Eric Finan, New Richmond’s running superstar, will continue his stellar career at University of Cincinnati

December 29th, 2006    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Eric Finan, Clermont County’s most recent fantastic footman of legendary leg laurels, has recently signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to continue his education and athletic career at the University of Cincinnati next school year. He plans to major in mechanical engineering at Cincinnati.

Finan’s stellar career at New Richmond High School has included three years of cross country and four years of varsity track and one year of swimming. He has earned seven varsity letters and has earned Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) honors in cross country and track. Three times he earned Runner of the Year honors in the SBC.

The son of Jeff and Elaine Finan holds cross country records on many of the area high schools’ 3.1-mile courses. These include owning marks at New Richmond, Bethel-Tate, and Loveland.

His best-ever cross country time was at this year’s Division II state championship race that took place in Columbus. His time was 15-minutes, 48-seconds that earned him fourth place, an improvement of two spots ahead of last year’s state appearance.

Eric Finan, second from right, just completed signing his collegiate letter-of-intent to continue his education and cross country and track careers at the University of Cincinnati. One of Clermont County
Naturally, a superior cross country runner should be good in distance runs during track season. As a junior he was fourth in Ohio in the Division II 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:20. 26

His best-ever time in the 800-meters is 1:58.6, a time he turned in at the Goshen Invitational last year.

With all of the athletic accolades, the New Richmond senior has somehow found time to participate in other NRHS activities. He is or has been a member of the National Honor Society, men's chorus, Clermont Leadership Gifted Program, and band.

Finan has been grateful to several people for their support and encouragement during his sports career. "By dad and mom have always encouraged me and took me to meets all over, even meets out of the state," he said. "Jack Kinsinger (cross country coach) and Warren McConnell (track coach) were big influences in my running
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