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The 2014 Indian Hill High School Cross Country season will kick off soon with the first official practice on August 1. This is Coach Susan Savage's 25th year as IHHS's head coach, and her teams have the necessary talent to provide her with some special anniversary presents in October, provided that they work hard and are able to stay healthy over the course of the season.
The 2013 CHL and District Champion Lady Braves return all but one member of their varsity team from a year ago. Unfortunately, that one member is Elena Horton, 2013 CHL Champion, and she will be missed. The good news is that there is a lot of room for improvement for the rest of the Lady Braves, as they were all bogged down in 2013 with injuries and never reached their full potential.
Coach Tim McKay's Braves finished 11-6 with a loss in the regional finals to defending state champion Mariemont 11-4 on May 31. The Braves had reached that game with a dramatic double overtime victory over Wyoming, 11-10 on May 28.
A 4-3 lead became 7-4 Kilbourne with four-straight scores and it eventually was 8-5 at the break. In the second half, Indian Hill pulled within three at 10-7, before Kilbourne found the net seven straight times for the 17-7 final.
Senior Elena Horton and junior Gabi Gibson had three goals each in the defeat. It was the final prep contest for seniors Horton, Emma Ackermann, Maddi Bennett, Abbey Froehlich and Katherine Murphy.
The rest can chalk it up to a learning experience, according to their coach.