Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State women's cross country senior Christine Frederick will represent the Scarlet and Gray one last time on Saturday at the 2017 NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky., at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park; the women's race is set to begin at 10:45 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on FloTrack. Frederick is one of 38 individual qualifiers across the country on the women's side to advance to the final race of the season.
Frederick's ascension as the low stick for the Buckeyes began at the final Big Ten meet of her career in late October. Running against a slew of ranked teams with national competitors, Frederick clocked a personal-best 6k time of 20:39.2 to earn an 11th-place finish. For her efforts, Frederick was named to the Second Team All-Big Ten for the first time in her career.
She followed up her spectacular conference showing with another great run at the Great Lakes Regional last Friday (Nov. 10). Running against a more competitive field with over 220 runners, the senior finished 10th with a 6k time of 20:53.3 at the LaVern Gibson Championships Cross Country Course. The top-10 finish put her on the Great Lakes All-Region team, making her the first Buckeye to earn that honor since Michelle Thomas and Katie Borchers did so in 2014.
Frederick has run at five races this season, scoring at every single one of the for Ohio State. She registered a 20th-place finish at her first meet of the season, the Commodore Classic, to help the Scarlet and Gray pick up a team win with 60 points. She followed that up with a 56th-place showing at the Joe Piane Invitational, and the final meet she scored at before the Big Ten Championships was Pre Nationals (62nd place/6k/20:50.9).
Frederick will run the exact same course she ran at that Pre Nationals meet in mid-October. This will be her third time running this course in her career. She took 88th at the 2015 Greater Louisville Classic as a sophomore with a 5k time of 18:01.99.