by Matt Huether
Loveland, Ohio – With the Fall sports season starting this past week we will be previewing some teams’ seasons starting this week with Mens Cross Country. Last year the Loveland Mens Cross Country team finished 4th (93) in the ECC behind Kings (29), Turpin (48), and Anderson (86). Kings has won 4 of the last 6 ECC championships with Turpin and Anderson both winning one as well. With Kings and Anderson both losing 2 of their top 7 runners due to graduation this past year, the ECC is up for grabs.
Loveland returns the conference’s top runner, Senior Greg Ballman. Ballman ran a personal best of 16:06.60 last year. Loveland also returns Sophomore Ajay Stutz who placed 9th at the ECC conference meet last year as a freshman and ran a personal best of 16:45.12 last year. Last year both Ballman and Stutz qualified for Regionals but failed to advance to state. With the addition of a talented Loveland freshman class and the addition of a couple of first time runners Loveland looks like a contender to win the ECC.
When asked what his goals for the season were Coach Mike Smith said, “to win the ECC. To send a team to regionals and to hopefully advance a team to state”. Loveland has not won the ECC since the mid 2000’s but looks to break the streak this year.
Loveland starts the season off at the preseason state meet in Columbus on August 18th, then follows that with the Moeller Under the Lights, Invitational on August 24th at Moeller.