2014 Cross Country
Athlete - A. J. Erdaty (Milford)
Milford's A. J. Erdaty in the finish chute after winning the Milford Invitational in 16:29.8 on 9/13/14
Athlete - Maegan Murphy (Mason)

Mason's Maegan Murphy wins the Miami University Cross Country Invitational on 9/13/14 in 18:25.96.

She also won the Finishtiming Invitational held at Wilmington College on 8/23/14 with her time of 19:31.76

Athlete - Michael Vitucci (St. Xavier)

Michael Vitucci of St. Xavier wins the Tiffin Carnival in 15:22.26 on 9/6/14.

He also won the Moeller Primetime Invitational in 16:18.99 on 8/22/14.

Athlete - Makenzie Diedesheimer (Oak Hills)
Makenzie Diedesheimer of Oak Hills wins the Princeton Inv. in 20:39.50
Athlete - Ian Thundorst (Little Miami)
Ian Thunhorst of Little Miami wins the Princeton Invitational in 16:58.50.
Athlete - Annie Heffernan (St. Ursula)

Annie Heffernan of St. Ursula won Section I of the Mason Inv. on 9/6/14 in 18:02.31.

She also won the Moeller Primetime Inv. on 8/22/14 in 18:01.74 and the OHSAA pre-season meet on 8/16/14 in 17:59.53.

Athlete - Nick Grismer (Mason)

Mason's Nick Grismer won the Section I race at the Mason Invitational on 9/6/14 with a time of 15:42.52.

He also won the Xavier University Invitational on 8/30/14 with a 15:26.46.

Athlete - Craig Kaiser (Clark Montessori)
Clark Montessori's Craig Kaiser won the Norwood Invitational boys race in 19:13 on 8/30/14
Athlete - Jordan Gregory (Colerain)
Colerain's Jordan Gregory won the Loveland Tiger Cross Country Invitational on 8/30/14 with a time of 16:39
Athlete - Hannah Tober (Colerain)
Hannah Tobler of Colerain won the Loveland Tiger Cross Country Invitational on 8/30 with a time of 19:41.
Athlete - David Jaeger (Lakota East)

East's David Jaeger won the Miamisburg Invitational on 8/30 in 16:24.37.

He also had previous won the Lakota Fall Classic on 8/23 at VOA park in 16:38.53.

Athlete - Cara Schildmeyer (Anderson)
Cara Schildmeyer (front) of Anderson gets a well deserved rest after holding off Megan Zeinner (Right) of Mercy to win the Xavier University High School Cross Country Invitational on 8/30/14.  Cara ran 19:35.85 while Megan ran 19:35.91
Athlete - Brandon Mullins (Princeton)
Brandon Mullins of Princeton winning the Bob Schul Invitational in 16:34.30 on 8/23.
Athlete - MIchael Huschart (Elder)
Michael Huschart of Elder on his way to winning the Finishtiming Invitational at Wilmington College on 8/23/14 with a time of 16:51.60 to lead Elder to the team championship.
Athlete - Megan Zeinner (Mercy)
Megan Zeinner of Mercy pictured above at the halfway point won the Lakota East Fall Classic on 8/23 in 19:56.94 overtaking the early leader Abbie VonFossen of Lakota East in the last half of the race.
Athlete - Rosie Menyhart (Sycamore)
Sycamore's Rosie Menyhart ran away with the girls division of the Sycamore Sunset Invitational on 8/18 with a time of 19:39.53.
Athlete - Zach Birdsall (Fairfield)
Fairfield's Zach Birdsall won the boys division of the Sycamore Sunset Invitational on 8/18 with a time of 17:09.92
Coaches Classic Scholarship Presentation

The Southwest Ohio Track and Cross Country Coaches Association would like to take this opportunity to present the first annual Coaches Classic Scholarship Awards to one female and one male candidate who have been successful not only in track and field but in other activities as well. These studentathletes will receive a scholarship of $500 to be applied to their collegiate experience.

Female Candidate:

The 2014 female winner is a 4time member and 2time captain of her Cross Country and Track and Field teams during which time she's competed at the regional level. Her other endeavors include membership in French Club, Art Club, National Honor Society, and French National Honor Society. She has also contributed a great deal to her community, volunteering her time at Pregnancy Center West and Sophie’s Angel Run during all four years of high school. She’s also served in the March for Life in Washington D.C. and as a Library teen volunteer. On top of these accomplishments, she has maintained a top grade point average. Of track and field, the candidate says "Track has helped me to become a leader. I now understand what it means to take charge in order to motivate people and get things done, both on the track and off of it." Her coach says "[She] truly is a shining example of what a studentathlete should strive to be, demonstrating extreme dedication and earning phenomenal success both on the track and in the classroom." The 2014 Coaches Classic scholarship goes to Emma Hatch of Mercy Montessori High School.

Male Candidate:

The 2014 male winner is equally impressive both on and off the track. A 3year Cross Country and 4year Track and Field athlete he has been voted team captain during two years and reached the state competition. Outside of running, he fills his time with National Honor Society activities and Key Club volunteering. This young man has volunteered for a local road race for 4 years and for his church for 2 years. Throughout this hectic schedule, he has also maintained a 3.7 GPA. Of track and field, this candidate says "[it] taught me to be a good leader in many other fields. One of the lessons it taught me is to have patience, as a captain with a 65 person team. Patience is tested when you have to depend on a team and when a team has to depend on you." A community says this about him: "When I met [him], he was new to the country and spoke little English, but it was clear that he had a will to succeed. With hard work and determination, [he] quickly surpassed many of his peers in school, and in no time at all, he was fluent with the English language." The 2014 Coaches Classic scholarship goes to Alealdin Tirba of Turpin High School.

Congratulations to the recipients of the first annual SWOTCCCA Coaches Classic Scholarships!
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Bob and Carol Yung:

Bob and Carol Yung have been longtime stakeholders in the Track and Field community in Cincinnati. Bob was the face of Oak Hills Track and Field and Cross Country for more than 30 years and if Bob was the face, Carol was the spirit. Bob led the Highlanders to 28 league championships, 10 district championships, and 17 team state appearances in track and field and cross country. Bob was a pioneer in girls' Cross Country in Hamilton County, leading the way in girls participation three years before OHSAA adopted the sport. Without Bob's efforts, the running community would certainly be in a different place. While Bob worked the stopwatch, Carol worked everything else. In their many years together as coaches, Carol served as fundraiser, meet organizer, spirit squad leader, trophy designer, and head cook at the team picnic. Most importantly, as one of her former runners said, "she served as a second mother to every single kid on the team." They truly were a dynamic duo as a coaching staff. After coaching, they diidn’t just retire, either. Bob and Carol have continued to officiate for both track and field and cross country. All told, Bob has officiated for 44 years and Carol has officiated for 38 years, contributing to a family legacy that will impact the community for years to come.

Jim Wright:

2014 Coaches Classic
2014 Coaches Classic DII-III

A decision last year to start a separate Coaches Classic for the DII-III schools turned out to be golden as coaches of the smaller schools embraced the idea with unexpected participation. Some 50 teams turned out for the inaugural classic which lived up to its name. The biggest question was whether the DIII schools would support a meet competing against the DII schools. This had been the complaint of the DII schools which in the past had to go and get dominated by the DI schools when only one meet was held. To gauge the interest of the DIII schools in adding a meet without the DI schools in it, an email was sent out by meet organizer Bill Bretz. He was absolutely astonished by the overwhelming responses which flooded his email. In fact, the enthusiasm was so contagious, the meet length had to be increased to two days.

The boys meet was a barnburner last year with Wyoming edging out North College Hill by a mere point and one half 80.5 - 79. Twenty five boys teams scored points last year making the meet a huge success. In the girls team scoring, Summit Country Day won with a comfortable margin beating runner-up McNicholas by 20 points, 76-56. Twenty two teams scored points.

A list of all returning champions can be viewed here:
2014 Coaches Classic DII-III Retuning Champions

A registration form is attached here:

2014 Coaches Classic DI

The 2014 Coaches Classic is the 15th year for this event which first began in 2000. For the second year, DII and DIII teams will be split off into a separate meet. Last year's final was won by Northwest. Only two years ago, Northwest didn't have a single qualifier to the finals. Then in 2012, they tied for the title with Mason at 73 points. Last year, they came back to win it outright beating runner-up Mason 92.5-88. La Salle has the most points returning as 50 of their 63 points last year were scored by underclassmen. Northwest's coach, Lori Spence, has gotten a lot of comments over the last two years about the Knights emergence as a team no one noticed at track meets to an elite team vying for championships at every meet they attend. On the girls side, Mason has positioned themselves as a dominant team on a yearly basis. Last year was no exception as they rolled to a 122-82 victory over Walnut Hills. This year Mason will be focusing on a three peat as they return the most point winners from last year with 62.

A list of all returning champions can be viewed here:
2014 DI Coaches Classic Returning Champions

A registration form is attached here:

School Records/Rankings
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