2013 Cross Country
Coach - Andy Wietmarschen (St. Xavier)
Breaking news!  Andy Wietmarschen is officially the head coach of St. Xavier cross country.  He follows in the footsteps of two of the greatest coaches this city has ever seen.  When Larry Merkel arrived at St. Xavier in 1978, the program had not accomplished a whole lot.  He built their numbers up to 100+ runners, but it wasn't until 1998 that St. Xavier won their first DI state title.  Larry would go on to win two more titles in 2000 and 2003 to total three state titles, a feat that had only been accomplished by one other boys coach in Cincinnati, Steve Spencer of Elder (1982, 1986, 1988, 1989).  When Larry retired as head coach, his long time assistant, Mike Dehring, took over and won back-to-back DI state titles (2012, 2013), a feat only accomplished by two other local boys coaches previously in Steve Spencer (1988,1989) and Frank Russo of La Salle (2005, 2006).  St. Xavier had tied Elder for the most state titles in Cincinnati school history by winning five times.  Mike Dehring also established another first for Cincinnati or even state wide Ohio coaches by directly qualifying to the Nike Cross Country Nationals in Portland, Oregon from a regional meet.  Mike also had the highest finish at the national meet of any Ohio team with a sixth place finish.  Now Andy Wietmarschen is next in the long blue line to continue this tradition of excellence.  The Southwest Ohio Track & Cross Country Coaches Association extends their congratulations and only wishes the best for Andy and his Bombers in the future.
Athlete - Brittany Clark (Goshen)
Brittany Clark of Goshen was named to the Divisions II-III all city first team.  She was Division II district champion and finished 36th at the regional. 
Athlete - Courtney Turner (Goshen)
Courtney Turner of Goshen was named to the Divisions II-III all city first team.  She was district runner-up and 46th at regional. 
Athlete - Jennifer Saxton (Mariemont)
Jennifer Saxton (#964) was named to the Divisions II-III all city first team.  She was the CHL league runner-up, 4th at the DIII district, and 16th at the DIII regional.
Athlete - Ailee Henderson (Mason)
Ailee Henderson of Mason was named to the Division I all city first team by the Enquirer.
The freshman was 10th at the DI district, 15th at regional, and 30th at the state meet.
Athlete - Catherine Adams (McNicholas)
Catherine Adams of McNicholas (#1153 on left in photo) was named to the Divisions II-III all city first team.  She was DII district champion and 39th at the regional.
Athlete - Olivia Connaughton (Walnut Hills)
Olivia Connaughton of Walnut Hills was named to the Division I all city first team in cross country.  The photo above show her wearing a Nagel Middle School jersey in 2012 where she won the Ohio Middle School DI State Championship.

As a freshman at Walnut Hills this year, she was 4th at the DI district meet, 13th at the Troy regional, and 36th at state.
Athlete - Griffin Stith (Batavia)
Griffin Stith of Batavia was named to the Divisions II-III all city first team.  He was DII district champion and 31st at regional.
Athlete - Adam Petry (Deer Park)
Adam Petry of Deer Park was named to the Divisions II-III all city first team for 2013 cross country.  He was runner-up at the CHL championships, 4th at DIII district, 12th at regional, and 37th at state.
Athlete - Claire Burns (New Richmond)
Claire Burns (on right #1224) of New Richmond was named to the Divisions II-III all city first team.  She was the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division Runner of the Year, was third at the Division II district meet and 51st at the regional.
Athlete - Cara Schildmeyer (Anderson)
Cara Schildmeyer of Anderson was named to the Division I all city first team.  She won the Eastern Cincinnati Conference meet, was 7th at district, 10th at regional and 39th at state.  .
Athlete - Lindsay Myers (Princeton)
Lindsay Myers of Princeton was named to the Division I first team all city in cross country.  She was 5th at district, 11th at regional, and 42nd at state.
Athlete - Lamuel Bean (Purcell Marian)
Lamuel Bean of Purcell Marian (on right #1497) was named to the Divisions II-III cross country first team all city.  He was Runner of the Year in the GCL-Co-ed, was third at the DIII district, seventh at regional, and thirty-seventh at state.
Athlete - Ben Call (Lakota East)
Ben Call of Lakota East (#2373 on left) was named to the Division I all city first team.  He was runner-up at the GMC championship, fourth at district and seventh at regional qualifying to the state meet.
Athlete - Ellie Brush (Mason)
Ellie Brush of Mason(on left in photo #606) was named to the Division I all city first team. She was 4th at district, 19th at regional, and 15th at state.  She finished right behind Leah Ford to give Mason a powerful 1-2 punch in leading the Comets to a second straight DI title in Columbus.
Coach - Travis Glendenning (Wyoming)
Travis Glendenning, head coach at Wyoming, was named as the Division II-III boys coach of the year.  He led the cowboys to back-to-back CHL titles.  He also coached the team to four straight DII district championships.  His team finished fourth at this year's state meet, a first for the Wymong cross country program.
Athlete - Max Hoffman (Wyoming)
Max Hoffman of Wyoming was named to the Division II-III all city first team in cross country.  He was 4th at district, 25 at regional and ran on the Cowboys 4th place state team which was a Wyoming school record finish at state.
Athlete - Ian Goertzen (Wyoming)
Ian Goertzen was named to the cross country Divisions II-III all city first team.  He is now a senior but has made the DII first team all district for three years.  He was district runner-up this season and ran on Wyoming's state qualifying team where they had the highest state meet finish in school history.
Athlete - Andrew Schille (Oak Hills)
Andrew Schille of Oak Hills (on left #1470 after winning Lebanon Inv.) was named to the Division I all city first team this past cross country season.  He was 4th at the GMC championships, fifth at the DI district meet, 9th at regional, and 47th at state.
Athlete - Zac Thompson (Mason)
Zac Thompson of Mason (#3146 in center front) was named to the Division I all city first team.  He was 5th at the GMC meet, third at the DI district, 11th at regional, and 38th at state. 
Athlete - Elena Horton (Indian Hill)
Elena Horton of Indian Hill was named to the Divisions II-III all city first team.  She was CHL champion, 4th at district and 32nd at regional.
Athlete - Andrew Lake (Kings)
Andrew Lake of Kings was named to the Division I all city first team.  He won the Eastern Cincinnati Conference meet, was 4th at DI district meet and 14th at regional to qualify to the state meet.
Athlete - Nick Grismer (Mason)
Nick Grismer of Mason (front center of picture) was named to the first team all city team in cross country by the Enquirer.  He was GMC runner of the year, won the district championship, and was third in the regional.
Athlete - Sophie Adams (Summit Country Day)
Sophie Adams of Summit Country Day was named to the Divisions II-III cross country all city first team.  She was district runner-up and fifth at the regional meet.  She also ran at state at Summit's first ever squad to make it to state.
Athlete - Connor Shaw (Summit Country Day)
Connor Shaw of Summit Country Day has been named to the Divisions II-III cross country all city first team.  He was 7th at district, 26th at regional, and a member of the team which finished 4th at state.
Athlete - John Murdock (Summit Country Day)
John Murdock of Summit has been named to the Divisions II-III all city first team. He was district runner-up and finished fourth at the regional meet.  He ran on Summit fourth place team at state.
Athlete - Sofia Ordonez (Summit Country Day)
Sofia Ordonez of Summit Country Day was named to the Division II-III cross country all city first team.  She was 5th at the DIII district meet and 35th at the regional meet. She ran at state on Summit's first ever state qualifying team.
Athlete - Will Mackey (Summit Country Day)
Will Mackey of Summit Country Day was named to the Divisions II-III all city first team.  He was 6th at the DIII district meet and 23rd at regional.  At the state meet, he was the third team member to cross the finish line helping the Silver Knight to a fourth place team finish.
Athlete - Emily Ray (Summit Country Day)
Emily Ray of Summit Country Day was named to the Divisions II-III all city first team.  She was third at the DIII district meet and 10th at the regional meet.  She qualified with the team to its first ever appearance in the state meet.  Emily is second from the left wearing bib #419.
Athlete - Ellie Adams (Summit Country Day)
Ellie Adams of Summit Country Day was named Divisions II-III Cross Country Runner of the Year.  She won the DIII district and was runner-up at the regional.  She led the team to its first ever berth in the state championship.
Athlete - Mason Moore (Summit Country Day)
Mason Moore of Summit Country Day was named to the cross country Divisions II-III all city first team.  He won both the district and regional meets.  His 25th place at state led the team to a fourth place finish at state. 
Athlete - Cole Grabowski (St. Xavier)
Cole Grabowski, junior at St. Xavier, was named to the Division I cross country all city first team. He was fifth at the GCLS meet earning all league first honors there also, 6th at the district, 18th at regional, and 29th at state.
Athlete - Brad Eagan (St. Xavier)
Brad Eagan of St. Xavier was named to the cross country all city first team.  He was also named all GCLS first team with his fourth place finish, was 7th at district, 15th at regional, and 34th at state. The junior ran cross country for the first time this year.
Athlete - Charlie Jordan (Mariemont)
Charlie Jordan of Mariemont (on right in front in picture) was selected to the first team all city cross country team for Divisions II-III.  As a sophomore, he was third in the CHL league meet, fifth at the district meet, eleventh at the regional meet and qualified to state for the second time. 
Coach - Mike Dehring (St. Xavier)
Mike Dehring of St. Xavier was named the Division I Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Enquirer after leading the Bombers to a second straight DI state championship.  He also coached his team to a perfect score (15) in their league meet (GCLS) for two straight years, a feat that had never been done twice in the history of the league and only done once before for one year.  

He is the only coach to directly qualify his team to the Nike Cross Nationals from Ohio by finishing first or second at the Nike Midwest Regional.   Also, no other team from Ohio has ever qualified twice since the National meet began in 2004.

He had all five of his scorers make the all city team, a feat never done before.

Mike has climbed to the top of the mountain in both Cincinnati and Ohio cross country history and announced he is retiring as head coach of the Bombers to devote more time to his family and job.  His shoes will be nearly impossible to fill by his successor.
Coach - Kurtis Smith (Summit Country Day)
Kurtis Smith has been named as the Divisions II-III Cross Country Coach of the Year for S.W. Ohio by the Enquirer. Coach Smith led the Lady Silver Knights to a historic first in the 2013 season as the team qualified to the state meet for the first time in school history with their historic regional runner-up finish. Four of the girls he coached also made first team all-city including the Division II-III female runner of the year in Ellie Adams.  The three other first team all-city team members were Sophie Adams, Sofia Ordonez, and Emily Ray.
Coach - Chip Dobson (Mason)
Chip Dobson, Mason girls cross country head coach, was named Division I Coach of the Year by the Enqurer for the second straight year in 2013 after previously winning the honor in 2012.  He led the Comets to their second straight DI state tile which is no easy task since only three schools had previously accomplished it in DI (Colerain, Bowling Green, and Magnificat).  He also guided the Comets to a fifth straight district championship.
Athlete - Michael Hall (St. Xavier)
Michael Hall of St. Xavier was named the Division I Runner of the Year.  He won the GCLS league meet, district and regional meets and was fourth at state with a time of 15:28.

In the photo above, Michael Hall (#238 on the left) takes over the lead at the Nike Cross Nationals on December 7,2013.  Michael would go on to finish 15th and be named an "All American".  He led St. Xavier to a 6th place finish in the national team standings, the highest finish ever for a Cincinnati area team or for an Ohio team at the Nike Nationals.

He finished 20th overall at the Nike Midwest Regional and received a tee-shirt to signify his status as third team all region.  His 14 points in the team scoring as St. Xavier's third man helped them garner a second place finish to move on to Portland, Oregon as a national qualifier.

 Michael Hall of St.Xavier with his fourth place finish time of 15:28.70 led St. Xavier to its second consecutive DI state cross country championship at National Trail Raceway on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  St. Xavier has now won five state championships in cross country (1998, 2000, 2003, 2012, and 2013) tying them with Elder for the most among local schools.  St. Xavier's point total of 46 was the second lowest since 1970 in the big school division when the state went to three classes/divisions.

Athlete - Annie Heffernan (St. Ursula)

Annie Heffernan of St. Ursula was named the Division I Runner of the Year.  She won the GGCL league meet, district meet, regional meet, and state meet.

In the photo above (#105 in center), she runs at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional meet in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She was on the podium for finishing 14th and making second team all region.  Her time was 18:12

She ran at the Nike Midwest Regional on November 17, 2013 and made the All Region Second Team with her 11th place finish.

 She captured an Ohio Divison I State  Cross Country championship on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at NationalTrail Raceway in Hebron.  There was no denying Annie this time as she build up a substantial lead over last year state champion, Lebanon's Jacquelyn Crow, who was unable to catch her at the end this year finishing thirteen seconds behind Heffernan's wining time of 18:13.90.


 

Athlete - Emma Hatch (Mercy)

Emma Hatch of Mercy was named to the Division I all city first team.  She won the district meet, was third at regional and fifth at state.

In the photo above (far right #583), she is shown running  at Nike Midwest Regional where she was 15th and the top runner on the Nike Midwest Regional Third Team All Region.

 Emma Hatch of Mercy finished fifth in the DI girls state meet with a time of 18:38.99.  Her place was the highest finish ever by a Bobcat cross country runner at state. Previous best was 12th as confirmed by the athletic office at Mercy.

 

 

Athlete - Tom Clark (Mason)

Tom Clark of Mason was named to the Division I all city first team.  He was GMC and district runner-up and finished 13th at state with a time of 15:49.02 .This was his second year making all state for finishing in the top 15 at the state meet.

In the photo above (Center of picture in front), he is shown competing for Team Ohio at the Mid-East cross country championships and was their fifth scorer to help Team Ohio win the meet.

 



 

Athlete - Michael Vitucci (St. Xavier)

St. Xavier's Michael Vitucci is named to the Division I all city first team.  He was GCLS runner-up, first team regional finisher, and eighth at state.

In the photo, he is shown running at the Nike Midwest Regional where he was Third Team All Region and got his tee-shirt stating such as a lasting momento for his 18th overall place at the Nike Midwest Regional Championships held at LaVern Gibson Cross Country in Terre Haute, Indiana on November 17, 2013.

 Michael Vitucci of St. Xavier finished eighth at the Ohio DI state meet with his time of 15:42.20.  The 4th, 5th, and 8th place finishes at state helped St. Xavier score one of the lowest winning totals at state in the history of big school cross country.


Athlete - Evan Stifel (St. Xavier)

Evan Stifel of St. Xavier was named to the Division I all city first team.  He was district runner-up, regional runner-up, and fifth at state.  His overall best time of the year was 15:15.

In the photo, he is shown on his way to a stunning upset win at the Nike Midwest Regional held at LaVern Gibson Cross Country course in Terre Haute, Indiana. Evan's first place finish led St. Xaver to an automatic qualifying spot at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon, the first Ohio team to directly qualify without an ex-large bid. His winning time in the rain, mud, and pools of water on the course was 16:03.7

 Evan Stifel finished fith at DI state meet behind teammate Michael Hall (4th) and ahead of teammate Michael Vitucci (8th) to give the Bombers three in the top eight places and one of the lowest points totals (46) ever at the big school state meet.  Evan's time was 15:29.82.



Athlete - Abbie VanFossen (Lakota East)
Lakota East's Abbie VanFossen was named to the Division I all city first team.  She was district runner-up, seventh at the regional and eleventh at state.  In the photo, she finishes 11th in the DI girls race at state with her time of 18:53.07.
Athlete - Catherine Finke (Ursuline Academy)
Catherine Finke of Ursuline was named to the Division I all city first team.  She was third at district, fifth at regional, and 7th at state.  In the photo she is finishing 7th at the DI state meet with her time of 18:42.25 to help the Lions secure a magnificent third place team finish at state with two runners in the top seven overall.
Athlete - Christine Frederick (Ursuline Academy)
Christine Frederick of Ursuline Academy was named to the Division I all city first team. She was runner-up at district, fourth at the regional, and fourth at the state meet.  In the photo, she is finishing at state with her fourth place finish time of 18:32.77 to lead the Lions to a stunning third place at state ahead of the favorite to win it all in Centerville. This was Ursuline's highest finish at state in school history.
Athlete - Ben Stites (Wyoming)
Ben Stites of Wyoming (far right in picture) was named as the Division II-III Runner of the Year.  He won the CHL and district meets, was fifth at the DII regional meet, and sixth at the state meet.  In the photo he is finishing sixth at state with a time of 16:22.21 as he leads the Cowboys to a completely unexpected fourth place for Wyoming's highest finish ever at state.
Athlete - Leah Ford (Mason)
Leah Ford (#602 on right) of Mason was named to the Division I cross country all city first team. She was 3rd at the district meet, 34th at the regional and 14th at state.

In the photo above, Leah Ford heads to the finish line at National Trails to lead the Comets to a DI state championship.  Ford ran 18:56.92 for 14th place to lead Mason to a 31 point victory over a surprising Beavercreek team while the pre-meet favorite Centerville faded to fourth.
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 Award
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.

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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