A letter from Coach Osborn to the teams

State Champs!

Boys 1st, Poynter 3rd

The Tipp Boys Cross Country Team finished an historic season with the Division II Team Cross Country Title. They defeated Chardon NDCL by 17 points, with a team score of 94. Junior Mitch Poynter earned All Ohio honors with his third place finish (16:00) and Senior Daniel Frame earned Honorable Mention All Ohio honors with his 18th place finish (16:21). Rounding out the top seven in the 138 man field for the Red Devils were Senior Michael Taylor (27th, 16:33), and Juniors Jacob Stillwagon (34th,16:39), Spencer Ranft (64th, 17:06), Jordan Brown (71th, 17:09), and Tim Andrews(78th, 17:14).

The team title was the first in Tipp Cross Country history and the first team title in Tippecanoe High School history in any sport (boys or girls). It comes after four Cross Country Runner-Up finishes ('75,'76,'08,'13), including a heart-breaking three point loss in 2008.

The team was undefeated in every meet in which the varsity (top seven runners) participated, with a head to head record of 133-0. In the first meet of the year, (NorthWestern Invitational), in which the varsity sat out, the JV boys finished third, indicating the top to bottom strength of the team.

Girls 9th


The girls finished 9th after finishing 4th in a tough Troy Regional. This was the second consecutive team State appearance for the girls and only the third appearance at the State meet in school history (finishing 13th in 2010 and 5th in 2013). The girls head to head record was 105-14 for the year.


Seniors Hailey Brumfield (29th, 19:34) and Brinna Price led the Red Devils (33rd, 19:36), as they have most of the season. They were followed by Sophmore Abbi Halsey (57th, 20:02), Freshmen Laura Fink (84th, 20:41) and Makenzie Dietz (85th,20:43), and Junior Emily Wolfe(100th, 21:11).


Senior Katherine Wilcher completed a fairy tale finish to a season that started with injuries. Originally 8th on the depth chart, she was not slated to run in the post season. She took advantage of her opportunity to run in Regionals by setting a season PR of (21:14) and topped that in the State Meet, finishing 4th for the Red Devils with a time of 20:39.


Boys and Girls State Bound!

Boys Regional Champs, Poynter, Frame finish 1-2

The Tipp Boys and Girls both advanced to the State Finals for the second year in a row with the boys winning the Region for the second year in a row and the girls finishing fourth.

The boys were led by Mitchell Poynter, Daniel Frame, and Michael Taylor, who all finished in the top 16, earning All Region honors. Poynter was the individual Region Champion, for the second year in a row, finishing in 16:01. Frame was runner up, finishing at 16:07, and Taylor finished 11th in 16:30 - his second consecutive PR (personal record), moving him up to 10th on Tipp's "All Time" 5K list. Rounding out the top seven for Tipp were Jacob Stillwagon (24th, 17:07), Spencer Ranft (30th, 17:17), Jordan Brown (42nd, 17:28), and Tim Andrews (58th, 17:45). The boys will attempt to win Tipp's first team XC championship next Saturday at National Trail Raceway, at 11:45.

The girls, ranked 7th in the state, finished fourth in the toughest region in the state. The Red Devils were buoyed by Senior Katherine Wilcher, who had her best race of the year, after struggling with injuries for much of the season. Earning "All Region" honors were Hailey Brumfield (9th, 19:39) and Brinna Price (10th, 19:48). Rounding out the top seven were Abbi Halsey (25th, 20:39), Laura Fink (32nd, 20:49), Katherine Wilcher(42nd, 21:14), Emily Wolfe(69th, 21:56), and Anna Kleplinger(78th, 22:13). The girls start time is 2:15, also at National Trail Raceway.

Boys and Girls Teams Advance to Regionals

Both the Boys and Girls teams both advanced to the regional competition, with strong performances from all fourteen runners. All seven boys finished in the top twelve, qualifying to Regionals individually. The girls had five of the top seven qualify individually. The boys team finished first and the girls were runners-up

Next up is the Regional Meet in Troy (course map here) where the boys, currently ranked #1 in the state will be favored to win. The #7 ranked girls will have their hands full with #1 Granville, #4 Alter, #8 Springfield Shawnee, and #17 Oakwood in their race (the top four teams advance to the state meet).


JH Girls CBC Champs

The JH Girls Team capped a record breaking season with a CBC Championship. The girls team finished the season with a 93-2 record, setting the JH Girls record for most wins and highest winning percentage. Kailey Titley was the individual CBC Champion and won six of the eight races she entered. A record six JH girls earned All CBC status in addition to the five who were All County. Highlights of the JH Boys season include team Miami County Runner Up and a third place CBC Finish with three boys earning All Conference and two earning All County honors.

Boys 1st, Girls 2nd in CBC

The Tipp Boys claimed the CBC Title and the Girls were Runners Up, losing by one point to 8th ranked Springfield Shawnee. Mitchel Poynter and Hailey Brumfield were both individual Runner Up. The #1 ranked Boys (October 9th OATCCC Division 2 Poll), defeated the 4th ranked Braves 35 - 49. Six boys and five girls earned All CBC honors. Next up, both teams begin their quest to return to the State Meet when they run the District Meet at MVCTC on October 18th.

Boys/Girls win Miami County, Tipp Invite

The Tipp Boys and Girls Teams continued their winning ways, with both teams claiming the Miami County Title and Tippecanoe " Boo 2 Miler" titles. This was the ninth consecutive Miami County title for the boys and the sixth consecutive title for the girls. In both races the girls were led by Seniors Hailey Brumfield and Brinna Price, followed by underclassmen Abbi Halsey, Makenzie Dietz, and Laura Fink. Hailey set a PR (personal record) of 19:10 while taking second overall. The boys were led by Junior Mitch Poynter, who won both races. Mitch reclaimed the Miami County Individual Title for the Red Devils while moving to second on Tippecanoe's All-Time 5K list. The rest of Tipp's top five, Daniel Frame, Michael Taylor, Jacob Stillwagon, and Spencor Ranft, all finished under 17:00.



Tipp Dominates Franklin Invitational

The Tipp Boys and Girls Teams both won the Franklin County Invitational (Lexington, Ky) in dominant fashion. The girls had a team score of 70, besting second place Eaton (Ohio) by 53 points. The Red Devils were led by Seniors Brinna Price 6th (20:00.52) and Hailey Brumfield (10th,20:06.94) and Sophomore Abbi Halsey (12th, 20:22.11). The Boys Team scorched the competition, posting a 92 point margin of victory over second place St. Henry's (Erlanger, Ky), the 2012 Kentucky State Champions. Leading the Boys were Mitch Poynter (1st, 15:50.64), Daniel Frame (3rd, 16:14.50), Michael Taylor (6th, 16:43.16), Jacob Stillwagon (13th, 17:03.97), and Spencer Ranft (15th, 17:04.69).

Poynter and Frame Break 16:00

History was made as junior Mitchell Poynter and senior Daniel Frame became the first teammates in Tipp XC history to run sub 16:00 in the same race. Poynter's 15:46 and Frame's 15:59 highlighted an impressive day for the Red Devils at the Alliance Running XC Invitational.

The feat has nearly been achieved on two other occeasions. In 2008, Jason Salyer recorded a 15:45 at the state meet and Kevin Fink a 16:08. In 2012, Sam Wharton won the state meet in 15:09 and fellow senior Grant Koch ran 16:13.full swing.

2014 Looks Promising

The 2014 XC season in full swing. Tipp XC has continued to build upon the 2013 season with some impressive performances. The Boys team has claimed first place finishes at the Greenville Invitational, Brookville Invitational, and the Alliance Running Invitational.

The Girls team won the Greenville Invitational, finished second at Brookville and the Alliance Running Invitational. Both teams are ranked in the top 10 in the state.



Tipp XC and Beyond

Tipp XC has a number of alumni excelling at the collegiate level. Katie Landwehr, a 2011 grad, finished 5th at the Big 10all big 10 championships for the Michigan State Spartans. The Lady Spartans captured the team title as well. Katie and her team will look to qualify for nationals from the Great Lakes Regional Meet.

feitshansOhio Northern senior Tyler Feitshans earned all-OAC honors finishing 9th for the Polar Bears. ONU finished second to champion Mount Union. Feitshans former THS teammate Kevin Fink finished 13th for the Cincinnati Bearcats at the AAC Meet. Fink was the second bearcat to cross the finishline.

Bowling Green's Jason Salyer became the first Falcon in 17 years to earn 1st team All-Mac honors. Salyer covered the 8K course in 25:12 which was good for 6th place. salyer

Two other 2010 grads are contributing on the collegiate level. Wooster's Allison Chin has been in the top 5 for the figting scots throughout her final season. Former teammate Leah Schiller has also been a top 5 runner for Bentley.

Sam Wharton will redshirt for the Stanford Cardinal. Notre Dame's Grant Koch might see some varsity action in the 4x800 relay in the indoor and outdoor seasons.