Mideast Championships: Introducing Team Ohio Men's Roster

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We are set for the 2021 Mideast Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering. 

The senior class all-star affair will feature teams from the state's of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, along with the host Ohio squad. 

The MileSplit Ohio team will be providing exclusive meet coverage in the way of race videos, photos, interviews and social media updates.

Make sure to follow along with our live-results platform to see how the competition unfolds in real time. All runners will toe the line with our company supplied MileSplit bibs. 

Before the gun sounds, see the personal best marks produced by all team members (found below and on the subsequent page) and review the thoughts shared from head coach Matt Paxton. 

"I am incredibly honored to be selected as the Head Coach for the boys for Team Ohio for the Mideast Championships this year. We have a great squad with 2 of the 3 state champions and the DII state champion from track in the 1600. It led to some hard choices to fill out the team with no one making it who ran over 15:45 at the state championships this year."

"I have worked with the team the last several years as an assistant and the experience really is incredible for the athletes. They get to meet the best runners from their state and the other three states and spend a considerable amount of time together while the state coaches associations make sure they are taken care of."

"This leads to a great environment where the camaraderie they develop really is something unique. These young men also get to compete head-to-head with the best of the best from their state and others during the championship season in a way that running a meet with divisions in each state really doesn't offer."

"We will have multiple state champions some of which are from the same state getting to spend 2 days together and sharing a banquet while the members of our team will be able to eat several meals together, run together, and stay overnight together."

"This really is something special for these young men and I am so proud to be asked to help make this happen for them."

-- Coach Matt Paxton 

William Zegarski / Little Miami

Personal best times: 800m - 1:59.15, 1600m - 4:17, 1 Mile - 4:16.8 3200m - 9:05, 5000m - 15:03.6, 5k XC - 14:39.9 

Luke Ondracek / Walsh Jesuit

Personal best times: 800m - 1:58, 1600m - 4:25, 3200m - 9:20, 5k XC - 15:18.0 

Colby Adams / Louisville

Personal best times: 800m - 2:00, 1600m - 4:28, 3200m - 9:42, 5k XC - 15:25.9 

Keegan Souhan / Beavercreek

Personal best times3200m - 9:29, 5k XC - 15:34.6 

Hayden Schmidt / Anna

Personal best times1600m - 4:26, 3200m - 9:30, 5k XC - 15:44.11  

Jonathan Varner / Waynedale

Personal best times800m - 2:01, 1600m - 4:30, 3200m - 9:34, 5k XC - 15:49.5