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the Miamisburg Invitational - heat, humidity and a ukelele

Posted Tuesday, September 04, 2012 by Mike Hout
It was another hot one for our home meet.  The good news is that it was not as hot as last year.  The bad news is that there was more humidity this year.  All of that combined to make for a tough running situation for our harriers.  There were a couple trips by an ambulance to our course.  And the biggest surprise was when a fire truck showed up.

Here are a few things I remember from running around the course.  Jaime Mettle took the lead for the girls team. She ran well and was our number one runner while Jordan Townsley took the meet off. Quentin Mullen ran well and stayed with the fine Franklin runner for most of the way until Ruppert pulled away near the end.  In third was one who continually stuns me - Stevie Sartorius from West Carrollton.  He has improved dramatically from his freshman year and is a good example of what hard work can do.  Sadly, his seven year old sister Gracie died that afternoon. 

The only prs I saw were by Tony Wydra and Billy Scheid.  Way to go TW and cousin Billy.

There was some solid competition as the Oakwood boys are #6 in the state in Division II.  Mason and Beavercreek are #1 and #2 in the state in the girls poll, although they did not bring all their top runners.  Oakwood is #18 in the girls Division II poll.  It was stunning to see all the Mason girls in the JV race.  What were there, 100 of them? 

Pastor Hout saw a cheap ukelele on sale the day before the meet and thought it was a sign from God.  He bought it and used it to play the fight song before each of the four races.  No longer do we have to beg for the pep band to come to a meet!  He could also be spotted handing out programs for the meet.  If you are nice to him, he might give you one of the few remaining copies.   

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