The 2021 cross-country season has ended. Many of the high school athletes who competed are making plans to continue their careers on the collegiate level. This can be a tremendous experience, if the runners understand several things:

1) They will now be competing against the best runners in this country and the world, not just within their own division in their respective states; 2) They must be patient and understand that it take time to achieve what is required to reach the elite collegiate level; 3) These athletes will find themselves doing more difficult workouts that are necessary to excel at 8K or 10K races. Those who adapt will have careers that are fulfilling and fun.

The following are lists of males athletes who reached high levels of success in Ohio or on the national scene and competed in the 2021 Division I NCAA National Championships:


Name                     Year            School       Div I NCAA Place           H. S.                                       

Ryan Adkins          Fr               Butler                     DNR               Twinsburg

Lucas Bons            Fr               BYU                         102         Dublin Coffman

Alec Sandusky      Sr               Cincinnati                136                 Marysville     

Arjun Jha              Jr                Indiana                    176        Th Worthington

Chad Johnson       Jr                Iowa State               116            Col Crawford

Caleb Brown         Fr               Oregon                     212                     Shelby

Elliot Cook            Fr               Oregon                     DNR        Dublin Jerome

Zac Kirk                Jr                Portland                    52                  Maumee

Matt Scrape           So                Syracuse                 121    Pickerington Central

  1. P Trojan             Sr                 Syracuse                  78                  University

Steve Jones            Sr                Colorado                   62                     Troy


Name                       Place in National HS Meet             College        2021 NCAA PL

Josh Methner                FL – 1                                    Notre Dame           171

Carter Solomon            FL – 2                                    Notre Dame           DNR

Patrick Anderson         FL – 3                                    North Carolilna     108

Grayden Morris           FL – 4                                     Texas                  DNR

Evan Bishop                 FL – 6                                   Wisconsin            138

Daniel O’Brien             FL – 7                                    Princeton            DNR

Kevin Antezak              FL – 8                                N. C. State             DNR

Jack Jennings               FL – 9                                 Villanova                 73

Caleb Brown               NXN – 3                                 Oregon                212

Matt Strangiu             NXN – 4                               Portland               DNR

Connor Ohlson           NXN – 5                             Air Force               DNR

  1. J. Holland               NXN – 6                                Oregon               DNR

Cole Sprout                 NXN – 7                              Stanford                 81

Liam Murphy             NXN – 8                              Villanova              DNR

Carson Belnap            NXN – 9                                  BYU          Not on Roster

Wil Smith                    NXN – 10                             Gonzaga               241

Ahmed Ibrahim            FL – 11                                Boise State          150

Nico Young                   NXN – 1                               N. Arizona            11

Matthew Ferrell            FL – 13                               Princeton             151

Zach Stewart                 FL – 26                               Michigan             130

Coen Roberts                FL – 40                              Wake Forest          191

Brendan Favazza          FL – 20                              Michigan State     200

FL = Footlocker                 NXN = Nike Cross-Country Nationals

Each of these runners would tell you that the adjustment to collegiate running requires a total commitment to training at a very high level. 

Yours in track,

Rod O’Donnell

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Read more of Rod O’Donnell’s articles on:  www.runohio.com 

KEEPING TRACK - Remembering By Rod O’Donnell –


Life Lessons from Cross-Country - http://runohio.com/index.php/news-features/features/10-life-lessons-from-cross-country-updated-2020  

2021 Track & Field - http://runohio.com/index.php/news-features/features/200-keeping-track-2021-track-field   

2020 OHSAA State Cross Country Championships -  http://runohio.com/index.php/news-features/news/134-keeping-track-by-rod-o-donnell-2020-ohsaa-state-cross-country-championships  

Keeping Track - http://runohio.com/index.php/news-features/features/173-keeping-track-2   

COVID 19 and Sports - http://runohio.com/index.php/news-features/news/120-keeping-track-covid-19-and-sports-by-rod-o-donnell      

Critical Time for Cross Country and Track & Field - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/news-features/features/96-track           

Facts - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/news-features/features/100-keeping-track-facts        

Track - http://runohio.com/index.php/news-features/features/67-keeping-track          

Football and Track & Field - http://www.runohio.com/index.php/news-features/features/78-keeping-track-football-and-track-field         

Marc Bloom’s Amazing Racers - http://runohio.com/index.php/news-features/features/43-keeping-track-marc-bloom-s-amazing-racers-by-rod-o-donnel   

College of William & Mary – http://runohio.com/index.php/news-features/news/121-keeping-track-college-of-william-mary-by-rod-o-donnel      

Take care and I hope to see you at a race soon.

 Matt McGowan