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Milford’s boys cross country team headed to Xavier Invite this week

Posted on: August 30, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE:   The season opened with a sixth place finish for the MHS boys cross country squad at the Lakota East Fall Classic Invitational Saturday morning.  Looking ahead, week two finds the team headed to the Xavier University Invitation, where the squad will run once again at Voice of America Park.


A LOOK BACK:  The boys cross country team opened their season with an impressive sixth place finish at the Lakota East Fall Classic, held at Voice of America Park on Saturday. Harris Craycraft set a career best of 16:37, finishing in 6th place, while classmate Clayton Virzi finished with a new career best of 16.47, just outside of the top ten. Fellow seniors Sean Vonderhaar (33rd) and Peter Kroeger (46th) followed, while Will Stout (62nd) rounded out the top 5 with a new person best of 18.19. Both sophomore Karl Chavez (18.48) and senior Brian Wang (18.51) recorded new career bests as well. 

The Fall Classic was won by league rival Kings, who placed their top seven near the front of the field to win the meet.  With their sixth place finish, the Eagles finished ahead of both Loveland (7th) and Walnut Hills (9th).  Lakota East’s Dustin Horter won the Classic; his winning time of 14:56 was over a minute ahead of all finishers.

 Full results can be found HERE.

CLICK HERE for Coach Ack's full recap.


THE WEEK AHEAD:  Milford will next hit the trails at the Xavier University Invitational, to be held at Voice of America Park.   The race, scheduled for Sat., 9/2, is set for a 10:00 am start.  


INSIDE THE ECC:  Seven Eagles rank in the top half of the ECC standings following week one, with seniors accounting for the team’s top five.  Harris Craycraft’s time of 16.37 is just .10 behind the ECC’s overall leader.  Fellow senior Clayton Virzi opens the year in 4th, followed by Sean Vonderhaar in 18th, Peter Kroeger in 28th, and Will Stout at 37th.  Sophomore Karl Chavez (51) and senior Brian Wang (52) round out the leaders for Milford.


POLL WATCH:   Following a successful first outing, Milford received nine votes in the area coaches’ poll for week one.  As they were last week, St. Xavier and Mason are again ranked first and second.  Elder rose to third, and the ECC’s Kings fell to fourth.  Lakota East moved up to fifth from sixth.  Anderson held onto eighth, while Turpin, previously ranked fifth, fell to ninth.  Loveland joined Milford in receiving nine votes in week one.