2014 Cross Country
Athlete - Ayanna O'Neal (Withrow)
Ayanna O'Neal on her way to winning the Easter Relays 100m hurdles in 14.42.  At the Coaches Classic finals, she set a new meet record of 14.11 breaking the record set by Amanda Mullins-Hall of 14.55 in 2002.
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.
Athlete - Annie Heffernan (St. Ursula Academy)

St. Ursula's Annie Heffernan set two new records at the Coaches Classic finals at Winton Woods on 4/10/15.  She win the 1600m in 4:5528 breaking the record set by Emily Thompson of Taylor of 4:58.69 on 4/10/2003. She then came back to break the 3200m record in 10:35.17 breaking her own record of 10:40.04 set only last year on 4/11/2014

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

College
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

Coaching
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

College
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

Coaching
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
Intro:

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:
COACHES CLASSIC DII-DIII INVITATIONAL Registration Form 2014

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:
COACHES CLASSIC DI INVITATIONAL Registration Form 2014

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