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Written by Rod O'Donnell on 21 September 2015.

The final 21st century review of the Ohio Boys’ State Cross-Country Championship will follow the same format as the one used in last month’s article and will feature both Divisions II and III. (Note: There are three corrections to the summary of Division I meets: Hudson has made nine appearances; Hilliard, 13, and Toledo St. Francis has qualified six, not seven, times.)

I hope that the summary of each division has been interesting and will enhance the tradition of many programs. CONGRATULATIONS to the 237 teams that have competed in our great state championship meet during the last 15 years. Good luck to those who will run on the National Trails Course this year. It is an honor that will create a lifetime of memories.

Division II Boys – 2000-2014

1.     91 different teams have qualified for the State Meet.

2.     54 teams have qualified two or more times.

3.     Six have competed six or more times: Unioto (12); Woodridge (11); St. Vincent-St Mary’s (9); Walsh, Bay Village, Springfield Shawnee, Tipp City, Dayton Carroll (6)

4.     Lowest point total for a winning team – 43 – Woodridge (2006)

5.     Highest number of points for a winning team – 126 – Eaton (2001)

6.     Teams with two or more state championships – Woodridge (6); Salem (2)

7.     Teams with two or more second place finishes: St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (4); Walsh, Tipp City (2)

8.     Largest winning margin – 109 points – Woodridge (2006)

9.     Smallest winning margin – 3 points – Woodridge (2008)

10.  Athletes who have placed in the Top 15 for four years: Matt Buzik (SVSM) – 00,01,02,03; Michael Brajdic (Bay Village) – 07,08,09,10

11.  Teams who have had five or more runners place in the Top 15: SVSM – 13; Woodridge – 12; Defiance, Tipp City – 8; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy – 7; Eastwood, Navarre Fairless, Unioto, Medina Buckeye – 5

12.  Multiple individual champions: Matt Buzik (SVSM) – 2 (2002, 2003); Michael Brajdic (Bay Village) 2 (2009, 2010)

Division III Boys – 2000-2014

1.     80 different teams have qualified for the State Meet.

2.     53 have qualified two or more times.

3.     The list includes these schools who have at least six appearances: McDonald (15); Maplewood (14); Bellaire St. John, Russia (9); St. Henry (8); Mt. Gilead, Fredericktown, Fort Laramie, Versailles (6)

4.     Lowest point total for a winning team – 46 –Maplewood (2003)

5.     Highest point total for a winning team – 116 – Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas

6.     Teams with two or more state championships: McDonald (4); Maplewood (4); St. Thomas Aquinas, Independence (2)

7.     Teams with two or more runner-up titles: McDonald (6); Maplewood, St. Thomas Aquinas (2)

8.     Largest winning margin – 75 points – Maplewood (2005)

9.     Smallest winning margin – 1 point – St. Thomas Aquinas (2006)

10.  Athletes who have placed in the Top 15 for four years: Kyle Pohlman - Independence (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012); Patrick Kunkel – McDonald (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013); Sam Prakel – Versailles (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

11.  Teams with five or more Top 15 overall place winners: Maplewood (12); Independence, McDonald (10); South Range, St. Thomas Aquinas (8); Versailles, Coldwater (7); Dayton Christian (6); Mt. Gilead (5)

12.  Multiple individual champions: Brandon Martinez – Stryker (2001, 2003); Sam Prakel – Versailles (2011, 2012)

I hope that our readers have enjoyed the 21st century historical facts concerning the State Championship meet. The summaries can help perpetuate the tradition of many programs and show others that greatness is attainable.

-       Congratulations to the highly successful cross-country coach at Medina High School, Milt Place. He organized one of the best cross-country clinics that I have attended on August 13-14, at the home of the Bees. Legendary coaches Joe Vigil and Dan Green (The Woodlands, Texas,) and panels of successful Ohio coaches passed on invaluable information to the coaches and athletes who attended over the two days. Coach Place followed one of the cardinal rules of coaching – always give back to the sport. Thank you, Milt, for a job well done!

Yours in track,

Rod O’Donnell

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