2015 Cross Country
Athlete - Mason girls Primetime champions (Mason)
Athlete - Mason Primetime champs (Mason)
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 18:19.6.

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.

Week One Featured Meet Preview

Primetime Invite 2015 Preview by Matt Hook

 

When late August rolls around it signals one thing for us – the start of Cross Country all over again. The beginning of the season in southwest Ohio wouldn’t be complete without another Moeller Primetime Invitational presented by Buckeye Running Company. Hosted at the Kings Island Tennis Center, this year’s meet is shaping up to be the best one yet. With up to 30 teams competing, the meet has grown to one of the premier meets in the early season slate. The high school races will start on Friday August 28th at 6:25 and conclude with the Boys Varsity race at 9pm under the lights!

 

The Boys team field is a loaded one. OH#10 St. X will look to defend their crown for the 4th consecutive year, but they will have to get by a tough group. You have defending state champ and OH#2 Mason leading the pack, but close behind is OH#4 Olentangy Orange. Also racing is OH#13 D2 Carroll. Also in the field locally are the host team Moeller, Kings and Milford among others. From a first glance, this looks like a tough one to call between Mason and Orange, but St. X will surely make their presence felt.

 

Individually there should be some fireworks up front with Ben Ewert of Beavercreek as the pre-race favorite. The trio of Hunter Moore, Brandon Lane and Brandon Morrow from Orange will not make it easy on him. The front trio of Austin Angeline, Justin Grender and Chris Reischel for St. X should make an appearance towards the top as well as Justin Koehler, Alan Gordillo, Jakob Mueller and Jake Bauer from Mason. The Comets are coming off a nice pack run at the OHSAA preseason invitational where they had a 33 second split from 1-5.

Boys favorite Ben Ewert won USATF 2K Steeplechase - Maegan Murphy is the girls favorite.

 

On the girls side, the team race should be even more competitive, with a deep and talented field led by the team from Mason. These girls finished runner-up at State last year and are currently ranked 2nd to start this season. OH#5 Beavercreek is also in the race as well as OH#17 St. Ursula and D2 OH# 17 Eaton and local mainstays Ursuline and McAuley. Mason is coming off of a 3rd place finish at the OHSAA meet and SUA had a very respectable 9th place finish. It looks like the early edge goes to Mason, but it won’t be easy.

 

We are guaranteed a new champion in the girls race this year, as past champion Annie Heffernan is now racing for Notre Dame. Maegan Murphy of Mason looks the be the pre-race favorite after her 4th place finish at last year’s state meet. Teammate Ellie Brush will also be looking for a high finish in this race. Other contenders at the top include Jessica Hartman of Lebanon and Emma Bryant of Vandalia Butler. Rounding out the top of the field you have Erica Schloemer of Seton, Ailee Henderson and Leah Ford of Mason, Jordan Grant and Lauren Shuman from Beavercreek and Christi Caulley from Eaton. This could be a very quick race in the top 10 with plenty of competition to push the pace.

 

Timing is being provided by FinishTiming, with live results available. Be sure to stop by the Kings Island Tennis Center to take in the spectacle that is running under the lights on a golf course. The 2015 edition of the Moeller Primetime Invitational is sure to be the best one yet!

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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