2014 Meet Recaps/Results

District Championship

The Eagles hoped to avenge a very difficult race last week by running well at the District championships this week at Voice of America Park in Lakota.  After another week of cool temps and rain, the team was hoping for some extraordinary performances and some upsets in the team scoring.  It was a good day for racing, although a cool wind did pick up before the Eagles toed the line.  With state ranked St. X and GMC champion Lakota East racing with the Eagles, it was going to be a fast day on the course.  AJ Erdaty had a strong start and worked at the front of the pack for the early part of the race.  The Eagles packed it up early, but needed to make a strong move in the second half to pull off the upset.  After placing last in the conference last week, Loveland and Walnut Hills were the team targets today.  At 2 miles, it was looking close, but Walnut had a pack ahead of the Eagles.  AJ raced strong, but faded to a 20th place finish, missing a regional birth by just a few seconds.  Carlos Perez nearly beat his Deer Park PR, finishing in 17:36.  The Eagles came in quickly after that, with Casey Norman and Graham Craycraft only 1 second apart.  Graham finishes his season with a career PR of 17:43.  Freshmen Peter Kroeger and Johnny Jarman also turn in career best times at this meet.  Harris Craycraft is the Eagles final finisher of the day, finishing within 8 seconds of his best time of the year.  All of the team members contributed to the Eagles' 7th place finish out of 13 teams, including a strong bounce back against ECC rival Loveland, beating them by 40.  Walnut Hills was able to hold off the Eagles, finishing 6th by 17 points over Milford.

The team will now take a break, focus on some road races, then get back on the roads in preparation for the spring. Team awards will take place on November 10th at 6 pm at the high school.

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ECC Championship

The boys cross country team came into the ECC Championships ready for an upset-minded performance!  Although 3 days of rain had dampened the course, the Eagles were ready to shock some people.  Valley View was ready for the meet, and for the Haunted Hayride to follow!  It was going to be a great day, if it stopped raining.  Saturday morning came with no rain, cool temperatures, and a course ready for action.  The open race started the day for the boys and plans seemed to be working quite well.  6 Eagle runners finished their season in career best times with a few standout performances.  Sean Vonderhaar, Joe Ciraci, and Clayton Virzi broke the magic 19 minute mark for the first time all season.  Congratulations guys!  These young guys have elevated their running to near varsity status for next season!  It was shaping up to be a great day.

The varsity squad was sporting the all black jerseys and sweats, promising an outstanding run from all of them!  Warm ups went great and the Eagles looked ready for the task ahead.  In such a small field (only 6 teams entered), there was plenty of room to run and make your move, and the Eagles know this course well.  At the gun, AJ headed to his spot in the front with most of the team in close pursuit.  Now to wait and see how close the team could get to favorites Turpin and Kings!  A very fast mile was delivered by all of the Eagles, and then our day was done.  Surprised by the early pace, some doubt and panic leaked in, and the mind games began.  Before we could regroup, the Eagles had fallen well back of the field and by 2 miles, the results were not looking good for the team.  However, AJ had some racing left, although the Kings man was too tough on this day.  Anderson and Turpin made a strong run at AJ, but it was not enough to catch him, so ECC Runner-up was all his this year!  Freshman Peter Kroeger gutted his way to a career PR, placing second for the Eagles in this important meet.  Great job, AJ and Peter, despite a 6th place team finish.

Now the Eagles prepare for the opportunity to run blazing fast at the VOA course.  A strong field including GCL Champs St. X, GMC Champs Lakota East, and ECC Champs Turpin will all be racing with the Eagles on Saturday.  The Eagles hope to rebound and defeat ECC rivals Walnut Hills and Loveland this week to gain some momentum heading to the off-season and to redeem the poor finish at the conference meet!  It is time to step up and perform as the post-season looms!!!

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Deer Park Invite

After a weekend off from racing, the Eagles headed to Sharon Woods for the Deer Park Invite.  The team was preparing for the upcoming ECC Championship, so training had started to taper off and great times were expected.  The rain from Friday barely softened the course, but cool temperatures gave the runners a great morning to race.  With ECC rival Kings and Division III powerhouse Summit Country Day in the race, the Eagles would be pushed to their limits to claim a top spot in this meet.  Adding to the difficulty of this challenge, several Eagles would not compete due to injury or academic issues.  Despite that, it was a career best day for many Eagles and the team was able to capture 4th place out of 16 teams.  Leading the way was Carlos Perez in a time of 17:32 earning a 14th place finish.  Graham Craycraft joined Carlos in a career best finish, finally breaking that 18 minute mark, although some bystanders believed that the course was short!  (Just kidding, Graham!)  Other Eagles who raced to a career best finish included Connor Daly, Cooper Stooksbury, Will Stout, Taylor Rose, Jay Hayes, Chris Keil, and Brayden Rackley.  The best race of the day might have come from Jarod who was forced into a scoring ROLL (get it!!!) for the Eagles with several teammates not racing.  Jarod's 5th place team finish allowed the Eagles to stay in the top 4 spots overall and moved his career PR down to nearly a 6 minute mile average.  The most exciting race of the day came down to a photo finish between Joe Ciraci and Clayton Virzi.  Both Eagles finished in career best times of 19:07, but Joe claimed the better finish by a a few tenths of a second, despite a strong finish by Clayton.  Good job!

The Eagles now set their sights on the ECC CHAMPIONSHIP meet next weekend.  Valley View will be the site of this meet and the Eagles will be ready to surprise some of their rivals.  Good luck, eagles.

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Harrison Invite

The Milford Eagles travelled to the far, far west side of Cincinnati to race at Harrison HS this week.  The Eagles had a brutally difficult week of practice, but came out of it feeling confident.  After so many career best races last week, could they possibly repeat such a fantastic performance?  Harrison starts the meet with the varsity, so the Eagles jumped off the bus and immediately began their preparations.  It was cool and nice for racing.  The 2 loop course allowed for fans to see exactly how the race was going at the midway point, and the Eagles were strong.  ECC rival Anderson, who had handled the Eagles in each meeting so far, was close, but certainly behind Milford.  Now holding them off was the key!  The Eagles did not disappoint.  AJ Erdaty finished a solid 3rd overall, but ran strong to fend of Anderson's number one runner.  Casey Norman and Carlos Perez ran strong second halves to finish 2,3, and ran close to their career best races.  What happened next allowed the Eagles to call this a very successful day!  Finishing 17th, 18th, and 19th, the Eagles packed their 2nd through 6th men within 15 seconds to bring home the team title overall.  Congratulations to career PR setters Peter Kroeger, Johnny Jarman, and Graham Craycraft for their great pack running, all finishing right at 18 minutes.  It was a great day for the Eagles.
As the day got warmer, the open race became more challenging for the rest of the Eagle team.  Connor Daly and Will Stout still answered the bell and were able to run their best times ever.  Congrats on a job well done.
The Eagles will now spend the next 2 weeks getting ready for the end of season charge to the ECC Championship meet.  They have their final week of hard training, capped off by the Ack Loop Challenge, then it will be time to taper and race!  Good luck Eagles. 

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Milford Invite

The boys cross country team hosted over 700 runners on Saturday at the Milford Invitational held at Valley View campus.  With the help of the Valley View faithful, the course was perfect to race on.  Holes were filled in, rocks were covered, and the weather was absolutely perfect for cross country!  It appeared that times would be good for all of the athletes involved and almost everyone delivered!  The day started with a fabulous performance by Annie Hefernan of St. Ursula.  The 2 time state champ appears to be on track to win a 3rd title, finishing in 17:43, which would have placed her in the top 10 of the boys varsity race!  WOW!
The boys varsity race consisted of 2 Milford teams, which allowed for some great racing by 14 Eagles.  AJ Erdaty continued to be the team leader, earning his first invitational victory in a time of 16:30.  Turpin packed it in ahead of the Eagles, finishing with 3 of the top 5 spots to win the meet.  The Eagles placed second, bringing their overall season record to 35 wins and 16 losses.  Now with 3 weeks left before conference, the team will try to cut into that Turpin deficit.  Milford took a big step on Saturday with 16 runners finishing in career best times.  That's right!  16 guys out of 22 ran faster than they ever have in their careers, and we still have 4 weeks left in the season.
Not only did the Eagles cut time off their best performances, some runners cut minutes or more from those PR's.  Joe Ciraci continued to race impressively, knocking his PR down to 19:43 after running in the 26's last season.  The freshmen trio of Peter Kroeger, Johnny Jarman, and Harris Craycraft finished within 4 seconds of each other, and all in the top 25 spots in the field.  Casey Norman, Carlos Perez, and Graham Craycraft were all award winners, and have yet to reach their peak this season.  It was a great day to be an Eagle.
Two Eagle racers competed in their first 5K of the season!  Congratulations to Will Stout and Taylor Rose for joining their teammates and finishing the race under their goal times to qualify for future races.  Great work, guys.
The Eagles are now preparing to head west to Harrison HS on Saturday.  The long trip will be worth it, if the Eagles come ready race like they did at Milford.  In 2013, the team enjoyed numerous PR's, so the coaches have high hopes for this trip to the west side of the state!

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Xavier Invite

The boys cross country chose a new meet this weekend, heading to the inaugural Xavier University High School Meet held at Kingswood Park in Mason.  The course was a wide open, rolling hills course along I-71 with a strong field of runners.  For the 3rd meet in a row, all of the team toed the line together to race in a field of 215 runners.  The course is also host to the Division III NCAA National Championship in November, so it was a good course for runners and spectators.  Our junior high boys started the day with a large number of season best efforts, and even sported the overall champion in the junior high race.  Maybe the team practice with the junior high on Friday would spark great efforts from the high school team as well.  AJ Erdaty continued to lead the Eagles this week, finishing 9th overall in a time of 16:54, but more importantly, defeating ECC rival Anderson's number one man!  Casey Norman took over the second spot this week for the Eagles, then was brutally attacked by a bee after the race, being stung on the little toe!  The race of the day was turned in by 9th grader Johnny Jarmon, who placed 4th for the Eagles and 48th overall in atime of 18:40.  This performance helped the Eagles to a 5th place finish out of 14 teams, but more importantly, moved the Eagles to within 12 points of Anderson High School.  In each of the other 2 meets this season, Anderson has soundly defeated the Eagles.  It is almost 6 weeks until the ECC Championship meet, so there is plenty of time to improve.
At Xavier 9 Eagles team members enjoyed career best performances.  Despite a bright, hot sunshine blasting the team by the 10:45 am start, the Eagles showed some GUTS and raced very well.  Junior Jarod Roll built on his great 400 meter workout by placing 7th for the Eagles.  He has earned a varsity spot at practices for the next two weeks, as well as the Milford Invite on September 13th.  Sophomore Joe Ciraci also had a career best day, dropping hugetime from his PR.  If Joe and Jarod can put together strong weeks of training and get those "easy day" times down, the varsity guys better watch their backs.  The next 2 weeks will be spent preparing for our home meet on the 13th.  Senior Grant Newton needs to get healthy after having a rough week battling sickness.  The Eagles need him to return to form and bolster his role as a top 5 finisher.  Several other Eagles who could be contributors are currently battling sickness or injury, but that is what this first break in the season is all about!  Those who are healthy will be training hard, while those a bit under the weather will get rested and revitalized for the mid season push to the ECC title meet. 

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Wilmington Invite

The boys cross country team headed to the old stomping grounds of Coach Hirschauer at beautiful Wilmington College this weekend.  Despite a heavy fog for most of the trip, the team arrived ready to race in another large field.  395 runners started this multiple loop course with AJ Erdaty getting a solid start and moving to the front of the pack.  Several Eagles made their season debut today with Junior Carlos Perez adding a solid finish for the Eagles in a near personal best time of 18:10.  He was second for Milford this week.  AJ was feeling the effects of a mid week stomach issue and a mid race stumble, but still finished a strong 11th overall in a time of 17:25.  Elder and LaSalle surrounded AJ, taking many of the top spots in the race.  Freshman Harris Craycraft ran a typical strategic race, starting out slow, but moving up to finish 4th for the Eagles.  Another freshman, Johnny Jarmon, also added a top 6 Eagle finish by placing just 24 seconds behind Harris in his first action of the 2014 season.  Casey Norman and Grant Newton rounded out the 5 placers for Milford. 
Sophomore Joe Ciraci continued his steady improvement, running a career best time of 22:19.  He was the only runner who was on the team last year who added a career PR at Wilmington.  Now if we can get Joe to set a career tie tying record, he might be able to get out of phys ed on time before heading to his next class!  Keep up the good work, Joe.
The Eagles will next travel to Kingswood Park in Mason for the Xavier University High School meet next Saturday.  It will be the season debut of Graham Craycraft, so the team is looking for great things from this junior. 3 other Eagles are also hoping to get healthy and meet their time goal to be ready for action at Mason next weekend.  Good luck Eagles.

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Sycamore Invite

The boys cross country team headed to Sycamore on Monday evening for the first race of the season.  Despite having the best possible weather for training this summer, Sycamore provided a hot, humid, nasty evening to race!  All boys entered in the raced together, so 284 runners toed the line to start things off for the 2014 season.  Junior AJ Erdaty took command early and got off to a great start, putting himself into a fairly elite pack by the half mile mark.  AJ rolled through the mile in 5:10, then settled into a solid pace.  He made strong moves against good competition and finished in 3rd place overall in a time of 17:19.  It was a great way to start the year for AJ and he sent a message to rival league members from Kings, Turpin, and Anderson that he will be a force to be reckoned with all season long.  The team results could be seen as a major setback, however several varsity runners did not race for a variety of reasons.  Milford placed 7th out of 9 teams, and Kings looked dominant in their victory. The next few weeks should provide more insight as to how the TEAM will perform when it really counts.  Harris Craycraft, Sean Vonderhaar, CLayton Virzi, and Cooper Stooksbury competed well in their first high school 5K, after racing 2 miles at the junior high last year.  They all handled the additional distance well and showed that they have worked hard preparing for this season. The Eagles travel to Wilmington College next week.  Several team members will open their season, so the competition for the varsity spots should increase!  Good luck Eagles!

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Time Trial/Alumni Challenge

The Milford alumni cross country team beat the current varsity team 25 to 30 at the team time trial today. John Sence lead the alumni, winning in a time of 16:39. AJ Erdaty placed second overall in a time of 17:07 to lead the current team. Sence was joined by fellow alums Greg Lemmon, Matt Jorden, Chad Hirschauer, Mike Emerson, Kelly Johnson, Scott Sears, Josh Valentine, and Carroll Craycraft

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