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STVM girls cross country team celebrates fifth state title

11/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
HEBRON — The St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (STVM) girls cross country team won its fifth consecutive state title Nov. 2 at the Division II State Cross Country Championships, which took place at the National Trail Raceway.

According to STVM officials, Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) officials stated the team was the first girls team in Ohio to win five consecutive championships in the history of OHSAA.

According to STVM officials, in 2011, OHSAA officials announced STVM was the first high school to send a boys and a girls team to the state championships, with each member of those teams receiving Academic All-Ohio awards. The girls team repeated that same accomplishment in 2012 and 2013, according to STVM officials. To receive this award, an athlete must qualify to compete at state and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.

The team is coached by Dan Lancianese.

Shown above, from middle left, on the platform at state are members of the girls team: Mia Brady, Gracie Davis, Cynthia Haas, Julia Mendiola, Shea O’Brien, Rachel Iacofano, and Gina Neugebauer. Coaches are shown on either side of the student athletes.

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