Columbus, Ohio – Led by Addie Engel with a top-10 finish, the Ohio State women’s cross-country team finished 15th at the 2022 NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday. The Buckeyes, making their fourth team appearance at the national race, had their best finish in program history.
Engel, in a personal best of 19:50.4, crossed the line in 10th to earn All-America honors. She is the second Ohio State runner to have a top 10 finish at the NCAA championships and the first since Kathy Monard finished ninth in 1986. Engel, who won the program’s first Big Ten title that season, received the fifth All-America laurel in school history.
The Buckeyes was the best finisher among the Big Ten teams at this year’s NCAA championships and Engel was only B1G runner in the top 30. The 2019 Buckeyes finished 23rd, making them the previous bests at the championships while the 2014 squad was 26th and the 2009 team was 29th.
Quote from Head Coach Sara Mason Vergote
“Addie drove the race perfectly and ran so hard.
“Finishing 15th in the country is an incredible achievement and I am so proud of this team.
“The only person who has been to this meeting before is Addie and the fact that they all finish this meeting well shows their composure and willingness to fight for each other.
“I am so grateful for the support of Eric Brill, my assistant trainer, as well as our athletic trainers, nutritionists, strength and conditioning staff and SASSO. It was an absolute team effort this year.”
6K flashback for women
- Engel was 35th at the 2.05km mark and was steadily improving. She was 19th at the 4k mark and then moved up to 10th just before 5k and held that place to the finish line. She ran 19:50.4, her personal best and best for a horse chestnut in a 6K at the NCAA Championships. Engel finished 66th in her first appearance at the national meeting last year.
- Daniella Santos was 61st in 20:22.4, moving up from 90th at the 2.83km mark.
- Andrea Kuhn finished third for the Buckeyes, finishing 75th in a time of 20:27.3.
- Engel, Santos and Kuhn have been the top 3 for the Buckeyes in all seven races they have raced this season (in that order). Engel was in the top 10 in all seven.
- Akemi Von Scherr (21:10.2) and Audrey DeSantis (21:50.6) rounded out the Buckeye counts in places 180 and 233, respectively.
- Gia Napoleon, who was less than a second from her personal best, and Annie Allen completed the Buckeye lineup at the national event.
Addie Engel with top 🔟 placement at the NCAA Championships❗️
— State of Ohio T&F/XC (@OhioStateTFXC) November 19, 2022