Senior Keefer McClure this weekend not only won the Freedom Invitational cross-country event, but he broke a 33-year school record. His time of 16:35.67 eclipsed the mark of 16:36 set by then-senior Steve Summers (’87) in 1987.
“Records are made to be broken. Congrats to Keefer and the teams,” said Mr. Summers, who now lives in Sylvania. “Happy there are still hard-working and determined kids out there. I will look up Ottawa Hills cross country schedule and watch a race this fall.”
“I’m so proud of Keefer and the entire team,” said Tyler Fairchild, who co-coaches the team with Jeremy Nixon. “This has been an amazing week for Ottawa Hills cross-country. Every single runner set a personal record for the season and we had a school record broken.”
After a great day of competition Saturday in Napoleon (the girls finished first, the boys second), the boys team is now ranked 8th in the state and the girls 15th.
Mr. Summers has fond memories of his cross-country days at Ottawa Hills and remembers many hard-working and talented runners. He was delighted to learn about Keefer’s accomplishment and share a few details about his school record.
“The state of Ohio changed distances from 2.5 miles to 5K when I was in 8th grade. Chris Roberts (’84) ran almost the same time when he was a senior my freshmen year,” Mr. Summers said. “Chris Diller (’82) and Dirk Armstrong (’78) were much better runners, but they raced 2.5 miles. Chris was second in the state when I was in 7th.”
Anyone following the OH cross-country teams this fall knows that records could keep falling. Freshman Riley Nixon has beaten Keefer a few times already this fall. These two athletes and the rest of the team have great camaraderie and a healthy dose of competitiveness. On the girls’ side, senior Isabel Gray is just 2 seconds off Abby Hauck’s (’18) record of 19:29.88 set in 2017.
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