St Xavier isn’t just one of the best cross country programs in Cincinnati or the state of Ohio but they are recognized nationally as an elite program. This year’s St X invitational pit the Turpin Spartans against 19 teams, eight of which they will face at the District meet. Heading the pack in the Division race was Michael Vittuci the state’s top runner. The course modification and 80 degree weather must have had an effect on the runners as some of the area’s top competitors logged in slower times.
On Saturday, September 20, the Spartan ladies saw perfection at the Harrison Invitational. Racing in ideal conditions, the ladies put together a dominant performance, with all seven varsity runners placing in the top 16. The Varsity team finished 1st out of a field of 10, facing rivals Anderson and Lakota East.
The Spartans took the course on Saturday, September 13th at the Milford Invitational, home of the ECC Championships. On a cold and dreary day, the Spartans were able to come out on top in three of the four races, making great strides in their seasons. 38 combined runners ran a personal best.
On Saturday, September 6, the Spartans took the course at Mason, their most competitive meet of the season. With over 6,000 athletes racing throughout the day, Turpin competed against some of the Tri-States' best teams, including rivals Kings, Anderson, Mason, St. Ursula and Loveland, and nationally ranked Carmel. The challenging course, which consisted of multiple creeks, hay barrel jumps, and hills, proved to be no match for the Spartans, with over half of the team running their best times of the season.