“The 2014 Season has been a historic one for the girls cross country team. With a core group of runners returning from last years squad, plus some new faces that would contribute to the Varsity team, expectations were high this year. Throughout the regular season the team has continued to improve every week and has been gaining respect from some of the best teams around the state.
The team opened up their season at the Saturday Night Lights Invitational hosted by Centerville on August 23rd. In what would become a theme throughout the season, the team ran as a pack for most of the race. They would finish 4th place in that first meet, out of 16 teams, and would beat their GWOC South rival Springboro for the first time. The voters took note of this performance and for the first time in school history the Miamisburg girls cross country team was ranked in the state!
In the weeks that followed the team would notch victories at the Miamisburg Invitational, Franklin Invitational, and the Piqua Invitational. They would finish 4th place ahead of several ranked teams at the prestigious Tiffin Carnival, 3rd place at the St. Xavier Invitational, and 6th place at the Centerville Stampede. Throughout that time they have bounced around between 10th and 20th in the state rankings.
Heading into the GWOC Championships the team knew they could achieve something no other team had done in a very long time at Miamisburg (1986), win a league title. The meet was held on the same course as the Saturday Night Lights Invitational the first week of the year when they defeated Springboro by 10 points. The battle for the GWOC South trophy would be even closer than that. When the top 5 runners had crossed the finish line both Miamisburg and Springboro had 38 points! It would come down to the 6th runner for the tie-breaker. It would be their great pack running that would secure the win when sophomore Ocean Morris crossed the finish line over a minute ahead of Springboro’s 6th runner, securing Miamisburg’s first ever GWOC South trophy.
The following week at the District Championships the story seemed all too familiar, except with a new name now. After 5 runners crossed the line, Miamisburg had 51 points, Troy had 51 points, and Springboro had 52 points. It would come down to the 6th runner for the second week in a row! The strength of the Miamisburg pack showed again as sophomore Carly Lockwood crossed the finish line in 15 place as their 6th runner. Troy’s 6th runner wouldn’t cross the finish line for another minute and a half in 33rd place. The Miamisburg girls cross country team had reached another historic moment, the teams first District Championship!
This upcoming weekend the Miamisburg team heads to Troy for the Regional Championships. Only the top 4 teams will move on to the State Championships on November 1st in Hebron, Ohio. The Southwest Region is without a doubt the most competitive region in the state when it comes to girls cross country. Currently, 9 of the top 20 teams in the state are in the Southwest Region. That won’t matter to the girls of the Miamisburg cross country team. When the gun goes off this Saturday they will do what they have done all year long, run as a pack, use the strength of their teammates and do the best they can. Whatever the outcome is, this has been a historic season!”