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in the news - Ayanna Pringle and more cross-country preseason press (180 out for xc at Beavercreek?!!)

Posted Monday, August 22, 2011 by Mike Hout
The Dayton Daily News has been giving some more press than usual this year to cross-country. 

Last Thursday (August 18th) there was a very nice article in the DDN about our very own Ayanna Pringle.  Congratulations Ayanna!  The article highlighted her track work and improvement over the past several years that has resulted in the school's first ever sub 60 second quarter mile.  You go girl!  The writer talked about how she is back at work now laying a foundation for next year through the cross-country season.  A nice picture was included with the article.  Good work, Ayanna.  You deserve it after all your hard effort.

Monday, August 22nd, DDN put out a second preseason article about cross-country, which really surprised me.  Jordan Redd got a nice picture in the article and the following runners were also highlighted: Sam Wharton (Tippecanoe), Josh Steible (Centerville), David Severance (Alter), Jacquelyn Crow (Lebanon), Sydney Leiher (Beavercreek), Rachel Mahle (Springboro) and Tammy Berger (Versailles).

The article also talked about how Jordan Redd is putting pressure on himself to win the state.  "I hope he feels some pressure, " Fairborn head coach Craig Macdonald said.  "It'll make him run faster."  Centerville's first year head coach Kevin Walsh (he teaches in the Miamisburg schools and has been assistant in the Elks program for six years) has inherited a powerhouse and feels like their team is better than last year.  "We're getting to that point where we feel we're one of the better teams in the region," he said.  "We can run with anyone."

The article talks about how on the girls side, there's neither an individual nor a team that's distanced itself from the rest.  Springboro won the conference last year and finished sixth in the state (Division I).  But this year, it's a toss up between the Panthers, Beavercreek, Centerville and Lebanon.

Equally up for grabs is the top individual spot in the conference.  Last year, Springboro's Carly Hamilton dominated all the way to a second-place finish at state, but now she's running at the University of Georgia.  The heirs apparent are Beavercreek junior Sydney Leiher and Lebanon sophomore Jacquelyn Crow.  Leiher and Crow jockeyed back and forth throughout the postseason last year and finished 17th and 33rd in the state, respectively.  Springboro's Rachel Mahle could play the darkhorse role if she can come back from last season's injuries and duplicate her results from 2009 when she finished 11th in the state.  "(Mahle) was hurt all last season and never got over her injuries," Springboro head coach Ron Rohrer said.  "She's a solid 18:30 and she might be better than that as long as she stays healthy."

In other scouting report notes: Many local schools have seen cross country rise in popularity over the past few years.  Beavercreek head coach Howard Russ believes that his team of more than 180 boys and girls may be one of the biggest in the state and Rohrer has seen his program grow from 30-60 athletes in the past year.  In D-II, Alter's boys and girls are expected to make repeat trips to the state meet.  The boys will be led by senior David Severance while the girls have multiple runners that can take the lead on any given day.

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