The anticipation is building for the 2009 Midwest Meet of Champions!
The 2009 version of the MMOC has all the key ingredients for a great day of elite team and individual cross country competition. The MMOC has a festive atmosphere with loud music, top ranked teams, great depth, top individuals from several states and a fan friendly course that has yielded some blazing times in years past.
Last year, the Mason boys and Magnificat girls won MMOC team titles which catapulted each to Ohio D1 state meet championship victories. Both teams return most of their key runners this fall. Mason and Magnificat are nationally ranked and return to defend their titles this year.
Boys Race of Champions - Virtual Meet
Mason is led by junior phenom Zach Wills. He made a national splash with his 15:02 clocking in winning this meet a year ago. Wills has won a state cross country title and 2 track titles in his first 2 years in high school. He could be well on his way to having the most decorated high school career of any distance runner in
Wills is currently ranked #2 in the country after running 14:54 at the Culver Academy Invitational and many are anticipating a sub 15 minute 5K at this year's MMOC. Other top individuals include Daniel Garleb and Nick Hissrich (Pickerington North), John Sweeney and Evan Baum (St Ignatius), Tsehaye Hiluf (Reynoldsburg), Tim McConnell (Hudson), Travis Hawes and Ethan Bokeno (LaSalle), Greg Turissini (Toledo St John), Josh Sabo (Richfield Revere), Jay McKenna (Darby), Nick Schneider (Dublin Jerome), Kyle Wheeler and Dylan Papp (Green), John Kieffer (Dublin Coffman), Doug Norris (Vandalia Butler) and Alejandro Arroyo (Culver Academies). Last year 18 runners ran under the 16 minute barrier at this race.
While Zach Wills is the heavy favorite to win the boys individual race, Mason will be pushed by the top teams in
St. Ignatius is ranked #1 in
Girls Race of Champions - Virtual Meet
The girls race features teams that are ranked #1, #3, #5, #6, #7 and #10 in D1 and #2 and #8 in D2 in Ohio, plus Sacred Heart - big school runner up in Kentucky a year ago!
Rocky River Magnificat is led by seniors Madeline Chambers and twin sisters Clare and Abby Fischer. Magnificat earned a trip to
#1 Magnificat is the favorite but there are several powerhouse teams that will challenge the Blue Streak. #3
The individual race should be outstanding. Chambers was 2nd last year and should be near the front once again. She will likely be pushed by junior Waverly Neer (
It should be a great day of racing at the Midwest Meet of Champions on Saturday, October 3rd!
Races begin at 9:30 am at Hilliard Darby high school.