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11/4 article in Dayton Daily News - Stebbins senior in running for state title!

Posted Friday, November 04, 2011 by Mike Hout
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In an attempt to win his high school's first cross country state championship, Stebbins senior Jesse Moreno has made a few sacrifices.  He replaced sleeping in on Sunday with a 10-mile run.  He replaced junk food with healthier options.  And there there's that self-imposed curfew.

"My friends tease me about going to be at 8:30 p.m.  My 12-year-old sister stays up later than me," Moreno said of his schedule that keeps his body in a routine.  "I haven't even been to a football game this year.  I know what it takes to get (a state title) and I want to do that".

Moreno is in the running to become the Dayton area's first winner in Division I since Springboro's Chad Balyo won in 2005.  Moreno's biggest competition is expected to come from Cincinnati Anderson senior Nick Vogele, who beat Moreno by exactly 1 second for the regional championship last weekend, and Reynoldsburg senior Tsehave Hiluf, who won the Columbus regional.

"There is a very select group of a few guys that can actually say they have a shot at winning it, and he's in that group," said Stebbins first-year coach Sam Bell, who won the D-I title at Findlay in 1994.  Moreno ran against Hiluf in early October and led him by 8 seconds with a half-mile to go, but got gassed and lost by 15 seconds.  Expect a similar start - but hopefully a different finish - from Moreno on Saturday.

"He's not afraid to run fast.  He's not afraid of getting out that first mile and giving it his best and carrying that as long as he can," Bell said.  "He wants to be the one controlling things instead of reacting." 

Centerville senior Josh Steible, Fairborn senior Jordan Redd and Tippecanoe junior Sam Wharton are also in the running.

The meet moves to National Trail after a 26-year run at Scioto Downs.  With crowds in excess of 10,000 spectators it's the largest attended cross country event in the nation.



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