Buckeyes Run at Great Lakes Regional Friday

Nov. 14, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State women’s cross country team travels to Madison, Wis., this Friday, Nov. 15, for the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The team heads to the University of Wisconsin campus in search of a Top-2 finish and automatic bid to the NCAA championship later this month.

The 6k race at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course is slated for 1:15 p.m. CT. A complete recap will available later in the day at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Setting the Stage
Three conference champions will be represented in the field: Miami (MAC), No. 6 Michigan State (Big Ten) and Youngstown State (Horizon League). The Spartans will face stiff competition from ninth-ranked Butler, Big Ten runner-up and 14th-ranked Michigan, and No. 21 Notre Dame. Ohio State, fresh off its best finish at the Big Ten championships in 29 years, will also threaten for a place in the Top 2 and an automatic berth to the NCAA championship.

Recapping the 2012 Great Lakes Regional
Ohio State finished sixth overall at the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

A pair of all-regional performers -- Michelle Thomas and Meredith Wagner -- led the way for the Buckeyes. Thomas turned in a 20th-place time of 20:50, while Wagner placed 25th in 20:58. Tori Brink (30th, 21:05), Nicole Hilton (42nd, 21:28) and Katie Borchers (49th, 21:33) also scored for the Scarlet and Gray.

As a team, Ohio State compiled a score of 166 to finish six points behind Toledo for the fifth position. Michigan (41 points) took the team title with Michigan State (77 points) claiming runner-up honors.

Buckeyes Fifth in Great Lakes Regional Rankings, Receiving Votes in National Top 30
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its regional cross country rankings Nov. 4, with Ohio State checking-in at No. 5 in the Great Lakes region. Michigan State, ranked sixth nationally, is the No. 1-ranked team in the region. Ninth-ranked Butler is second, followed by No. 14 Michigan, No. 21 Notre Dame and the Buckeyes.

Ohio State also received six votes in the weekly Top 30 poll released by USTFCCCA, ranking them 37th overall. Arizona is the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, followed by No. 2 Providence and third-ranked Arkansas.

Last Time Out
Fueled by Top-10 finishes from Thomas and Borchers, Ohio State placed fifth overall at the 2013 Big Ten Cross Country Championships Nov. 1 in West Lafayette, Ind.

Thomas and Borchers finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in times of 21:04.1 and 21:07.2, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors in the process. The duo joins Maureen Cogan (1984) and Kathryn Monard (1986) as the only first-team selections in school history.

Hilton (49th, 22:16.2) and sophomores Sakiko Minagawa (22:18.7) and Helen Willman (59th, 22.29.9) also scored for the Buckeyes.