CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State cross country team returns to action this weekend, participating in the All-Ohio Championship on Friday, September 30. The women's championship 6K race will begin at 2:00 p.m., followed by the women's open 6K race at 3:30 p.m. Friday's 6K race will take place at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in Cedarville, Ohio.
Vikings Return To The Elvin R. King Cross Country Course
The Vikings will be running on a familiar course for Friday's All-Ohio Championship, as it will mark the second time that the Vikings will run at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course this season. Earlier this month, Cleveland State competed in the Friendship Invitational at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course, with four Vikings earning top-50 finishes (Karen Barrientos-5th, Ashlyn Woods-21st, Olivia Hammons-23rd, Samantha Butterbaugh-41st).
The All-Ohio Championship Field
Cleveland State will be one of 48 Ohio teams competing at the All-Ohio Championship, a field that includes Horizon League opponent Wright State.
Follow The Action Live!
Weather permitting, there will be a live video stream of the All-Ohio Championship, with coverage at the start, midway point, and finish line. The video stream is free and can be accessed via the link above or on the cross country schedule page. Fans will also be able to follow along with live results.
Last Time Out
For the second straight week, Cleveland State posted a top-five team finish, as the Vikings placed fourth at the LHU Invitational last weekend. Cleveland State had five top-40 finishers at the LHU Invitational, paced by the trio of Karen Barrientos (22:25-1st), Ashlyn Woods (23:05-13th), and Samantha Butterbaugh (23:47-31st).
Barrientos Wins LHU Invitational
For the first time under head coach Joe Jaketic a Viking brought home an individual title last weekend, as Karen Barrientos placed first at the LHU Invitational with a winning 6K time of 22:25. Barrientos' time marked a personal-best for the junior, while it is also tied for the second fastest 6K time since Jaketic took over in 2002. Barrientos is one of just two Horizon League runners to win a race this season, joining Oakland's Rachel Levy who captured the Golden Grizzly Open crown.
PR's Plentiful At LHU Invitational
Last Saturday's LHU Invitational was one of Cleveland State's best races this season, with seven Vikings setting 6K personal-best times and five Vikings recording personal-best 5K times at the split. Cleveland State's first five finishers all placed in the top-40, marking the first time this season that five Vikings have finished in the top-40 in a single race.