“I am excited to watch Julz, Emma and Faith all race on Saturday,” Russ said. “They have been racing each other since middle school. … These three are not only great athletes but also just nice young ladies. I would love to see all of them on the podium in November (at the state meet).”
Bucher and Duncan have both battled back from injuries. Bucher missed the second half of the 2019 season with a stress fracture. Duncan spent much of last season doing low-risk training to fully recover for her senior season.
Centerville has also received a strong effort from sophomore Mia Robillard. Robillard, with a PR of 18:29, also averages about 45 minutes per game for the Elks' soccer team that’s ranked No. 5 in the state.
* Tippecanoe enters the D-II meet with the Miami Valley League individual champions in both boys and girls, but they took different routes to get there.
Senior Gannon Owen (16:07) didn’t start running cross country until last season. He’s since gotten the attention of college programs Cedarville, Wright State and Dayton among others.
Junior Annie Sinning (18:59) has added to her family’s strong running tradition with her MVL title and the Red Devils' No. 6 state ranking. Her sister, Allison, was a two-time All-Ohioan and competed at Xavier. Her brother, Ethan, runs for Ohio Dominican. Her mother is an assistant coach and standout marathon runner. Her father is a retired lieutenant colonel from the Air Force Academy, where he played on the offensive line.
* Carroll’s boys won the Greater Catholic League Coed championship for the 10th straight season and 14 of the last 15. Senior Kevin Agnew (15:47) was named the GCL Coed runner of the year for the second straight season. The Patriots' girls team won their side of the division for the third straight season.
* Waynesville’s girls had the top five finishers at the Southwestern Buckeye League’s Buckeye Division meet for a perfect score of 15. Senior Hope Erbach (19:03) led the Spartans to their 10th straight title and 11th in the last 12 seasons. The Spartans, ranked No. 7 in the D-II state poll, had the top nine finishers overall and 13 of the top 20, too.
The boys team, ranked No. 3 in the D-II poll, won its fourth straight title with 16 points. Kaden Harvey won the individual title in 15:53, just off his school-record time of 15:52.