The fastest returning girls runners within the Foot Locker Midwest Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The fastest returning boys runners within the Foot Locker Midwest Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Wauseon Junior Taylor Vernot is the OHSAA defending D2 State Champion, running a 18:04.40. As a Freshman she ran 11th in 18:49.17. On the track she was 10th in 2012 in the D2 1600 (5:16.47) and last spring she was 6th in the 1600 (5:07.25) and 11th in the 3200 (11:42.67).
Urusline Academy Senior Catherine Finke was 7th in last years D1 OHSAA State Cross Country Championships with a time of 18:42.25.
Watch the US men's 4x400 meter relay team at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon featuring three Virginians in Michael Cherry on anchor, Josephus Lyles on opener, and Ricky Morgan on third leg along with World Junior 400 meter finalist Tyler Brown from Ohio on second leg maintain an "Old Dominion" over the rest of the World.
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Jr. Fallon Doyle of St. John's Central placed 8th in last years OHSAA D3 State Championships with a time of 19:06.53. She was 3rd in her freshman year, running 18:35.81 and in 2012 ran 11th with a 18:51.15.
Here is a look at the top 50 Junior girls returning for the upcoming 2014 cross country season. The list is based off of times ran in cross country during the 2013 season. Oakwood's Mary Kate Vaughn is the only returning Junior under the 18:00 mark. Vaughn was 2nd in last year's OHSAA State D2 Championships to Wauseon Sr. Taylor Vernot.
Ohio continues to reload every year and the 2014 Cross Country season will be no exception. A strong group of Juniors will challenge for top honors and a podium spot. Daniel Reynolds of Hilliard returns with the top time from last year of 15:22.35. He was also 9th in last years D1 1600 with a time of 4:15.78. Eight others ran under 16:00 last year.
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).
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- Emani Griffin to Murray State University
- Noah Cook to Coker College
- Nick Schank to Kent State University
- Garrett Crichlow to University of Akron
- Alyssa Strickland to Urbana University
- Aundrea Busse to University of Kentucky
- Mim Stonecipher to West Virginia Wesleyan College
- Jackie Siefring to University of Akron
- Dawson Mancabelli to Coastal Carolina University
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