A relatively unknown runner nationally one year ago while winning state titles in his senior year of high school back home in Ohio, Eastern Michigan University freshmen Tyler Brown is now in position to compete for a medal and potentially gold on the World stage at the World Junior Championships in the 400 meter dash. The second fastest qualifier coming in the meet, Brown opened up his weekend winning his prelim heat by withstanding a late challenge from Great Britain's Jack Crosby for a 46.45 victory to move onto the next round.
Vandalia - Butler Sophomore Emma Bryant was the leading D1 Freshman in last years 2013 OHSAA State Cross Country Championships. She ran 9th in a time of 18:51.30. She followed that up in the spring with an 8th place finish in the D1 1,600. (5:03.81)
Here is a look at the top 50 Sr. girls returning for the upcoming 2014 cross country season. The list is based off of times ran in cross country during the 2013 season. Annie Heffernan of St. Urusla Academy leads the runners with a 17:39.00. Heffernan is the defending D1 State Champion. One other Sr. girl is under the 18:00 mark. Coldwater's Sarah Kanney. Kanney was 4th in last year's D3 race (18:51.13). She ran 17:54.58. The fastest time for all returners is by Jr. Mary Kate Vaughn of Oakwood who ran 17:36.00 at the Bob Schull Invitational. Vaughn was the D2 runner up to Sr. Taylor Vernot of Waseon, who has the 3rd fastest time of the returning Sr's with an 18:04.40.
Here is a look at the top 50 Sr. boys returning for the upcoming 2014 cross country season. The list is based off of times ran in cross country during the 2013 season. Colin Burdette of Hilliard Davidson leads the runners with a 15:12.91. However, Kyle Mau of Hudson, who posted the second fastest time (15:21.93) is the highest placer from last fall's OHSAA State D1 Championships, running 3rd. Burdette was 18th. (15:57.86)
St. Xavier Senior Michael Vitucci was 8th in last years OHSAA State Cross Country Championships (15:42.20.) He is the #2 returner and followed up last year's XC season with a 1st Place in the D1 1600, running 4:07.96. He also anchored the Xavier boy's to an All Ohio State Record in the 4x800 (7:36.33) and split a 1:49 as he anchored the team to a win in the 4x800 at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals (7:37.26).
Effective with the 2015 high school track and field season, the prohibition of jewelry will be eliminated. This was one of several rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
MileSplit USA has appointed Mark Stonecipher as it's Ohio Web Master. Stonecipher lives in Marysville, Ohio and has been involved with OhRunners and OhioMileSplit for over four years as an Administrator, Staff Writer and Photographer.
Fairless High School pole vaulter Allyson Simmons was one of 8 individuals that have been selected to the MileSplit All-American Team in the girls pole vault from the 2014 outdoor season as they have been chosen by MileSplit as the 8 best national performers in their event from this past spring.
Junior Ann Heuerman led the Upper Arlington team last year at the OHSAA State Cross Country Championships. She placed 10th in her State premier running (18:51.98). As a Sophomore, she also placed 11th last spring in the D1 3200. (11:13.79) Watch for Ann to continue moving up on the podium.
Wyoming Senior Ben Stites ran well as a Junior placing 6th (16:22.21) in the D2 OHSAA Cross Country Championships. In 2012 he was 38th(16:34.10). He followed up his 6th place XC run with a 7th place finish in the D2 1600, running 4:22.58.
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas JR Athena Welsh was 6th in last year's D3 OHSAA State Cross Country Championships. On the track in 2014 she was 1st in the Girl's D3 1600 (5:02.98) and 2nd in the 3,200 (11:16.43).
In August of 2011 we posted an article on "How Freshman Funners Fare at the Varsity Level", in particular, at the OHSAA Cross Country Championships. We looked at freshman stats for the years from 2008 to 2010. Statistically, at the State XC Meet, less than 10% of the boys are freshman and approximately 20% of the girls. Why do we not see more freshman? There may not be a simple answer, but the statistics do continue to indicate that there is a definite maturation that takes place; physically, mentally and in experience, and that there is even a more distinct difference between the boys and the girls as they transition from the Middle School to the High School level in all three divisions.
St. Edward's Steele Wasik was named the Gatorade Ohio Boys Track & Field Athlete of the year. He recently placed 5th in the USATF Junior Nationals in the decathlon totaling 7,289 points and setting a new national record in the 110m hurdles. Next he is off to compete at the Pan-American Games in Ottawa!
Fairless's Allyson Simmons was named the Gatorade Ohio Girls Track & Field Athlete of the year!
- Article Comment: MileSplit USA Appoints New OhioMileSplit Web Master - Mark Stonecipher
- Article Comment: Top 50 Ranked Sr. Girls XC Returners by Time
- Article Comment: Catching Up with the Top Returners 2014 - Michael Vitucci
- Article Comment: XC Freshman at the State Meet 2014 OhioMileSplit Update!
- Ohio State Meet Videos
- Race the site of three national cross country championships
- USA Juniors
- Article Comment: St. Xavier Boy's Win New Balance National's 4 x 800!
- 10:55.13 3200m by Annie Heffernan @ OHSAA State Track and Field Championship
- Midwest Meet of Champions
- AAU Junior Olympic Games
- Lehigh Invitational
- Ryle Invitational
- Tomcat Invitational
- PTXC 6 - Presented by New Balance
- Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational
- Covington Catholic Invitational
- Mason County Cross Country Invitational
- Rumble through the Jungle
- Slippery Rock University Cross Coutry Invitational
- Emani Griffin to Murray State University
- Noah Cook to Coker College
- Nick Schank to Kent State University
- Garrett Crichlow to University of Akron
- Aundrea Busse to University of Kentucky
- Alyssa Strickland to Urbana University
- Mim Stonecipher to West Virginia Wesleyan College
- Jackie Siefring to University of Akron
- Dawson Mancabelli to Coastal Carolina University
- Dawson Mancabelli to Coastal Carolina University