Milford and Goshen are first to finish in cross country championship chases

Milford and Goshen were in the forefront of Clermont County’s efforts in three conference cross country meets. New Richmond’s Eric Finan and Goshen’s Staci Hicks were individual champions in their respective races.

Milford’s boys were runners-up in the Greater Miami Conference (GMC). Sycamore was the winner with 65 points, Milford had 70, Oak Hills 74, Lakota West 93, Colerain 101, Middletown 137, Lakota East 140, Princeton 230, and Fairfield 246. Hamilton did participate.

Nathan Bullock was the Red and White’s first finisher placing seventh overall in a time of 16-minutes, 51.20-seconds. The winner was Taylor Williams of Sycamore in 16:04.55. The other Milford placers were Robbie Dearhammer (13) 17:12.53, Matt Belliston (15) 17:17.81, Matt Bayman (16) 17:21.39, Aaron Ball (19) 17:26.02, Austin Bever (23) 17:39.28, and Mark Bayman (26) 17:46.76.

In the girls race of the GMC, Oak Hills scored 48 points, Colerain 55, Lakota West 70, Sycamore 108, Lakota East 134, Milford 148, Fairfield 167, Middletown 202, and Princeton 255. Hamilton did not participate.

The E-Gals were led by Courtney Krummert who came in 14th overall in a clocking of 20:09.22. The other Milford finishers were Rabekkah Randall (25) 21:03.50, Laurin McClure (26) 21:03.97, Samantha Martin (34) 21:34.08, Jessica Bloomer (49) 22:41.57, Lacee Kurtz (56) 23:18.41, and April Myers (57) 23:18.82.

In the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division (SBC-A) boys race, Western Brown was the champion with 62 points, Goshen had 67, and New Richmond 113.

In the SBC National Division, Georgetown was the victor with 43 points, Blanchester had 177, and Felicity 193.

New Richmond senior Eric Finan was the SBC overall champion over the Wilmington College 3.1-mile course. He came in more then 45 seconds ahead of the runner-up. He was timed at 17:01.06. Other Clermont countians rounding out the best 20 placers were Cody Monk of Goshen (4) 18:23.45, Louie Schaljo of Bethel-Tate (5) 18:26.61, Robert Romeo of Goshen (6) 18:26.88, Darren Garrett of Goshen (8) 19:04.88, and Danny Little of Bethel-Tate (17) 19:38.75. Tyler Hensley was Batavia’s best finisher coming in 25th with a time of 20:31.67 and Alex Jarman was Felicity’s first to come in, he was 29th, in a time of 20:42.91.

Among the girls, Western Brown won out with 28 points, Goshen had 69, and New Richmond 84.

Goshen junior Staci Hicks won the SBC laurels with her time of 20:41.41. Clermont countians placing in the top 20 finishers were Alana Kennedy of New Richmond (2) 20:26.14, Tarah Cole of Bethel-Tate (5) 21:22.91, Jessica Fisher of Bethel-Tate (11) 23:44.04, Audrey Bolte of Batavia (13) 23:48.27, Kelsi Gaffney of Goshen (14) 23:50.50, Colleen Foote of Goshen (15) 24:03.35, Kim Steele of Goshen (17) 24:18.78, Emily Hanna of New Richmond (18) 24:38.29, and Andrea Belmont of New Richmond (19) 24:43.12.

In the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division (FAVC-B), Glen Este was fifth among the boys squads. Loveland won with 25 points, Anderson had 55, Mason 58, Harrison 120, and Glen Este 123. Winton Woods did not field a full five-man team.

The Trojans were led by CJ Pickelheimer who was 14th in 17:28.92, he was followed by teammate Daniel Wulker (20) 17:59.05.

In the girls run, Mason won the gold with 38 points, Loveland had 42, Anderson 53, Glen Este 125, and Harrison 127. Winton Woods did not participate.

Stephanie Stoffel led the Purple and White by finishing fourth in 19:36.53.

In the SBC Cardinal Division, Amelia’s girls earned fourth place. Turpin won out with 20 points, Kings had 43, Wilmington 112, Amelia 116, Walnut Hills 117, and Little Miami 145.

Kayla Wakefield’s seventh place time of 20:10.65 set the pace for the Barons. Teammate Beth Wilson was 13th in 20:48.57.

Glen Este and Goshen’s male cross country teams competed in the Wyoming Invitational that took place on the Landmark Baptist 3.1-mile course.

Goshen was eighth among the 14 complete teams with 230 points and Goshen was ninth with 261. Amelia and Bethel-Tate did not enter complete five-harrier contingents. Hamilton Badin was the victor with 62.

The Trojans’ CJ Pickelheimer paced the Clermont countians with his seventh place finish in 17-minutes, 23-seconds. Amelia’s Adam Sprague was 11th in 17:37, and Bethel-Tate’s Louie Schaljo was 15th in 17:54.

Among the girls, there were 11 full teams. Glen Este led the way for Clermont County with 179 points, good for fifth place, and Goshen was eighth with 223. Amelia and Bethel-Tate were also represented. The host Cowgirls were the winners with 38.

Goshen’s Staci Hicks was the first Clermonter in with a time of 20:51 earning her second place. Amelia’s Kayla Wakefield was fourth in 21:08, Bethel-Tate’s Tarah Cole was seventh in 21:32, GE’s Stephanie Stoffel was 11th in 21:51, and Amelia’s Beth Wilson was 12th in 21:55.

New Richmond competed in the Elder Invitational that took place over the 3.1-mile course at Rapid Run Park.

New Richmond senior Eric Finan clocked in first with a time of 15:37, 20 seconds before the second place finisher came in.

The Lions were ninth among the 15 teams with 296 points. The host Panthers were the champions with a total of 37 points.

On the distaff side, the Red and Black was seventh among the 12 teams. The Lions scored 227 points.

Alana Kennedy was New Richmond’s pacesetter with her ninth place finish in 19:47.

Milford raced in the Centerville Stampede that took place at Centerville High School. A total of ten squads took part over the 3.1-mile course.

The Eagles came in sixth as a team with 168 points. Vandalia Butler triumphed over all with a total of 60 points.