2014 Cross Country
Athlete - John Sence (Milford High School Wake Forest University)

John Sence (center) was inducted into the OATCCC Hall of Fame in the class of 2015.  Here is his bio.

Milford High School sensation, John Sence, lived up to the school’s mascot name and flew like an Eagle at the State Championship level in both cross country and track. His junior and senior year battles with future Olympian, Bob Kennedy, were classic races that anyone present still remembers. John was the 1987 and 1988 State Runner-up in the 3200M and in 1987 was also the State Runner-up at the Cross Country State Championships. He went on to win All-American honors by finishing as the National Runner-up at the Kinney (now Footlocker) CC National Championships.

From Ohio, John went on to Wake Forest where he helped the Demon Deacons to ACC team championships in 1989 and 1990. In 1989, the cross country team placed 3rd at the NCAA Championships. John earned All American honors in the 10,000M in both 1992 and 1993 earning All ACC honors along the way. In 1993, he was named Wake Forest’s Most Valuable Track & Field of the Year.

For John, the longer the race the better. His post collegiate career saw him become a dominating force in American long distance running over the next decade. A winner of numerous regional and national races during the 1990’s, John was the USA Running Circuit Grand Prix Runner-up in 1996 and Champion in 1997. John was the 1997 and 1998 National Champion in the 25K and earned berths on the US World Half Marathon Team in 1996 and 1999. Other major wins included  the 1999 Las Vegas International Half Marathon Title followed up the next year with the Toronto International Half Marathon Championship.

John ran in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials and in 2011 was a member of the Inaugural Class of the Greater Cincinnati Running Hall of Fame.

Coach - Bill Bretz Jeff Timmers (Reading Mariemont)
At OATCCC Hall of Fame Induction, Jeff Timmers (on right) OATCCC District 14 rep. with Bill Bretz (on left) OATCCC distinguished service award winner.

Athlete - Annie Heffernan (St. Ursula)
Annie Heffernan was co-runner of the year in DI as she won the DI Regional race at Troy but couldn't run at the state meet due to injury.  She also won  the prestigious Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational in a meet record time of 17:35.90 smashing the existing course record of 17:46.06, 
Athlete - Maegan Murphy (Mason)
Maegan Murphy of Mason was named as the DI Co-Runner of the Year as she finished fourth at the state meet to lead her team to the DI state runner-up title.  She also won the GMC league meet and district meet at VOA park.  She was regional runner-up at Troy.
Athlete - Michael Vitucci (St. Xavier)
St. Xavier's Michael Vitucci was named overall Runner of the Year after winning the DI state title in 2014.  He also won league, district and regional championships.  In 2013, he was third finisher for St. Xavier at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, OR to help his team to the best ever Ohio team finish at Nationals as the Bombers came in sixth place, a mere three points behind fifth place Carmel, IN.
Coach - Chip Dobson (Mason)
Chip Dobson was named the DI Girls Coach of the Year after he led to Lady Comets to a state runner-up finish.  It was his second state runner-up finish.  His team was also second in 2010.  He coached his girls to back to back state titles in 2012 and 2013.  In 2012 his girls point total of 42 was the second lowest score ever recorded in any class since the distance was increased to 5,000 meters in 1982.  Prior to taking over the program at Mason, he won two DII state titles (2002,2004) and one state runner-up title at Taylor (2003).  Since arriving at Mason, his girls cross country teams have qualified to the state meet for ten consecutive years.
Coach - Tom Rapp (Mason)
Tom Rapp was named the DI Coach of the Year as he led his Comets to their second DI state title in cross country.  He also coached them to a state championship in 2008 and a state runner-up finish in  2012.  He has led Mason boys to the state meet a total of eight straight times (2007,2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).  He also coached Zach Wills to three straight individual state championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010)
Athlete - Division I State Cross Country Champions 2014 (Mason)
Mason boys won the 2014 DI State Cross Country Championships on 11/1/14 at National Trails Raceway with a total of 121 points.
Athlete - Michael Vitucci (St. Xavier)
Michael Vitucci winning the DI Boys State Championship on 11/1/14 with a time of 15:34.53.  He also won the Troy DI boys regional race on 10/25/14 with a time of 15:35.53, the DI Race A District meet on 10/18/14 at VOA Park in 15:26.64, the GCLS league meet in 16:22.70 on 10/11/14, the St. Xavier Invitational in 15:32.20, the Tiffin Carnival in 15:22.26 on 9/6/14 and the Moeller Primetime Invitational in 16:18.99 on 8/22/14.
Athlete - Mason Boys Regional Champions (Mason)
Mason's boys won the DI Troy Regional Championship on 10/25/14 with a score of 55 to second place St. Xavier's 66. 
Athlete - Annie Heffernan (St. Ursula)
St. Ursula's Annie Heffernan in her first race back in three weeks from an injury wins the DI girls Troy Regional in 18:14.44.  Her first win was the OHSAA pre-season meet on 8/16/14 in 17:59.53. She also won  the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational in a meet record time of 17:35.90 smashing the existing course record of 17:46.06, the Milford Inv. on 9/13/14 with her then fastest time of they year in 17:43.8, the Moeller Primetime Inv. for the third straight year in 18:01.24, and Section I of the Mason Inv. on 9/6/14 in 18:02.31

Athlete - Mason Regional Champions (Mason)
Mason girls won the DI Troy Regional Championship on 10/25/14 with a mild upset of favored Centerville 56-75.  Team members and their places in the team scoring were Maegan Murphy (2), Ellie Brush (7), Allie Henderson (9), Erin Brush (18), Leah Ford (20), Delaney McDowell (24), Bethany Angstadt (52).
Athlete - DIII Boys Regional Champions (Summit Country Day)

Summit Country Day boys won the DIII Troy Regional meet with a point total of 48 to beat second place Anna by 52 points (100).  Team members pictured left to right and their places in the team scoring were Mason Moore (1), John Murdock (2),  Will Mackey (19), Scott Kinross (33), Matt La Macchia (35), Grady Stuckman (8), and Tullis Dean (18).

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Athlete - Mason Moore (Summit Country Day)

Mason Moore of Summit Country Day won the Troy DIII Regional race with a time of 15:54.87.  He also won the DIII District race at VOA Park on 10/18/14 in 15:39.13 and the MVC meet in 16:04.33 on 10/9/14.

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Athlete - Maegan Murphy (Mason)

Mason's Maegan Murphy won the Race A District meet on 10/18/14 in 18:06.64,

She also won the GMC meet in 18:15.71 on 10/11/14, Miami University Cross Country Invitational on 9/13/14 in 18:25.96, and the Finishtiming Invitational held at Wilmington College on 8/23/14 with her time of 19:31.76  

Athlete - Erica Schloemer (Seton)

Seton's Erica Schoemer won the DI Race B District meet on 10/18/14 in 18:45.78.

She also won Fairmont Firebird Inv. in 19:09 and the GGCL championship on 10/11/14 in 18:43.31.

Athlete - Nick Grismer (Mason)

Mason's Nick Grismer won the DI Race B District meet on 10/18/14 on 15:49.70.

He also won the GMC meet in 15:30.34 and the Section I race at the Mason Invitational on 9/6/14 in 15:42.52 and the Xavier University Invitational on 8/30/14 with a 15:26.46.

Athlete - Katie Spray (Wyoming)
Wyoming's Katie Spray won the DII Race A District race on 10/18/14 on 19:52.28.
Athlete - Claire Burns (New Richmond)

New Richmond's Claire Burns won the DII Race B District race at VOA Park on 10/18/14.

She also won the New Richmond Inv. on 9/20/14 in 19:44 and the Jim Neu inv. on 9/2/14 in 21:10.

Athlete - Ben Stites (Wyoming)

Wyoming's Ben Stites won the DII Race A District race at VOA Park on 10/18/14 in 15:57.01.

He also won the Cedarville Inv. in 16:24.29.

Athlete - Michael Christman (Madeira)
Michael Christman of Madeira won the DII Race B District race on 10/18/14 at VOA Park in 16:38.13.
Athlete - Kansas Greenwell (Purcell Marian)

Kansas Greenwell of Purcell Marian won the DIII Girls District race at VOA Park on 10/18/14 in 19:18.18.

She won the Fenwick Inv. on 9/17/14 in 19:49.96.

Athlete - John Murdock Mason Moore (Summit Country Day)

Mason Moore (on right #1246) and John Murdock (on left#1281) give Summit Country Day as powerful a 1-2 punch as any team in the state.  John won the Deer Park Invitational on 10/4/14 in 16:47.71 while Mason ran 16:47.89. 

Photo: Courtesy of Kandid Kids Photography, http://www.kandidkidsonline.com

Athlete - Rachel Haslem (Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy)

CHCA's Rachel Haslem as she wins the CHCA Inv. on 9/30/14 in 19:54.8 at VOA park.

She also won the MVC league championship at the same site on 10/8/14 in 20:13.38.

Athlete - Michael Crawshaw (Mason)
Mason's Michael Crawshaw on his way to winning the Ross Invitational in 17:18.2 on 9/29/14.
Athlete - Adam Petry (Deer Park)
Deer Park's Adam Petry won the Seven Hills Invitational on 9/27/14 with a time of 17:36.48
Athlete - Rosie Menyhart (Sycamore)

Rosie Menyhart won the Kings Inv. on 9/23/14 in18:53.21.

Sycamore's Rosie Menyhart ran away with the girls division of the Sycamore Sunset Invitational on 8/18/14 with a time of 19:39.53.

Athlete - Nick Stone (Anderson)
Nick Stone won the Kings Inv. on 9/23/14 in 16:35.90
Athlete - Jackson Coates (Bethel-Tate)

Jackson Coates of Bethel-Tate as he wins the New Richmond Invitational on 9/20 with a time of 17:01

He also won felicity Invitational on 9/6 in 18:00 and Goshen Inv. on 9/16 with a 16:43

His latest victory came on 9/23/14 at the Blanchester Inv. in 17:20

Athlete - Claire Burns (New Richmond)

Claire Burns won the New Richmond Inv. on 9/20/14 in 19:44.

She also won the Jim Neu inv. on 9/2/14 in 21:10

In the photo above, she is shown coming in 5th at the Mason Inv. Section II on 9/6/14 in 20:33.72.

Athlete - Grace Kelly (Ursuline Academy)
Grace Kelly of Ursuline won the All Midwest Catholic Invitational with her time of 19:09.88
Athlete - Ryan Burrows (Lakota East)

Lakota East's Ryan Burrows won the Harrison Inv. on 9/20/14 with a time of 16:15.88

Photo courtesy of Howard Hudson via dropbox

Athlete - Abbie VanFossen (Lakota East)

Lakota East's Abbie VanFossen won the Harrison Inv. on 9/20/14 with a time of 19:33.0

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Athlete - Kansas Greenwell (Purcell Marian)

Purcell Marian's Kansas Greenwell won the Fenwick Inv. on 9/17/14 in 19:49.96

In the photo above, she is shown finishing 13th (G race) at the OHSAA pre-season meet in 21:37.31

Athlete - Hayley Perkins (Winton Woods)
Winton Woods Hayley Perkins standing at her cross country practice site at what used to be the old Greenhills high school course.  Hayley has won two meet thus far this year.  She won the Winton Woods Warrior Invitational on 9/6/14 on this same course in 23:52.4.  She won won the Hamilton Big Blue Invitational on 9/16/14 in 22:06.67.
Athlete - A. J. Erdaty (Milford)

Milford's A. J. Erdaty won the Milford Invitational in 16:29.8 on 9/13/14

In the photo, he is shown running in the Harrison Inv. on 9/20/14 where he finished third in 16:40.91

Athlete - Makenzie Diedesheimer (Oak Hills)
Makenzie Diedesheimer of Oak Hills wins the Princeton Inv. in 20:39.50
Athlete - Ian Thundorst (Little Miami)
Ian Thunhorst of Little Miami wins the Princeton Invitational in 16:58.50.
Athlete - Craig Kaiser (Clark Montessori)

Clark Montessori's Craig Kaiser won the Norwood Invitational boys race in 19:13 on 8/30/14

He also won the CHCA Inv. on 9/30 in 17:18.12

Athlete - Jordan Gregory (Colerain)
Colerain's Jordan Gregory won the Loveland Tiger Cross Country Invitational on 8/30/14 with a time of 16:39
Athlete - Hannah Tober (Colerain)
Hannah Tobler of Colerain won the Loveland Tiger Cross Country Invitational on 8/30 with a time of 19:41.
Athlete - David Jaeger (Lakota East)

East's David Jaeger won the Miamisburg Invitational on 8/30 in 16:24.37.

He also had previous won the Lakota Fall Classic on 8/23 at VOA park in 16:38.53.

Athlete - Cara Schildmeyer (Anderson)
Cara Schildmeyer (front) of Anderson gets a well deserved rest after holding off Megan Zeinner (Right) of Mercy to win the Xavier University High School Cross Country Invitational on 8/30/14.  Cara ran 19:35.85 while Megan ran 19:35.91
Athlete - Brandon Mullins (Princeton)
Brandon Mullins of Princeton winning the Bob Schul Invitational in 16:34.30 on 8/23.
Athlete - MIchael Huschart (Elder)
Michael Huschart of Elder on his way to winning the Finishtiming Invitational at Wilmington College on 8/23/14 with a time of 16:51.60 to lead Elder to the team championship.
Athlete - Megan Zeinner (Mercy)
Megan Zeinner of Mercy pictured above at the halfway point won the Lakota East Fall Classic on 8/23 in 19:56.94 overtaking the early leader Abbie VonFossen of Lakota East in the last half of the race.
Athlete - Zach Birdsall (Fairfield)
Fairfield's Zach Birdsall won the boys division of the Sycamore Sunset Invitational on 8/18 with a time of 17:09.92
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

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

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

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

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

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:

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:

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