It was another stellar weekend around Ohio and are boots were on the ground at two of the biggest meets.
Tiffin University played host to the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival, an annual meet that sees upwards of 5,000 performances while Watkins Memorial High School hosted the McGowan Invitational in Pataskala.
We recapped all the action from these two big meets, but make sure to keep it locked on Ohio MileSplit for weekend content from all across the state.
Tiffin Cross Country Carnival
Caleb Brown Breaks 15:00 In D2 Varsity Race
The senior from Shelby may have lost most of his supporting cast from last year, but Caleb Brown has hardly let that affect his 2019. On Saturday, the phenom dropped a head-spinning 14:56.3 in the D-2A Varsity race.
"Prior to the race, my coach and I discussed going for sub 15 as we knew I'd have more competition and knew that I was capable of the task," Brown said. "We wanted to come through the mile in approximately 4:40, and I believe I ended up coming through in 4:38. I started to gap the field and knew I had to keep my foot on the gas. I ended up running 9:30 through the 2 miles and had a good idea I had it secured but knew it wasn't going to be easy."
Coming off OH No. 1 performances at the Seneca East Tiger Classic (15:18.15) and Ashland Invitational (15:09.40), Brown became the first Ohioan to break the 15:00 barrier this season. Last year, Ohio saw two accomplish the feat, but had to wait until mid-October.
It's early September.
After running 4:13 and 9:05 respectively in the 1600 and 3200 this spring, Brown is already solidifying himself as the top talent in Ohio boys cross country and made a major statement on Saturday.
"The swarm of fans and supporters helped coming up the final hill. My coach was yelling my splits around the final bend and said I needed to really get my legs turning over in the last straight away to go sub 15. I ended up crossing at 14:56 and it felt great. I have a lot more in me and can't wait to compete again in a few weeks."
Brown was a full 29 seconds ahead of Ayersville's Noah Fisher, a stellar talent in his own right. Fisher's 15:25.9 was not a season best, but was his third performance under 15:30 this season already, and fourth sub-16:00.
The top two pulled away from the rest of the field, but three others traversed the course in under 16:00 with Carroll's Kevin Agnew (15:47.7), Heath's Xavier Foehl (15:50.4), and Edison-Milan's Tyler Coon (15:58.8) all coming under the barrier.
Duvall, Iler, Williams Battle It Out In D1 Race
The race for the individual crown in Division 1 this November is already heating up, and we've still got seven weeks to go!
On Saturday, Pickerington North's Matt Duvall made a major statement with his victory in the Division 1 race at Tiffin. Duvall was the 4th best returner based on time in the top enrollment division, but had seen himself dip to 10th in the D1 rankings in the early goings. He was able to leapfrog two of the athletes ahead of him en route to a huge personal best and Division 1 No. 2 mark of 15:22.5.
The two athletes he leapfrogged on Saturday were not too far back and were also able to improve their personal bests. University School's Justin Iler dropped a second off his 15:30.10 from last Saturday, running 15:29.5 this weekend for the runner-up finish. Just a tick behind him was Worthington Kilbourne's Tanner Williams who improved upon his 15:36.52 best from last Saturday. The top nine boys in this race were sub-16:00 as Ohio boys are off to a flying start.
Snellenberger Holds Off Amicon for D3 Win
In another close duel, the Division 3 race came down to a sprint between East Canton's Demetrius Snellenberger and Grandview Heights junior Derek Amicon. Snellenberger was able to hold on for the victory, but both athletes put on a show in personal best times.
Snellenberger's 16:00.7 was 27 seconds better than his previous season best on his way to the victory. In the early going, the 2018 D3 runner-up has already improved on his previous lifetime best from last October. Amicon was not far behind, though, in 16:01.9. He has already raced four times this season and has three marks at 16:12 or better. They are now numbers 2 and 3 in Division 3 after Saturday's race.