Nov. 14, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Tori Brink and freshman Nicole Hilton will represent the Ohio State women’s cross country team at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced Sunday night.
Brink and Hilton earned their spots in the national championship field with 19th and 20th-place finishes, respectively, at last Saturday’s Great Lakes regional meet. This will be the first championship appearance for both athletes.
"It is a great way to end our season having two of our young ladies qualify for the NCAA championships," distance coach Chris Neal said. "This is the third year in a row that we have been represented at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute.
"For Tori this is her second time making the national championships. She has worked extremely hard this season coming back from an injury last track season. I could not be happier for Tori.
"With Nicole being a true freshman this will be her first trip to nationals. It will be great for her to get this experience her first year. Also this is the second year in a row we have had a true freshman qualify for the NCAA meet, so it is a great sign for the future of our program."
The NCAA championships will be held Monday, Nov. 21 in Terre Haute Ind., on the campus of Indiana State University at approximately 12:58 p.m. ET. A complete recap will be available aftter the race at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.