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Cincinnati St. Ursula is looking for its sixth GGCL Scarlet Division title in seven years

With the season near the halfway point, the Cincinnati St. Ursula
track and field team is primed to compete for its first team goal of
the spring – a conference title. The Bulldogs, which have won five of the past six Girls’ Greater
Cincinnati League Scarlet division titles, are hoping to capture their
second consecutive league title in a few weeks. If they do, just add it to the list of accomplishments.


With the season near the halfway point, the Cincinnati St. Ursula track and field team is primed to compete for its first team goal of the spring – a conference title.

The Bulldogs, which have won five of the past six Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division titles, are hoping to capture their second consecutive league title in a few weeks.

St. Ursula is at the Roosevelt Memorial Invitational at Welcome Stadium this weekend (May 2-3) and the Kings Invitational at Kings Mills Kings (May 6) before going to the GGCL championships May 12-13 at Mount St. Joseph.

“Things are going very well with our girls,” St. Ursula coach Jeff Branhan said. “I’m really excited about the progress they continue to make. We returned four girls who competed at the state meet last year and they all have made tremendous strides.”

Those state returners include seniors Jenna Heaton and Kelly Johnston and juniors Rachel Clark and Jill Mink.

Other individuals who have been consistent include Nicole Hird, Austin Perry and Margot Swank.

The Bulldogs have performed well the past few weeks, including wins at the Rally’s Invitational last weekend at Cincinnati Oak Hills and at the Milford Invitational April 15.

Johnston, who has committed to run at the University of Dayton, won the 800 run in 2:18 at Oak Hills. Johnston, who won the 400 run (1:00.30) at Milford, was eighth at state in the 800 last season (2:14).

Clark won the 400 run in 59.2 at Oak Hills. She was part of the fifth-place 3,200 relay team at state last year.

Perry won the 3,200 run in 11:47.1 at Oak Hills.

Heaton, who has committed to run at the University of Cincinnati, won the 800 run at Milford in 2:23.90.

Branhan said his squad will focus on the district championships at Fairfield after the conference meet.

The Division I girls’ district meet is scheduled for May 21 and May 23 at Fairfield.

“Our balance is much improved over prior years,” Branhan said.

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