Scenes from the last Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic

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Terry Nance (left) is joined by his grandson, Nico, and his wife, Connie, addresses the runners about to compete in the varsity girls’ race at the Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic. The meet is named for Terry and Connie’s daughter, a London High School cross country runner, who died as the result of a car accident in 1998. The Nances thanked the runners for helping to celebrate Erin’s memory.

(Posted Oct. 11, 2022)

By Pat Donahue, staff photographer

The 48th Annual Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic took place Oct. 1 at the London Country Club. A total of 590 middle school and high school cross country runners participated.

Terry Nance has served as the meet manager since 1978. In conjunction with the meet, Terry and his wife, Connie, have sold t-shirts and collected donations for parking to benefit a scholarship fund at London High School. The meet and the fund honor the memory of their daughter, Erin, who died in a car accident in 1998.

At this year’s meet, Terry and Connie announced their retirement from running the meet.

A pair of local racers head for the finish line in the 48th Annual Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic held Oct. 2 at the London Country Club. London sophomore Lily Patterson (left) finished the 3.1-mile course with a time of 23.22.2, with Madison-Plains junior Svetlana Daniels finishing right behind her. They placed 36th and 37th, respectively, in a field of 69 runners in the girls’ varsity race.
Madison-Plains senior Amy Burchett crosses the first of two bridges on the race course on her way to a 15th-place finish at the Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic. Her time was 21:53.4.
London junior Riley Colestock competed in the varsity girls’ race. She finished 29th with a time of 22:58.7.
With painted faces, members of the London High School girls’ varsity cross country team take off from the starting line: (from left) senior Alex Tewalt, junior Lily Patterson, senior Isabelle Tipton, and junior Riley Colestock.
Heading for the finish in the boys’ varsity race at the 48th Annual Erin L. Nance Fall Distance Classic are (front to back) London sophomore Tyler Bogenrife, London freshman Matthew Dwyer, Westfall senior Wayne Kitchen, and London freshman Myles Kramer.
Frontrunners in the girls’ middle school race, London eighth-grader Ashley Nolan (front) and Big Walnut eighth-grader Leighton Coey, attack one of the hills on the London Country Club cross country course. Middle-schoolers run two miles.
A field of 138 runners head up the first hill in the boys’ middle school race. Leading the way are Dominic Lopez (at left, No. 34) of Clayton Northmount, who went on to lead throughout the race to a 35-second win (11:11.7), and London eighth-grader Eli Noble (No. 733) who went on to finish second.
London eighth-grader Eli Noble chases the leader in the boys’ middle school race with 136 racers chasing him. He finished second.
Terry Nance, manager of the Erin L. Nance Fall Classic cross country meet, congratulates his grandson, Rocco Ranalli, on a top-20 finish. The Big Walnut seventh-grader competed in the boys’ middle school race. The meet is named in memory of Terry’s daughter and Rocco’s aunt.

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