By Chris Chaney
The future of the Clermont County faction of track and field athletes in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference looks bright as five of the eight selections to the conference’s all-league teams were made up of underclassmen. Milford had five individuals placed on the All-ECC teams while Glen Este put a trio on the rosters.
Milford’s track and field team’s enjoyed flashes of success during the 2013 season, but found their new conference to be a tough mountain to climb. In the season-ending league meet, the girls finished fifth and the boys finished sixth.
Earning a nod from the conference on the boys’ side for the Eagles were hurdling expert David DiSilvestro and distance runner AJ Erdaty. DiSilvestro was named to the First Team All-ECC while Erdaty was an Honorable Mention.
Both underclassmen — DiSilvestro is a sophomore and Erdaty a freshman — the pair look to headline the Milford track and field team for years to come.
DiSilvestro, who competes in both hurdling events, finished second at the ECC meet in the 110-meter hurdles and was the league champion in the 300-meter hurdles, notching a league-best time of 40.70 seconds.
Erdaty finished sixth in both the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run at the conference meet.
The pair of Glen Este boys selected to the All-Conference teams were freshman Jacob Hamilton and senior Alec Benjamin.
Hamilton, a Second Team selection for his pole vaulting, finished second in the ECC meet, but was able to advance to the regional meet thanks to a third-place finish at the district meet. For just a freshman, his future looks promising.
As Hamilton completed his first year in purple and white, Benjamin wrapped up his last. The senior discus thrower finished sixth at the ECC meet.
On the girls’ side, Milford placed three individuals on the All-Conference roster, led by junior Lia Sturgeon. The pole-vaulter was a league champion clearing 9-feet-3 inches.
Sturgeon’s teammate, freshman Clare Cartheuser, was a league runner up in the discus throw and as a result, was named to the Second Team All-Conference. Finally for the Lady Eagles, sophomore Sami Ellis was named as an Honorable Mention for her fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash.
The Lady Trojans loan All-Conference rep was junior Jamie Thomas, a distance specialist who finished 10th in the 800-meter run and 11th in the 1600-meter run.