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Midwest Meet of Champions

Sept. 27, 2008 at Hilliard Darby OH High School

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Course Records Fall at MMOC; Mason OH Boys, Magnificat OH Girls Win Team Titles

By Michael Newman

During the Boys Race of Champions, the song "Greased Lighting" played over the load speakers. The song signified on what was happening on the flat Hilliard Darby High School course on Saturday. The conditions were perfect for fast times and the student/athletes in the 6 races took advantage of it.


At the gun, sophomore Zach Wills of MW#6/OH #1 Mason sprinted up to the front of the pack with Toledo St. John's Kevin Yarnell right on his side. The two seperated themselves from the rest of the pack by the mile, with Wills passing it in 4:43, 1 second faster than meet record pace, and 5 seconds ahead of Yarnell.

The next mile, Wills made a concentrated push. "I usually try to go out around 4:50 pace and see where it takes me from there," said Wills after the race. "In this race, I was really focusing on the second mile because the 2nd mile has killed me in the past. So I wanted to push the 2nd mile and see where it took me today."

At the two mile mark, Zach made his statement way ahead of the pack at 9:36. Emil Heineking of Chardon, in 2006, ran by 2 miles in 9:42, so the course record was definitely coming down. Meanwhile in the team race, Mason's 2-5 men had positioned themselves between 20th through 25th place.
Two questions were yet to be answered in the last mile: would Wills hold his pace to set a course record and would his right shoe stay on. Early in the race, his right shoe became untied. Nevertheless, this would be a minor setback. Wills moved towards the finish line smashing the old course record by 12 seconds in running 15:02.36. And he looked effortless in doing it.

"Fun to watch, isn't he?" said Mason Head Coach Tom Rapp. "There is nothing to correct in terms of mechanics". ...except maybe keeping his shoe tied.

"Going into the race today, I was just focusing on the team doing really well," said Wills, "and come in and run a great race."

After Willis, Mason won with 94 points with a strong 6 second split between their 2nd man Ed Carlin and their 5th man Matt Larcomb. OH #4 Toledo St. John's, with runner up Kevin Yarnell, finished 2nd with 110 points.


OH #1 Rocky River Magnificat left the Darby High School course making a huge statement on Saturday. Running 5 in the first 10, Magnificant stomped on the competition with a measley 31 points. "We had a wonderful race last week and ran some fantastic PR's," said Magnificat coach Anjanette Arabian-Whitman. "We knew the girls were running strong and built up alot of confidence coming into this week. This was a big championship race and they were excited in getting something done.

"Last week was our top performance," she added. " And this week was even better. We are very happy." Magnificat has not begun to do speed work, so it will be interesting to see where this squad will be in a month.

OH #7 Cincinnati St. Ursula edged out MI #8 Clarkston, 89-91, for the runner-up spot.

The individual race was nip and tuck the entire 5,000 meters. The boys race was a prelude to what was to come in this race. At the mile, a pack consisting of Madeline Chambers of Magnificat, Angela Williams of Hudson, Austin Perry of St. Ursula, and Kristin Smith of Clarkston MI all went by at 5:40, about 3 seconds faster than the pace of record holder Bekah Smeltzer.

That is when the race began. Smith made a move to break up the pack. Perry and Chambers stayed with her. At 2 miles, Perry had a slight lead over Williams and Smith, but the pace had quickened to 11:31, 12 seconds faster than record pace.

Smith made her move with about 1000 meters to go, dropping Williams and Perry about 10 meters back. From there, she hung on for a 3 second win over the hard-charging Chambers. "She is strong at this point. We haven't done any speed work yet," said Clarkston Head Coach Mike Franko. "She was doubting herself a  little bit because we have not raced and haven't done a lot of fast stuff." This was only the second meet that the entire team has run together this fall according to Franko, so the future looks very bright for this Michigan school. Smith proved Saturday that she will be one of the top runners in Michigan come state meet time as proved by a strong performance at MMOC.

Meet Information
  • Course is at the Hilliard Darby North Athletic Fields with two 2k loops over grass.
  • Course will be ready for inspection on Friday before the meet.
  • Entries are due to www.baumspage.com by 7:00 PM on Wednesday September 24, 2008
  • Packet pickup at Wilcox Garage (the only building on the North Athletic Fields).
  • Awards: top 10 individual finishers, top 5 teams.
  • Entry Fees: $175 per team, $225 for Boys and Girls teams.
  • MMOC Meet Manager:
    Jon Agriesti
    Hilliard Darby High School
    Boys CC / Track and Field Coach
  • Contact Information:
    Home: 614-850-1422 Cell: 614-439-7010
    School AD: 614-850-1004 School Voicemail: 614-921-5697
    email [email protected]

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

Directions to Course

Hilliard Darby High School is located at 4200 Leppert Road in Hilliard Ohio, located just west of Columbus.
From the North:
Take I-71 South towards Columbus; go west on I-270 to the Cemetery Road exit; turn right on Cemetery Road,
take Cemetery Rd. onto Scioto-Darby Road and then right onto Leppert Rd.
From the South:
Take I-71 north towards Columbus; go west of I-270 to the Cemetery Road exit; go west on Cemetery Road,
take Cemetery Rd. onto Scioto-Darby Road and then right onto Leppert Rd.
From the East:
Take I-70 west through downtown Columbus; go north on I-270 to the Cemetery Road exit; go west on
Cemetery Road, take Cemetery Rd. onto Scioto-Darby Road and then right onto Leppert Rd.
From the West:
Take I-70 East towards Columbus; go north on I-270 to Cemetery Road exit; go west on cemetery Road, take
Cemetery Rd. onto Scioto-Darby Road and then right onto Leppert Rd.