Seven Clermont countians placed among the top 100 of almost 10,000 runners in the Flying Pig Marathon. The 26-mile race took place recently in the streets of downtown Cincinnati.
Setting the pace for the known Clermont County competitors was Brian List of Milford who finished third overall in a time of 2-hours, 33-minutes, 56-seconds.
The other one-half dozen marathoners included Milford High School coach Dave Ackerman, himself a former Eagle cross country and track star, who was 28th in 2:52.34; Charles Sherman of Milford, 48th, 2:58.05; Jeffrey King of Milford, 51st, 2:58. 37; Bruce Jones of Loveland, 53rd, 2:58.41; Rod Sparks of Batavia, 54, 2:58.48; and former Milford High School cross country and track star Steve Kneipp, 83rd, 3:05.35.
Clermont countians have done themselves extremely proud in this prestigious event. Former college All-Americans John Sence of Milford and John Wellerding of Amelia have been in the forefront of all the competitors in previous marathons.
Sence was All-American at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, N. C.) and Wellerding was All-American at Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, Mo.). He was a finalist in the marathon trials for the 1984 United States olympic team and today is the athletic director and a head coach at Bellarmine College (Louisville, Ky.).