ET. A complete recap will available later in the day at

Competing Teams
Ball State
Bowling Green
No. 33 Butler
Central Michigan
Cleveland State
Eastern Michigan
Indiana State
Kent State
No. 6 Michigan
No. 11 Michigan State
Miami (Ohio)
No. 23 Notre Dame
Ohio State
No. 18 Toledo
Western Michigan
Wisconsin-Green Bay

Scouting the Field
Three conference champions will be represented in the field: Butler (Atlantic 10), No. 18 Toledo (Mid-American) and No. 6 Michigan (Big Ten). The Wolverines and 12th-ranked Michigan State will likely battle for the top spot after a close contest at the Big Ten championships two weeks ago. The Rockets and No. 23 Notre Dame will also threaten for a place in the Top 2 and an automatic berth to the NCAA championships.

Buckeyes Ranked Seventh in Great Lakes Region
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its Great Lakes regional cross country rankings on Oct. 29 with Ohio State checking-in at No. 7. Michigan is the top-ranked team in the region, followed by Michigan State, Toledo, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Butler and the Buckeyes.



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Recapping the 2011 Regionals
Ohio State finished sixth overall among 33 teams at the regional championships last November.

Leading the way for the Buckeyes was Tori Brink, who finished the 6k race 19th out of 227 competitors with a time of 21:08.4. Right behind her was Nicole Hilton, who placed 20th in 21:09.3. Senior Jordan Jennewine (21:12.0) finished 23rd to round out Buckeye runners in the Top 25.

Last Time Out
OSU captured sixth place at the 2012 Big Ten Cross Country Championships Oct. 28.

Meredith Wagner was the star of the day for the Buckeyes. The junior from Sylvania, Ohio, 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. Brink (40th, 21:18), Hilton (44th, 21:24) and Katie Borchers (53rd, 21:34) rounded out scoring for OSU.

Up Next
Ohio State takes a week off prior to a Sept. 28 trip to the Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.