Boys XC are going to State!

While only 5 Ohio SW District cross country teams advance to the Ohio Regional Championships each year, Indian Hill High School XC has become quite spoiled over the past decade, fully immersed in a Golden Age of XC. The girls' team has now made it to Regionals for 11 consecutive years, and the boys' team for 6 seasons in a row. Many of you may think that this is not a big deal, and will point out that the IHHS tennis dynasty and the girls' soccer team have both competed at an elite level over the same time period.

While your observation is correct, it is actually the very IHHS success in tennis and soccer that makes Coach Susan Savage's XC team performances so remarkable.

Soccer and tennis players are endurance athletes. They are made for distance running, but they don't run cross country. That's why in rural Ohio, in areas where club soccer and indoor tennis clubs are not so common, cross country teams become dynasties.

This past Saturday, both the mens' and women's teams competed in the 2016 Troy SW Ohio Regional Championships, against the usual suspects. The conditions were challenging, with temperatures rising close to 80 degrees, and inexplicably, the grass was left to grow long, not good for distance running.

While IHHS XC is well known regionally for it's success, the 2016 men's team has caught the attention of the entire state. They came into Regionals expected to compete for one of 4 spots in the State Championship, and for the 2nd time in Coach Savage's career, the Braves closed the deal.

With their 2nd place finish at Regionals, barely edged out by Carroll HS, the men have become the top performing XC team in IHHS history. They have gone from unranked to a Top 10 Ohio ranking.They will be one of 16 teams competing for the Ohio D2 State Championship next weekend.

Junior Joe Murdock again led the charge, finishing 3rd overall in the Region. Sophomore Ben Bayless also grabbed a top 10 finish, awarded the 7th place medal. Devin and Nolan Heffernan were strong, also medaling, with Devin in 12th and Nolan in 16th. Senior Patrick Giroux crossed the finish line in 23rd, meaning all 5 Braves point scorers were in the Regional Top 25. Sophomore Johnny Giroux (31st) and senior Ben Warstler (40th) rounded out the epic team performance.

The Lady Braves continued their surprising season, adding on to their medalist performances at CHLs and Districts by seizing 10th place at the Regionals, moving up 5 places from 2015. Junior Emily Sheard led the way, grabbing 20th place with a 20:56 in the heat. Amy Prugh finished her freshman campaign taking 36th overall. They were followed by the pack of Louisa Klaserner (65th), Kelsey Edwards (69th), and Renee Blachman (70th). Junior Vi Robertson (95th) and senior Sydney Miles (87th) rounded out the varsity Braves' team.

I could not be more proud of both the girls and boys 2016 XC teams. Both have continued the IHHS tradition of excellence in athletics and academics.

The men's season is not over, as they won the golden ticket in Troy. Barring injury or illness, they are poised to compete for a State Championship team medal next Saturday at 11:45 am, on the National Trail Raceway course in my hometown of Newark, Ohio.

Let's make it a road trip to support your Braves. Are you in?

Go Braves!

Coach Savage's Practice Schedule

Cross Country Photo Album

2017 Cross Country Team Photos

CHL Boys Cross Country Statistics

CHL Girls Cross Country Statistics