Nov. 10, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's cross country team is back in action this Saturday at the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships in Toledo, Ohio, as they race for a chance to compete in the national championships.
Ohio State will start the 6,000-meter race at approximately 1:15 p.m. ET at the Ottawa Park Golf Course at the University of Toledo. A complete recap will be available after the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
No. 15 Michigan
No. 12 Michigan State
No. 24 Notre Dame
No. 28 Wisconsin
Scouting the Field
No. 12 Michigan State, No. 15 Michigan, No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 28 Wisconsin enter the meet as the nationally ranked teams in the Great Lakes region. The Spartans are coming off of their second-consecutive Big Ten championship and have led the regional polls for most of the season. Michigan's Taylor Pogue and Wisconsin's Gabrielle Anzalone, co-Big Ten Freshmen of the Year, are expected to make a big impact as they compete in the Great Lakes region for their first time.
Ohio State in the USTFCCCA Regional Rankings
The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 6 in the Oct. 31 Great Lakes regional rankings according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is a one-spot improvement from the team's previous ranking and is back in line with where the Scarlet and Gray started off the season. Michigan State still holds the No. 1 spot in the region. Michigan is ranked second, and Wisconsin fourth, while Indiana and Purdue sit below the Buckeyes at Nos. 8 and 14, respectively.
Buckeyes at the 2010 Great Lakes Regional
At last season's Great Lakes Regional championships, the Buckeyes had an impressive fourth-place finish with 139 points and two top 10 finishes. Meredith Wagner (20:43) and Ellen Birmingham (20:46) were the leading Buckeyes as they finished seventh and eighth overall. With their top 10 finishes, they also claimed All-Regional honors. Wagner and Birmingham went on to represent the Scarlet and Gray at the NCAA championships.
Also contributing to the Buckeyes' success was Tori Brink, who finished the race in 21:27 for 27th place. Rounding out the scoring five in were Sarah Foster (42nd, 21:44) and Molly Jacobson (56th, 21:54).
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Last Time Out
Ohio State competed in the Big Ten championships on Oct. 30 at Illinois. Tori Brink crossed the line first for the team placing 23rd in 20:55. Senior Jordan Jennewine (21:05) placed 32nd in her final Big Ten championship appearance.
With a top-2 finish Saturday, the Buckeyes secure an invitation to the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.