-Athlete Name: Emily Roberts
-School: Fredericktown High School
-Year of Graduation: 2014
Nick M. Gaumer, age 16, of Fredericktown, Ohio passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2011 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born on March 17, 1995 in Columbus, Ohio to Mike and Carrie (Gerrard) Gaumer.
If you know Nick Gaumer, you know he was a runner. Nick was a three time letter winner for Fredericktown High School cross country and a two time state qualifier where he just finished in 88th place in the State of Ohio. He was a two time varsity letter winner in track and is currently tied for 13th place on the All Times Runner list at Fredericktown High School. (via www.snyderfuneralhomes.com)
How do Freshman runners fare at the varsity level? How do they transition from the 2-mile, Middle School distance, to the 3.1 mile varsity distance? Obviously, there are some very talented Middle School runners, but statistics indicate that very few step up as Freshman into the varsity spotlight. At last year’s OHSAA Cross Country Championships, in all six boys and girls divisions, a total of 883 runners competed. Of the 883, 98, just 11% of the runners were Freshman. A closer look at the Freshman statistics for each of the divisions is interesting, but what are the reasons that we don’t see more Freshman faring well at the varsity level? There may not be a simple answer, but the statistics do 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.
We just wrapped up the start of the most exciting 22 days in Ohio High School Cross Country. Let's take a look back at the conference meets. Also check out which boys team wore pink to race in this weekend.
Preview for the Pickerington North Regional, including qualified teams, qualified individual runners and predictions for each race. Look for the Tiffin Preview on Tuesday and the GlenOak Preview on **Thursday**.
Trying to figure out who is the best team is nearly impossible without running any races, but OHRunners has tried to do just that (solely based on last year's results and returning runners). Over the next few days we will take a look at the top returning teams for both genders in all divisions. Today we take a stab at the Preseason Division 3 Top 10 Boys Teams.
It was the first busy weekend for Ohio Indoor Track and Field with seven different meets taking to the track to heat up the competition for qualifying to the state meet. Many great performances were ran, jump and thrown this weekend. Click on the title to read about each meet.