Great Season Eagles!
The Eagles completed a very successful season on Saturday, Nov. 3, by finishing up at the OHSAA Cross Country State Championships held in Hebron, Ohio's National Trail Raceway. The team finished 16th in the boys Division II race. Seniors Sam Wittman and Matthaus Ayers, juniors Conor Hickey and Ben Reis, and sophomore John Hawthorn were honored with the rank of "Academic All-Ohio" for having a 3.5 or better cumulative average. View season summary >
2012 State Qualifiers
Seniors: Matthaus Ayers, Will Bonner, Thomas Cox, Nate Harrington, Sam Wittman
Juniors: John Carper, Conor Hickey, Ben Reis
Sophomores: Zachary Collopy, Tyrone Graham, John Hawthorn, Cannon Hill, Mitchell Knight, David Marshall, Pearse Scudder, James Turner, Anthony Walton
Freshmen: Matthew Allaire, Nathan Prikkel, Aaron Seelig, Jacob Turner
Trainer: Emma Bridgman '13 (not pictured)
Team Qualifies for State Tournament
The Eagles qualified to compete at the state tournament for the first time since 1983 by finishing with 141 points -- good for fourth place overall -- at the Troy regional meet Saturday, Oct. 27. The team of Will Bonner, Sam Wittman, regional medalist Matthaus Ayers (10th - 17:00.58), Conor Hickey, Ben Reis, John Carper and John Hawthorn will run in the Division II state championship meet against the top 16 teams and 38 individuals in Ohio this Saturday, Nov. 3, at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio (directions).
GCL North All Star Team
Team Takes 2nd at GCL Race, Qualifies for Regionals
The men's cross country team finished second in the GCL North race on Saturday, Oct. 13. Senior Will Bonner finished third and junior Conor Hickey took sixth overall to earn First Team All-GCL North honors. Junior Ben Reis (11th), sophomore John Hawthorn (13th), and senior Sam Wittman (14th) earned Second Team honors.
On October 20, the team qualified for the regional meet by finishing in third place at the southwest district meet. The team -- made up of seniors Will Bonner, Sam Wittman, and Matthaus Ayers; juniors Ben Reis, Conor Hickey, and John Carper; and sophomore John Hawthorn -- will participate in the Troy Regional Meet this Saturday, Oct. 27. Location of the course for the meet is Hobart Arena and Troy Memorial Stadium. The top four teams and 16 individuals will move on to the state meet.
1.) OHSAA Pre-Season Invitational (8/18/12) - Varsity team 6th place out of 30 schools represented.
2.) Brookville Grade Level Challenge (8/25/12) - Varsity team 4th place out of 13 schools represented.
3.) Mel Brodt Invitational (9/1/12) - Varsity team 3rd place out of 6 schools represented.
4.) Mason Invitational (9/8/12) - Varsity team 3rd place out of 26 schools represented.
5.) Alliance Running Invitational (9/15/12) - Varsity team 3rd place out of 21 schools represented.
The team takes home a trophy.
6.) Midwest Catholic Championships (9/22/12) - Varsity team 5th place out of 12 schools represented.
7.) Buck Creek Invitationall (9/29/12) - Varsity team 7th place out of 23 schools represented.
8.) Anna Rocket Invitational (10/6/12) - Varsity team 11th place out of 27 schools represented.
9.) GCL Championships (10/13/12) - Varsity team 2nd place GCL North.
1st Team GCL Honors: Will Bonner & Conor Hickey
2nd Team GCL Honors: Ben Reis, John Hawthorn & Sam Wittman
10.) Division II Southwest District Meet (10/20/12) - 3rd place out of 13 schools represented.
Team qualifies for the Troy Regional.
11.) Division II Troy Regional Meet (10/27/12) - 4th place out of 16 teams.
Team qualifies for the State Championships for the first time in 30 years.
Matthaus Ayers places 10th overall in the race to make the All Troy Regional Team.
12.) Division II Ohio State Championship Meet (11/3/12) at the National Trail Raceway, Hebron - 16th place
Matthaus Ayers, Sam Wittman, Ben Reis, Conor Hickey and John Hawthorn receive “Academic All-Ohio” Honors which went to participants in the State Meet who had a 3.5 accumulative grade point average or better.
Varsity Awards: Most Valuable Runner: Matthaus Ayers & Will Bonner
Coaches Award: Sam Wittman & Conor Hickey
Team Award: Most Improved Runner: Mitchell Knight
In conclusion, the 2012 season was a year of many accomplishments for the team and individual members. The varsity squad became the first CJ cross country team to qualify for the State Championships since 1983. It was their belief in themselves, a plan and their hard work that drove them to a state berth. This was also a bumper-crop season for the sport of cross country – 21 guys participated in our program. We were a very close-knit family. Everyone who took part in our program played a role in the success we shared this season.
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