Milford head coach Shane Bartholomew was the Eagles’ girls coach for 12 seasons prior to becoming the leader of the boys team.
He said he is excited to get started and lead Milford back from a sixth-place finish in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference last season.
“I look forward to the improvements we make individually transferring into an overall team improvement in the ECC standings,” the coach said. “They appear as if they are hard workers and willing to do what it takes to make themselves better.”
The Eagles’ top individual returners include A.J. Erdaty, David DiSilvestro, Jacob Cooley, Dominic Dalessandro and Christopher Finley.
Erdaty, a junior, ran the second-fastest time in the ECC cross country meet with a time of 16 minutes, 34.77 seconds. He is the Eagles’ top returning distance runner.
DiSilvestro and Cooley are the team’s top returning hurdlers. DiSilvestro won the 300 meter hurdles in the conference meet last season and missed the chance to qualify for the state meet when he clipped a hurdle, causing him to fall to eighth place in the regional.
Dalessandro will run sprint distances and Finley will pull double duty with sprints and jumps.
Even though the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference American Division will be tough this season, Goshen head coach Jack Bailey expects his team to be “very competitive in the league.”
Helping the Warriors reach that level will be senior Phil Senters, Austin Clift, Max Glass, Aaron Koch and Jacob Hopkins.
Senters, an American second-team performer last season, will run sprint distances. Bailey said Clift is improving in the shot put and Glass will run distance.
In addition, Koch, a junior, and Hopkins, a sophomore, are two of the top hurdlers in the entire conference, according to Bailey.
“We have a young team with a lot of talent,” Bailey said. “It depends on how fast they mature.”
Clermont Northeastern also returns a few of its top individuals from last season.
Rockets’ head coach Pat Rexroat has senior Dylan Gentry and juniors Logan Fishback and Dalton Miracle at his disposal. Gentry and Miracle will run sprints and the sprint relays.
Fishback is the team’s top thrower and the coach expects a good season from him.
“He’s one of the best throwers in the district,” Rexroat said.
On May 6, CNE will be hosting 20 schools for the Southern Ohio Classic. There were 15 schools in the event last year.
Last year, the McNicholas Rockets boys track and field team was stymied by its small number of participants.
Second-year head coach Kyle Jepson said the team couldn’t send a full complement of athletes to the district meet. This year, that changes a bit.
“This year, we’ve had a larger interest in track and field,” the coach said. “We’ll still be a very young team, but we should be vastly improved. It’ll be nice to be competitive again.”
Keeping the Rockets competitive will be senior thrower Will Allgeier, distance runners Jackson Durm and freshman Mason Elmer, junior sprinter Jonathon Wenzel and freshman pole vaulter Thomas Moore.
Allgeier and Moore are closing in on school records for the shot put and pole vault, respectively.
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Milford junior A.J. Erdaty: Ran the second-fastest time in the ECC cross country meet with a time of 16 minutes, 34.77 seconds and is the Eagles’ top returning distance runner.
Milford’s David DiSilvestro: He won the 300-meter hurdles in the conference meet last season and missed the chance to qualify for the state meet when he clipped a hurdle that caused him to fall to eighth place in the regional.
Goshen senior Phil Senters: An SBAAC American Division second-team performer last season, he will run sprint distances.
Goshen junior Aaron Koch and sophomore Jacob Hopkins: According to head coach Jack Bailey, the pair is among the top hurdlers in the entire Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference.
Clermont Northeastern junior Logan Fishback: Head coach Pat Rexroat called him one of the better throwers in the district.