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Good morning Buckeye Nation.

Running Buckeyes: Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams took first place this weekend at the Dayton Flyer 5k.

The men’s cross country team finished with 30 points beating second place IUPUI by 12 points. The Buckeyes placed 4 runners in the Top 10 with sophomore Jordan Redd crossing the finish line first overall. Redshirt sophomores Brian and Jeff Hannaford along with sophomore Nick Pupino helped the Buckeyes earn the win with their Top 10 performances.

The women’s cross country team also finished first by beating IUPUI by 29 points. The Buckeyes had 5 runners in the Top 10. Lead by freshman Jill Kanney who finished second in her first collegiate race sophomores Lexi Aughenbaugh, Minori Minagawa, and Helen Willman along with junior Katie Borches all combined to take home the top spot.

Congratulations Buckeyes on opening the season with a great performance. The Running Buckeyes will be back in action in two weeks in the B1G Preview in Lafayette, Ind.

Tournament Champions: The woman’s volleyball team finished the NIU Invitational this weekend with the championship.

The Buckeyes defeated Green Bay Saturday 3-2. Senior Kaitlyn Leary had a career best 22 kils and career high 9 digs, freshman Taylor Sanbothe had 15 kills and 5 aces, sophomore Andrea Kacsits had 13 kills, junior Erin Sekinger tied career high 15 kills and Taylor Sherwin came up with 68 assists.

Ohio State also defeated Northern Illinois Saturday 3-2 to earn the tournament victory. Kaitlyn Leary picked up her frst career double-double with 26 kills and 22 digs, freshman Kylie Randall made her first collegiate apperance with 18 kills and Taylor Sherwin had 50 assissts. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin was tournament MVP while senior teamates Kaitlyn Leary and Davionna DiSalvatore made All-Tournament Team.

Taylor Sherwin was also named the Big Ten Setter of the Week. Taylor had 158 assists over 13 sets averaging 12.15 assists per set.

Congratulations to the Buckeyes on their performance over the weekend.

Its a Draw: Buckeyes women’s soccer played to a draw versus Arizona Sunday in Columbus.

“We played into what we feel is much more Arizona’s style of play tonight,” Ohio State head coach Lori Walker said. “We did a pretty good job of dropping and organizing behind the ball so from that perspective I think we battled and did a well not allowing them to score. Both of our goalkeepers have been fantastic this year and they proved that again tonight.”

Ohio State improves to 3-0-1 improving their unbeaten streak to fifteen games.

Second in Tournament: The Buckeyes men soccer team bounced back from an opening loss and improve to 1-1 with a 2-0 victory over NIU. Alex Harrison and Ryan Ivancic scored the two Buckeye goals. Sage Gardner, Alex Harrison and Alex Ivanov all made the All-Tournament team.

“I was really proud of the way the team bounced back after the loss Friday night,” John Bluem, 17-year Ohio State head coach said. “Both goals came on really well-orchestrated opportunities, which was encouraging to see. We certainly have a lot to work on and need to continue to get better, but it always feels good to get the first win of the season.”

Weekend Split: Ohio State filed hockey team earned a split this weekend.

The Buckeyes lost to Temple in Philadelphia 4-1 in their season opener. Freshman Paige Hamilton scored her first career goal and was the lone Buckeye point.

The Buckeyes bounced back to defeat #20 UNH 3-2 in a overtime shootout. Paige Hamilton tied the game 2-2 to force overtime.

“I thought our team showed a lot of character today to be able to come back from behind and send it to overtime,” head coach Anne Wilkinson said. “Sarah had some key saves throughout the contest and it really was a team win. Paige was able to find the back of the net for us after two great outlet passes following their corner. We are excited to open the home schedule next weekend in Columbus.”

During the shootout, sophomore Peanut Johnson and seniors Nora Murer and Mona Frommhold all scored. The Wildcats denied their final two chances by Ohio State junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux, who made her first career start in the Scarlet and Gray.

Until next time Buckeye Nation…

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