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Midwest Meet of Champions

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hilliard Darby HS, Hilliard OH

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Prior Years on DyeStat 
Titles for Magnifcat girls, St. Ignatius boys
Chambers wins impressively; Wills cruises

At left, Zach Wills en route to another victory (photo submitted by Greg Rapp).  At right, twins Abby and Claire Fischer
were 4th and 3rd, respectively, behind teammate and winner Madeline Chambers and Sacred Heart KY jr Emma Brink (photos submitted by Theresa Fischer)

  • US#5/MW#1 Magnificat OH girls were magnificent again, scoring 34 to win a 19-team battle by 46.  Hudson OH was 2nd with 80, followed by other Ohio powers Dublin Scioto (114), and Mason (124)
  • Magnificat sr Madeline Chambers was super, running 17:57 to claim the individual crown by 20 seconds over Sacred Heart KY jr Emma Brink (18:17).  Magnificat sisters Clare and Abby Fischer followed in 18:33 and 18:39
  • OH#1 Cleveland St. Ignatius OH used a tight 15-second 1-5 spread to win the team title with 94 pts in a 24-team field.  MW bubble team Sylvania Northview OH topped fellow BT Mason for 2nd, 138-147
  • A week after a hard effort to win the Culver Invite, Mason sr and US#2 Zach Wills cruised to a 15:27, winning by 10 seconds over Green OH's Kyle Wheeler.  Boardman OH's Sam Deskin was 3rd in 15:42
  • Mason swept the boys open and frosh/soph races, showing its depth.  Hudson's girls won the open race and Mason's the frosh-soph race, with Magnificat close behind


Above, Magnificat's Clare and Abby Fischer after the race.  At right, the Fischer twins (Abby at left, Claire at right) with Dublin Scioto twins Minori (left) and Sakiko (right) Minagawa. Photos submitted by Teresa Fischer.


Preview: Magnificat, Mason, and Wills hoping for repeats

2009 Midwest Meet of Champions - Preview

By Jon Agriesti

The anticipation is building for the 2009 Midwest Meet of Champions!
The 2009 version of the MMOC has all the key ingredients for a great day of elite team and individual cross country competition.  The MMOC has a festive atmosphere with loud music, top-ranked teams, great depth, top individuals from several states and a fan-friendly course that has yielded some blazing times in years past.  
Last year, the Mason OH boys and Magnificat OH girls won MMOC team titles which catapulted each to Ohio D1 state meet championship victories.  Both teams return most of their key runners this fall.  Mason and Magnificat are nationally ranked and return to defend their titles this year. 
Boys Race of Champions
Mason is led by junior phenom Zach Wills.  He made a national splash with his 15:02 clocking in winning this meet a year ago.  Wills has won a state cross country title and 2 track titles in his first 2 years in high school, as well as taking 2nd in the NON 2-mile last spring and 9th in the World Youth Championships 3k.  He could be well on his way to having the most decorated high school career of any distance runner in Ohio history. 

Wills is currently ranked #2 in the country and many are anticipating a sub 15 minute 5K at this year's MMOC.  Other top individuals include Daniel Garleb and Nick Hissrich (Pickerington North), John Sweeney and  Evan Baum (St Ignatius), Tsehaye Hiluf (Reynoldsburg), Tim McConnell (Hudson), Travis Hawes and Ethan Bokeno (LaSalle), Greg Turissini (Toledo St John), Josh Sabo (Richfield Revere), Jay McKenna (Darby), Nick Schneider (Dublin Jerome), John Kieffer (Dublin Coffman), Doug Norris (Vandalia Butler) and Alejandro Arroyo (Culver Academy).  Last year 18 runners ran under the 16-minute barrier at this race. 
While Zach Wills is the heavy favorite to win the boys individual race, Mason will be pushed by the top teams in Ohio in their quest of defending their MMOC title.  St. Ignatius is ranked #1 in Ohio after winning at Tiffin.  Top ten teams Sylvania Northview, Pickerington North, and Dublin Coffman ran very well at the Alliance Running Invitational and should be near the top in the team competition.  State ranked powers Cincinnati LaSalle, Toledo St John, Reynoldsburg and Hilliard Davidson may place in the next tier of top teams.  Russia (#3 in D3), Akron St Vincent St Mary (#4 in D2), Olentangy Liberty, Oldham (KY), Hilliard Darby, Centerville, Westerville Central, Hudson, Brunswick, Vandalia Butler, Culver Academy (IN), Hilliard Bradley, Dublin Jerome and Richfield Revere will ensure that the competition will be as deep as any meet this year.
Girls Race of Champions
The girls race features teams that are ranked #1, #3, #5, #6, #7 and #8 in D1 and #2 and #8 in D2 in Ohio, plus Sacred Heart - big school runnerup in Kentucky a year ago!   

Rocky River Magnificat is led by seniors Madeline Chambers and twin sisters Clare and Abby Fischer. Magnificat earned a trip to Portland, Oregon for the Nike Cross Nationals last year and return all their key runners this year.  Mags is currently ranked #6 (Sept. 25 rankings)  in the country.   They are hitting on all cylinders after winning the Tiffin Carnival with just 52 points.  Their top 7 ran 18:00, 18:37, 18:49, 19:04, 19:07, 19:20 and 19:40! 

#1 Magnificat is the favorite but there are several powerhouse teams that will challenge the Blue Streak.  #3 Hudson is led by Angela Williams, Madison Hartline and Rachel Raykov.  Undefeated and #5 Dublin Scioto has a terrific group of front runners led by sophomore twin sisters, Minori and Sakiko Minagawa, and seniors Keelin Gorman and Katie Papesh.  #6 Mason has a very tight pack of runners led by Jessica Harrison.  #7 Brunswick is off to a very good start this year and #8 St Ursula always seems to have a strong team.   This is such a high quality field that ranked teams Akron St Vincent St Mary, Van Wert, Coffman, Russia and Sacred Heart will find it very difficult to crack the top 5.

The individual race should be outstanding.  Chambers was 2nd last year and should be near the front once again.  She will likely be pushed by junior Waverly Neer (Culver Academy) who won the Indiana Pre-State meet in early September.  The favorite is junior Emma Brink (Sacred Heart).  She has won the last 2 state cross country titles in her home state and is the current female athlete of the year in Kentucky.  Other top individuals include Lauren Taylor (Van Wert), Selena Pasadyn (Brunswick), Katie Borchers (Russia), Katherine Stultz and Abbie Marquard (Mags), Megan Collins (Coffman), Jessica Hoover (Davidson), Shannon Kelleher (Darby) and Marie Arnone (Akron SVSM). 
It should be a great day of racing at the Midwest Meet of Champions on Saturday, October 3rd!
Races begin at 9:30 am at Hilliard Darby high school.


9:30 a.m. Boys Freshman/Sophomore Race
10:00 a.m. Girls Freshman/Sophomore Race
10:30 a.m. Boys Race of Champions
11:00 a.m. Girls Race of Champions
11:30 a.m. Boys Open Race
12:00 p.m. Girls Open Race
12:30 p.m. 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.