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Ohio Cross Country Heads to Compete in NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship

Ohio Cross Country Heads to Compete in NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship

ATHENS, Ohio – Both the Ohio men's and women's cross country teams head to Terre Haute, Ind. to compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship set for Friday (Nov. 10) and hosted by Indiana State. The women's 6K race will begin at 11:15 a.m. with the men's 10K following at 12:15 a.m.

Live coverage and results will be provided by FloTrack, but will require a subscription here.

Complete meet information, as well as final results of the race, can be found on the meet's central page, here.  
The women's 6K championship race features 33 teams and 297 individual competitors. Michigan enters the NCAA Great Lakes Regional as the top-ranked team in the region and the No. 8 team in the nation. Wisconsin enters as the second-ranked team regionally and is No. 17 in the nation. The third-ranked team in the Great Lakes Regional is No. 3 Michigan State who is No. 21 in the nation. Ohio State is the fourth-highest ranked team in the Great Lakes and checks in at No. 25 nationally. Of the Top 30 teams in the nation, five hail from the Great Lakes Region as Eastern Michigan is No. 5 in the region and tied for 27th nationally.

Also in the Great Lakes Region rankings released on October 30 are Indiana, Toledo, Miami (Ohio), Notre Dame, Purdue, Dayton, Oakland, Marquette, Xavier and Central Michigan.

The men's 10K Regional Championship Race will feature 30 teams and 268 individual competitors. There are three nationally ranked teams including No. 10 Michigan, No. 15 Michigan State and No. 25 Wisconsin. Those three schools go 1-2-3 in the Great Lakes Region rankings followed by Purdue in fourth and Eastern Michigan in fifth.

Outside of the top five, other teams appearing in the Great Lakes Regional Rankings and racing today on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course are Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame, Miami (Ohio), Oakland, Marquette, Dayton, host Indiana State, Bowling Green and IUPUI.

Scouting the 'Cats
The Bobcats travel to Terre Haute after competing at the Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships where Ohio's men placed fourth in the 8K race.

Senior Brad Miller (Bellbrook, Ohio) led for the Bobcats with an 11th-place finish at 25:09.0, which earned him a spot on the 2017 MAC Men's Cross Country All-MAC Second Team. Junior Kyle Bussard (Germantown, Ohio) was next in and took 19th place with a 25:20.3 time.

The next three Bobcat scorers were freshman Griffin Butler (Newark, Ohio) in 28th, sophomore Josh Park (Amherst, Ohio) in 30th and senior Matt Evans (Mentor, Ohio) in 43rd. Butler finished in 25:28.5, Park finished in 25:31.1, and Evans finished in 25:54.2.

This race marks Park's new personal-best for this season.

The Bobcats also look forward to seeing sophomore Erik McKean (Pataskala, Ohio) and freshman Matthew Agosta (Circleville, Ohio) race after they rounded out the top-seven for Ohio at the MAC Championships by placing 50th at 26:06.9 and 58th at 26:21.0, respectively.

The women's team finished the MAC Championships in ninth place led by senior Ellen Isaac (Mansfield, Ohio) who finished 22nd overall with a 21:45.7 time.

Isaac was followed shortly after by a pack of Bobcats including junior Alyssa Atkinson (Granville, Ohio) and sophomores Abby Miller (Mansfield, Ohio) and Madison Sury (Waterford, Ohio). Atkinson crossed the line in 22:13.1 to place 37th, Miller in 22:16.7 to place 38th, and Sury in 22:17.0 to place 39th.

Junior Emily Deering wrapped up the scoring five by running a time of 22:25.4 to place 46th out of over 100 runners.

This race marks new personal bests for Deering and sophomore Tiffany Hill (Dublin, Ohio) who placed 59th with a time of 22:41.2. 

In addition to those six, the freshman Hailey Bowes (Arlington Heights, Ill.) will also be competing this weekend after finishing up the top-seven for Ohio in 57th with a time of 22:39.6.