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Dickerson Wins Individual Championship As All Milford Runners Set Career PRs at Harrison Invite

Posted on: September 23, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE:  A cool and dry morning race led to seven new career bests for the Eagles, and an individual champion as A.J. Dickerson was the first to cross the finish line at the Harrison Invitational. The team also ended the day in fourth place, the best team finish of the season thus far. 

  

THE UPCOMING DOCKET:  The Eagles will have a break as they enter the second phase of the season.  Milford’s boys cross country team will be back in action at the Ross Invitational on Sat., Oct. 6, the last regular season invite before the Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championships.

 

A LOOK BACK: A.J. Dickerson won his first individual title at the Harrison Invitational, leading the Eagles to a fourth place finish; Dickerson’s time of 16:40 was a new career best for the first year runner.  On a cool morning at Harrison, the remaining six runners in the varsity race followed Dickerson’s lead and set career records as well.  Dylan Mullarkey 17:46 was good for 15th place, and A.J. Kaylor crossed the finish with another new personal best for the second consecutive week (18:10, 26th).  They were joined in the race with new PRs by Zeke Edwards (18:41, 36th) Max McCann (19:17, 41st) Luke Hawes (19:19, 42nd), and Michael Carraro (19:34, 46th). 

Walnut Hills took the team championship, as the ECC team scored 39 points.  Lakota East (60) and Fairfield (76) finished ahead of Milford (106), followed by Ross, Harrison, Roger Bacon, Winton Woods, and Aiken.  Steven Knebel 16:49) of Ross finished behind Dickerson in second, and Fairfield’s Tommy Luensman (17:06) finished third. 

Click HERE to find complete results of the Harrison Invitational.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:  The Eagles improved their overall record to 20-25.   Despite a career best time at the Harrison Invite, A.J. Dickerson held at fifth in the ECC rankings as of Sept. 23.  Six additional team members rank in about the top third of the ECC standings including Dylan Mullarkey (28th), A.J. Kaylor (moving up to 40th from 49th), Zeke Edwards (60th), and Max McCann (85th) Luke Hawes (87th), and Michael Carraro (96th).

  

POLL WATCH:  The area coaches’ poll for week five has been released, and there were a number of changes in the top ten.  St. Xavier pulled ahead of Mason and now stands alone at the top; Mason, no longer tied for first, rests in second this week.  Turpin of the ECC moved from fourth the third, replacing Kings who fell to fourth.  Elder moved down to fifth.  Loveland, who had fell out of the top ten, entered yet again this week to replace Anderson is seventh; Anderson fell to eighth.  Milford received one vote for week five, and Walnut Hills received twelve votes.   The poll for week five can be found HERE.