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ECC Championships Ahead for Boys Cross Country

Posted on: October 11, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE: As the regular season closes, the Eagles now turn their attention to the Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championships.  They will do so following last week’s eighth place finish at the Ross Invitational.


THE UPCOMING DOCKET:  The Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championship Meet has arrived amid cool temperatures.  In 2017, Kings won the ECC Championship while the Eagles finished in sixth place.

Though the meet has historically taken place at the Eagles’ home course at Valley View, the 2018 meet will be held at West Clermont High School. The varsity race is set for a 9:30 am start time, with the boys open race scheduled for 10:30 am. 


A LOOK BACK:  For the fourth time in five events this season, A.J. Dickerson recorded a top three finish as the Eagles placed eighth of seventeen teams at the Ross Invitational.  Dickerson completed the course in 16:37, edged out of second place by just .09.  Dylan Mullarkey (17:56, 22nd) and A.J. Kaylor (19:07, 55th) round out the top finishers for the Eagles, followed by Zeke Edwards (19:30, 65th), Max McCann (19:23, 68th), Luke Hawes (19:46, 80th) and Payne Ackermann (19:54, 82nd).

The Invite was won by Elder, followed by Miamisburg and Oak Hills.  Chase Grauel of Taylor won the invite with a time of 16:33, just 4 seconds ahead of Dickerson.

Find complete results of the Ross Invitational HERE.


INSIDE THE NUMBERS:  Not many changes in the individual standings of the ECC after a warm day at Ross.  The top third of the ECC standings, as of Oct. 8: A.J. Dickerson (t-6th); Dylan Mullarkey (33rd), A.J. Kaylor (42nd), Zeke Edwards (65th), and Max McCann (91st).


ICYMI:  A.J. Dickerson was nominated for the Cincinnati Enquirer Cross Country Athlete of the Week for Sept. 24.  The senior won his first career race when he took the top spot at the Harrison Invitational. A.J. finished the course in a time of 16:39.6, to win by nearly 10 seconds, helping the Eagles finish fourth in the team standings.  The Eagles hold a 29-32 overall record this season.


POLL WATCH:  Though the top five remained the same in the area coaches’ poll for week seven, there was movement among those five programs.  Mason moved to the top, ahead of second place St. Xavier, while Turpin moved back to third and Kings fell from third to fourth.  Elder again held at fifth, and Loveland and Anderson held at seventh and eighth. Once again, Walnut Hills (1) was the only ECC program to receive votes in the current poll.   Click HERE for the Cincinnati Enquirer’s latest area coaches’ poll.