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Boys Track And Field Opens At Coaches Classic

Posted on: April 5, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE: Head Coach Shane Bartholomew returns for his fourth year leading the Eagles.  Bartholomew is enthusiastic about the number of veterans returning for the 2018 season as well as a number of athletes new to track and field.  A roster of experienced seniors in mid- and distance events, coupled with existing and new sprinters, should help Milford’s boys track team improve upon their seventh place finish at the 2017 Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championship.

 

PREVIEWING THE EAGLES:  Senior Manny Fernandez returns to compete in hurdle events.   Fernandez narrowly missed advancing to Regionals after a fifth place finish in the 110 hurdles at last season’s District meet.   Fellow senior Dillon Coleman is back as well to compete in mid-distance events, including the 400 meter dash and relays. 

Harris Craycraft, who in the past has consistently ranked in the top ten of the ECC, returns for his senior year to lead the distance runners.  Craycraft will be joined by classmates and fellow cross country runners Clayton Virzi and Sean Vonderhaar.

Fernandez has experience in long jump, while sophomore Jonny Burton competed previously in high jump.  Senior Mitchell Cox returns for field events.  Newcomers who should make an impression in the conference include juniors A.J. Dickerson (mid-distance) and Dylan Hughes (sprints).

 

A LOOK AHEAD:  With the cancellation of the Kings Relays meet due to weather, Milford will open the season at the Coaches’ Classic, one of the more popular and difficult competitions.  The preliminary dates and events have been eliminated this season, thus the Classic will be held on Fri., April 6, and all events will be finals.

  • Friday, April 6:                     Milford @ Coaches’ Classic, Winton Woods High School, 4:30 pm

 

POLL WATCH:  Mason again remained at the top of the most recent area coaches’ poll released on April 2, followed by St. Xavier and Sycamore.  Kings held at fourth, and Withrow was replaced at fifth by LaSalle; Withrow fell to seventh. Loveland, ranked tenth last week, fell out of the poll but received two votes in week two.  Milford, who has yet to compete this season, did not receive votes in the most recent poll.  Find the latest poll HERE.

Mason held onto the top ranking for the area coaches’ poll for week one on March 26.  Sycamore, ranked second in the preseason poll, fell to third and was replaced at second by St. Xavier who was previously ranked fourth.  The ECC’s Withrow and Kings moved up to fourth and fifth respectively after previously sitting in a tied for sixth.  Loveland moved into the top ten at tenth.  Turpin (4) and Anderson (2) received votes in week one;

Preseason Poll From March 19:  As in 2017, Mason leads the rankings of the Cincinnati Enquirer Division I coaches’ preseason poll.  Sycamore and LaSalle follow, while Lakota East and St. Xavier are tied for fourth.  The ECC’s Kings and Withrow are tied for sixth. Anderson (5), Walnut Hills (5), Loveland (3) and Turpin (1) all received votes, while the Milford boys t