2016 Meet Recaps/Results

 

District Championship

Milford spent this week training smart and preparing for an outstanding opportunity that had been provided to them.  Namely, a realistic chance to break a long streak of years without a regional birth!  Could this group of guys do what no Eagle team had been able to do since 2007?  Thanks to some great luck in the seeding process, Milford was picked 6th, but had its eye on the 4th spot, if all would go well at VOA.  The boys appeared to be loose and up for the challenge all week, and despite a minor illness for Clayton, everyone seemed as physically prepared as they could be.  Now it was time to run great races and see what happens.

It was a cool day at VOA, but by racing at 11:30 am, it was a perfect day to run.  Would the Eagles be able to repeat their defeat of Anderson and somehow sneak up on ECC rival Loveland and take that last spot?  It was time to hit the line and find out.  Turpin had raced in the first race of the day for boys and earned a regional trip, so who would join them from race 2?  At the mile mark, Kings had shown that they were for real last week by packing their top 5 up in the top 20 and looking quite good.  Of course perennial super power St X went a step further by packing all 7 of their runners in the top 12 of the race!  It was as impressive as the overall winner from Lakota East almost breaking 15 minutes for the 5K distance.  Would these great performances rub off on the Eagles? 

Unfortunately, they would not.  It was an impressive pack as the team headed to the finish line, led by Harris Craycraft.  After Harris crossed the line, it only took 14 seconds for the next 4 Eagles to finish.  However, a 30th place finish for our first man was just too far off the lead and the dream of a regional birth will have to motivate the boys for next season.  Milford placed 6th, but in a strong showing by the ECC, both Kings and Loveland earned trips with Turpin to Troy and Anderson was within a few points of stealing Loveland's spot!  It was a good effort by Milford, but just not enough ability to shock the Cincy CC scene.   

The team will now get some rest, then begin to look toward the future!  Good luck to our seniors Jake Young, Joe Ciraci, and Joseph Kruse as they pursue their other goals after graduation.

Complete Results

ECC Championship

The boys team headed to the ECC meet with "upset" on their minds!  By all accounts, the team was looking at a 5th place finish, having been beaten by Kings, Turpin, Loveland, and Anderson all season.  Harris Craycraft was coming off of his stress fracture, but getting better.  Clayton Virzi was getting comfortable with his role as the team's first finisher.  Freshman Luke Schneider was gaining confidence and closing in on the top 4 racers each meet.  So the team entered the ECC Championship with very high expectations, but a realistic plan as well:  get out well, pack it up, and hope that a competitor might falter late, then race hard the last 800 meters!  Or the team could hope that some of the ghosts and ghouls on the course could spring to life and attack the runners from the other schools!

Thanks to the help from the Turpin parents on Tuesday with the chute set up, our parents were also rested and ready to go!  Getting to watch the races instead of work them was a nice change this year!  Even the coaches got to be on the course to see the boys in action.  A small field of 41 runners took off in the boys varsity race, so it was going to be a challenge to improve on the predicted 5th place finish!  At the halfway point, all was going pretty well, but Kings had already won the meet!  They had an impressive pack, but the Eagles were running quite well.  Being FAST was not good enough on this day, though!  We needed some fantastic performances to crack the top 3 places as a team.  

As the runners headed down the final straight away, Kings showed what a pack is all about, taking the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th spots overall!  WOW and congratulations to them for this awesome performance.  As the Eagles came to the line, Clayton once again was the top finishing Eagle in an ECC First Team finishing place of 10th!  Earning Second Team all ECC were Harris and Peter, both finishing in the top 20.  Luke and Sean sprinted home together as well, finishing just 28 and 29 seconds behind Clayton with career best times for both of them!  Will Stout added to the list of career PRs by finishing in 18:37, right at 6 minutes per mile.  Thanks to Kings for also helping run the meet by handling all timing and results, it did not take long to see how the Eagles finished:  4th place in the league for a second straight season.  It was a day of career best times, which is a nice consolation for a disappointing 4th place finish out of 6 teams, but at least one team went home disappointed because of the Eagles moving up a place!

With the varsity race complete, the JV runners headed to the line to see if any of them could steal a varsity spot for districts.  The day was warming up, but still perfect for some fast times.  Would the JV runners continue the trend of career best races for Milford?  ABSOLUTELY!  9 JV runners ended their season with the best races of their lives, including some huge PRs.  The highlight of the JV race was Cooper Stooksbury breaking 19 minutes and earning a spot on the varsity team for Districts, but many of these racers had great days as well.  Because we host the invitational in September, then the league in October, it gives the team a  great chance to see improvement over the entire season.  Milford did not disappoint in this regard.  Every runner who ran both meets showed improvement, with drops in time of a minute or more by 13 team members and by more than 2 minutes for 6 Milford runners!  Great job, Guys!  This shows how much hard work and dedication went into the middle part of the season for the boys on the team.

The team now sets its sights on the district meet at VOA next weekend.  Good luck Eagles.

Complete Results

Ross Invite

The boys cross country team headed to Ross on an absolutely perfect day to race.  It was the team's second trip to the far west side of Cincinnati, but hopefully it would prove to be a day filled with fast times.  In 2015, the team set multiple PRs, so the expectations were quite high.  As the team approached the championship portion of their schedule, it was going to be a great day.  A few team members were fighting some nagging injuries, so Ross would hopefully prove to be just what the doctor ordered.  Also, several team members had some additional motivation after an interesting choice made during practice on Friday.

Coach Jorden arrived at Ross and immediately headed out to measure the course.  It certainly appeared to be a bit short last year, but the meet director had adjusted a few turns and the course actually measured a bit longer than 5000 meters.  Now was the time to see how the Eagles could perform.  It did not take long to see that Peter Kroeger had come to shine.  With one of the best runners in the city in the field, Peter Kroeger decided to see what it looked like to run from the front.  It looked great to the coaches!!!  Several other Eagles were in hot pursuit, so things were looking good.  With Elder and Kings in the field, as well as division 2 state power Indian Hill, the team had to race perfectly to hope to crack the top 3.  By 2 miles, the pack was looking good, but it had certainly fallen back from where it had begun the race.  Now, as the team approached the last 300 meters on the track, it looked like Harris Craycraft was going to hold on, despite only running once in the last 10 days.  His foot may have hurt, but he finished runner up to Clayton for the Eagles.  Clayton needed a career PR to beat Harris, but that is exactly what Clayton delivered for the team.  Now, how would that Eagles pack perform to support Clayton's great race?  The answer was delivered quickly, in fact, in less than 45 seconds the next 4 Eagles crossed the line.  Luke Schneider was the Eagles 5th man, once again setting a career PR and finally breaking 18 minutes.  Sean Vonderhaar survived a week-long sore calf to run well, and Peter, after that blistering pace early, finished a strong race, and avoided getting smashed into the fence by an opponent before entering the track.  The team placed in the middle of the pack, but certainly answered some questions about their health, and showed that the ECC meet could still provide some surprises.

When the open race headed to the line, there were still no results posted, so the open race had to just head out and perform without knowing how fast or slow the course was.  The goal was for tons of PRs, as some guys were approaching the 20 minute mark, while others were hoping to get their times closer to their pre-season goal with only 1 meet left after Ross.  As the race got going, the runner from Kings was ready to challenge for a varsity spot by running exceptionally fast.  Elder filled the bulk of the rest of the top spots, but it didn't take too long for the Eagles to start rolling in.  Will Stout finished with the first career PR of the open guys, and he earned a spot in the varsity race for the ECC meet.  Way to go, Will.   Brian Wang, Casey Rhoades, and Ian McClain all ran great races, and broke that 20 minute barrier with ease.  These career PRs were what was expected, but these boys crushed their times on a long course.  Michael Faler, Jared Shapiro, and Cartur Ferguson narrowly missed the 20 minute barrier, but have a great chance at ECCs next week.  Finally, Matthew Broxterman and Elijah Cliffe got involved in the PR parade and both finished strong with their career best efforts.  

For the second time this season, Coach Niemeyer and his trusty dog made the trip to watch the Eagles race.  It was great to see him again, and great for him to put a name with a face after following most of the season on line.  The Eagle coaches love catching up with Niem, and always welcome his insights!  Now we will wait for his ECC prediction, as the team prepares for next week.  It will take a monumental effort to sneak into the top 3 of the conference, but stranger things have happened.  A week of tapering, a week for those lower leg injuries to heal, and a week to focus on the goals set early this year will hopefully lead to the perfect race by all the Eagles on Saturday.  Valley View will be primed for fast times, because if you don't run fast, the ghosts and ghouls on the course might get you!!!  Let's go Eagles.

Complete Results

Kings Invite

The boys cross country team headed to Kings on Tuesday with blue skies and cool temperatures offering a great chance to run fast!  The course was set to be wide open and the field was looking like an ECC preview meet.  Since the Eagles rarely race in weekday meets, the coaches were not sure what to expect.  After a long day of hitting the books and focusing on academic instruction, could the team get fired up to race well?  Only time would tell.  In addition, the Eagles were looking at a few injuries that would force several runners to take the day off.  Without a few varsity regulars, it would be time for other Eagles to gain some varsity experience.

The varsity race had all of the major players from the ECC with the exception of Walnut Hills.  With 3 of the top 10 Eagles' runners on injured reserve, how could the remaining crew compete against the best teams in the league?  An aggressive, early pace showed that the team was going to try, but by the 2 mile mark, it was clearly not going to be the team's best performance.  Clayton Virzi did finish as the top Eagle runner, followed closely by Sean Vonderhaar and Luke Schneider.  Freshman Casey Rhoades took advantage of this opportunity to race varsity by earning a top 7 finish spot for the Eagles.  The results showed that the Eagles raced hard, but the final tally was not too kind:  8th place and last amongst the ECC schools!  The need for the entire team to get healthy certainly presented itself here at Kings.

In the open race, the team did a fantastic job getting ready to race.  The focus of this group of Eagles seemed better than the varsity group, so expectations were high!  Couple that with cooler temperatures and a lighter wind, and it looked very promising for the open runners.  When the gun sounded with another huge field, the Eagles were not afraid to get out!  Cartur Ferguson set the early pace, but several other teammates were out hard and racing well.  That great, focused preparation resulted in several open runners beating the times of the varsity racers.  Great job, guys!  Joe Ciraci and Ian McClain both finished ahead of multiple varsity racers and put themselves in position to challenge for the varsity spot at the ECC meet in a few weeks.  

The day's 2 best races came in career PR form for Jared Shapiro and Casey Rhoades.  These two runners took advantage of the fast course and were not bothered by the distraction of having school all day!!  Way to race.  The team now tries to get everyone back on board and running well before the team travels to Ross on October 8th.  In 2015, it was a meet that boasted drastic PRs by almost every Eagle runner, so the expectations are quite high for this season as well.  The team hopes that fall weather, the last few hard workouts of the season, and some inspired running by everyone puts a positive spin on the last regular season meet before the ECC Championship meet!  Can someone unexpected dig deep and bust a great race at Ross????????  There are several potential candidates to fill that role.  Who will it be?

 

Harrison Invite

The boys cross country squad headed west (way west) to Harrison HS on Saturday.  The team did not attend the Harrison meet last year, but returned this year in hopes of fast times and solid efforts.  The 2 loop, flat course provided everyone with a chance to achieve some fast times, after a solid week of practice.  The team had spent the week training hard with partner relays being the highlight for the varsity and JV groups.  Now we would find out if the hard effort in practice would pay off in the race.  Another highlight of the meet was catching up with former coach and Milford Hall of Fame member Dave Niemeyer who lives in the area and came out to catch the Eagles in some live action!

As the varsity squad took to the line, the field looked as if a solid place could be attained, if all runners did their job.  It was slightly overcast, so times should be good on this pancake flat, 2 loop trip around the airport!  The girls race had featured a plane taking off as the runners circled the runway, so Coach told Peter Kroeger and Sean Vonderhaar to duck if the boys race had the same obstacle!  Luckily, no FAA incidents occurred!  However, Sean did take his passion for "flying" quite literally, as he got a great start and pushed the pace for the Eagles early on!  It was this strong move to the front early that helped the Eagles in the second half.  Harris Craycraft was the team leader at a mile and a half, but a pack of 3 more Eagles was in hot pursuit, and that pack was running well in the top 10.  Hopefully a strong second half of the race would show that the training the team has done WILL ALLOW a strong early start.  Luke Schneider always finishes the second half well, so things we looking bright for the Eagles.

As the race came to a close, ECC rival Anderson took the top individual spot, but the Eagles looked strong after that!  Finishing 4th overall for Milford was Harris, despite a bad toe/foot, iced knee, and other general soreness coming into the race.  Leading the tight pack next came Peter, Clayton Virzi, and Sean, all within 14 seconds of Harris.  Looking confident and racing well, that pack of juniors certainly showed potential for the future.  Sean did all of this after falling down hard and rolling down a hill onto Eagles Way at practice, and almost doing it again in the same workout!  This toughness showed through brightly today on the course!  As has been the rule rather than the exception, we now had to wait for our 5th finisher to reach the line, and hope that not too many racers came between our 4th and 5th spots.  While it can seem like an eternity at times, Luke made it a short wait, finishing 29 seconds behind Sean in a career PR again.  While the pack of Eagles was solid, Anderson was still able to pull away and beat Milford for the championship at Harrison.  The varsity had set the stage with several solid performances, so now it was time for the JV runners to shine.

The weather certainly got "nicer" as the day wore on, unless you had to run!  The sun came out and temperature started to rise, but that didn't' seem to cause many problems for the Eagles.  The team was ready when the gun went off, but they had a tall task ahead of them with the Xavier crew leading the way.  X has a history of bringing tons of boys to race, and today they headed to the front and dominated.  Will Stout led the Milford JV squad with a 41st place finish, as he just snuck in under 20 minutes.  Brian Wang was hot on Will's heels, breaking 20 minutes for 5K cross country for the first time.  Casey Rhoades and Michael Faler also approached the 20 minute mark, but will have to wait for another day to beat that time.  If Michael's practice times this week are any indication, we can expect more great times from him in the very near future.  He was looking strong all week, so maybe Kings or Ross will be the big break through for him!

The Eagles now do the quickest turn around of the season and head to Kings on Tuesday to race.  This opportunity to see several ECC schools and to race again on a flat fast course makes up for the inconvenience of a mid week meet.  The race will serve as a hard workout for the Eagles, and earn them a much needed weekend off next week.  Hopefully some team members can get back on the healthy side, as we make the push to the ECC meet in October.  Harrison was a step in the right direction with 7 team members posting career best times and 10 runners besting their season PR.  If the team can get a few weeks of hard work in and taper the right way, a top 3 ECC finish is looking possible.  The question remains, how willing are these Eagles to suffer the pain of discipline???

Complete Results

Milford Invite

The boys cross country team had spent the last 2 weeks getting ready for the Milford Invite.  It was 2 weeks of hard work and the team was ready.  Thanks to numerous parent volunteers, the meet was ready to roll by Saturday morning.  The folks at Valley View, especially Andy and Chris worked tirelessly to get the course ready for action.  On race morning, it was up to Mother Nature to do her part and keep the forecasted rain and storms away.  Luckily, that is exactly what happened.  By 815 am, all volunteers had checked in with a few to spare and things were looking great.  Now to get the races started and to see if the course could handle the largest field gathered for the Invite.  Only time would tell.

The boys open was our first race of the day and it saw 325 runners take to the starting line.  With such a huge field, it was going to take a great effort to get to the front of this pack.  After battling a tough calf injury, junior Brian Wang set a career PR and finished in 108th place.  Also setting a career PR was freshman Max Kelley, so both boys did their jobs on Saturday.

As the morning went on, the weather became the issue!  All of the amateur weathermen and woman in the crowd announced that rain was on the way!  However, due to some clean living by the Eagles, only a sprinkle on the meet clean up ever happened!  Thank you!!!!

The varsity race saw several strong, local teams on the line. Indian Hill has established themselves as a D2 power, but showed that they could compete D1 by winning the meet outright!  Congratulations to Coach Savage and her Braves.  Great job.  ECC powers Turpin and Loveland were set to battle it out as well, but today was Turpin's day, as they finished second out of the 17 teams.  With a large field, it was important for Milford to get to the front early and establish themselves near Loveland and Turpin.  Harris Craycraft had his sights set on a top 5 finish.  Unfortunately for the Eagles, neither happened on this day.  By the 1.47 mile mark, the Eagles had fallen out of the top 10, but they had developed a close pack.  Harris was in front, but within a matter of a few seconds, Clayton, Peter, and Sean had passed the start/finish area.  Now for the Eagles 5th man, it was freshman Luke Schneider, but he was quite a few seconds behind.  Those points were adding up quickly, but over half of the race was left.  

As the Moeller (by way of Walnut Hills) runner came to the line, we had a new champion.  Last year's winner placed second, but we had no Eagles in sight.  4 ECC rivals were in the top 11, but it took until place 21 for an Eagle to cross the finish line.  Harris was 5 seconds better than last year at the Invite, but his goals are much loftier than that.  The good news for the team was the 1st to 4th runner gap had shrunk to only 21 seconds, and Luke had run the last half of the race very hard, cutting the time behind Sean to only 14 seconds.  With that solid pack, the Eagles placed 7th in the field of 17 teams and moved their season record to 25 wins and 17 losses.  The team is looking forward to the fast course at Harrison on Saturday to get back on pace for some career best efforts!

Without a doubt the highlight of the day was the great work of the volunteers to get a record 1350 racers through the chute!  Several parents came down a week before the meet to help set up, which allowed the work to be completed in under an hour!  Coach Ack was able to spend time mowing, instead of setting up, so the course was smooth and fast, as was the parking area.  At the event, everyone helped out and offered to help out even more!  It became a great event after the possibility of it being a weather disaster, and it was due mostly because of the volunteers!  Coach Jorden gained valuable timing experience in the chute, with the hopes of someday being able to time the invite with our own technology!

Complete Results

Xavier Invite

The boys cross country team headed to Kingswood Park in Mason on a perfect morning to race.  After the heat and humidity of Lakota just 7 days ago, this was going to be a great opportunity to run fast early in the season.  2015 graduates Casey Norman and Carlos Perez came out to watch the Eagles, and the team didn't disappoint!  Although the course had a few rolling hills, the cool temperatures more than made up for it.
The goal for the meet was for team leader Harris Craycraft to set a fast, early pace, then for the top 4 Eagles to finish in a close pack and our 5th man to step up and solidify his spot.  Early on, things were looking solid for the pack of 4, although division 2 powerhouse Badin came to show everyone that they were a force to be reckoned with!  Wow did they pack the front of the race with green jerseys!  Congrats to them on a strong day and a big win overall!
As the race progressed for the Eagles, it was clear that a large gap had developed between our 4th and 5th runner, but the top 4 were running strong.  After hurting his ankle in a workout on Monday, Clayton Virzi used his recovered legs to surge to the shoulder of Harris for the final push to the finish.  In a career PR day for Clayton he finished just a stride behind Harris for 11th place overall!  Some quality workouts over the next few weeks and the ECC better watch out!  Another tight finish between Sean Vonderhaar and Peter Kroeger saw both of these top Eagles add to the career PR haul for the day!  Great effort out of the top 4 with Harris in the top 10 and all four runners in the top 25!
But everyone who knows anything about cross country knows that it takes 5 guys to be successful.  Freshmen Luke Schneider did all he could as our fifth man, lowering his career PR to under 18:30, a great time for a 9th grader who spends half of his time playing for the school soccer team!  Senior Joseph Kruse narrowed the gap between he and Luke, so a little more fitness and the team may have a new fifth man soon!  Keep working hard, Eagles.  The team finished the meet in 4th place out of 15 teams, but could not move up in the ECC standings by defeating Anderson, losing to the ECC rival by 20 points.
We want to congratulate sophomore Gabriel Christensen for earning his sub-20 minute varsity status.  In addition 4 more Eagles got within 30 seconds of this benchmark at Kingswood.  All in all, the weather helped push 11 Eagles to career best times and set the team up for its first break next week.  The team will practice hard for 14 days, then hope to put on a great meet and greater showing at Milford on September 17th.  Plan on joining us at 9 am at Valley View!  Varsity boys race at 10:30 am and the boys open is set for 9:30 am.

Complete Results

East Fall Classic

The boys cross country team opened their season on Saturday after 25 days of practice in the heat of a CIncinnati August!  Lots of questions needed to be answered, but VOA is always a nice course to run well.  Due to the heavy rains a few weeks back, the Friday night Moeller meet had to be cancelled, so the field swelled to 14 teams and tons of runners in our races.  Add to that some very humid conditions and high temperatures and it was going to be a day for the mentally tough and physically prepared.
The Eagles sent 9 runners to the line for the varsity race.  Harris Craycraft had established himself as the Eagle front runner, but where would he stack up against the best runner in the city from Lakota or the top guys in the ECC who were also in the race?  More importantly for the Eagles, who would fill the 2 through 4 spots, and lastly, which runner of the other 5 would round out the scorers in our 5th man spot?  Many questions were about to get answers.
The Lakota runner delivered his message loud and clear:  this was his course and he had no intentions of letting anyone stand in his way.  He looked smooth and strong as he lead from the gun and finished with an easy victory.  But then the ECC showed that it was still a very competitive conference, putting 8 of the next 14 finishers across the line.  Unfortunately, only 1 of them was wearing the red and white of Milford.  Harris Craycraft finished a strong race in 8th place in a time of 17:20 which was a 20 second improvement over last year.  However, a few runners from the ECC whom Harris beat last year must have had great summers, because they were able to finish ahead of the top Eagle.  Harris will undoubtedly use this as motivation to work even harder and smarter as the season progresses.
With the ECC filling the chute, the next Eagle finisher was Peter Kroeger, who finished in his exact same time as last season.  For such a hot day, Peter raced well and answered the question about who would be the second man in for Milford.  Clayton Virzi and Sean Vonderhaar were numbers 3 and 4 for Milford, both cutting time off of their effort from 2015.  Now the coaches anxiously awaited the arrival of the always important Eagles 5th man!  Who would grab the spot that may decide the team's fate in October?  On Saturday, it would be 9th grader Luke Schneider, finishing only 37 seconds behind Vonderhaar.  A great effort in his first high school 5K, Luke finished the race, finished his cooldown, then headed off for a school soccer game just a few hours later!  What a busy day for this freshman!
With the remainder of the team warming up as the varsity race concluded, as did the temperature, the Eagles now turned their sights on the open race to see if anyone could break into the sub 20 minute club.  A few had the potential, but the temperature won this battle today.  However, the race of the day for Milford did come out of this open race.  Sophomore new comer Gabriel Christensen ran a great race, finishing just over 20 minutes, but faster than 3 of the finishers for Milford in the varsity race!  Way to go, Gabriel.  Several other Eagle runners finished their first high school 5K, so now the coaches are looking for some adjustments and some even better races next week. The team will travel to Kingswood Park in Mason to compete on the rolling course hosted by Xavier University.  The team hopes to close the gap on the ECC schools that dominated this first round match up against the Eagles at Lakota.  Loveland won the meet with Kings only 3 points behind.  Turpin grabbed the 4th place spot, while Milford finished in 9th out of the 13 teams fielding a full squad.  Fortunately, there are still 7 weeks left to train before the ECC Championship is put on the line.  The Eagles know that they have to suffer the pain of discipline, if they do not want to suffer the pain of defeat!

Complete Results

 

Time Trial/Alumni Challenge

August 6th was the date of the now annual Time Trial and Alumni Challenge.  The spirit of the competition had been raised this summer with alumni Jay Hayes and Graham Craycraft training with the team daily, and Coach Jorden getting in shape to race this year as well.  Several team members had been racing at the bike trail on Wednesdays all summer, and alumni Brian List and Greg Lemmon dominated the contests most weeks.  It was shaping up to be quite a battle.  Chad Hirschauer, the instigator of the alumni challenge, was consumed with studying for the bar exam, but still got the word out and was ready for race day.  Imagine our surprise when 2 weeks ago, Bellarmine bound Graham Craycraft announced that he would not be attending the event.  After all of his bragging last year that NEXT year would be a dominating performance by the alumni, Graham headed off on vacation.  The varsity team was ready to snatch the victory from the alumni...  However, at practice on Friday top 5 runner Sean Vonderhaar slipped on a blade of grass (or the ice Coach Jorden dumped at Sean's feet) and rolled his ankle, injuring himself and keeping him out of the race on Saturday.  Now it was on!!!!!!  Who would survive and pull off the team victory?

Saturday morning may have been the coolest, least humid day we have seen here since May.  It was a lovely morning and a great day for racing.  Heat and humidity might have been enough to ruin some the chances of a few older alumni, but a cool day meant fast times for the "classic racers".  Brian List actually was out of town, although the alumni were hoping that Brian might actually arrive to be a strong 1-2 punch with Greg.  No such luck for the alums, but a strong showing by Matt Belliston still kept it exciting, right to the last man, or woman.  The race was quickly decided, at least for the top spot, with Greg Lemmon bolting to an early lead and never looking back.  Greg finished in just under 17 minutes, and was really never challenged.  Congratulations, Greg.  Harris Craycraft stepped up big for the team, and ran a strong race, placing second overall.  Alumni Matt Belliston was stalking Harris the last mile, but Harris refused to fade and Matt had not been too far removed from a meniscus surgery, so he could not bridge the gap.  Now it was the team's turn to put pressure on the alumni.  Clayton Virzi and Pete Kroeger were next across the line, and that means only 2 varsity scorers were needed.  With Sean on the sidelines with the bum ankle, would this be where the alumni seize control????  It sure looked like it when Jay and Coach Jorden crossed the line next.  Would the alumni pull off another victory, and maintain their undefeated streak?  Jake Young had other thoughts, as he took the 8th spot.  So with 45 seconds left to the magic "20 minute varsity qualifying time", each squad had put 4 guys in!  The score was close and the results would be determined by the next few spots.  Could Kelli Johnson or Lorin Conti be the difference to send the alumni to a victory?  Would the varsity finally break through?  It was going to be close.  Newcomer Luke Schneider was the next finisher, breaking 20 minutes and earning that varsity status as a 9th grader.  Joseph Kruse and Cooper Stooksbury also broke the 20 minute barrier, and most likely solidified the victory for the varsity squad.  BUT HOLD ON JUST A SECOND...  A win and 3rd place finish is tough to beat, so the scores were tallied and a NASA super-computer was enlisted to be sure, but in the end, despite protests and challenges, and the suggestion that we age grade the times, the final results showed the varsity scoring 28 and the alumni scoring 29.  Somewhere, Graham Craycraft shed a tear and Brian List cursed his silly vacation.  The alumni had been defeated!

Now, several other team members showed solid improvements.  Jared Shapiro and Elijah Cliffe have made great strides and showed it by cutting minutes from their time last year.  Now the team needs all runners to dedicate themselves to proper training and hard work to capitalize on this great start to the 2016 season.  The team will compete for the first time at Lakota on August 27th.  Until then, the heat may flare up, the humidity may rise, but the Milford Eagles will realize that it is better to suffer the pain of discipline than to suffer the pain of defeat.

  1. Greg Lemmon 16:57

  2. Harris Craycraft 17:41

  3. Matt Belliston 17:55

  4. Clayton Virzi 18:19

  5. Peter Kroeger 18:35

  6. Jay Hayes 18:42

  7. Matt Jorden 18:54

  8. Jake Young 19:14

  9. Luke Schneider 19:41

  10. Joseph Kruse 19:51

  11. Cooper Stooksbury 19:57

  12. Will Stout 20:08

  13. Kelli Johnson 20:13

  14. Brian Wang 20:14

  15. Casey Norman 21:12

  16. Cartur Ferguson 21:13

  17. Mike Carter 21:15

  18. Lorin Conti 21:17

  19. Casey Rhoades 21:25

  20. Scott Sears 21:30

  21. Chad Hirschauer 21:50

  22. Joe Ciraci 22:00

  23. Ian McClain 22:14

  24. Gabriel Christensen 22:22

  25. Karl Chavez 22:25

  26. Michael Faler 22:34

  27. Jared Shapiro 22:58

  28. MJ Salvucci 24:14

  29. Max Kelley 24:47

  30. Elijah Cliffe 26:14

  31. Matthew Broxterman 28:38

  32. Will Lickert 30:02