CHAMPS National: Clute, Ackley, Rice

(Connor Ackley representing Team Midwest at Champs National Cross Country Championships 2022, where he finished 5th with a 15:11.80 performance) 

Photo Credit: Raymond Tran

While most have begun their indoor track and field campaigns, a select few earned the opportunity to compete amongst the best in the country at the Champs National Cross Country Championships in San Diego, California. 

These few being Connor Ackley (Hil. Davidson 2023), Tommy Rice (GlenOak 2023), and Katie Clute (Olmsted Falls 2023)

While this was the first time any of them have raced at this prestigious competition, they all represented not just Ohio, but the Midwest very well, who ended up winning the team score on the boy's side with a resounding 18 points and placing 6 in the top-10.

On the boy's side, Connor Ackley secured himself All-American honors with a 5th place finish in 15:11.80, while Tommy Rice placed 26th with a 15:43.70.

On the girl's side, Katie Clute placed 22nd with an 18:11.00 performance.

See below for race interviews

Connor Ackley

Tommy Rice

Katie Clute