Clare (1003) and Abby (1002) Fischer cross the finish line during
the Division I race of the 2008 OHSAA Cross Country Meet at
Scioto Downs in Columbus. The twins finished 18th and 19th,
respectively, last Saturday for the state champion Blue Streaks.
(Photo courtesy of John Zangmeister)
are state champs
By Jim Horvath
Published Jan. 9, 2008
are a number of words Magnificat head coach Anjanette Arabian-Whitman
uses to describe her cross country team:
After last Saturday’s Division I state cross country
championship meet at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Arabian-Whitman can
add two more monikers to that list:
On a warm and sunny day, the Blue Streaks capped off
an unbeaten season in fine fashion. They scored 68 points to easily
outdistance runner-up North Canton Hoover’s 121 and win the Division
Looking at the scores of the next few teams showed
just how dominating the Streaks’ performance was. Springboro was
third at 136 points, followed by Upper Arlington at 142, Cincinnati
St. Ursula at 155 and Oak Hills at 187.
The next-best Cleveland area school was North Royalton,
which finished eighth at 234, followed by Hudson at 237.
“I have a very hard-working group of girls,” said
Arabian Whitman as she and her team embarked on the return trip
to Rocky River. “They are very goal oriented, and they knew every
week what they wanted to accomplish in that week’s race.
“To them, this was another meet to prepare for. They
planned out what they wanted to do and got it done,” she added.
Magnificat was led by junior Madeline Chambers, who
finished fifth overall with a time of 18:17.91 and claimed All-Ohio
honors. Clare and Abby Fischer gave the Streaks three finishers
in the top 25, finishing 18th and 19th, respectively. Clare ran
an 18:59.75, while Abby came through right behind with her time
“This race was very similar to the race we ran last
weekend at regionals,” said Arabian-Whitman. “The girls know they
have to race both against themselves and the competition, so that’s
how they plan their strategy. As a group, we did the same thing
today, only against more competition.
Abby and Claire Fischer, followed closely behind by teammates
Abbie Marquard, Mary Whitmore and Erin Riley, get off to a good
start in last Saturday’s Division I state cross country championship
meet in Columbus. The Blue Streaks finished the season undefeated
and won the Division I state championship. (Photo courtesy of
“The big thing was, nobody had to come out with major
fireworks to get this done,” she said. “All they had to do was do
the same things they had done the previous week. There were no personal
records set today. They all ran solid races, which was the key because
strange things can happen at the state meet.”
Kat Stultz was the fourth finisher for the Blue Streaks,
coming in at 29th with a time of 19:17.17. Abbie Marquard rounded
out the top five with her time of 19:36.24, good for 46th.
Erin Riley was 85th with her time of 20:18.39, while
Mary Whitmore was 109th with a 20:51.17 out of 144 runners. The
team’s alternates were Bridget Cooney and Bridgette Coyne. All of
them helped Magnificat better its second-place finish of a year
“We didn’t hit our time goals, but I think the weather
affected everybody today,” said Arabian-Whitman of the unusually
warm early November weather in Columbus.
“I’m just very proud of these young ladies,” she said.
“They, quite honestly, are an amazing group. We have a team grade
point average of 3.9. They are very smart, well organized and know
“They do well for themselves and their teammates because
they work at it all year round. They take a couple of breaks, but
they pretty much run and train all year. They follow a training
schedule and set their goals in a realistic fashion. Lofty, yes,
but realistic,” she said.
There’s one more hurdle for the Blue Streaks to take
on. The team will compete in the Nike Team Regional on Nov. 15 in
Terre Haute, Ind. Last season, Magnificat took fifth at that meet
to top all Ohio entrants.