Category: Boys Track and Field

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Multiple Teams · East Student Athletes Sign College Commitments

Standout Lakota East Thunderhawks, who signed early commitments to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level, were recognized in special ceremonies at the high school on Wednesday. Below is a complete list of these outstanding student-athletes:

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Jarrett Cox Nicholas Edkins Natalie Hamilton
 Basketball  Lacrosse  Golf
 Fairmont State University  Ohio Northern University  Cincinnati Christian University
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Corrine Haverland Dustin Horter Hannah Keating
 Softball  Cross Country and Track  Volleyball
 The University of the Cumberlands Indiana University  Morehead State University
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Benjamin Sabelhaus Dylan Smith Ariel Swain
 Lacrosse  Baseball  Volleyball
 Belmont Abbey College  Miami Hamilton University  Indiana Wesleyan University


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The top of the state championship podium is becoming a familiar spot for Lakota East running phenom, junior Dustin Horter.  Horter continues to etch his name on a list of the Lakota all-time running greats, racing to another State Title  in Columbus last week, winning the 1600 meter event at OSU’s Jesse Owens Stadium.  

Horter, who entered as the top seed with the seventh-fastest time in the nation led the entire race until that last 200 put his victory in jeopardy as Worthington’s Arjun Jha ran a 59.2-second final lap to make his push for first. Horter  though wouldn’t be denied this year and sprinted past Jha with about 50 meters to go, finishing with a time of 4:08.38, while Jha settled for second in 4:09.09.

Horter planned to run the 3200m at the OHSAA State Track Championships as well.  He was the predicted favorite as the District and Regional Champion in this event and still holds the #1 time in Ohio in the 3200 (8:56.62).  However, the extreme heat and closeness time wise of the races (87 degrees, around 100 degrees on the track, less than an hour between races) precluded a run at this title. Olentangy’s Hunter Moore went on to win the 3200 event  with a time of 8:58. Dustin plans to try again next year in hopefully more conducive conditions. 

This 1600m Championship win marks Dustin’s third State Championship this year.  He was also the OHSAA Division 1 State Champion in XC with a PR of 14:59.90, the State Indoor Track 1600m Champion with a PR of 4:10.77, and now has claimed the 1600m Outdoor title.  Dustin’s next venture is the Mile run at the prestigious Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, Washington on June 17.  

Lakota East Girls Track state qualifiers also had tremendous accomplishments at their State Meet.  See a recap and highlights of all the Regional and State Boys and Girls Track action below.

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Thunderhawks News · Serena Clark and Dustin Horter Named PUTTER’S Athletes of the Week



Serena is a freshman on the Lakota East Girls Track Team. 

The freshman phenom continues to prove she is a real talent on the Cincinnati Track scene this season.  She recently took first in the 100m in 12.14 and first in the 200m in 25.23 to move her on to Regionals.

Serena earned the very prestigious honor of being named the Runner of the Year in the GMC in 2017!  This is an amazing accomplishment for a freshman and speaks volumes of what is to come in her HS track career.



Dustin is  a junior on the Lakota East Boys Track Team.

Dustin has received so many recognitions and awards this spring.  He recently was voted the Best of the Best at the Enquirer’s Cincy 2016-17 Sports Awards for Cross Country.  HIs track exploits this spring continue to break down all time records.  

At Districts Horter had a 1600m time of 4:11.59 to narrowly edge out the former record of 4:11.9, and in the 3200m he clocked an amazing OH #2 season time of 8:58.87, second only to his own 8:56 at Eastern Relays in April. This shattered the former District record of 9:12. Dustin will compete at the Regionals on Friday night.

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Multiple Teams · Dustin Horter and Rachel Lewis Named “Best of the Best!”

Thunderhawk standouts Dustin Horter (Boys Cross Country) and Rachel Lewis (Softball) were named the best in their sports at Monday nights Greater Cincinnati Sports Awards at the Arnoff Center.  

The event was sponsored by Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Special speaker at the event was Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.

The best night in high school sports honored the top student-athletes in 28 varsity sports. There were also special awards given out for the top overall male and female athletes of the year, as well as the Courage Award and Nike I Am Sport Award.

“You tonight are special, ” said Lewis.  “You’re the cream of the crop. The thing that will always separate you that no one can take away is how hard you work and what you do with your mind. Those are tangible things that nobody can take away from you. The best players that I’ve coached are the smartest guys. What makes up a great professional athlete: it’s talent and ability, but it’s drive and it’s smarts and it’s work ethic.”

The night gave these young men and women an opportunity to stand on a stage and project their thoughts and feelings into a microphone. It was a rare opportunity and the student-athletes appreciated the moment.


Below is a complete list of all the recipients:

Girls cross country – Maddie Walker, Amelia

Boys cross country – Dustin Horter, Lakota East

Girls golfer – Natalia Sompolvorachai, Lakota West

Boys golfer – Cooper Hausfeld, Wyoming

Girls tennis – Emily Thomas, Princeton

Girls soccer – Abigail Zoeller, Simon Kenton

Boys soccer – Cameron Belle, Summit Country Day

Water polo – Charles Leibson, St. Xavier

Field hockey – Jillian Shive, Ursuline Academy

Girls volleyball – Kaity Smith, Cooper

Football – Ra’Von Bonner, Sycamore

Girls bowler – Taylor Evans, Boone County

Boys bowling – Andy Campbell, Highlands

Ice hockey – Ron Larkin, Elder

Gymnastics – Casey Gittelman, Anderson

Wrestler – Zack Donathan, Mason

Girls basketball – Sammie Puisis, Mason

Boys basketball – Jake Ohmer, Scott

Boys swimming – Grant House, St. Xavier

Girls swimming – Allison Bloebaum, Mason

Baseball – Luke Waddell, Loveland

Softball – Rachel Lewis, Lakota East

Boys tennis – Kevin Yu, Cincinnati Country Day

Boys lacrosse – Brady Stoll, St. Xavier

Girls lacrosse – Katie McElveen, Loveland

Boys volleyball – Mark Klusman, Elder

Boys track – Albert Kalala, Withrow

Girls track – J’Alyiea Smith, Withrow

Male Athlete of the Year – Dante Hendrix, Cooper

Female Athlete of the Year – Hallie Heidemann, McAuley

Courage Award – Noah Kennedy, Colerain

Nike I am Sport winner – Priscilla Michaels, Dayton

Coach of Year – Steve Specht, St. Xavier

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Thunderhawks News · Horter Breaks Two District Records, Wade Wins Discus!

The Varsity Boys Track team placed 8th of 15 teams at the Districts at Winton Woods on Friday night. After a short rain delay the meet was on. Brian Moriarty (12) had a great night, running to a major personal best time of 4:38.41 in the 1600m. Brian narrowly missed Regional qualification, placing fifth. Zach Wade (12) was able to throw his way to a discus win, becoming the District Champion and paving his way to the Regionals!

Dustin Horter (11) put on a show for all, with a win in the 1600m run and a win in the 3200m run. Horter had a 1600m time of 4:11.59 to narrowly edge out the

former record of 4:11.9, and in the 3200m he clocked an amazing OH #2 season time of 8:58.87, second only to his own 8:56 at Eastern Relays in April. This shattered the former District record of 9:12. Dustin will compete at the Regionals on Friday night. 


OHSAA Southwest District Division 1 Meet

Winton Woods HS

May 17 & 19, 2017

Boys Team – 8th – 44 pts.

15 teams

Top 4 advance to Dayton Regional 

LE Boys – Event results – Top 8


  1. Dustin Horter (11) 4:11.59

         District Meet record

  1. Bryan Moriarty (12) 4:38.41

4 x 100m Relay – 7th – 45.90

    Jeffrey Garcia (11), Colton Curry (12),

    Salah Rammouz (9), David Elendu (12)


  1. Aaron Wade (12) 55.04


  1. Dustin Horter (11) 8:58.67

        District Meet record

  1. Max Sellers (12) 10:16.54

4 x 400m Relay – 6th – 3:37.23

     Aaron Wade (12), Nick DeLaet (11),

     Colton Curry (12), Alex Smith (10)


  1. Zach Wade (12) 137-07

Long Jump

  1. David Elendu (12) 20-08.75

*Complete meet results –

The Regional Championships will be held this Wednesday and Friday at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. The top 4 in the Region go on to State. Complete results are below.

The OHSAA State Track And Field Championships are June 2 and June 3 at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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Thunderhawks News · Tide Dry Cleaners Team of the Week – Boys & Girls Track & Field

This weeks Tide Cleaners, Lakota East Team of the Week is the Thunderhawk Boys and Girls Track and Field Teams.  These talented and hardworking athletes have made waves in the GMC and Cincy track scene this spring, winning titles and setting new records.  As their season extends past the end of the school year, these dedicated Thunderhawks will be pursuing District, Regionals and State championships.  Lakota East is coached by Rodney Heath.  

The Lakota East Athletic Department would like to extend their sincere thanks to TIDE DRY CLEANERS for their support of Thunderhawk Athletics. Many thanks to owner Ray D’Alonzo and his staff for their valuable contributions to our student-athletes this sesaon. Please visit their location right across the street from Lakota East HS at 6842 Liberty Plaza Dr. in Liberty, Township. Click here or above to visit their web site.


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Thunderhawks News · Dustin Horter Named GMC Runner of the Year – Breaks GMC, East and District Record

The Lakota East Boys Track and Field Team competed at the GMC Championship on Friday night in great weather conditions (8th place).  The big news of the night, however, was undoubtedly Dustin Horter (11) breaking the GMC, District and Lakota East school record in the 1600 in a 4:07.52.  This was a #4 US time (now US #6) and is currently the #1 1600 time for a Junior in the US.

Dustin’s time of 4:07.52 erased the old record of 4:16.20 set by Middletown and later Ohio State track star Jeff See  in 2005.His time is also a new Lakota East record since he topped the time of 4:10.06 set by Jerry Clauch at the 2000 regional. Clauch also held the Lakota School District (old Lakota, Lakota East, and Lakota West) record so Horter’s time is also a new Lakota District record.

In addition to being the conference record, the feat is also the new Cincinnati area record. The previous Cincinnati record was set by Michael Ventusi of Xavier who ran 4:07:96 to win the state meet in 2014.

The all time Ohio state record of 4:05.1 is within Horter’s reach.  The Ohio State record was set by Bob Kennedy when he won the state meet in 1988.  Bob Kennedy is generally acknowledged as the greatest distance runner in Ohio history.  He won two state championships, was a star and national champion at the university of Indiana, and was a 5000 meter finalist at the 1996 Olympics. 
(above provided by GMC historian, Bob Ashby)

Later that evening Dustin came back to win the 800 in an open PR of 2:54.56.  Dustin was named the Runner of the Year for the GMC. 

Other boys highlights….

The boys 4×800 relay, consisting of Brian Moriarty (12), Dustin Horter (11), Dan Leonard (12) and Ryan Jones (11) placed sixth in a time of 8:26.46, and the boys 4×400 relay, consisting of Nick DeLaet (11), Abdullah Hashem (11), Colton Curry (12), and Aaron Wade (12) finished 7th in 3:35.08. 

Max Sellers (12) had a long awaited PR in the 3200 as he raced to 4th place in an awesome time of 9:55.29, with Dan Leonard (12) right behind, placing 7th, also with a personal best of 10:07.58.  David Elendu was jumping and throwing very well, placing 8th in both the Discus and the Long Jump!  

The boys Varsity track team will look to build upon their performances this week as they travel to Winton Woods on Wednesday and Friday for Districts; the first step in the road to State!  Full results from the GMC is available at

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Thunderhawks News · Dustin Horter wins Mason Dream Mile and 3200!

Under extremely adverse conditions last Friday at the Mason Invite, Dustin Horter doubled in the Dream Mile and the 3200 for the first time in his career and won both!  Rain, wind and cold could not stop the Junior as he ran a highly anticipated mile against Chad Johnson, the D2 State Champion in both XC and the indoor 1600, as well as other highly qualified competitors from all over the state of Ohio.  Chad was able to hang on until the last 200 meters, when Horter brought it home with a mighty kick and won 4:14-4:17.  About an hour later, nearing 9:30 pm, Dustin returned to the track to try his hand at the 3200m double.  He won this one by a large margin, coasting to a 9:12 victory, the third fastest time in the state behind his own 8:56 at Eastern and one other.  Max Sellers (12) also admirably braved the elements, placing 8th in the 3200.  In high jump news, Connor Ricca (12) was able to jump to 8th place.

Congratulations to these three men and all the others who came out on this challenging night to race or contest field events.  Most of the relays and sprinting events were cancelled.

Next up for the East Track and Field Teams is the GMC Championships hosted by Mason on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Wednesday, May 10th with Field events @ 4:00 PM and Running events @ 5:30 PM.

Friday, May 12th with Field events @4:00 PM and Running events @ 6:00 PM

Admission is $4 for students and $6 for adults each day.

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Thunderhawks News · Allison Clapp and Abdullah Hashem Named PUTTER’S Athletes of the Week



Allison is a senior on the Lakota East Girls Track & Field Team.

She is a 4-year varsity 100m/300m hurdler. 

This season she has been focusing on her speed and technique resulting in running her best times.  Allison helps lead the girls team warm-up drills and is a mentor to the younger hurdlers.


Abdullah is a junior on the Lakota East Boys Track and Field Team.

 Abdullah has shown tremendous effort and work ethic. He ran 53.47, a season PR in the 400 meter dash at Wayne Invitational. Abdullah has shown great sportsmanship to fellow competitors. Recently he competed in the 200 meter dash and finished first. A fellow competitor fell down 10 meters before the finish line. Abdullah quickly ran back to help the athlete up and across the finish line.

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Thunderhawks News · East Boys Track-Distance Medley Breaks Record, Sellers PRs!

On Thursday and Friday night, the Lakota East Boys Varsity track team traveled to Wayne High School for the Wayne Invitational.  Unfortunately, Friday night was rained out, but not before Max Sellers (12) was able to record a personal best in the Rising Stars 1600 with a 4:44!  The only other event contested in this meet for the boys was the Distance Medley Relay, but this was an exciting one!  Brian Moriarty (12) whipped around the track for a 1200, Abdullah Hashem completed a 400 in rapid time, Dan Leonard (12) had close to a PR in the 800, and Dustin Horter (11) completed the medley with a smoking hot 4:12 split 1600 to bring the team home for third (of over 25 teams) and a podium finish!  Congratulations to every team member on a broken record for East with a time of 10:41.01.  The boys will next be seen racing at Mason this Friday night.  Please come out and support!

Warrior Invitational

Dayton Wayne HS

April 27 & 28, 2017

LE  Boys – Event results – Top 8

Thursday Running events:

Distance Medley Relay – 3rd – 10:41.01

    1200m – Brian Moriarty (12)

      400m – Abdullah Hashem (11)

      800m – Dan Leonard (12)

    1600m – Dustin Horter (11)

Inclement weather cancelled the meet Friday during the G 4x200m relay.

*Results –

Next up for the Hawks is the prestigious Mason Invite. Field events begin at 4:15 and running events at 5:15. In case of postponement the meet will take place on Saturday morning, May 6th.