Milford’s boys cross country team set the pace for all Clermont countians, both guys and gals, in the district champiopnship races.
Division I boys
Milford was runner-up in the Division I run.
The Eagles’ point total was 66. St. Xavier was the champion with 42 points. A total of 14 teams competed. Glen Este was 11th with 246 points. Amelia did not enter a complete five-man squad.
Matt Belliston, Milford senior, was fifth overall on the 3.1-mile course at the Voice of America Park in West Chester. His time was 16-minutes, 24.32-seconds. The victor was Dan Thaler of St. Xavier who broke the tape in 16:03.69.
Among the 99 total competitors, other notable Clermont County placers and times were earned by the following: Matt Bayman of Milford (seventh place) 16:40.19, Robbie Dearhammer of Milford (ninth) 16:42.55, Josh Herrel of Amelia (17th) 17:10.58, Austin Bever of Milford (18th) 17:16.11, C. J. Pickelheimer of Glen Este (21st) 17:20.39, Mark Bayman of Milford (29th) 17:40.15, Daniel Wulker of Glen Este (44th) 18:09.42, and Tony Scharf of Glen Este (45th) 18:12.86.
Glen Este freshman Michelle Thomas added to her growing list of laurels for the current cross country campaign. She was the individual champion of the Division I girls B race. A total of 50 individuals competed. Seven complete five-girl teams took part. Kings was the team titlist with 38 points; Glen Este was fifth with 138. Amelia did not have a complete five-person unit.
Thomas' victorious time over the 3.1-mile Voice of America Park course was 18:47.05, more than eight seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Other creditable Clermont countians with their places and times were Stephanie Stoffel of Glen Este (25th) 21:00, and Beth Wilson of Amelia (27th) 21:12.25.
In the Division I girls C race, Milford was sixth among the 10 complete contingents entered. The E-Gals tallied 153 points; Oak Hills was the team champion with 53 points. A total of 68 individual runners competed.
Lacee Kurtz, Milford junior, was the best finisher for Clermont countians with her eight place overall finish in 19:54.98. Other good performaces were turned in by Rebekkah Randall of Milford (13th) 20:22.03, and Laurin McClure of Milford (38th) 21:49.15.
Division II boys
The Division II boys race also took place at the Voice of America Park.
New Richmond was in the fore front of this 12 complete team chase. The Lions totaled 227 points to gain seventh place, Batavia was ninth with 241, and Goshen was 11th with 268. The champion was Hamilton Badin with 52 points. Bethel-Tate did not field a full five-guy squad. A total of 86 male harriers competed.
Louie Schaljo, Bethel-Tate sophomore, was Clermont County's best individual placer. He competed the 3.1-mile course 18:40.80 which was good enough for 29th place overall.
Other top times for Clermont countians belonged to Thomas Cowan of Batavia (31st) 18:48.84, Timmy Hall of New Richmond (36th) 18:59.17, Nathan Braswell of Batavia (39th) 19:06.32, Anthony Goodrich of New Richmond (41st) 19:09.24, and Nick Gabbard of New Richmond (42nd) 19:10.17. The best Goshen finish was earned by Andrew Smith (46th) 19:17.25.
Division II girls
The girls turned in some superb performances at Voice of America Park.
Wyoming was the team titlist with a total of 36 points over a field of nine teams. New Richmond was fourth with 119 points and Goshen was sixth with 133. Bethel-Tate did not compete with a full five-runner team.
Alana Kennedy, New Richmond junior, finished fifth, individually, in a clocking of 20:51.71. Tarah Cole, Bethel-Tate senior, was sixth in 21:06.42. There was a total of 72 runners in this race.
Other good times recorded by Clermont countians were Veronica Burnam of New Richmond (13th) 21:36.82, Kelsey Gaffney of Goshen (22nd) 22:36.25, Rebekkah Winterberger of Goshen (23rd) 22:40.70, Colleen Foote of Goshen (26th) 22:47.40, and Raisa Finch of New Richmond (23:39.81. The best performance from Batavia belonged to Lora Faris (49th) 24:46.36.
Division III boys
Also at Voice of America Park, the boys division III district race took place.
There was a total of 12 complete teams. Felicity was not among this number. The victor was Cincinnati Christian with a total of 44 points.
The first Cardinal to complete the 3.1-mile course was Matt Sharp. He came in 70th among 94 individuals harriers in a time of 22:58.25.
Division III girls
There were no Clermont County participants.