A pair of former Ohio high school stand-outs have been named the Mid-American Conference Freshmen of the Year.
Steigerwald, formerly of Gahanna Lincoln, secured nineteenth place in the 6K contest due to her 21:43.40 clocking. Her result is a pr and almost a minute faster than her other start at this distance earlier in the season at the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championship.
Steigerwald's 2018 highlights include two top 5 finishes, one of which was a 17:47.00 5K effort at the Mel Brodt Collegiate Invitational.
Andy Payne finished twentieth in the 8K race with his time of 25:15.80. The former Thomas Worthington athlete enjoyed an outstanding freshman year that included an 18:54.60 fourth place showing at the Toledo Rocket Opener back in August. This took place in 6K competition. Payne, who also excels on the track, took eighth against a stacked field at the 2017 Division I State Championship.
(MileSplit caught up with Andy following his 3200m win at the 2018 DI Indoor State Championship)