Indian Hill Cross Country Dominates CHL Championships!

Championship Season has started in cross country, and if Saturday's CHL Championships are an indication, Coach Susan Savage is going to enjoy the next 3 weeks.

The Braves traveled to Taylor High School for the 2016 CHL Championships, and running conditions were perfect. The temp was cool and the course was flat, just like us old runners like it.

The mens' team put on a performance for the ages. Seriously, no cross country team has ever had a more dominant victory in the history of the CHL.

This is what happens when a team of special athletes comes together in the off season and trains with a purpose and a goal.

The Braves nearly swept the race, with only a single Madeira runner joining 5 Braves in the top 6, resulting in the All-CHL 1st team consisting of 5 Braves and the lone Madeira runner!

Joe Murdock ran a smooth 16.42 to capture the CHL Championship. The all-time fastest Brave looks poised to attack next week's District Championship at VOA Park, and I would not bet against him. Incredibly, the top 5 Braves all went under 17 minutes for the 5K course, again unprecedented. Devin Heffernan fulfilled his potential on this day, finishing in 16.50.1 to take 2nd place and became a 1st Team All-CHL member. 4 tenths of a second later, Ben Bayless took 3rd, again making 1st Team All-CHL. Senior leader Patrick Giroux kept the IHHS party going with a 16.54 finish taking 4th. Sophomore Nolan Heffernan also went sub 17 for the second time with his brother, nabbing 6th place in 16.58, and both he and Patrick rounded out the ALL-CHL team. Johnny Giroux and Ben Warstler also ran well, with John earning All-CHL Honorable Mention.

I pointed out a few weeks ago that the women's team had untapped potential, and that with a little push and new found belief, they could rise from a CHL afterthought to a CHL Medalist. I am now established as a soothsayer and XC prophet. The Lady Braves came together to ascend the podium where they were awarded the team bronze medal.

All 7 Braves turned in career performances, led by junior Emily Sheard who took 9th place to gain 2nd Team All-CHL honors. Emily has shown resilience throughout her career, battling injuries, and with her 20.56, she is poised for a stellar District Championship next week. Freshman Amy Prugh was also named 2nd Team All-CHL after grabbing 10th place in 21.02. Louisa Klaserner also went career PR, going sub 22 with a 21.59 18th place finish. The next 4 Braves formed and finished in an effective pack, leaving no one behind, all finishing in the top 25, coming in right after Klaserner, consisting of Hannah Mendelson (22.03), Kelsey Edwards (22.08), Renee Blachman (22.10), and Vi Robertson (22.22). Next Saturday at Districts, I look for the Klaserner-Robertson Pack to be even more tightly bunched, as I see Robertson working toward a 22.05 finish (at least that's what my daughter thinks that Vi can do...).

As an aside, after seeing what a great job both Braves did on Saturday, inspiration was drawn from their performance by 2014 XC Co-Captains Sabrina Bulas and Mackenzie Owen, both of whom put in career PRs at the Columbus 1/2 Marathon today, finishing in 1:40.20 and 1:42.00 respectively (3rd and 5th respectively in the 15-19 year old division). Braves inspiring Braves is a beautiful thing. Even an old article writer was inspired, with a near PR of 1:49.30.

Next Saturday is the District XC Championships. Both teams deserve your support. XC is a sport where fan interaction has a big impact, and I think that you will find the Voice of America XC Course a nice one to visit so you can cheer on your Braves. Bring your family, bring your dog, and bring your voice to cheer them on.

"One foot in, one foot back, ain't no way to live like that..."
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Go both feet in Braves! Now is your time...

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