The Loveland Invitational began, for some teams, the boys and girls high school varsity cross country season. Four Clermont County schools competed in this annual event that took place at Grailville, in Loveland.
In the boys division, the host Tigers won the team championship with 18 points; Glen Este was third with 68; Goshen, fourth, with 114; New Richmond, fifth with 125; and Amelia did not enter a full five-competitor team.
The winning time over the 3.1-mile course was turned in by Loveland’s Nick Baker in 16-minutes, 56-seconds. The best Clermont County finish belonged to Glen Este’s C. J. Pickelheimer who finished sixth with a clocking of 17:26.
Other top Clermont County performances were recorded by Josh Harrell of Amelia, eighth place, in 17:45; Daniel Wulker of Glen Este, 12th, 17:59; Tony Scharf of Glen Este, 17th, 19:23; Mitch Neal of Glen Este, 18th, 19:34; Jacob Buchanan of Goshen, 20th, 20:09; Ben Werle of New Richmond, 21st, 20:13; Nick Gabbard of New Richmond, 21st, 20:13; Zack Romohr of Glen Este, 23rd, 20:39; Darren Garrett of Goshen, 24th, 20:46; and Garth Whitaker of Goshen, 25th, 20:46.
Michelle Thomas, Glen Este freshman, was the overall winner among the girls, completing the 3.1 mile course in 19:51.
Other top Clermont County finishes were earned by Staci Hicks of Goshen, ninth, 20:48; Stephanie Stoffel of Glen Este, 10th, 20:50; Alana Kennedy of New Richmond, 13th, 21:18; Beth Wilson of Amelia, 18th, 22:40; Jaimie Hamlet of Glen Este, 19th, 23:03; Shelby Pickelheimer of Glen Este, 22nd, 23:22; Kelsey Gaffney of Goshen, 23rd, 23:34; Colleen Foote of Goshen, 24th, 23:48; and Andrea Belmont of New Richmond, 25th, 24:04.
Milford's boys finished an impressive second among 21 teams in the Lebanon Invitational. St. Xavier was the winning team with 64 points and Milford tallied an extremely close 67 points.
Setting the Eagles through their paces was senior Matt Belliston who completed the 3.1-mile course in 16:28; Matt Bayman was 10th overall in 16:57; Robbie Dearhammer was 14th in 17:09; Austin Bever, 16th, 17:12; and Mark Bayman, 25th, 17:29.
The Milford girls also turned in a respectable performance at the Lebanon Invitational. In the 18-team girls division, Mason was the winner with 62 points and the E-Gals were sixth with 195.
Leading the way for the Red and White was junior Lacee Kurtz who was eighth overall in a clocking of 20:26. The next best Milford effort was recorded by Rabekkah Randall who was 27th overall and turned in a time of 21:43.