The Loveland Women remain the #1 team in Ohio and have claimed the ECC Championship Title!

by Cassie Mattia

Symmes Township, Ohio – Overnight rain did not slow down these Tigers as the LHS Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams took home the 2021 ECC Championship Trophies! 

On Saturday at 9 AM at LHS’s home course, The Home of the Brave Park, both Men’s and Women’s Teams prepared for one of the coldest races thus far! The cold temperatures certainly didn’t phase the Tigers as the Loveland’s Women’s Team won with a score of 33 and the Men’s Team won with a score of 43.

The LHS Women’s Cross Country Team had several top 10 finishes with Senior Emmy Sager grabbing the 1st place spot with a time of 19:07.93. Sager was also named ECC’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week. Senior Jessie Gibbins took the 4th place position with a time of 19:25.76, Senior Sarah Madix placed 5th with a time of 19:31.75, Junior Madison Conatser placed 11th with a time of 19:48.76, Junior Ally Colegate finished 12th with a time of 19.51.76, Senior Maaike Snider finished 21st with a time of 20:19.81, and Sophomore Lauren Gard rounded out the team score placing 27th with a time of 21:02.66.

Lebanon women placed 2nd and Walnut Hills claimed 3rd place. This ECC win will mark the 2nd ECC Championship in Loveland Women’s Cross Country history (2021 and 2019).

For the full ECC Women’s Meet Results click here.

Week # 7 State High School D-1 Women’s Cross Country Poll

  1. Loveland
  2. Shaker Heights
  3. Centerville
  4. Hilliard Davidson
  5. Perrysburg
  6. Mason
  7. Beavercreek
  8. Massillon Jackson
  9. Brunswick
  10. Medina
Loveland High School ECC Champions Ohio’s 7th State ranked team

The LHS Men’s Cross Country Team collected their first ECC Championship in school history on Saturday! Senior Ryan Chevalier finished in 3rd place with a time of 16:20.98, Junior Brady Steiner placed 7th with a time of 16:44.60, Junior Cayden Dyer finished in the 8th spot with a time of 16:49.45, Freshman Nick Huff placed 11th with a time of 17:03.48, Junior Grant Hanson finished in 14th place with a time of 17:12.64, Senior Sam Neiger crossed the line in 26th with a time of 17:34.01, and Sophomore Kyle Becker placed 50th with a time of 18:31.46.

Lebanon placed 2nd and Turpin grabbed the 3rd place spot. Little Miami’s William Zegarski won the ECC Meet with a time of 15:38.48 and Walnut Hill’s Gianni Allwein took 2nd place with a time of 15:59.35.

For the full ECC Men’s Meet Results click here.

Week # 7 State High School D-1 Men’s Cross Country Poll

  1. Mason
  2. St. Xavier
  3. Hilliard Davidson
  4. St Ignatius
  5. St Edwards
  6. Massillon Jackson
  7. Loveland
  8. Louisville
  9. North Canton Hoover
  10. Lancaster

Both the Men’s and Women’s LHS Cross Country Teams will compete on Saturday at the Voice of America Park (7850 VOA Park Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069) for the OHSAA District Championships. The Women will run at 10 AM and the Men are set to run at 11:30 AM. Tickets are $8 if you purchase online before 6 AM on October 23rd. If you decide to purchase after the pre-sale deadline, tickets will be $10. There will be no gate sales. To purchase tickets click here.

Middle School Champions

The Loveland Middle School Cross Country Team’s both took home ECC Championship Trophies as well making Saturday a huge win for Loveland Tigers across the board!

LMS Cross Country Coach John Waple said, “The middle school cross country teams had an amazing season. Every kid came and worked hard all season and grew as runners. This was just a truly tremendous group of kids to coach. We were very fortunate that all four of our teams won at ECC, which is just a great testament to the depth of this team. Not only did our team win every race, but we had three individual champions and several top finishers.”  

LMS ECC Champs Coach Jenkins, Evan Colegate, Zach Chevalier, Tyler Schwinn, Michael Piposar, Ronan Wolfer, Luke Zicka, and Coach Waple

The LMS Boys Cross Country Team secured an ECC title with a score of 43. 8th Grader Ronan Wolfer was the top finisher for the Tigers placing 3rd with a time of 11:12.59, Tyler Schwinn placed 5th with a time of 11:35.98, 7th Grader William Manly grabbed the 9th place spot with a time of 11:38.85, 8th Grader Zach Chevalier finished 12th with a time of 11:47.34, and Evan Colegate placed 14th with a time of 12:10.10.

For the full Boy’s ECC Meet Results click here.

LMS ECC Champs Coach Jenkins, Savanna Conliff, Caroline Murnan, Parker Mentzer, Allie Kimnach, Ellie Orth, Tori Elliott, and Coach Waple

The LMS Girls Cross Country Team took first with a score of 16. 8th Grader Caroline Murnan took the top spot with a time of 12:42.09, Parker Mentzer grabbed 2nd place with a time of 12:44.03, Delaney Cilley finished 3rd with a time of 12:58.36, 7th Grader Tori Elliot placed 4th with a time of 12:59.09, and 8th Grader Ellie Orth placed 6th with a time of 13:06.07.

Delaney Cilley, Parker Mentzer, and Caroline Murnan

For the full ECC Girl’s Meet Results click here.

Congratulations to the LHS Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams as well as the LMS Boy’s and Girl’s Cross Country Teams! We are so proud of your hard work and dedication! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these FAST Tigers!

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Columnist Cassie Mattia is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland. She is the Co-Owner, Associate Editor, and Director of Marketing of Loveland Magazine. Contact Cassie if you are interested in promoting your event or business in Loveland Magazine. Cassie also Emcee’s events so feel free to reach out if you are in need of an Emcee for your next event, fundraiser, or sports-related competition.