NKY runners join NKU cross country, track and field programs


Northern Kentucky University announced the addition of thirteen athletes to its cross country and track programs, some of whom competed locally in high school.

Will Griffith, a native of Fort Thomas, was a runner at Highlands High School where he placed first in the 1600m race at the freshman regional championships and won area second team honors in the 800m in 2019.

Griffith was also part of the Highlands swim team.

“[Griffith is] one of the top three senior runners in the Northern Kentucky region and was the first to commit to the Scandinavians for next fall, ”said NKU head coach Steve Kruse. but he also competed at the highest state level in swimming. Will’s dedication to all things aerobics and his leadership abilities will certainly help lead the next generation of Nordic athletes to success.

Kruse also welcomed Noah Sloan to the program. Sloan distinguished himself in Campbell County High School and is originally from Alexandria.

He placed second in the 1600m race at the 2018 NKY Freshman Indoor Regional Championships and the 2019 Mason County Indoor Meet, then won the 1600m at the 2019 Campbell County Championships.

In 2020, Sloan set personal bests in the cross country season, winning first place in the 2 mile race at the QUAD @ Fox Run, fifth in the 4000m race at the Conner Quad and fourth in the two mile race. miles to the Conner Invitational. He then finished second and set a personal best in the 800m at the 2021 Outdoor Tri Meet.

“Campbell County’s top long distance runner has been a versatile camel athlete,” Kruse said. His senior cross country campaign led to five top-five finishes, including two overall wins for purple and gold. before.”

The men’s program also added Owen Matthews of Fairfield, Oh ,; Noah Pease from Hilliard, Oh. ; and Bryan Slotzfus from Kokomo, Ind.

The women’s team have announced eight additions for the upcoming season.

“We look forward to all of these young athletes joining our program after some very difficult years for track athletes during the COVID era,” Kruse said. “All are excellent students and join an ever improving and growing cross country and track program at Northern Kentucky University!”

Ellie Fecher is from Fort Thomas and will be part of the track team. She finished fourth in the high jump in the 2019 Region 4 Class AA outdoor competition and set two personal bests in the 2019 Mason Co. indoor competition in the high jump and 1,600m.

Emma Hopkins joins the track and field after a successful high school career in Dixie Heights. The Independence native won the 300m hurdles in 2018 and 2019 at the Kenton County High School Championships. She also won the 55m hurdles in 2018 and 2020 at the KTCCCA Indoor Championships.

Maggie Schroder, from Fort Thomas, will compete in both the cross country and track teams. In a freshman at Highlands High School, Schroeder finished second in the 5k at the 2015 Campbell County Cross Country Championships. She then finished first in the 800m at the 2016 Outdoor Cooper JV Meet. During the 2019 outdoor season , Shroeder finished first in the 3200m class AA Region 4, the 1600m at the Campbell County Championships and the 400m at the HSW Tri.

To end her career with the Bluebirds, she placed first in the 800m and 400m at the 2021 Outdoor Tri Meet.

“Maggie will be joining one of the strongest distance teams NKU has ever had, we look forward to her contributing to our depth in cross country and track and field,” said Kruse.

The programs also added Chloe Boa, of Oldham Co .; Joi Bradley, of Gahanna, Ohio; Hope Erbach, of Waynesville, Oh .; Emily Tinelli from Mt. Washington, Ky .; and Julia Pohl, from Winchester, Ky.

-Staff report


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