2015 Track & Field
Athlete - 400m State Champions (Withrow)
The Withrow Tigers girls 4 x 100m relay team were crowned state champions in the event.  They won the title with a time of 47.20. Team members were Niyah Carpenter, Ayanna O'Neal, Doneasha Brewer, and Destiny Pennington.  In the photo, they are seen at the top as state champions on the awards podium.        
Athlete - Ayanna O'Neal (Withrow)
Ayanna O'Neal finished the 2015 season undefeated in the 100m hurdles with a state championship in the event.  In the prelims, she set a new city record of 13.91 while her winning time in the finals was her second fastest of the year at 14.00.  In the photo above, she is on her way to the state title.
Athlete - Annie Heffernan (St. Ursula Academy)

Annie Heffernan pulled off the distance double at the state meet running away from the field in both events.  In the photo above, she is seen winning the 3200m run with no one else in sight as the second place finisher comes in some 15.8 seconds behind her time of 10:38.4. 

In winning the 1600m run in 4:48..39, she lowered her city record time by almost two seconds. 

Athlete - Mason Moore (Summit Country Day)
Mason Moore of Summit Country Day repeated as DIII State 1600m champion with a time of 4:17.78.
Athlete - State 800m relay champions (Mason)

Mason boys won the state 4 x 200m relay championship.  Team members were  Bryson White,                Nicholas Pearson, Amit Maity, and Reece Pontious.         

Athlete - 400m relay State Champs (Northwest)
Northwest Knight were crowned State 400m relay champions with a winning time of 41.79.  Team members were Jordan Booker, Myles Pringle,  DeVohn Jackson, and Malik Beverly.
Athlete - Ben Stites (Wyoming)
Wyoming's Ben Stites easily won the 3200 meter run by a 2.22 second margin of victory running the race in 9:25.02. 
Athlete - Team Mason (Mason)
Mason boys were state runner-ups in the DI boys 2015 state meet and they accumulated 28 points.
Athlete - Team Withrow (Withrow)
Withrow girls track team won the 2015 State track and field title with 50 point and become only the third Cincinnati area girls team to win.
Athlete - Team Northwest (Northwest)
Here are the Northwest boys after winning the Dayton regional meet on Friday, May 29.  It was the first regional championship in school history.
Athlete - Team Withrow (Withrow)
Here are the Withrow girls after winning the Dayton regional meet at Welcome stadium Friday, May 29.
Athlete - Bordon Belcastro Maity Pearson (Mason)

Pictured above are the Mason boys 4 X 400 relay team members who hold the state's leading time of 3:18.12 run at the Wayne Invitational on April 30 2015.  From left to right are David Borden, Jake Belcastro, Amit Maity, and Mark Pearson.

Athlete - White Maity Pearson Pontious (Mason)
The Mason foursome who hold the state's leading time in the 4 X 100 relay are pictured above.  From left to right are Bryson White, Amit Maity, Nick Pearson, and Reece Pontious.  Their state leading time of 41.82 was run at the Wayne Invitational on April 30, 2015.
Athlete - Carpenter O'Neal Brewer Pennington (Withrow)
The Withrow foursome who set a new record at the Coaches Classic with a time of 48.21 pictured at the Roosevelt Memorial invitational where they won again with a state leading time of 46.96.  From right to left are Niyah Carpenter Ayanna O'Neal, Doneasha Brewer, and Destiny Pennington.
Athlete - Lizzy Lakamp (Taylor)
Taylor's Lizzy Lakamp  has set three school records at Taylor in the 200m dash, 100m hurdles, and 300m hurdles.  Her coach, James Tenhundfeld, says she is the hardest worked he's ever had and wants to win every race and set a record each time.  This is an exciting time for Taylor as they completed their new eight lane track in time to host an invitational on April 27, 2015.  Lakamp led Taylor's girls to the team championship in the 13 team field.
Athlete - Michael Vitucci (St. Xavier)
Michael Vitucci wins the the Adidas Dream Mile Qualifier at the New York Relays with a 4:14.85 to qualify for the Adidas Dream Mile on June 13, 2015.
Withrow Completes the Trinity for Cincinnati: Wins State Title!

The Withrow girls track achieved the ultimate in Columbus on June 7, 2015 when they won the DI girls state track and field championship, the third for Cincinnati area girls teams since the state initiated girls track in 1975. They join Princeton (1989) and Mason (2014) to complete the trinity of girls track and field champions for Cincinnati area schools.

It wasn't easy and was in doubt until the final events. Withrow has to pour in on in its final two events to even the score with Gahanna Lincoln with 50 points. In the third to last event-the 200 meter dash-Doneasha Brewer wasn't even seeded to score in the top eight based on qualifying marks from the four regional meets. She had to run her fastest time of the year to finish second and score eight point for the Lady Tigers. The last event of the day was the shining moment for the Lady Tigers. The entered the meet with the 12th fastest time from the regional qualifying meets, and needed to finish first or second to be crowned state champions. Their second place finish was a total surprise as they beat their best time of the year by 6.33 seconds from a season best of 3:54.04 at their league meet to their state meet finals time of 3:47.70. This relay team was honored to accept their medals from Walnut Hills grad Mary Weinberg who won Olympic gold for the USA in the exact event the Lady Tigers used to win the DI state title. Here are our DI state champions on the awards podium:

It was a dramatic moment for head coach Darren Braddix in his last year as coach of the Lady Tigers as he heads to Colerain to serve as their new athletic director. Tears were shed on the infield as the Lady Tigers sent their coach off in dramatic fashion and Coach Braddix tried to comfort them as the coach and mentor who took them so far.

Here are how they scored their 50 points Ayanna O'Neal won the 100m hurdles in 14.00, finished fourth in the 300m hurdles 44.09, ran second on first place 4 x 100m relay (47.20) and second place 4 x 400m relay (3:47.70). Here she is on her way to winning the state 100m hurdles title. She set a new city record in the prelims with her time of 13.91 breaking the time set in 2002 by Walnut Hills Amanda Mullins-Hall of 13.94.

Doneasha Brewer finished eighth in the 100 (12.28), ran third leg on the 4 X 100m relay that won the state title (47.20), and was second in the 200 (24.45). Destiny Pennington ran 1st leg on the 4 X 200m relay (1:38.88), ran last leg in the 4 x 100m relay 44.09), and 4th leg on the 4 x 400m relay (3:47.70). Mercedes Smith ran 2nd leg on the second place 4 x 200m relay (1:38.88), and 1st leg on the second place 4 x 400m relay (3:47.70). Niyah Carpenter ran 3rd leg on the second place 4 x 200m relay (1:38.88), 1st leg on the state championship 4 x 100m relay (47.20), and ran 3rd leg on the second place 4 x 400m relay (3:47.70). J'Alyiea Smith ran 4th leg on the 4 x 200 relay that finished second (1:38.88).

It all came down to the last event to determine the team champions. Withrow was ahead by two points over Gahanna Lincoln at this point and Lincoln had the top 4 x 400m relay primed and ready to go. The Lady Tigers battled Lincoln in a see-saw fight for the lead the whole way and ended up beating their best time of the year by a stunning 6.33 seconds. With Lincoln winning and getting 10 points, the Lady Tigers needed second to equal Gahanna's total of 50 points.

Here are the girls who clinched Withrow's first ever state team title in track & field on the awards podium standing on the second step as state runner-ups in the 4 x 400m relay.

Withrow Girls to Make Run at State Title

The Withrow Tigers girls track team will seriously challenge for the DI State Track & Field Championship this Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owen Memorial stadium in Columbus, Ohio. They won the Dayton regional championship in impressive fashion last Friday night (5/28-29) over the Centervile Elks 93-78. Pictured below are the members of the team after Friday night's victory on the awards podium.

Withrow has three times finished as state runner-up in 2009 with 35 points, in 2011 with 39, and in 2013 with 25. This is their year as they have the most depth with many elite performers that can get it done. Only two other girls teams from the Cincinnati area have won a big school state track title, Princeton in 1989 with 35 point and Mason in 2004 with 54. This year, they have the mares to come close to Mason's winning total from 2004. Let's take a look at their state meet qualifiers who should score. 100 meter hurdles - Ayanna O'Neal has the state leading time of 14.04 with a legal wind reading of +0.1 run at the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC). Her state qualifying time of 14.24 running into a -3.5 headwind leads all state qualifiers. Pictured below is Ayanna O'Neal winning at Roosevelt Memorial Invitational.

Let's give the Lady Tigers 10 points in this event. 100 meter dash - Doneasha Brewer has a best time of 12.15 with a legal wind reading of -0.2 at the Eastern Cincinnati Conference . She was second at the regional to qualify with her time of 12.50 with a legal wind reading of -2.0. I'm going to project her for fourth and 5 points 4 X 200 relay - Tigers have the fourth fastest qualifying time from the four regionals in 1:41.25. However, they also have a 1:40.57 from the Mason district meet, so I'm going with them for third and 6 points. 4 X 100 relay - Tigers are the state leaders in this event, only team under 47 seconds, and they've done it three times. Best time is 46.87 from the Eastern Cincinnati Conference meet. Ten points here for the tigers. Here is the foursome after their 46.96 at Roosevelt.

300 meter hurdles - Ayanna O'Neal sits in 5th place here with her best time run at regionals of 44.17. Top four ahead of her were all under 44 at regionals, a mark she has not done yet this year. Let's give her 4 points here. 200 meter dash - Doneasha Brewer has run 24.45 at the Eastern Cincinnati Conference with a legal wind of +1.2. Let's give her a fourth here for 5 points. 4 X 400 relay - Tigers have a 3:54.03 from the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. Let's give them a fourth for 5 points here. Long Jump - Doneasha Brewer has an 18'2.75" from the regional meet. Let's give her 5th her for 4 points. Total points projected for Withrow is 49, a total that would have won in five of the last ten years. Head coach Darren Braddix built Withrow into a national power but is leaving Withrow after this year to become the Athletic Director at Colerain. I think his girls want to send him out a winner after three runner-up finishes in 2009, 2011, and 2013. The have the talent and the motivation to win it all this year.

SWOTCCCA 2014 Coaches of the Year
SWOTCCCA 2014 Girls Coach of the Year - Adam Thomas (Lakota East)

High School
1994-1998,Fairfield High School, Fairfield, Ohio
1996 – 3rd place at State cross country meet – 15:56
1997 - State track & field champion – 1600 meter run – 4:15.76
1998 – State track & field runner-up – 1600 meter run – 4:14.53, Regional Champion 4:12.62

1998-2003 University of Iowa – four year varsity letterman in track and cross country
2003 – Track & field team captain
One mile PR – 4:07, 800 PR – 1:51
Cross country 8k PR 24:59, 10k PR 31:37

2004-2008 Willaimsburg High School – Track and Cross Country
2008-Present – Lakota East High School – Cross Country, Distance coach Track
1 GMC Championship – 2014 Boys Cross Country
1 GMC Individual Champion – Abbie VanFossen – 2013
2 GMC Coach of the Year Awards – 2011 Boys, 2014 Boys
26 Individual Regional Qualifiers (11 girls, 15 boys)
13 Individual State Qualifiers (8 girls, 5 boys)
Highest State Finishing Girl – Abbie VanFossen – 11th in 2013
Highest State Finishing Boys – Dustin Horter – 14th in 2014
2 Regional Qualifying Girls Teams (2009-2014)
4 Regional Qualifying Boys Teams (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
1 State Qualifying Girls Team (2014- 13th place)
1 State Qualifying Boys Team (2014 – 5th place)

SWOTCCCA 2014 Boys Coach of the Year – Tom Rapp (Mason)

High School
1973-1977 - Trotwood Madison High School, Trotwood, Ohio
1976 State Runner-up in the Mile Run 4:17.1, Regional Runner-up in 4:22.5
1976 State Cross Country Champion 9:29.6
1977 State Champion in the Mile Run 4:13.2, Regional Champion in 4:11.2
HS PRs – Mile-4:09.1, Two mile-9:02.4

1977-1981, Penn State University
Still listed on two relay records at Penn State:
4x1600-Meter Relay - 16:12.5, Tom Rapp, Bob Snyder,Mike Wyatt, Larry Mangan, 1979
4-Mile Relay - 16:18.5, Tom Rapp, Bob Snyder,Mike Wyatt, Larry Mangan, 1979
All American in 1978
Team Captain of the Third Place NCAA Finals Cross Country team in 1980.
Lifetime PRs – 1500 - 3:44.0, 5,000 - 14:19, 8k Cross Country - 24:09

He was on staff with AIA (Athletes in Action) for 23 years serving in California, Oregon, eight years in Barcelona, Spain, and Ohio. His Mason boys teams have qualified to state for eight straight years, finishing second in 2012 and winning the state titles in 2008 and 2014. Coached Zach Wills to five state titles (3 cross country, 2 track in 3200m), and a Nike Midwest Regional Championship. Named Ohio High School Coach of the Year by The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on 1/9/15.

2015 Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Inductee
John Sence

On Janurary 30, 2015, John Sence will be inducted into the State Coaches Hall of Fame. For those who don't know John and for those who may not be fully aware of his accomplishments, here is his story.

John Sence cruises to his sixth victory in the Humana Heart Mini-Marathon 15K in 47:21, 1:47 ahead of second-place finisher Chris Reis. John is considered a legend in the local running community and is widely considered the greatest road racer in Cincinnati history.

High School - 1984-1988, Milford High School, Milford, Ohio
State runner-up in the 3200m in track in both 1987 and 1988
State runner-up in cross country 1987
National runner-up at Kinney Shoe/Footlocker Championship in San Diego, CA.
Five time All-Ohio (Cross Country 1985, 1986, 1987, Track & Field (1987, 1988)
All American (Cross Country 1987)

College - 1988-1993, Wake Forest University, graduated Cum Laude with Honors in Economics

Helped Wake Forest to ACC Team Cross Country Championships (1989, 1990) and third at NCAA finals (1989)
All ACC & All American in 10,000 meters (1992, 1993)
1993 - Wake Forest Most Valuable Track & Field Athlete of the Year

Post Collegiate Career
USA Running Circuit Grand Prix Runner-up in 1996 and Champion in 1997.
National Champion in the 25k in 1997 & 1998.
Member of USA World Half Marathon Team in 1996 and 1999.
Won 1999 Las Vegas International Half Marathon & 2000 Toronto International Half Marathon.
Qualified for and com peted in the 1996 and 2000 US Olympic Marathon Trials.
Competed in USA T&F World Cross Country Trials in 1993
Inducted into inaugural class of The Greater Cincinnati Running Hall of Fame.

Personal Bests

Event Result Venue Date
10 km Road 29:07 New Orleans (USA) 17.04.1999
15 km Road 44:13 Jacksonville (USA) 06.03.1999
10 Miles Road 49:18 Louisville (USA) 10.04.2004
Half Marathon 1:02:56 Las Vegas (USA) 07.02.1999
25 km Road 1:17:49 Grand Rapids (USA) 12.05.2001
Marathon 2:15:40 Chicago (USA) 11.10.1998

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 didn'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:

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