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Girls cross country to host Milford Invitational

Posted on: September 14, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE:  The MHS girls cross country team placed third at the Princeton Invitational amid a number of new career bests.  The team now turns their attention to hosting the Milford Invitational this weekend, when they will host over 1400 runners at their home course, Valley View Nature Preserve.

 

A LOOK BACK:  The momentum continued for the girls cross country team, as a number of personal bests were set and the resulting third place finish at the Princeton Invitational on Sat., Sept. 9.  The Eagles were led by two top-ten finishers; Olivia Loeffler, whose 19.59 was a new personal record and good for 7th place, and Andrea Armstrong who finished 10th in 20.17.  Emma Beck (20.36) was close behind in 13th.  As they did last week, Lily Fleshour (21.59, 30th) and Brooke Stansell (22.00, 31st) crossed the finish together with new career bests, as did Morgan Hills (39th, 22.12).  Brooklyn George ended the day in 52nd with a time of 23.41.

Oak Hills claimed the title at the Princeton Invite, followed by Lakota East and Milford.  The ECC’s Walnut Hills finished in fifth.  Madelyn Frey of Colerain finished well ahead of the field in 18.20.  

Of special note, the Milford JV girls ran to a first place finish in the open 5k race.  Hailey Steiner (21.28) and Gretchen Feldkamp (22.05) finished first and second respectively, while two other Milford runners crossed the finish in the top ten as Sophie Fleshour (22.39.7, 6th) and Alicia Viola-Prioli (22.39.8, 7th) in a virtual tie.  All four runners finished with career bests.

Click HERE for full results of the Princeton Invitational.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD:  The Eagles are back in action on Sat., Sept. 16 when they host the Milford Invitational.  Held at Valley View Nature Preserve, the Milford Invite kicks off Saturday morning at 9:00 am.  The girls varsity race will take place at 9:30 am, with the open girls race at 10:30 am and junior high girls at 12:00 pm.

Milford’s girls varsity team placed 4th at the 2016 Milford Invite, an improvement from the 8th place finish of the previous year.  Top finishers in 2016 included Emma Beck at 18th and Andrea Armstrong in 20th.

Click HERE for complete results.

 

INSIDE THE ECC:  Members of the girls cross country team continue to climb in the standings of the ECC, with one runner entering the top ten.  On the heels of a career best 19.59, Olivia Loeffler rose to 10th place.   Andrea Armstrong (20.17) is currently 15th, and Emma Beck ends the week at 21st.  A number of Eagles recorded personal best at Princeton and moved up, as well:  Hailey Steiner (33rd, 21.28); Lily Fleshour (43rd, 21.59); Brooke Stansell (44th, 22.00); Gretchen Feldkamp (48th, 22.05); Morgan Hills (54th, 22.12); and Alicia Viola-Prioli and Sophie Fleshour (tied for 67th at 22.39).

 

POLL WATCH: The top five programs of this week’s Enquirer area coaches’ poll held their own and remain unchanged; Ursuline Academy, Mason, Turpin of the ECC, Lakota East, and the ECC’s Kings.  Fellow conference member Anderson fell to eighth from seventh.  Milford did not receive any votes in week three of the coaches’ poll; Loveland (18) was the only other ECC program to receive votes.