2013 Meet Recaps/Results

District Championship

The boys cross country team entered the district race hoping for a perfect day, fast times, and lots of luck!  They were seeded in the bottom half of race B, but had hopes of being a surprise regional qualifier, upsetting a few teams who have beat them this season.  At the very least, the Eagles hoped to end their current 4 year streak without a regional qualifier.

The Voice of America course was totally revamped from years passed, and it certainly wasn't designed for spectators.  The Eagles had some familiar faces in the crowd with Coach Dave Niemeyer and Milford alums John Sence and Scott Sears coming out to watch the Eagles race.  Rain and the GMC races last weekend made some spots slippery, but overall the course had potential to be fast.  Mother Nature had other ideas.  The closer the Eagles got to race time, the windier it became and the harder it rained.  45 degrees, strong wind, and pouring rain didn't seem like ideal conditions to run, but the Eagles raced very well.  Four of the seven Milford boys ran career personal best times despite the awful weather.  Leading the Eagles again this week was sophomore AJ Erdaty.  AJ finished in a season's best time of 16:25, placing 8th and moving on to regionals next week.  It had been a long time since Milford has made the trip to Troy, but next week will end that drought.  John Brown was close to joining AJ, placing 20th overall, just 8 seconds away from moving on to regionals, but finishing in a career best time of 17:00.  Joining these two great races was Carlos Perez who also set a career best time, breaking 18 minutes for the first time.

With such good individual performances, the team results were going to be exciting.  Thanks to chip timing, it didn't take long.  A goal of 5th place, with dreams of sneaking into 4th place, wasn't to be today.  The Eagles placed 7th, but it was a very close finish.  The Team was only 4 points behind Turpin, 8 points behind Moeller, and 20 points behind the last qualifier Lakota West.  Overall, a great day for the boys cross country team.  The team finishes the season with 57 wins compared to only 24 losses.  Although the team graduates 3 seniors, it returns 12 runners who raced varsity at some point this season.  

AJ will race next Saturday in Troy, Ohio at 3 pm.  The top 4 teams from 4 district races and any individual in the top 16 of their district race will be in the race with AJ.  To qualify for state, AJ will need to finish in the top 16 at Troy.  Good luck.

Complete results can be found here.

ECC Championship

The Milford Eagles cross country team has worked all season for a chance to show the ECC that results from years gone by are just that:  past history!  On an absolutely perfect morning for racing, Milford hosted the ECC meet at Valley View.  Despite some serious flooding early in the week, the course was in great shape.  The Eagles want to thank all of the people associated with Valley View, especially Mike McCurdy and Bob Smith for all of the mowing that they did and all of the landscaping that they coordinated to make the course as "runner friendly" as possible.  2 feet of water sat on the trail leading to the barn, with 8 to 10 inches of water on our path at the far end of the main trail.  But thanks to all of the work done by these folks, the course was ready for action in the morning, and ready to scare you to do death at night on the haunted hay ride!

Coach Ack had been hoping for better results than the Eagles saw last year, finishing 6th in the league in 2012.  Although Milford's talent was better this year and the team had worked much harder, the possibility of still placing near the bottom of the league was a distinct possibility.  Kings and Turpin were loaded with talent and had beaten the Eagles easily all season.  Loveland and Anderson had both also defeated Milford, but not by too many points.  It was up to the boys to put together a great team effort, and new black sweats and all black unis were pulled out to motivate the Eagles.

3rd place as a team!!!  Awesome!  The goal for the day and for the season had been achieved when all of the dust settled.  AJ Erdaty and John Brown ran great races, earning 1st team all-ecc honors, with Casey Norman earning 2nd team honors.  It was our first all league selections in 4 seasons!  It has been too long, but the drought is over.  Great races were turned in by many Eagles, with 11 of the 21 racers turning in career personal best times.  All of the many miles and many hours in the weightroom had paid off.  The Eagles were back in the top 3 of the league.

As the tapering continues, the boys now turn their sights on the district championships at VOA next Saturday.  A few special workouts this week will hopefully have the team hitting the line rested and ready to once again race well.  A top 5 team finish is now the goal, although it will take 7 great races from the Eagles this week.  Can the long streak of no regional qualifiers be broken on Saturday?  Good luck Eagles, as we face this next challenge.

Complete results can be found here.

Deer Park Invitational

The cross country team has always raced at Rapid Run Park on the west side of town this weekend, but due to construction, Elder had to cancel the meet this year.  That left the Eagles without a meet, but Coach Jorden found one close to home at Sharon Woods.  With the possibility of the course being hilly, the Eagles went to Sharon Woods not knowing what to expect.  What they found was a pretty fast course with little competition, except for league rival Kings.

In the open race, senior Eli Rizzo led the Eagles with a 6th place finish in near career PR time of 18:38.  Senior Tristan Cook did set a career personal best in a time of 19:38, a time he had not equaled since 2011!  Great job, Tristan.  Another career PR was set by freshman Gabe Norman, who challenged for a varsity spot at the ECC Championships next week by running the 6th best time of the day at Sharon Woods, a 19:24.  Also running career PR's in the open race were Sean Worthington, Chris Keil, Brayden Rackley, and Paul Keefer.

The boys varsity race was set up to be Kings, Milford, and Moeller in a 3 way battle, but the results were not even close!  Kings dominated the field with Eagles placing a strong second.  AJ Erdaty continued his team leading finishes by placing 5th overall in a time of 17:30.  John Brown ran a great race, despite the wrong turn in the middle, to finish 7th overall, just 7 seconds back of AJ.  Casey Norman finished out the award winning performances today with his 13th place finish overall.

Now the boys look forward to next week in hopes of placing in the top 3 in the ECC Championship hosted by Milford at Valley View.  Race times are 9:00 am for open girls, 9:45 am for open boys, 10:30 am for varsity girls, and 11:15 am for the varsity boys.

Complete results can be found here.

Harrison Invitational

After 2 weeks of hard training, the Eagles cross country team headed out almost to Indiana to race at the flat and typically fast Harrison Invite.  Despite pouring rain in Milford, the Eagles found sunny skies and cool temps in Harrison, as they had one of their best days of the season.  14 Eagle runners on the boys squad recorded CAREER personal best times, with 2 Eagles seniors not making the trip.  That means 70% of the team ran faster than they ever have in their cross country careers!  WOW, that training with Coach Hirschauer must be paying off.

Leading the Eagles was sophomore AJ Erdaty with a 3rd place finish in a time of 16:58.  Finally, an Eagle runner breaking 17 minutes again.  The best news is that teammates John Brown and Casey Norman are not too far off that magic sub-17 minute time as well.  Once we get all varsity runners in the same race on the same day, we could really shock the ECC opponents!  Now how do we make that happen...

In the open race, Jack O'Toole grabbed a varsity spot with a great time, although he didn't beat last year's fantastic Harrison time that he laid down.  Also competing in the open race, Andrew Reinhart and Joe Ciraci began their Milford cross country careers with great first races.  Both have been patiently waiting and practicing hard, just waiting for the chance to get out and race.

The Eagles will now begin to prepare for the championship portion of their season.  No meet next weekend means a brutal week of workouts this week!  Could someone on the 2013 squad make the Ack Loop Challenge Top 10 list???  Check back next week to find out.

Complete results can be found here.


Princeton Invitational

With a change in the cc schedule moving the Milford Invite to week 1, other dominoes had to fall as well!  We tried to find a competitive meet that was close by, but one at which we could perform well.  Princeton was our answer!  Although getting there was half the fun, with that last turn being tricky and parking being a bit congested, once the races started, it was a good day for the both quads.

In the boy's varsity race AJ Erdaty continued to lead the team with his 7th place finish in a time of 17:33 on the rolling hills of Landmark Christian campus.  AJ has raced every meet as our number one runner and he has been under 18 minutes in every race.  Consistent, fast racing is a great thing!  Our top 5 times have become more solidified with Casey Norman, John Brown , Carlos Perez, and Eli Rizzo rounding out the scoring spots.  Casey joins AJ in earning the individual hardware again this week!

The battle for the 6th and 7th spots on the boys team continues to be interesting.  6 guys finished within 50 seconds of our 6th man's time, with Grant Newton grabbing the spot at Princeton.  The best race of the day goes to freshman Gabe Norman with his season's best time of 19:32 earning a varsity spot for our next meet.  Gabe has shown that he can race fantastically, and now must push himself harder in practice, as he moves up the Eagles depth chart.  Gabe was the only Eagle runner to improve on his career PR at Princeton, although many boys turned in their season's best time.  The boys placed 4th out of 15 schools, losing to GMC powers Oak Hills, Lakota East, and Lakota West.  The Eagles complete the first phase of their season by going 26 and 13. 

The team will now put in 2 weeks of hard training, as they prepare for the flat and fast course at Harrison on September 21st.

Complete results can be found here.


Loveland Invitational

The boys cross country team placed 5th of 12 teams at the Loveland Invite on Saturday.  The course was very easy for spectators to watch the action, but very repetitive for the racers!  In addition, an early morning thunderstorm had the meet schedule in doubt, but all races went off without a delay!

AJ Erdaty was the top Eagles finisher in the varsity race with a time of 17:22, a season's best performance.  AJ finished 9th overall.  Fellow sophomore Casey Norman had the best race of the day for the boys team, finishing 19th in a career best time of 17:56.  Congratulations, Casey, on breaking into the 17's.

Junior John Brown ran his first race of the 2013 season, placing 4th in the open in a time of 18:21, which was the 3rd best time for the Eagles on the day.  With John joining the varsity squad for the remainder of the season, the gap between the Eagles and the Loveland Tigers just became much more manageable!  The team has 7 more guys who finished within a minute of each other, all competing for the last 4 varsity spots! 

Complete results can be found here.


Two of the Milford boys during the open race at Milford Invitational.

Milford Invitational

The cross country team hosted 10 high schools and 5 junior highs at their home invitational this past Saturday. The meet was held on beautiful Valley View Campus for the fourth consecutive season. In the boys open race, sophomores Carlos Perez and Graham Craycraft turned in times that will move them up to varsity for the Eagles' next meet at Loveland.

In the boys varsity race, sophomore AJ Erdaty was the top finisher for Milford in 17:36, his best time of the season.  AJ's 5th place finish helped Milford place 4th out of the 8 teams fielding a varsity team.  It was a career best day for 2 Eagle runners.  Sophomores Brayden Rackley and Casey Norman both finished the Valley View course in career best times!  Congratulations.  Both have high hopes of improving on these marks as the season progresses.

The team is looking for more fast times and career best races at Loveland High School on August 31st.

Complete results can be found here.