Mike Dyer of WCPO.COM has reached into his literary "bag of tricks" to share this heart warming Mason football human interest story. (check out the link below)

Many thanks to Mike Dyer for his continued support of young people!

To underscore the overall quality of Greater Miami Conference distance running programs, boys runners from the league ran away with three individual Southwest District Race Championships this past Saturday.

Anchored by GMC "Runner of the Year" Dustin Horter (Lakota East) with a winning time of 15:02.09, Mikey Loehr (Mason) also with a winning time of 15:49.56, and Conant Smith's (Middletown) winning time of 15:57.84, all won their respective SW District Championship races and will move onto the OHSAA Regional Meet next Saturday, October 29th in Troy, Ohio.  All three of these outstanding athletes were also first team All-Greater Miami Conference at the league just one week previous.

Good luck to all the GMC Cross Country athletes as they move to the next step on the way to the OHSAA State Championships!


The Southwest District Championships were held at Voice of America park on Saturday, Oct. 22nd. The Mason Girls proved once again they are the elite girls CC program in the district, winning a 8th consecutive District title by over 30 points from their nearest competitor. 

The conditions were good and the girls ran well. Ellie Brush led the team with a solid time and a third place finish. Lily Hallum had a GREAT day and was 4th overall with nearly a minute drop from her GMC race on the same course. Ailee Henderson did her job and was solid, placing not far behind Lily in a season best time. Our two final scorers were Lauren Rose and Amy Satterthwaite, both of whom ran best times on the year and looked solid in the process. 

The team also got a PR performance from Annie McBeath in the 6th spot who did a great job in her first big varsity race as well. The girls did a great job, and move on to the Regional meet in Troy where the competition is as tough as ever. 

The Regional Championships are held at Hobart Arena in Troy on Saturday, October 29th. The top 4 teams and top 16 individuals will advance to the state meet on Saturday, November 5th at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.

Mason girls will be seeking their 7th Regional title. Last year they finished as the Regional Runnerup. The Comets are looking to make it 13 straight appearances to the state championships held at National Trails Raceway on Saturday, November 5th. 

Information supplied by Dan Hilen, Mason Sports Information Director


The Mason Boys Cross Country team continued its dominance of the District Championships, winning their 9th in a row at VOA Park this past Saturday. The Comets put themselves in great position early in the race and then improved from there to score a 43-84 victory over second place LaSalle. The Green and White rode the front running of their top three who finished a stellar 1,2 and 4.     

Mikey Loehr was crowned District Champion to join the ranks of Mason legends Zach Wills and Nick Grismer for that honor. Loehr's time ranks him number 7 all-time for Mason. Michael Uematsu finished in the runner-up position with a time that ranks him number 11 all-time for Mason. Abel Nijakowski continued the Comets' dominance up front with a spectacular 4th place finish.     

Fourth man Paxton St. Clair continued to make huge strides each week placing tenth. Tony Rabe sealed the deal for the Comets finishing 26th. Logan McCormick and Grady Lipp ran as sixth and seventh men. 

The Comets move on to the Regional Championships at Hobart Arena in Troy on Saturday, October 29th. The top 4 teams and top 16 individuals will advance to the state meet on Saturday, November 5th at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.    

The Mason boys are the defending Regional Champion and will be seeking their 4th overall Division I Regional Title. The Comets will be looking to make their 10th consecutive trip to state as a team. The Comets have won two state championships and finished as State Runner-up in 2015. 

Information supplied by Dan Hilen, Mason Sports Information Director   

The Greater Miami Conference cross country quality was evident in the Southwest District Championship meets this past weekend by qualifying several teams to the OHSAA Regional meet in Troy, Ohio.  Emerging from the West Chester District races, the GMC qualified the following boys teams:  in the Boys Race "A", the Mason Comets were District Champions and the Sycamore Aviators also qualified out of this race.  In the Boys Race "B", Lakota East was the lone GMC qualifier.  Coming out of the Cedarville Southwest District Boys Championship, the Middletown Middies found themselves qualifying for the Troy regional as well.

The GMC Boys Cross Country programs tallied three Individual District Champions!  Dustin Horter - 15:02.09 (Lakota East), Mikey Loehr - 15:49.56 (Mason) and Conant Smith - 15:57.84 (Middletown) all won their respective races and were crowned District Champions!

The GMC girls cross country programs turned in outstanding performances in qualifying numerous teams to the OHSAA Regional Tournament. In the Girls Race "A", the Mason Comets were District Champions while Lakota West and Colerain also qualified to Troy from this race.  In the Girls Race "B", Lakota East was the lone GMC girls qualifier.

OHSAA Regional Cross Country Meet - Saturday, October 29th @ Memorial Stadium, 151 Staunton Road, Troy, Ohio 45373

Race Times - Division I Boys - 12:30 PM, Division I Girls - 3:00 PM

View Older News Articles in the News Archive