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Midwest Meet of Champions

9/7/02 at Hilliard OH - 5K - hot and sunny

a DyeStat featured meet

Boys story and pix | Girls story and pix | Donna on the Side |

Varsity - Nef Araia, Lawrence North IN 14:48, Columbus North IN 97 (Milford MI 98)
Open - David Teike 17:16 and Columbus North IN 32
Frosh/Soph - Daniel Murner 17:07 and South Oldham 51 (Davidson Hilliard 52)
Varsity - Carolyn Rauen, Turpin Cincinnati 17:55, Davidson Hilliard 85 (Turpin Cincinnati 87)
Open - Ashley Sutherland, Beaumont Cleveland 20:56, Columbus North IN 21
Frosh/Soph - Katie Wickham 21:23 (Katie Estel, Beaumont 21:23) and Davidson Hilliard OH 21
Nef Araia
Carolyn Rauen

National Team Rankings shuffled by meet

The boys of host Davidson Hilliard OH were third in the US in The Harrier's pre-season rankings, but were fourth today. US#18 Columbus North IN edged Midwest #10 Milford MI, 97-98, and unranked Rockford MI 106 also got in ahead of Davidson 124. Midwest #6 LaSalle Cincinnati 157 was not in contention.

Meet director and Davidson coach Pat Schlecht's worries about his lack of a strong fifth runner were well grounded as he waited until 62nd place for his fifth runner. The situation in the girls race was the opposite, as Davidson's unranked girls team knocked off US#10 Turpin Cincinnati, 85 to 87. Davidson shook off the 1-5 punch of Cincinnati Turpin's Carolyn Rauen and Corey Randall with a fine team effort of 10-15-17-21-22, while Turpin's fifth scorer was 43rd. Turpin's fourth runner, Jacqueline Jaworek, dropped out during the race with heat exhaustion. US#8 Rockford MI, with injured star Nikki Bohnsack watching from the sidelines, was 5th.


"This is
a dream
come true,"

said Davidson Hilliard OH coach Pat Schlecht when he addressed the crowd gathered for the awards ceremony at the first MOC September 15, 2001. His personal motivation for starting the meet was to give his own team more competition by bringing in top teams from OH, IN, and MI. "If you want to be better, you have to run with the best," Schlecht said. It must have worked. The Davidson boys come into this year's meet ranked #3 in the US in the The Harrier pre-season poll.

In its second year, the Midwest Meet of Champions September 7 again features top teams from OH, MI, and IN. Six teams are ranked in The Harrier pre-season poll, led by host Hilliard Davidson's boys, ranked #3 in the country. Davidson will try to unseat defending champion Midwest #10 Milford MI, and Midwest #6 LaSalle Cincinnati OH will have a say also. US#8 Rockford MI is the highest rated girls team, but they will have to beat defending champion Carmel IN and US#10 Turpin Cincinnati OH. Lawrence North IN sr Nef Araia, last year's MMOC champion and a Foot Locker national finalist, returns. He will be challenged by Hudson OH sr Wesley Smith (runner-up here last year and 5th in the AOC Raleigh 2-mile last June in 9:03.61) and Middletown OH soph Jeff See (who set a new national record for indoor mile by a freshman, 4:22.62 at the Nike Indoor Classic last March and ran 4:15 outdoors). In the girls race, Rockford MI jr Nikki Bohnsack, who won the inaugural MMOC last year, will not defend her title because an injury which was aggravated at last week's Benzie Central Invitational will sideline her for 3 weeks. The girls favorites thus become Beaumont Cleveland Heights jr Maggie Infeld (2:11.24 and 4:53.09 last year and anchor of Beaumont's sprint medley winner at AOC Raleigh), Carmel IN jr Katie Harrington (4:56.04 and 10:48.50 last year and 7th in the Golden West mile), and Turpin jr Carolyn Rauen (4:58.54 Mile and 10:53.81 2Mile last year).
Carmel, IN
Lawrence North IN
Columbus North IN -
US#18 MW#5
Concordia IN
Defiance OH
Taylor North Bend OH
Hilliard Davidson OH -
US#3 MW#1
Cincinnati Anderson OH
Cincinnati Colerain OH
Hudson OH
Cincinnati LaSalle OH
Middletown OH
Sycamore Cincinnati OH
Milford MI -
Rockford MI
South Oldham KY
Carmel IN
Columbus North IN
Concordia IN
Cincinnati Anderson OH
Cincinnati Colerain OH
Cincinnati Turpin OH -
US#10 MW#6
Defiance OH
Taylor North Bend OH
Cleveland Beaumont OH
Medina OH
Hilliard Davidson OH
St. Joseph Academy Cleveland OH
Middletown OH
Rockford MI -
US#8 MW#4
Sterling Heights Stevenson MI
South Oldham KY


9:30am - Freshman/Sophomore Boys
10am - Freshman/Sophomore Girls
10:30am - Race of Champions Boys
11:00am - Race of Champions Girls
11:30am - Open Boys
12pm - Open Girls
12:30pm - Awards Ceremony

Last Year

Runners give the pledge of allegiance in a pre-race ceremony honoring the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC four days earlier.


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