Post-Season Success for Cross Country and Soccer
Two Dayton Christian athletic teams are enjoying success in the post-season. The Warrior soccer team will face Jackson tonight in the District semi-final game. And the DC mens cross country team, for the first time in nearly two decades, will move forward as a team to take part in the OHSAA Regional meet in Troy this Saturday.
Just a few years ago, the DC cross country team (mens and womens combined) numbered a total of four runners. This year, that number is up to twenty-four, and the harriers have been dropping times all season and are peaking now during the post-season.
At Saturday’s divisional meet, senior Nate Childs (15th overall) and freshmen Rhett Bailey (16th overall) qualified to move on to the Regional meet as individuals, and as the points were totaled, the DC team discovered that the entire team would be competing again the following week. The top four teams at the Divisional meet move on to Regionals.
The team members and their personal best times include: Nate Childs (17:57), Rhett Bailey (18:07), Nathaniel Geiss (19:00), Sam Hendricks (19:15), Sam Reynolds (19:38), Jonathan Williams (19:40), and Jon Welker (20:01).
DC Cross Country has been extremely successful in the past. From 1980-1984, the team went to State, placing third in 1983 and winning the championship in 1984. Another successful era took place from 1997-1999 when the team advanced to Regionals.
Cross Country is a team sport, but it also offers individuals the opportunity to excel and qualify to run apart from the rest of the team. DC has had a number of state qualifiers through the years, including Josh Mark, Justin Whitaker, Charles May, John Rarick, Dave Stearns, Ken Petty, Micah Bragg, and Walter and John Lutrell, who won first and second place at the State meet in 2007 with Walter beating his brother across the line by .25 hundredths of a second.
Let’s cheer on and encourage our cross country team as they compete this Saturday and as they continue through their DC careers to build a new running dynasty at DC!
Speaking of dynasties, the Warrior mens soccer team is no stranger to success. The team has earned the Metro Buckeye Conference Championship for five years in a row and has won ten total MBC championships since the early 2000’s. The team has often competed in post-season tournament action.
However, this year’s team is ranked #3 in the final Division III state poll and are the #1 overall seed in the OHSAA Division III, Regional 12, Southwest 1 Sectional/District bracket. With an overall record of 15-2-1, they have one of the best season records in DC history.
Here are some more statistics that prove that this team is the real deal:
- Paul Socha recorded his 35th career shutout last week. He is on pace to finish in the top 10 in state history for career shutouts.
- The boys soccer team has a 16-game Home unbeaten streak dating back to last September 2017.
- The boys soccer Class of 2019 broke a 35-year-old record becoming the winningest class in Dayton Christian Boys Soccer history. Their career record is now 57-14-6 and counting!
- At 83 career assists, Noah Alexander is currently tied for 6th all-time in Ohio State history for assists in a career. Noah broke DC’s school record (previously held by Mark Jackson for 36-years) for career assists (72) on Sept. 8 vs. Wellington School.
Hooray for the Dayton Christian Mens Soccer team. Go, Warriors!