2015 Cross Country
Athlete - Boys and Girls (Mason)
Mason won both the boys and girls DI State titles in 2022, first time ever for our boys and girls both winning in the same year.
Athlete - Isaac Schachleiter (Mason)
The only thing the local newspaper said was that Mason's top runner dropped out of the race. This is what is misleading about this statement. Here is what I was able to find out from a third party who talked to a family member about what happened to Isaac. After passing the mile marker, he got tripped and knocked to the ground. Subsequent runners spliked him in the legs, pelvis, and stomach. Bleeding from numerous wounds, he got up and fought his way back to eighth place. His courageous battle led him close to the finsih line, about 200 meters away. From his loss of blood to his many spike wounds, he passed out and Mason lost their top scorer. This is a tremendous display of true grit to fight back his pain and his loyalty to Mason and the team to give up his body but it was not to be. His body shut him down within sight of the finish. He thought the team needed him to win. The amazing thing is that Mason still won even without their top scorer.
Athlete - 2022 State Champs (Mason)
Athlete - Elizabeth Whaley 800 (Indian Hill)
Elizabeth Whaley set the city record in the 800m at State in 2:08.82
Athlete - Elizabeth Whaley (Indian Hill)
Elizabeth Whaley of Indian Hill sets the all time all divisions record in the 1600m in 4:39.71
Athlete - Lakota West DI Boys Champions (Lakota West)

DI Boys State Cross Country Champions 2020

Athlete - Maria Kaylor (Princeton)

Maria Kaylor of Princeton was the top female finisher at the OHSAA State Cross Country meet with her time 17:51.7 to lead all girls from our area at the state meet with a third place finish.

Athlete - Nathan Mountain (St. Xavier)

Nathan Mountain is seen crossing the finish line with his fifth place in 15:35.8 to lead St. Xavier to the DI State title.  His 5th place was the best finish of any Cincinnati area runner at the state meet.

Athlete - DI State Boys Runner-ups 2019 (Mason)

The Mason boys cross country team were DI State Runner-ups on November 2, 2019.  They made a big time improvement between the regional meet and the state meet to give team champion a big scare.

Athlete - Ohio Division I State Runner-up Cross Country 2019 (Lakota East)

Pictured on the podium from left to right are Coach Lee Sellers, Coach Adam Thomas, Hailey Wilson, Cali Reynolds, Danielle Horter, Carly Spletzer (left holding trophy), Kelsi Harris  (right holding trophy), Jocelyn Willis, Paxton Oberhaus, Sarah Renfro, Coach Kelly Weber, Coach Rob Rice.

The Lakota East Girls were crowned as DI State Runner-ups on November 2, 2019 for the first time on the podium on school history.  They finished with 121 points.

Athlete - Summit Country Day DIII State champions (Summit Country Day)



Summit Country Day won the DIII State Championship totaling 98 points for the first DIII state title from our area.







Athlete - 2019 DI Boys Cross Country State Champions (St. Xavier)

St. Xavier won the DI Cross Country State title on November 2, 2019 totally 87 points

Athlete - Marin Valentine (Mariemont)

Mariemont's Marin Valentine (on the left in blue jersey) was DII State Champion in the 800 Meter Run in a time of 2:13.12

Athlete - Obrien Podojil Whaley Podojil (Indian Hill)

The Indian Hill 4 x 400 Relay team of Megan Obrien, Ellie Podojil, Elizabeth Whaley, and Anna Podojil ran 3:49.30 to set a DII State meet record and an OHSAA Division II record.  Pictured above are Elizabeth Whalen, Megan Obrien, Ellie Podojil, and Anna Podojil  .

Athlete - Anna Podojil (Indian Hill)

Anna Podojil of Indian Hill won the DII state 400m dash with Cincinnati city record time of 53.67

Athlete - Hilton Bryant Heath Clark (Lakota East)

Lakota East's 4 x 100 relay team of Dawn Hilton, Kaylyn Heath, Azariyah Bryant, and Serena 
Clark won the DI state championship in stadium, meet, DI record time of 45.82

Athlete - Kaylyn Heath (Lakota East)

Kaylyn Heath won the DI 100m dash at the 2019 State Championships

Athlete - Serena Clark (Lakota East)

Serena Clark won the DI 200m dash at the 2019 State Championships with her time of 24.09

Athlete - Moeller Primetime Girls Placers (Mason Ursuline)

In this photo taken by Geoff Blankenship for the Enquirer, we see the third place finisher Maddie Ullom of Mason and the fourth place finisher Hannah Doeger of Ursuline in the Girls Blue Division of the Moeller Primetime Invitational.

Athlete - Moeller Primetime Boys Winner (St. Xavier)

In the above photo taken by Geoff Blankenship for the Cincinnati Enquirer, we see the top two finishers in the Boys Blue Division of the Moeller Primetime Invitational  Winner Joe Dugan on the right and runner-up Matt Hoak on the left.

Athlete - Kings DMR team (Kings)

Kings Distance Medley Relay team of Jennifer Cooper, Gorley Gwyneth, Karleigh Conner, and Leah Maschino raced to a new city record of 11:55.05 at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals on Sunday, June 17, 2018 with their fifth place finish. 

Athlete - Kings 4 x 800 Girls Relay (Kings)

Kings Girls 4 x 800 relay team finished 4th at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals with a time of 8:59.62.

Athlete - 4 x 100 Relay (Lakota East)

Lakota East girls 4 x 100 relay team won the DI State Championship on June 2, 2018.  Thanks to Richard Bryant of Lakota East for supplying the photo.

Athlete - Dustin Horter (Lakota East)

Lakota East Dustin Horter breaks three records in the same event at Mason Inv. on May 4, 2018 as runs the mile in a U.S. leading 4:04.82 breaking Mason Ward's 4:07.2 city record set at the Golden West Inv. on June 10, 2000. He also broke his own city record in the 1600m set only last year at the GMC meet and took down Bob Kennedy's all time state record set at the state meet in 1988 of 4:05.13  Finishtiming had FAT clocks at both the 1600m mark and the mile mark.  In the photo above Dustin runs away from the field enroute to a 4:03.40 all time state record.

Athlete - Dustin Horter (Lakota East)

Dustin Horter of Lakota East did it again.  One week after setting a new city record in the 3200m run, he set a new city record in the 800m run at the Wayne Invitational in Huber Heights running the time he is pointing at in the photo of 1:50.73 taking down the time of 1:51.76 set by Princeton's Jason Williams set way back in 1992.

Athlete - Dustin Horter (Lakota East)

Lakota East's Dustin Horter running in Louisville, Kentucy at the Eastern Relays on Friday, April 20, 2018 blasted the city record in the 3200m run by 6.18 seconds with his time of 8:48.62. Photo by Kentucky Milesplit.  The previous record was set in 2000 by Steve Padgett at the Golden West Inv. with a time of 8:54.90.

Coach - Rachel Bea (Ursuline Academy)

My coach of the year for 2017 regardless of division is Ursuline Academy's Rachel Bea who has been building a program since she took on the cross country head coaching duty in 2013.  By 2015 she started winning the league (GGCL) every year and has now won three straight (2015, 2016, 2017).  At the VOA district meet her team went from 4th in 2015 to winning in both 2016 and 2017.  At the regional meet the Lions went from 8th to 3rd to 2nd, and at state from not qualifying in 2015 to 10th in 2016 to the podium in 2017 with a state runner-up performance.  It was the first appearance for Urusline on the podium in school history.  The long journey was now complete and Rachel Bea is now the Queen of distance running in Cincinnati both as a runner herself and now as a coach.  In the photo above, she is shown running the Flying Pig Marathon in 2012 which she went on to win, the year before she was hired to lead the Lions to glory.

Athlete - Dustin Horter (Lakota East)

Dustin Horter won ten races this year including five of them under 15:00.  His personal best was done at the MMC where he ran 14:36.77 He has won back to back state titles and this year added the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional Championship to his resume.  He has the fastest Cincinnati times at the VOA district, Troy regional, and National Trails Raceway state meets.  In the photo above, he is shown winning his second straight state title in 2017.

Athlete - Samantha Bush (Turpin)

Turpin's Samantha Bush has the best place of any of our DI State quailifers finishing 10 at the OHSAA State DI Championships in 18:13.20.  Her real claim to fame is that at the VOA District meet, she not only won the race by some 20 seconds but also set a course record for VOA winning in 17:37.02.  She also broke 18:00 at two other meets running 17:36.18 for her personal lifetime best at the Midwest Meet of Champions and 17:47.53 at the ECC league meet. In the photo above she runs at the VOA District meet on her way to the course record for girls.

Athlete - Ryan Estes (Clark Montessori)

Ryan had a very good season this year recording five first places. He won his league meet, the MVC, in 16:20.10.  He then followed that up with his fastest time of the year in 15:54.24 in winning the DII boys VOA district race.  He was second at the Troy DII regional in 16:14.74.  Finally he finished his season by coming in 9th at the OHSAA DII state meet in 16:0760.  In the photo above, he is shown finishing at the state meet.

Athlete - Rachel Ploeger (Monroe)

Rachel had some impressive wins this year in her most important meets.  She won the Southwestern Buckeye League meet in 18:02, her fastest time of the year.  She next won the VOA DII District meet in 18:11.06.  She followed that up by winning the Troy Regional DII title in 18:35:22. Last but not least, she finished third at the OHSAA State DII Championship in 18:25.60.  In the picture above, she is shown running at the state meet where she recorded the highest place of any VOA district runner in any girls division.   

The Record Destroyer
The Record Destroyer The 2022 OHSAA tournament was a testimonial of a runner never before seen in the history of the OHSAA The record books had to be rewritten each time she ran. Indian Hill’s Elizabeth Whaley was a record breaking machine at each level of competition. We begin with her district meet at New Richmond. Her 1600 meter run time of 4:42.85 was not only a meet record for the DII New Richmond district but also a Cincinnati city record (Sam Bush 4:47.23) and DII all time state record (Grace Hartman 4:47.73). Her 800 meter run was a meet record for New Richmond DII district Moving along to the DII, Region 8, Elizabeth broke four records in the 1600 meter run. She took down the meet record which was 40 years old with her fabulous time of 4:39.71. CJ Robinson meet record set in 1982 was 4:52.33 (record #1). She destroyed her own city record set at the district meet only last week (Record #2), She beat her own DII state record also set last week (Record #3) and finally bested the DI all time all divisions record of 4:41.37 set by Emily Infield in 2007 (Record #4). In the 800 meter run, she at it again setting a new DII, Region 8 record which was the second oldest record in R8 (39 years) with her time of 2:10.25 bettering Kristi Grooms time of 2:12.17 from 1983 And finally at the state finals, two more records crumbled as she survived a fall in the 1600 meter run to set a new state meet record while getting back up from the fall and still winning the event in 4:43.31. Her second record came in the 800 meter run breaking the Cincinnati city record while coming in second event though she bettered the existing DII state meet record. Elizabeth made it to double figures on all her record setting over three events in the state tournament
2020 Cross Country Report

2020 Cross Country is now in the books. This year it was our boys who brought home the hardware. Three boys teams got awards for either finishing as champions (Lakota West DI Boys) or runner-up (St. Xavier DI Boys, Summit Country Day DIII Boys) and nine boys got individual awards for finishing in the top 25 (DI Kiefer Bell Talawanda, James Schmidt Oak Hills, Ryan Clevalier Loveland, Nathan Mountain and Conor Bohrer St. Xavier, Zachary Beneteau and Kaleb Martin Lakota West, (DII Owen Mathews Badin) and (DIII Matthew Brumfield Summit Country Day). On the girls side no teams got team awards but three individuals finished in the top 25 all in DI (Ella Lambert Turpin, Carly Spletzer Lakota East, and Eva Hensley Oak Hills. We now introduce our heroes and heroines of Cross Country 2020

Lakota West Firebirds – Division I Boys State Team Champions (Photo by Geoff Blankenship) Pictured above from left to right are Zahcary Plotin, Nathan Burns, Sergio Negroe, Coleman Cronk, Zachary Beneteau, Easton Crowther, Kaleb Martin, Coach Sean Hart

After losing to St. Xavier prior to the state meet, by 7 at the St. Xavier Invitational and by 10 at the Troy Regional, the Firebirds turned the tables to win the big one at state by 2 points over St. Xavier 73-75. 

How they scored 73 points

Place Athlete Time Points

8th, Zachary Beneteau, 15:42.8, 5                                                                               10th, Kaleb Martin, 15:48.3, 7                                                                                    30th, Zachary Plotkin, 16:10.7, 17                                                                              32nd, Sergio Negroe, 16:11.6, 19                                                                                41st, Coleman Cronk, 16:17.4, 25


2019 Cross Country Report

If we thought the 2019 Track & Field season was our best representation at the state meet, we found out our athletes could even do better as we had two state championship teams in Summit Country Day winning the DIII boys and St. Xavier winning the DI boys. Oh but that was not all as we also had two state runner-up teams in Lakota East girls in the DI girls championship and Mason boys in the DI boys state championship. We start with the DIII Boys State titlist in Summit Country Day Cross Boys Country Team that won the Division III State Championship on November 2, 2019. It was the first ever state championship in cross country in Summit Country Day history and also the first small school from our area to win (DIII or A when the classes were AAA, AA, A.) For St. Xavier, it was their sixth state DI championship, For Lakota East girls, it was their first time on the podium as state runner-ups. Mason boys made it to the podium as DI boys state runner-up for the third time.

Division III Boys 2019 State Team Champions – Summit Country Day

Summit Country Day captured its first-ever state team championship Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.

Pictured above from left to right are Head Coach Kurtis Smith, Liam Lakhia, Sean LaMacchia, Matthew Brumfield, Evan Lakhia, Brian DeWine, Andrew Wagner, Davin Nelson, Larkin Woodward, Coach Moore, Coach K.

Summit Country Day Boys School won their first ever state team championship in cross country. Team Members were Mathew Brumfield, Brian DeWine, Evan Lakhia, Sean LaMacchia, Devin Nelson, Andrew Wahner & Larkin Woodward.

They scored 98 points (12-15-18-20-33) to beat state runner-up Mt. Gilead by 14 points with 112 points. Evan Lakhia, 12th, 16:35.6; Andrew Wagner, 15th, 16:41.8; Matthew Brumfield, 18th, 16:48.2; Brian DeWine, 20th, 16:50.8; Devin Nelson, 33rd, 17:06.8; Sean LaMacchia, 56th,17:34.1; Larkin Woodward, 88th, 17:59.8

At the Troy regional, they scored 55 points (3, 8, 9, 16, 19) to beat regional runner-up Anna by 27 with 82 points. Matthew Brumfield finished 3rd in 16:58.5; Evan Lakhia was 8th in 17:12.5, Andrew Wagner was 9th in 17:13.1, Brian DeWine was 16th in 17:38. 9 and Devin Nelson was 19th in 17:49.3.

At the VOA District, they scored 29 points to beat runner-up Seven Hills by 49 woth 78 points. Evan Lakhis 1st in 16:48.2, Andrew Wagner 5th in 17:32.2, Devin Nelson 6th in 17:40.0, Sean LaMacchia 7th in 17:49 and Larkin Woodward 10th in 17:55.6.

Division I Boys 2019 State Team Champions – St. Xavier

St. Xavier won their sixth DI state championship (1998, 2000, 2003, 2012, 2013 and 2019) with a total of 92 points to edge out second place Mason with 97. Solon was a distant third with 212 points.

The St. Xavier Bombers hoist the Division1 team 1st place trophy at the 2019 OHSAA State Cross Country Champiionships, November 2, 2019. 

Pictured from left to right are Coach Jeremy Mosher, Tim Foster, John Dillon, Johnathan
Vonderhaar, Tommy Walters, Nate Mountain, Conor Bohrer, Andrew Gebhardt, Colin
Sorensen, Coach Andy Wietmarschen.

Team members with their places and times were Nathan Mountain, 3rd, 15:35.8;        Thomas Walters, 16th, 15:59.3; Conor Bohrer, 17th, 15:59.6; Tim Foster, 18th, 16:07.0; Jonathan Vonderhaar, 38th, 16:27.9; Andrew Gebhardt, 47th, 16:34.8; John Dillon, 106th, 17:09.2

St. Xavier (1-6-7-10, 22) easily won the Troy Regional outrunning Mason 46-86. Their scorers were Nathan Mountain, 15:05.4, regional champion; Tim Foster, 16:30.6, 6th; Conor Bohrer, 16:30.9, 7th, Thomas Walters, 16:35.7 10th; Jonathan Vonderhaar, 16:58.1, 22nd.

St. Xavier scored a near perfect score of 19 (1-2-4-5-7) at the Voice of America Park DI-A race with Nathan Mountain, 15:26.1, district champion; Conor Bohrer, 15:38.1, 2nd; Thomas Walters, 15:43.0, 4th; Tim Foster, 15:49.2, 5th; and Andrew Gebhardt, 16:12.4, 7th.

 Division I Girls State Team Runner-ups – Lakota East

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Bottom left Danielle Horter and Cali Reynolds holding trophy

Top L to R Hailey Wilson, Jocelyn Willis, Carly Spletzer, Kelsi Harris, Paxton Oberhaus, Sarah Renfro

Lakota East girls made the podium for the first time in school history with their runner-up finish in DI. Let’s look at the places and times of their runners whereas their top five girls totaled 121 points (17-20-26-27-31-47-71)

 Kelsi Harris, 17th, 18:45.7; Carly Spletzer, 20th, 18:49.2, Danielle Horter, 26th, 19:04.0; Jocelyn Willis, 27th, 19:06.4; Paxton Oberhaus, 31th, 19:08.8, Hailey Wilson, 47th, 19:30.5; Carli Reynolds, 71st, 19:57.1

Division I Boys State Team Runner-ups – Mason


The Mason Comets scored 97 points to win the runner-up trophy, only five points behind state champions St. Xavier and 115 ahead of third place Solon.

Mason’s team members with their places in the team race and their times are as follows:

Alden Amshoff,, 8th, place, 15:47.4; Johan Meyer, 11th, 15:49.5; Alex Deroussel, 22nd, 16:10.0; Auston Cooper, 25th, 16:15.2; Rajon Singh, 31st, 16:23.5; Isaac Schachleiter, 32nd, 16:23.8; Brendan Pitcher, 105th, 17:08.5

Individual Medal Winners for finishing in the top 20 overall places

Division II Girls - Elizabeth Whaley - Indian Hill - 18:45.8 - 12th Place

Division I Girls - Maria Kaylor - Princeton - 17:51.7 - 3rd

Division I Girls - Maddie Ullom - Mason - 18:17.1 - 12th

Divisiion I Girls - Hannah Doerger - Ursuline - 18:34.7 - 20th

Division III Boys - Evan Lakhia - Summit Country Day - 16:35.6, 19th

Division I Boys - Nathan Mountain - St. Xavier - 15:35.8 - 5th

Division I Boys - Alex Justis - Kings - 15:43.3 - 12th

Division I Boys - Aiden Amshoff - Mason - 15:47.3 - 14th

Division I Boys - Johan Meyer - Mason - 15:49.5 - 19th

2019 Athletes of the Year

This file contains pictures of the athletes of the year, coaches of the year, and first team all city athletes.


2019 Track & Field Report

The 2019 Track & Field season was one that will not soon be forgotten by local track aficionados. With two state team titles, state and city records set in multiple events with multiple individual state titles, the 2019 State meet was truly of epic proportions for our athletes. We have to start with the Indian Hill Braves as they won the school’s first state title in DII with 43 points. That team is pictured below thanks to an OHSAA Sports Tweet. Pictured from left to right are  Coach Jackson, Coach Siebenaller, Coach Savage, Elizabeth Whaley, Meghan O’Brien, Anna Podojil, Ellie Podojil, Louisa Klaserner, Ashleigh Prugh and Amy Prugh

The points machine for the team was Anna Podojil who scored 19 points by herself and anchored the 4 x 400 relay to another 10 points for the Braves and Head Coach Susan Savage who is standing on step #4. Anna and Ellie Podojil hold up the trophy on step #1 as the twin towers of strength for the team. Here is how the girls scored their 43 points at state after scoring a mind boggling 80 to destroy everyone who dared to think they could beat them at Regionals.

We have to start with Anna Podojil who ran away from the field in the 400m dash with her time of 53.67 which shattered the city record set by Dayeesha Hollins of Winton Woods of 53.90 some twelve years ago at the DI state meet. Anna is now the Queen of the 400 meter dash in Cincinnati in any division. Anna’s contribution to the team victory doesn’t end there. She placed 6th in the 100m in 12.48 into a -4.2 head wind and 3rd in the 200m with a 24.73 also into a head wind. Her fourth scoring event for the Braves was her last event in which she anchored the 4 x 400 relay team of Meghan Obrien, Ellie Podojil, Elizabeth Whaley, and Anna Podojil to a state meet DII record and an all time OHSAA DII record of 3:49.30. What a dramatic way to end her memorable career in Track & Field at Indian Hill.

Anna’s sister Ellie also made major contributions to victory as a member of the 4 x 400 relay and by coming in 3rd in the 300mH with a time of 43.55. Elizabeth Whaley did her part by getting 4th in the 1600m in 5:03.31, by running third in the 4 x 400 relay, and by running anchor in the 4 x 800 relay that took 6th in 9:29.59. Other members of the 4 x 800 relay were Meghan Obrien, Claudia Hollander, and Amy Prugh.

Coach Susan Savage’s Braves started off the fireworks for our athletes and what followed in DI girls was truly awesome.


Rod Heath’s Lakota East Thunderhawns scored the the highest total ever by a Cincinnati state championship Track & Field team in either boys or girls with 65 points. The are the greatest girls team ever from Cincinnati. Their picture below was supplied by Bryon Horter father of Dustin Horter the greatest distance runner ever from Cincinnati and of Danielle Horter on this year’s team.  Pictured from left to right are From left to right David Elendu - coach, Mike Dwyer - coach, Kelly Wegener - coach, McKenzie Schneider, Lindsey Kluessner, Camiyah James, Dawn Hilton, Azariyah Bryant, Kaylyn Heath, Serena Clark, Danni Stoughton, Joi Terry, Heather Strauss, Jada Bouyer, Elli Nowak, Leighton Heiner, Kim Heath- coach, Rod Heath- coach


Let’s start with the state champions on this team. First off, Kaylyn Heath led a 1-2 punch for 18 points by winning the 100m dash in a PR 11.93 with teammate Serena Clark in second with a 12.12. Serena Clark would come back to win the 200m in 24.09 with Kaylyn 5th in 24.77. No way were these two scoring machines done yet. They would team with Dawn Hilton and Azariyah Bryant to run a mind blowing 45.82 in the 4 x 100 relay which was a stadium record, state meet record, and OHSAA DI all time record. In the 4 x 200 relay, the Thunderhawks would run Dawn Hilton, Danni Stoughton, Azariyah Bryant, and Camiyah James to get 2nd place with their fastest time of the year in 1:39.32. Danni Stoughton got 5th in the 400m running 56.69. Finally in the long jump, the Hawks double scored with Azariyah Bryant getting 3rd in 18’5¼” and Camiyah James getting 4th in 17’11¾”

  • Individual scorers for other teams

    • Bryan DeWine of Summit Country Day finished eighth in the DIII boys 3,200-meter in 9:51.28.
    • The Cincinnati Country Day girls 4x200 relay team made up of Kamryn Jordan, Anushka Nair, Lawson Renie and Joely Virzi finished as DIII girls state runner-ups  with a time of 1:44.25.
    • Turpin’s Gabe Hickman tossed a 58’.05” in the DI boys shot put, which was good for third place
    • Lakota West’s Malcolm Rencher jumped 21-10.00 feet in the DI boys long jump to place seventh in the state
    • Alex Galbraith of Indian Hill placed seventh in the boys DII 800-meter run at 1:56.64 
    • Monroe high jumper Jenna Hensley finished fourth in the Division I girls high jump 5'5"
    • Mt. Healthy’s Justin Abrams tied for eighth in the DI boys pole vault 14'6"
    • The Princeton 4 x 200 girls relay team made up by Elaina Thompson, Kassie Jordan, Darian Braddix and Madison Jenkins finished third in DI at 1:40.14
    • Samantha Bush from Turpin placed second in the DI girls 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:48.06
    • Princeton's girls 4x100 relay team made up by Destinee Rencher, Jordan, Reese Riep and Darian Braddix placed second in DI at 46.97
    • Meghan Sullivan from Anderson finished fourth in the DI girls 300-meter hurdles, running a 43.63
    • Mason's Maddie Ullom placed fourth in the DI girls 800-meter run at a time of 2:09.95
    • Joely Virzi,  Cincinnati Country Day, 200m, 7th,  26.47, DIII girls
    • Mason, 4 x 800 relay, 8:59.71, 4th, DI girls, Lily Hallum, Faith Min, Emma Kruse, Maddie Ullom,               
    • Turpin, 4 x 800 relay, 9:04.55,6th, DI girls, Isabel Shim, Lydia Bentley, Samantha Bush, Ella Lambert                
    • Kings, 4 x 800 relay girls, 9:14.49, 8th, DI, Brooke Garter, Gwyneth Gorley, Sara Doughman,  Jennifer Cooper
    • St. Xavier. 4 x 800 relay boys, 7:43.05, 2nd, Nate Mountain, Nick Mills, Tommy Walters, Matthew Hoak,              
    • Kings, 4 x800 relay DI boys, 7:47.46, 3rd, Jacob Krynock, Zachary Justus, Ryan Oconnor, Alexander Justus 
    • Miya Brines, Loveland, 100mH, 14.70, 4th, DI girls    
    • Madi Person, 100mH, Ursuline, 14.94, 7th, DI girls  
    • Mason, 4 x 200 relay DI boys, 1:27.31, 5th Jaymon Penn Akari Porter, Josh Wright, Nick French
    • Summit Country Day, 4 x 100 relay, 50.21, 4th, DIII girls, Khamia Brooks, Rachel Montgomery, Sophia Young, Nakayah Kennedy
    • Madeira, 4 x 800 relay, DII boys, 8:05.14, 8th, Dylan Whitson, Diego Arredondo, Ben Cunninghan, Ben Ramos
    • Marin Valentine, Mariemont, 800m run, DII girls, 2:13.12, 1st
    • Julian Herman, CHCA, 200m dash, 22.52, 6th, DII boys
    • Jenna Burns, New Richmond, 11:05.58, 5th, 3200m run, DII girls
    • Ben Bayless, Indian Hill, 9:40.11, 3200m run, 5th, DII boys
    • JaQuan Bennett, Aiken, Shot Put, 53-04.50, 6th, DI boys
    • Matthew Hoak 1600m run, St. Xavier, 4:16.69, 6th, DI boys
    • Sycamore, 4 x 100 relay, DI girls, 48.26, 7th, Kalyce Ivery, Allie Fehr, Lauryn Woods, Bella Delgado
    • Princeton, 4 x 100 relay, 42.65, 6th,  DI boys, Jermaine Wimpye, Kevin Cain, Kevin Suttles, Hayden Cobbs
    • Lakota West, 4 x 100 relay, DI boys, 42.84, 7th, Riley Meek, J.J. Ross, Malcom Rencher, Julian Wagner
    • Akari Porter, Mason, DI boys, 400m dash, 48.43, 5th
    • Madi Person, Ursuline, DI girls, 300m H, 44.09, 6th
    • Morgan Walsh, West Clermont, DI girls, 800m run, 2:11.33, 7th
    • Alaina Sullivan, Anderson, DI girls, 200m dash, 25.09, 8th
    • Mason, 4 x 400 relay, DI girls, 3:50.05, 3rd, Lily Hallum, Jenna Burns, Faith Min, Maddie Ullom
    • Princeton, 4 x 400 relay, DI girls, 3:56.09, 5th, Darian Braddix, Reese Riep, Kassie Jordan, Madison Jenkins
    • Mason, 4 x 400 relay, DI boys, 5th, 3:19.24, Jacob Nusser, Akari Porter, Casey Perkins, Ethan Stover
    • Haleigh Eckert, DI girls, Mason, Pole Vault, 12-04.00, 2nd
    • Madison Roshelle, DI girls, Princeton, Long Jump, 17-07.25, 6th
    • Malcom Rencher, DI boys, Lakota West, Long Jump, 21-10.00, 7th,





2018 State Cross Country Highlights

 Photo by Scott Leder

Members of the Summit Country Day Boys Cross Country team which finished as DIII State Runner-ups with a team score of 145 behind champion Ft. Loramie's 127 on November 10, 2018:  Pictured from left to right with their place in the team race and their times are Dan Shisler (113th-19:05.8), Elijah Weaver (11th-17:04.6), Sean LaMacchia (112th-18:56.9), Andrew Wagner (39th-17:41.2), Evan Lakhia (33rd-17:36.6), Brian DeWine (16th-17:16.7), and Matthew Brumfield (46th-17:47.7). It needs to be said here that Summit had a perfect score at the VOA district meet going 1-2-3-4-5 to score the lowest possible total of 15.


Turpin's Samantha Bush (below) finished 4th in the DI Girls Race with a time of 18:10.6 to record the best Cincinnati area finish in all three divisions of all Cincinnati females at the state meet.,  Also, it must be noted that Samantha moved to the top all time spot for the Troy regional meet with her time this year of 17:44.5

 Photo by Scott Leder

Turpin High School’s Samantha Bush poses for a photo after receiving her 4th place medal at the 2018 Girls Division I Cross Championships, November 10, 2018 at National Trail Raceway Center in Hebron, Ohio

Ursuline Academy's Hannah Doeger was 8th in the DI State Championship race in a time of 18:24.1. Photo by Geoff Blankenship at Mason Invitational.

Hannah Doerger of Ursuline finished strong in first place in the girls varsity large school run at the 44th Annual Mason Cross Country Invitational, Sept. 8, 2018.
Maddie Ullom of Mason below) finished 10th in the DI Girls Race with a time of 18:44.2 
Photo on Mason SmugMug


Ben Bayless of Indian Hill (below) on the podium with his 6th place medal as his place was the best of any Cincinnati male athlete at the state meet.  He ran 16:23.4 in the DII race.

Indian Hill’s Ben Bayless on the podium at the 2018 Boys Division II Cross Championships, November 10, 2018 at National Trail Raceway Center in Hebron, Ohio.

Photo by Scott Leder

2018 State Track & Field Meet Summary

The 2018 track & field season has ended with state champions in four events, all in DI.  Here they are in no particular order.

J’Alyiea Smith, Withrow

The Withrow senior who has now signed with Arkansas won the Division I 100-meter hurdles on Saturday night. Smith recorded a time of 13.83 ((+2.4) to claim the championship. She also placed fifth in the long jump (18-feet-1.5) and fifth in the high jump (5-06) on Saturday to score all of Withrow's 18 points. Smith won the 300 hurdles twice as a junior and as a sophomore. She was the state runner-up in the 100 hurdles those two seasons but this year finally got the gold in the 100 meter hurdles in her career best time of 13.83.  The big news here is that this time could have been a new city record besting the old record of 13.91 (0.6) set by Ayanna O’Neal of Withrow in the D1 State Prelims on 6/05/15.  Unfortunately for her, the time can't count as the city record because of a tail wind of +2.4. Happiness is winning a state championship with your career best time.  See J'Alyiea's joy in the photo below captured by Alex Vehr for the Enquirer.

State Championship - Track and Field 


Dustin Horter, Lakota East

For the second-straight year, Lakota East's Dustin Horter is the king of the 1600 meter run, the so called metric mile of four times around the track. The Thunderhawks senior won the Division I 1600 meter run on Saturday night in Columbus recording a time of 4:06.96 to beat Dublin Coffman's Lucas Bons by three seconds. He also placed third in the 3,200, finishing with a time of 9:05.88. Dustin has now won two 1600-meter titles in track & field and two state titles in the 5,000 meters cross country race. He graduates from Lakota East as the greatest distance runners in Southwest Ohio having set four new city records this spring in the 800m, 1600m, mile run and 3200m. Dustin has signed with Indiana University whose coaches were on hand for Horter's final races at state.  He will run the mile run at the Brooks PR Invitational next Friday in Seattle. WA for his final prep race.  In the photo below taken by Alex Vehr of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Dustin signals his status as the best ever Cincinnati prep runner.

Lakota East's Dustin Horter celebrates defending his

Angel Gazaway, Princeton

Princeton senior Angel Gazaway won the 300-meter hurdles by a half second Saturday night recording a time of 42.44 in the event to secure the Div. I state championship. Gazaway also placed seventh in the state in the 100 hurdles (14.54) and was a member of Princeton's 4x400 relay teams who placed fifth in the state with a time of 3:51.08.  This was Gazaway's first year at state, and she credits first year coach Darren Braddix with pushing her to succeed at this level.  It's every athlete's dream to win a state title and for Angel it came true this year.   The photo below of Angel taken by Alex Vehr for the Enquirer shows her on her way to winning the state title.


Lakota East 4 x 100 Relay

The Lakota East girls DI 4x100 team of Abigail Stoughton, Kaylyn Heath, Danielle Stoughton and Serena Clark were crowned DI state champs Saturday night with a time of 47.21. The Thunderhawks edged second place by 0.33.  Three of the four finished as state runner-ups last year, all except Abby Stoughton.  In the photo below taken by Alex Vehr of the Enquirer, we see the leadoff runner Abigail Stoughton beginning the race to glory. 

Lakota East's Danni Stoughton reacts to the starting


The photo above shows Serena Clark bringing home the victory. Photo by Ohio Milesplit

The photo below of the four girls was taken by Lakota East Athletic Diricetor Rich Bryant



Dustin Horter is a record stomping machine

What we have witnessed in the last two weeks + has been nothing short of phenomenal. Lakota East’s Dustin Horter is the most outstanding distance runner our city has ever seen. One by one, he has been blasting every distance running record we have ever accumulated in our history into oblivion .

It all started with the Eastern Relays on Saturday, April 21, 2018 when he ran the 3200 meter run in 8:48.62 to take down our 3200m record from 2000 where La Salle’s Steve Padgett ran 8:54.90 at the Golden West Invitational in California. Dustin beat our existing record by 6.28 seconds and took over the 2018 national high school lead in the event.

Some six days later on April 27th at Wayne high school in Huber Heights, another one of our cherished marks fell as Dustin ran 1:50.73 retiring our 800 meter record set in 1992 by Princeton’s Jason Williams in a state meet winning time of 1:51.76. Dustin not only established our new city record, but his time was the fourth best in the entire country this year.

Last Friday night at Mason high school, Lakota East's Dustin Horter outdid himself breaking two of our city records in the process by not only destroying our records but only this time establishing a new all time state record in the 1600 meter run dropping Bob Kennedy of Westerville North’s time set way back in 1985 when he won state in 4:05.13. Dustin jaw dropping times were 4:03.40 in the 1600 meter run and 4:04.82 in the mile. Both times are the fastest recorded times in the entire country this year. Our previous records in these events were 4:07.2 mile run done by Colerain’s Mason Ward at the Golden West Invitational in 2000 and Dustin own record of 4:07.52 in the 1600 meter run done last year at the Greater Miami Conference meet last year.

You have to be at one of these events to truly appreciate the excitement Dustin creates with his superlative efforts. Friday night at Mason, the crowd was on its feet roaring as Dustin came around the last turn and sprinted down the home stretch in the mile run. Thanks to Tony Tribble of the Enquirer, we have a photo of this iconic moment to share with you.


2017 DI Girls State Runner-up Team Ursuline Academy

The Ursuline Academy girls DI Cross Country team finished as state runner-ups at the 2017 State Cross Country Championships with 137 points in impressive fashion in what may have been their best performance of the year. Team members with their places and times in the team competition are:

10th Felicia Krekeler 18:16.7 in center holding trophy

11th Hannah Doerger 18:17.3 last girl on right

30th Jenna Murdock 18:57.7 second from left

40th Marielle Buquo 19:10.4  third from left

46th Katie Harmeyer 19:16.7 third from right 

82nd Sophie Taylor 20:07.7 - first girl on left

87th Paige Murdock 20:07.7 second girl from right

On the far right is head coach Rachel Bea



2017 State DI Girls Runner-up Team

2017 State Cross Country DI Girls Individual Placers
2017 State Cross Country DII Girls Individual Placers
2017 State Cross Country DI Boys Individual Placers
2017 State Cross Country Boys DII Individual Placers
Girls DII co-Newcomer of the Year

Maddie Baker, NorwoodHigh School

Maddie Baker and Coach Guest, Norwood High School


What happens when your Garmin tells you that you put in over 800 miles of running before your very first high school cross country season? If your name is Maddie Baker, and you are from Norwood High School, you end up running 19:23, win the Norwood, Seven Hills, and Williamsburg CC Invitationals, finish 3rd in the American Division of the SBAAC and the Race B of the DII SW District, 10th at DII Regionals, and 52nd at the State meet. And you are named the South West Ohio Track and Cross Country Coaches Association DII co-Newcomer of the Year.

But even though Maddie is the Newcomer of the Year, she is no newcomer to running success. As an eighth grader, Maddie ran the 1600m in a remarkable 5:34. That is a time that would be the Norwood High’s Girls 1600m school record if Maddie had opted to wait until she was in high school before she ran it.

Maddie’s high school CC coach, Michael Guest, says Maddie has 3 qualities that are very important to success: First, she is a “ferocious competitor” and is never satisfied with her performance. Coach Guest says of Maddie “even after winning an Invitational she can be found asking me questions on how she could have ran faster or more efficient to knock more time off at the upcoming event.”

Second, Maddie is clearly is not hesitant to do the necessary work. Says Coach Guest, “cross country champions are made in the months of December through July, and she is out there running all off-season on her own.  She’s not the type of athlete you need to remind to go run and get miles in over the off-season.”

Finally, Maddie has a good person and a great teammate. And that means she has a lot of people who think highly of her and are willing to support her in her efforts to be a champion. According to Coach Guest, “what really makes Maddie Baker special is the support group around her.  Maddie’s parents and grandparents are *“ALL-N” and attend every event.”  Coach Guest is quick to note that Maddie’s “family” extends to Maddie’s teammates as well.  According to Coach Guest, Maddie’s teammate, Maliyah Mabry, “pushed her throughout her Junior High career” as they posted the 2 fastest Female Junior High Cross Country times in Norwood history” and Junior and Captain Alli Streaker supported Maddie’s transition to running 5k in high school from 2 miles in junior high.

Congratulations to Maddie Baker of Norwood High School, the SWOTCCCA Girls DII co-Newcomer of the year.

Girls DI Newcomer of the Year

Felicia Krekeler, Usuline Academy

Felicia Krekeler is a freshman at Ursuline Academy. She led the season as the Lions’ #1 runner and led her team to a 10th place team finish in the 2016 State CC meet.

Felicia’s running resume includes a PR 18:36.3 and 11th place finish at the State meet, a 9th place finish at the Troy Regionals in 18:57.19, and a 2nd place finish in the District Race in 18:52.68. Felicia also won the GGCL Conference meet in 18:57.1 and was named GGCL Runner of the Year.

On the strength of those performances, and others, Felicia Krekeler has been named as the Southwest Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (SWOTCCCA) Girls DI Newcomer of the Year.

In Junior High, Felicia ran for Lakota Plains and Coach Tom Thompson. Coach Thompson says of “Felicia is an athlete that coaches love because of her competitive drive.  Felicia is an athlete that you don’t have to motivate. The hardest thing that I had to worry about coaching Felicia was holding her back and not letting her do too much.   She was always looking to work harder or do more. She was already doing workouts with the boys and they were doing workouts that the high school kids were doing.  Along with being a driven competitor, she was a great team mate and extremely polite to everyone she worked with.   I was blessed to have her.”

At Ursuline Academy, Coach Rachel Bea echoes Coach Thompsons’s thoughts, “She made an immediate impact on the team, both because of her obvious running ability and her positive attitude. In Felicia’s first meet of the season, she finished 2nd overall in a time of 19:51.  From there, she continuously improved, dropping nearly a minute and a half off of her time. But Felicia is not just a fierce competitor.  More importantly, she is an incredible teammate.  She never focuses on herself, but instead focuses on what she can do to help her team improve.”

Congratulations to Felicia Krekeler of Ursuline Academy, the SWOTCCCA Girls DI Newcomer of the year.

Girls Division I All City Team

Co-Runners of the Year


Samantha (Sam) Bush - Turpin

Photo credit: Chris Greene / Milesplit

Season Best: 17:50 Sept. 24th at Centerville Saturday Night Lights

Eastern Conference Cincinnati (ECC): 2nd, 18:24  
District:1st, 18:20
Regionals: 2nd, 18:19
State: 5th, 17:55

Maddie Walker - Amelia


First Team

Ellie Brush - Mason

Felicia Kreckeler - Ursuline

Hannah Rasmussen - Kings

Jenna Murdock - Ursuline

Madelyn Frey - Colerain

Erica Schlomer - Seton

Morgan Walsh - Amelia

Alex Stevens - Mercy


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Boys Division I All City Team

Runner of the Year

Dustin Horter - Lakota East

Dustin ran a school record 15:01 to become the Greater Miami Conference overall champion. He was the individual district champion, running 15:02, and the regional champion. Dustin was the 2016 OHSAA Division 1 state champion in cross country with his 15:02.8 performance. Dustin qualified to the Nike Cross Nationals by placing 4th in the Nike Cross Midwest meet, resetting his own school record with a time of 14:59.9.


First Team

Zach Birdsall, Fairfield   The Senior finished 6th in the GMC Championships. He finished 9th in the district and 18th at the regional and 60th at the state meet. His best time was 16:00.

Peter Dauenhauer, St. Xavier The junior finished as runner-up at the GCL and district meet, fourth at the regional meet, and 20th at the state meet. His best time was 15:42.

Ben Gothard, Turpin  The senior was runner-up at the ECC Campionships, fifth at district, ninth at regionals, and 57th at State.  He was the only representative from the ECC to qualify to state.  His best time was 16:12.  

Kevin Lawson, Sycamore  The senior finished the GMC Championships in 3rd place,  he took 3rd place at district, 7th at regionals, and 53rd at  state. His best time was 16:02.

Dan Leonard, Lakota East  The senior placed 8th in the GMC Championships.  He placed 8th at district, 13th at regionals and 56th at state. His best time was 16:24.

Mikey Loehr, Mason   The senior finished 4th at the GMC Championships, he was the district champion, he finished 19th at regionals and 80th at state. His best time was 15:49.

Will Morgan, St. Xavier The senior finished fifth at the GCL meet, fourth at the district meet, eighth at the regional meet, and 63rd at the state meet. His best time was 16:08.

Chris Reischel, St. Xavier The senior won the GCL meet and finished third at the district meet, fifth at the regional meet, and 29th at the state meet. His best time was 15:52.

Michael Uematsu, Mason  The junior finished 5th at the GMC Championships, he was the district runner-up, he finished 6th at regionals and 58th at state. His best time was 15:55.


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Girls Division II All City Team

First Team

Rachel Ploeger - Monroe

Alayna Garver - Monroe

Whitley Elsass - Wyoming

Riley Bahr - Wyoming

Maddie Baker - Norwood

Tiffany Chen

Savannah Rhodes - Blanchester

Marin Valentine - Mariemont

Caitie Biehle - New Richmond

Riley Dunne - Mariemont


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Boys Division II All City Team

First Team

Joe Murdock - Indian Hill

Ben Bayless - Indian Hill

Jackson Coates - Bethel-Tate

Josh Wolpert - Badin

Devin Heffernan - Indian Hill

Nolan Heffernan - Indian Hill

Brad Green - Taylor

Kyle Manuel - Badin

Drew Goheen - Mariemont

Sam Krabacher- Badin


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Girls Division III All City Team

First Team

Margo Dailey - Summit Country Day

Natalie DeBeer - Cincinnati Country Day

Becca Shinkle - Maderia

Grace Pettengill - Cincinnati Country Day

Anna Holder - Cincinnati Christian

Cosette Busch - Madeira

Katlin Colwell - Georgetown

Caitlin Barnes - Summit Country Day

Brooke Tesmer - Dayton Christian

Hope Schaljo - Williamsburg


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Boys Division III All City Team

First Team

Ryan Estes - Clark Montessori

Chase Gardner - Seven Hills

Dean Tullus - Summit Country Day

Mathew Maring - Seven Hills

Alec Hamall - Cincinnati Country Day

KC Jones - Williamsburg

Matt LaMacchia - Summit Country Day

Jason Jarrold-Grap - Clark Montessori

Brad Grosjean - MVCA

Kaleab Gebrehiwot - Purcell Marian


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Withrow Girls Go Back to Back State Titles

Withrow Girls won their second straight DI State Championship June 3, 2016 scoring a Cincinnati area record 64 points to outdistance second place Gahanna Lincoln with 53.

The Withrow girls team won the state team title for

Cross Country Athletes and Coaches of the Year

Cross Country Athletes of the Year

DI Girls - Athlete of the Year - Maddie Walker of Amelia - The freshman had the best finish at the state meet as she was 12th to garner an all state award.  She was 12th at the regional and a district champion at VOA.

DII Girls - Athlete of the Year - Rachel Ploeger of Monroe - The sophomore was 35 at state, fifth at the regional, and a VOA district champion.

DIII Girls - Athlete of the Year. Laura Vilardo of Miami Valley Christian. The sophomore was 94th at state, 16th at regional, and a VOA district champion.

Maddie Walker                                                  Rachel Ploeger                                                Laura Vilardo

DI Boys Athlete of the Year - Dustin Horter of Lakota East - The sophomore was third at the state meet to garner all state honors, won the regional, the VOA district, and the GMC with a personal best time of 15:11.

DII Boys Athlete of the Year - Ryan Estes of Clark Montessori - The sophomore was 57th at state, 13th at the regional, and won a VOA district championship.

DIII Boys Athlete of the Year - Chase Gardner of Seven Hills - The junior was 26th at state, 5th at the regional and won the VOA district title.

Dustin Horter                                                            Ryan Estes                                                                    Chase Gardner


Cross Country Coaches of the Year

Di Girls Coach of the Year - Chip Dobson of Mason -  Led Lady comets to a third place finished at state, a runner-up at regional and an impressive win at VOA district with six of the top ten spots.

DII Girls Coach of the Year - Terri Thomas of Mariemont - Led the Lady Warriors to a 5th place at regional and a VOA district title.

DIII Girls Coach of the Year - Kurtis Smith of Summit Country Day - Guided the Lady Silver Knights to a district title and a 10th place finish at regional. 

Chip Dobson                                              Terri Thomas                                                     Kurtis Smith      



DI Boys Coach of the Year - Tom Rapp of Mason - In his 10th year as head coach of the Comets, he led his team to a state runner-up finish at state and GMC, district, and regional champships.

DII Boys Coach of the Year - Kelley Shebetka of Badin - Guided the Rams to a VOA district championship and a 6th place finish at the regional.

DIII Boys Coach of the Year - Tana Luckie of Seven Hills - Coached the Stingers to a VOA district runner-up spot and a 9th place finish at the regional.

Tom Rapp                                                     Kelley Shebetka                                                        Tana Luckie

State meet review

In Division III girls, Laura Vilardo of Miami Valley Chrisitian Academy was our only qualifier.  She finished 94th in 20:58.7.

In Division II girls, Alayna Garver of Monroe finished 28th in 19:20.8, Rachel Ploeger of Monroe finished 35th in 19:28.9, Rachel Haslem of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy was 77th in 20:09.8, and Emily Casaceli of Ross was 104th in 20:55.1.

In Division I girls,  Mason girls were second at first the one mile and two mile check points, but unfortunately did not make the podium as they finished third with 131 behind both Centerville with 71 points and Olentangy Liberty with 124.  Maegan Murphy did make the podium finishing 15th in 18:27.3.  Maddie Walker of Amelia also made the podium finishing 12th in 18:22.8.

In Division III boys, Chase Gardner of Seven Hills was 26th in 16:31.1, Tullus Dean of Summit Country Day was 60th in 17:03.8, Matthew Marguardt of Seven Hills was 61st in 17:04.1, and Jared Boeckmann of Felicity-Franklin was 80th in 17:18.0.

In Division II boys, Ryan Estes was the long qualifier.  He finished 57th in 16:53.7.

In Division I boys, Mason as a team did make the podium finishing 2nd with 96 points to St. ignatius who had 66 for the best team finish of our teams in any division.  Dustin Horter of Lakota East was third in 15:14.4 for the best individual finish in any division.  Zach Birdsall of Fairfield was a surprise 10th in 15:35.6 to also make the podium.

Mason Boys- top team finisher (second)         Dustin Horter - top individual finisher (3rd)

Regional Meets Review

In the preview, I stated we would follow all our district champions who made it onward and upward to the state meet. It's now time to report on who continued their season at Troy.

DIII girls.  Laura Vilardo of Miami Valley Christian Academy did make it out.  She was our DIII girls champion at West Chester and finished 16th at Troy in 20:12.54. No teams advanced.

DII girls. Our DII, District 1 champion, Rachel Haslem of Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy,  moves on as she was 9th in 19:23.09. Our District 2 champion, Rachel Ploeger of Monroe, also advances with her 5th place time of 19:06.57.  Ross' Emily Casaceli, the District 2 runnerup to Ploeger also advances with her 13th place time of 19:31.25.  Rachel's Monroe teammate, Alayna Garver, moves on to state with her13th place time of 19:30.25. No teams advanced.

DI girls. Our District 1 champion, Maegan Murphy of Mason was 6th in 18:21.07 while our District 2 champion, Maddie Walker of Amelia was 5th in 18:17.66, also moves on.  Both our district runner-ups also advance to state as District 1 runner-up, Erica Schloemer of Seton was 11th in 18:50.88 and our D2 runner-up, Samantha Bush of Turpin, led all West Chaster individual qualifiers with he 4th place finish in 18:12.56.  Mason girls qualify as a team and two other girls follow in Murphy's footsteps in finishing in the top 16 spots with Lily Hallum 12 in 18:53.67 and Ellie Brush 15th in 18:55.10. 

DIII boys.  Advancing to state were Jared Boeckmann of Felicity Franklin who was 10th in 16:39.95, Matthew Marquardt of Seven Hills 6th 16:26.93, and Dean Tullus of Summit Country Day in 16:52.41.  Our DIII district champion, Chase Gardner of Seven Hills, finished 5th in 16:26.43.  No teams from West Chester made it out. 

DII boys.  No teams made it to state from West Chester district meets.  A lone individual made it out and he was our DII District 1 champion, Ryan Estes of Clark Montessori, who finished 13th in 16:25.97.

DI boys.  We swept the top three spots as Mason (35), St. Xavier (62), and Sycamore (105) all continued their season onward to state.  Both of our district champions moved as Zach Birdsall of Fairfield, District 1 champion, was 3rd in 15:50.25 and our District 2 champion Dustin Horter of Lakota East won the race in 15:23.49 as became our only individual regional champion. 


District Races Review

I have put pictures of all ten of our district champions in the featured athlets's section at the top of our web site.  We will follow all ten of our district champions as they pursue more glory at the the regional and state meets.

Here are all 30 of our regional qualifying teams to the Troy regional next week on October 31, 2015.  A special salute goes out to the teams listed in bold below for winning team district championships.

DI Boys:  Mason, Sycamore, Anderson, Kings, St. Xavier, La Salle, Lakota East, Oak Hills.

DI Girls:  Mason, Lakota West, Seton, McAuley, Turpin, Lakota East, Kings, Ursuline.

DII Boys:  Indian Hill, Clark Montessori, Taylor, Badin, Mariemont, Madeira.

DII Girls:  Mariemont, New Richmond, Indian Hill, Wyoming, Ross, Monroe.

DIII Boys:  Summit Country Day, Seven Hills, Cincinnati Country Day. St. Bernard.

DIII Girls:  Summit Country Day, Miami Valley Christian Academy, Cincinnati Country Day, Cincinnati Christian.

GCL/GGCL Featured League Results

Top girls Individuals were 1. Eric Schloemer - Seton - 19:20.2, 2. Audrey Laiveling - Seton - 19:25.1, 3. Alex Stevens - Mercy - 19:25.2.

Erice Schloemer           Audrey Laiveling (#842), Alex Stevens (#799)

Grils team results were somewhat of a surprise as Ursuline easily won with 59 over St. Ursula 69 and Seton 81.  St. Ursula appears to be favorite in the this based on previous results this season.

In the boys race, La Salle's Brad Anneken was the winner in 16:01.5 defeating St. Xavier's Austin Angeline in 16:05.8.  Frank Pierce was third in 16:12.5.

Brad Anneken                    Austin Angeline              Frank Pierce

In the team results, St. Xavier and La Salle staged a classic struggle with the Bombers edging out the Lancers by a mere two points 29-31.  Lancers get a rematch at the district meet as both teams run in the "B" race.


GCL/GGCL Featured League Meet Preview

Average times - Boys Individual:


1. Austin Angeline - St. Xavier -16:18, 2. Brad Anneken - La Salle - 16:28, 3.  Chris Reischel - St. Xavier - 16:35.44, 4. Pete Danuehaer - St. Xavier - 16:47.30


Average times - Boys Teams:


1.  St. Xavier - 23, 2. La Salle - 41, 3.  Elder - 62, 4. Moeller - 111


Fastest times - Boys Individual


1.  Brad Anneken - La Salle - 16:00.60, 2. Austin Angeline - St. Xavier - 16:06.54, 3.  Nick Wuestefeld - La Salle - 16:15.70, 4.  Jason Handley - La Salle - 16:24.10


Fastest times Boys Teams:


1.  La Salle - 33, 2. St. Xavier - 34, 3.  Elder - 58, 4. Moeller - 109


Girsl Inviduals:


1. Eric Schloemer - Seton - 19:16


2.  Audrey Laiveling - Seton - 19:46


3.  Katie Miller - St. Ursula - 20:12


Girls Teams:


1.  St. Ursula - 38


2.  Seton - 63


3.  Ursuline - 70 


The kids of Oyler High School

These are the kids from Oyler wearing the unforms supplied by our Association.  Here are some sobering statistics about these kids background. 

49% of the household in lower Price Hill earn less than $15,000 a year.

64% live in poverty.

87% live in structures built before 1939

45% pay rent at or above 50% of the household income.

99.6% of Oyler high school students qualify for free lunches.

1/3 of the students at Oyler are homeless.

Crime in the neighborhood is 7 times the national average, 4 times the Hamilton Country average, and twice the average of the city of Cincinnati.

Oyler has a graduation rate of 41%.

Drug abuse, especially heroin, it tearing the community apart.

Life expectency in lower Price Hill is ten years lower than the rest of the city.

Sources:  US Census Report, Realtor.com lifestyle and demographics, City of Cincinnati Department of Planning and Buildings.




Week Six Featured Meet Review - St. Xavier Inv.

In Boys DI, Lakota East's Dustin Horter won much easiler than expected beating Highlands Ethan Shuley 15:53.34 to 16:08.58.  Meade County's Logan Greco was 3rd in 16:35.61.

Host school St. Xavier as expected won the DI boys team race with 57 points over a surprising Mason "B" team with 91.  Can we vote for Mason "B" in the city poll?

In DII boys, the winner was Curtis Eckstein of Oldenberg Academy in 15:58.29.  Let the speculation begin if he could have won the DI race.  Justin Prack of Northwestern was second in 16:46.87 while Clark Montessori's Ryan Estes was third in 17:03.52

The DII boys team rece once again was classic struggle between Badin and Indian Hill as the Rams edged out the Braves by a single point 89-90.

As expected, Jessica Hartman won the DI girls race, but unexpectedly,  Mason brought their mares to this meet and took the next two spots with Maegan Murphy getting second in 18:59.43 and Ellie Brush taking third in 19:42.06.

With the Mason DI girls nearing post-season form, they dominated the team scoring with 32 points to second place Lebanon's 96.

In DII girls, individual honors went to Highlands Lauren Ossege in 20:03.85, runner-up was Rachel Ploeger of Monroe 20:14.08 while Monros's Alayna Garver was third in 20:31.19.

Ft. Thomas Highlands took the team award home to Kentucky with 49 points while Monroe's powerful 1-2 punch (2nd and 3rd overall catapaulted them to the runn-up spot edging out thrid place Mariemont by four points 109-113.



Week Five Featured Meet Review - Harrison Inv.

In the girls race, South Oldham's Hallie Searcy won in 19:36.6 while Colerain's Madelyn Frey was runner-up in 19:57.4.  South Oldham and Colerain actually tied for the team championship with both totaling 52 points. By rule, a tie is brokern with the sixth runner, so South Oldham won becuase their sixth finished 43rd while Colerain's sixth was 56th.  This is an important point to emphasize to your runners.  The sixth finisher on your team can play a role in beating another team.  This race points up another facet on cross country coaching.  Turpin and Seton both didn't run their top girls.  Seton's coach, Karen Berling, says they started holding their top seven runners out of some meets during the season last year and it has worked out well for them. Pictured below are the top two finishers in the girls race:  Searcy (L) and Frey (R).

In the boys race, South Oldham's Tanner Dowdy won in 15:55.8 with Cole Dowdy second in 15:58.5.  South Oldham also got third for a powerful 1-2-3 punch.  Elder made it interesting with a 5-7-9-11-14 pack to only lose by five points to the Kentucky powehouse 41-46.  Elder's veteran coach Steve Spencer has emphasized pack running for decades as Elder became known as the purple pack.  A 1-2-3 finish is difficult to overcome but Elder maded it interesting.  Once again we saw a team not running their top people as the expected dual between Dustin Horter of Lakota East and the South Oldham runners never materialized. Picutred below are the two brothers from South Oldham running away from the field.

A total of 465 runners ran in the four races.  Meet director Scott Menze thanks all who competed in this year's meet and hopes that everyone had a great time and a competitive race!



Week Four Featured Meet Review

At our featured meet for week four, the Milford Eagles Invitational held at Valley View Nature Preserve, the girls varsity race had 99 finishers with thirteen teams scoring (Trupin entered two teams).  As expeced, the overall winner was Sam Bush of Turpin with a winning time of 19:08.4.  Her top time is 18:53.80 from the Queen City Invitational where she finished as runnerup.  She is picutred below (on left) winning the Milford Eagles Invitational by some 36 seconds along with her teammate (on right) who was thrid in 20:12.3.  Clark Montessori's Rachel Haslen was second in 19:45.2. As expected, the girls team race was close between St. Ursuala and Turpin with St. Ursula edging out the Spartans by seven points 42-49.



The boys race had 100 finishers with 15 teams scoring.  The projected winner in the boys race was indeed Ryan Estes of Clark Montessori who led for most of the race and finished in 16:39.9.  Milford's AJ Erdaty finished second in 16:48.0 leading the Eages to an unexpected win as we projected Walnut Hills to win with Indian Hill second.  Final tallies showed Milford with 71, Walnut Hills with 79 and and Indian Hill third with 89.  Picutred below are the gold and silver finishers Ryan Estes (on left) and AJ Erdaty (on right)



Week Three Featured Meet Review

The biggest surprise to me was Marin Valentine winning the Section II girls race in 20:16.3 and leading Mariemont to the team title as they easily defeated second place Celina 50-81.

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Mariemont's Marin Valentine

I guess I shouldn't be surprised since last year Marin was second at the Ohio Middle School State championship running two miles in 11.43.34 and leading Mariemont to the Middle School DIII girls state championship with 34 points.

Mason boys and girls both won the Section I races at Mason as expected.  The girls were led by Maegan Murphy's fourth place finish (19:07.2) while the boys were led by Allen Giordillo's 5th place finish (16:32.0).

Maegan Murphy                        Allen Giordillo

It looks like Mason girls will battle Centerville while Mason boys will battle St. Xavier  for Region 4 championships.




Week Two Featured Meet Review

Girls winner -Amelia's Maddie Walker  Boys Winner - Lakota East's Dustin Horter

Freshman Maddie Walker won her second rece of the year in winning the Queen City Invitational in her fastewst time of the year in 18:40.3.  She also won the Finishtiming Invitational in 18:47.1.  She appears to be the leader for the VOA Southwest district at this early point in the season.

Dustin Horter also won his second race of the year with his fastest time of the year in 15:21.4 in achieving his goal of setting his career best time at this meet.  He also won the East Classic the previous week in 15:46.2.  At this point in the season, he has the second fastest sophomore time in the USA according to milesplit.


Queen City Boys Team champions  Lakota East - Queen City girls Runner-up Sara Bush

By going 1-3-11-18 and 25 in the 373 runners field, Lakota Easy easily won the Queen City Invitational boys division over Anderson 58-115. 
Turpin girls runner-up Sam Bush led the Lady Spartans to a surprising win in the girls division over top GGCL team Seton 79-94.  Sam was only one of two girls who broke 19:00 in the race covering the 5K distance in 18:53.8

Week One Featured Meet Review

Let’s take a look at how our boys preview came out. We picked Beavercreek’s Ben Ewert to win. He ran a solid race and finished fourth. Ben will be a factor in Southwest Ohio as the season progresses. It’s doubtful anyone could have beaten Highland’s Ethan Shuley who smoked the course with an astonishing 15:32.1 destroying Evan Stifel’s course record of 16:09.49. We said that Hunter Moore of Orange would be in the hunt and he was the runner-up as one of two runners who broke 16:00 on the course. Brandon Morrow of Orange was indeed a top finisher as he came in 8th . St. Xavier’s Austin Angeline also made the top ten award call out with his 5th place finish.   Allen Gordillo of Mason (9th) and Jake Bauer (10th) of Mason also made the podium as predicted. One surprise was Ray Berling (6th) of Mason as their top finisher who we didn’t have listed as a top contender. Troy’s Steven Jones also turned some heads with his 3rd place finish and one of three who broke Stifel’s course record who was not expected to be among the top finishers.

Ethan Shuley of Ft. Thomas Highlands

Turning now to the boys team race preview, we said Mason and Orange would be too close to call with St. Xavier also making their presence felt. The actual results showed Mason (55) beating Orange (91) but St. Xavier 82 also finishing ahead of the boys from Columbus.

Looking at the girls results, we blew it on the overall winner Maegan Murphy. In fact, two of her own teammates Ellie Brush (2nd) and Ailee Henderson 6th finished ahead of Murphy’s 7th place finish. Unhearaled Leah Maschino was a surprising 3rd. Jessie Hartman of Lebanon was up there as expected with her 4th place finish. Beavercreek had two in the top ten with Lauren Shuman finishing top five as expected. Like the boys race the girls winner was dominant winning by 39 seconds in 18:15.9 top put her third on the all time list behind Annie Heffernan’s junior and senior times but ahead of Heffernan’s sophomore time. Like the boys winner the girls winner, Morgan Gigandet of Troy was an unexpected champion with a time of 18:15.90.

Troy's Morgan Gigandet

The girls team championship was not as close as expected with Mason winning with a dominant total of 35 over second place Beavercreek’s 93. Pictured below are the Mason girls champions.

Southwest District Open Race
Thursday October 22, 2015 at Lakota Plains Junior School

Registration will be on GHG timing and will be CHIP TIMING.

General info:

$75 per team ($150 school/both teams) or $5 per individual; Please make check available to Lakota Plains Athletics; 5500 Princeton Rd. Liberty Township, OH 45011

Coaches please have athletes car-pool, there is a limited number of parking spots on site.   Busses are welcomed and given a priority.  Site is spectator, coach and runner friendly!  Team camping areas are near the finish line – please leave at least ten feet to the course. Please no footballs, soccer balls or Frisbee tossing.A trainer will be available near the finish line. Grant Stanley is our registered Official.

 Awards: - Buckeye Running Company will provide T-shirts for the top 50 runners in each race.

Scoring - Chip timing

Registration - http://www.ghgtiming.com/

Schedule of Races:

5:00 pm     High School Boys Race

6:00 pm     High School Girls Race

Any question: Tom Thompson - tom.thompson@lakotaonline.com

Directions are from I-75   Exit #24, Rt. 129 West. West on Rt. 129 toRt. 747, Princeton-Glendale Road, Exit #21. Turn right (north) on Rt. 747 to Princeton Rd. (approx.1/2 mile). Turn right (east) on Princeton Rd. The Lakota Plains Junior School is on the left approximately 3/4 mile.

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