Meet Information & Results

Below is our competition schedule for the 2017 season. Check back on this page often for updates to race rosters and arrival times. Meet results will also be posted here, as they become available.

Click here for a one-page, printable 2017 Meet Schedule.

Season Performance Log | Season Honor Roll

AUGUST: Alumni | O'Fallon
SEPTEMBER: Granite City | Forest Park | Paul Enke | Palatine | Hancock | Parkway West
OCTOBER: M.C.C. | Borgia | Clayton | District | Findley | Sectional
NOVEMBER: State


19th Annual Alumni Race (ALL)

Saturday, August 5
SLUH Track

At Saturday's 19th annual Alumni Race, the current team soundly defeated the alumni by the score of 20-37. Alum Jake Lepak '16 won the race, held on the SLUH track, with a two-mile time of 9:56.

In cross country scoring, you add up the finishing places of a team's top five runners, with the sixth and seventh runners typically serving as the "pushers" or tiebreakers. Low score wins. The team scored 20 with their top five scoring places being 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The alums scored 37 with their top five places being 1, 7, 8, 9, 12. The sixth and seventh runners can displace the scorers for other teams. In this race, the sixth and seventh team members finished in 10th and 11th, pushing up the alum's score by two points.. Those are the basics of scoring any XC meet, whether there are only two teams competing or 30 teams.

Paul Burka was the team's top finisher in 10:00.9. Rounding out the team's top eight on were Reed Milnor, Noah Scott, Patrick Hetlage, Charlie Perry, Adam Mittendorf, Lucas Rackers, and Chris Staley. The freshmen were led by Daniel Hogan, who placed 16th among all team members. For everyone on the team, look for continued hard work to yield significant improvements in the weeks and months ahead.

ALUMNI RACE RESULTS & LAP/MILE SPLITS: Here
ALUMNI RACE VIDEO: Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Heat 3
ALUMNI RACE PHOTOS: Here

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O'Fallon Futures Invitational (B/C)

Wednesday, August 30

OTHS-Milburn Campus (650 Milburn School Rd, O'Fallon, IL 62269)

See below for results from our first official meet of the season, a meet where nearly all our freshmen and sophomores competed.

In the freshman race, Daniel Hogan led the way for SLUH with a 5th place finish. Also medalling for the freshmen were Henry Bourneuf (7th place) and Ryan Kramer (9th place). Though we still need to wait another week before the freshmen have a chance to post their first team score of the year, there is a lot to be excited about with the youngest Junior Billiken runners. Getting an opening time for a three-mile race helps them set an important benchmark moving forward. To everyone who represented SLUH for the first time in a cross country race, congratulations for now officially being part of a proud tradition.

In the sophomore race, Mitchell Booher ran a steady race and rose to fourth place, earning a medal, PR* and varsity letter** in the process. Joe Callahan also medalled for the sophomores (9th place), and Joe also ran a PR and earned a junior varsity letter. Several sophomores set significantly large PRs in their opening race, including Peter Dillon, Peter LaBarge, Matt Friedrichs, and Ben Garcia. Also earning a PR in their opening race of sophomore year were Branden May and Bob DeVoll.

Everyone will get back at it Saturday at Granite City, and they will be joined by our full compliment of juniors and seniors.

*A "PR" is a personal record, or personal best. Though cross country courses have differences that make time comparisons between them more art than science, the PR is still an important piece of data for any runner.

**Our team's varsity letter time standard is 18:15 for 5k, and the JV letter time standard is 18:45. Any team member can earn a varsity or junior varsity letter in any race. Seniors who finish the season earn a varsity letter, no matter what their best time is, and juniors similarly earn a junior varsity letter.

O'FALLON RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Freshman | Sophomore
O'FALLON PHOTOS: Freshman | Sophomore

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Granite City Invitational (V, B/C, Open)

Saturday, September 2
Wilson Park (2900 Benton St, Granite City, IL 62040)

At the Granite City Invitational, the varsity squad averaged 15:45 over three miles and finished third among 29 scoring teams, behind Edwardsville and Glenwood (Chatham). This sets a strong foundation upon which we can build for the rest of the season.

  • Patrick Hetlage, 9th, 15:21 (PR)
  • Paul Burka, 11th,15:23 (PR)
  • Noah Scott, 29th, 15:58 (PR)
  • Adam Mittendorf, 30th, 15:58 (PR)
  • Chris Staley, 33rd, 16:04 (PR)
  • Lucas Rackers, 48th, 16:33 (First XC race)
  • Matt Gunn, 103rd, 17:23

In the B/C division, Mitchell Booher led the way for a 3rd place finish among 23 scoring teams, with a team scoring average of 17:22 for 3 miles.

  • Mitchell Booher, 6th, 16:39 (PR)
  • Peter Dillon, 36th, 17:39 (PR)
  • Daniel Hogan, 42nd, 17:45 (PR)
  • Joe Callahan, 46th, 17:49 (PR)
  • Ben Krieger, 48th, 17:49 (PR)
  • Henry Bourneuf, 56th, 18:09 (PR)
  • Ryan Kramer, 66th, 18:19 (PR)

In the Open division, no team scores were kept, but we had many athletes set new PRs. Congratulations to all of them!

  • Justin Koesterer, Garrett Seal, Peter LaBarge, Reid Jackson, Sirius Song, Lucas Pitti, Carlo Pitti, Matt Friedrichs, Ben Garcia, Noah Apprill-Sokol, Branden May, Michael Gordon, Will Uhlenbrock, Matt Munsell, Matthew Stauder, Aidan Cler, Hayden Rutledge, Sandy LeGrand, James Galli, Aidan Byrne, Matt Andrew, Christian Mark, Bob DeVoll, Anthony Rizzo, Henry McIntyre, Teddy Nolan, Alex Thro, Erald Murati, Ethan Voss, Robert Stevens, Robert Rizzo, and Leo Moore.
  • Additionally, Cole Gannon competed in his first XC race in the Open division at Granite City.

The program had a fantastic day at Granite City. Now, our attention shifts to our meet, the Forest Park Cross Country Festival. See below for full Granite City results.

GRANITE CITY RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity | Freshman/Sophomore | Open

GRANITE CITY RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity | Freshman/Sophomore | Open
GRANITE CITY PHOTOS: Varsity | Freshman/Sophomore | Open

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Forest Park XC Festival (V, JV, C)

Saturday, September 9
Forest Park (Aviation Field/Archery Range/Planetarium/Bowl Lake)

Thank you very much to everyone who helped make the 12th annual Forest Park Cross Country Festival another big success. It would not have been possible without the amount of support and volunteer time given by so many of you. Thank you to all the parents, friends, and athletes who came early to help us build and stayed late to help take down. You were all amazing.

Varsity: SLUH finished 5th of 27 teams in the Green Division, scoring 152 points. Rockhurst, the defending MO 4A State Champion, scored 83 points to claim the team title. Between Rockhurst and SLUH were Blue Springs (91), St. Thomas Aquinas (99) from Kansas, and Lafayette (139). Paul Burka was our top finisher on the day, placing 13th and running 16:35. Also medalling were Patrick Hetlage (15th) and Reed Milnor (20th). Reed's finish also set a new PR for him. Well done!

Junior Varsity: SLUH finished 7th among 24 teams. John Thomas was our only medalist in the race, running 18:32 for 20th place. Two JV athletes earned PRs on the day: juniors John Marx and Jack Sommers. Also, congratulations to Patrick Garner for completing his first XC race!

Freshmen: The freshmen took home a team trophy, our only one of the day, as they finished 3rd of the 16 teams. We had four freshmen medalists: Ryan Kramer (15th), Daniel Hogan (16th), Henry Bourneuf (21st), and Aidan Cler (28th). Congratulations to all the freshmen for their team recognition.

Check the links below for the full SLUH results and splits, as well as full race results for our teams. Picture will be posted on Monday.

FOREST PARK RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits: 5K | SLUH Results & Splits: 3K | Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshman
FOREST PARK PHOTOS: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshman

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Paul Enke Invitational (V2/JV/C)

Saturday, September 16
Sioux Passage Park (17930 Old Jamestown Rd, Florissant, MO 63034)

CANCELLED

After the Hazelwood School District cancelled all their weekend events, we didn't have the opportunity to compete at the Paul Enke Invitational. In its place, we held a 5K time trial at SLUH on the same morning. All who were going to run at Enke ran in the time trial. We divided our team into two heats, and split each heat into four teams. Even though there was disappointment to not have the chance to run at Sioux Passage, the guys had a fun time with a friendly competition of our own.

Runners setting PRs at our time trial:

    • Jack Buehring
    • Charlie Perry
    • Joe Callahan (plus Varsity letter)
    • Daniel Hogan (plus Varsity letter)
    • Jack Sommers (plus Varsity letter)
    • Henry Bourneuf (plus Junior Varsity letter)
    • Ryan Kramer
    • Matt Munsell
    • Matthew Stauder (first time sub-20:00!)
    • Sandy LeGrand
    • Aidan Byrne
    • John Marx (back to back weeks with a PR!)
    • Anthony Rizzo
    • Henry McIntyre
    • Michael Buescher

Click here for full results from our 5k Team Time Trial. See lap-by-lap splits here.

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Palatine Invitational (V/JV)

Saturday, September 23
Deer Grove East Forest Preserve (Cook County Forest Preserve, 1599 Pepper Tree Dr, Palatine, IL 60074)

The varsity finished 12th at Palatine, a significant improvement on our 21st-place finish from a year ago. We hope that having the opportunity to compete in a large, competitive invitational against unfamiliar competition will give us valuable experience for the post-season meets in Missouri. Here are our varsity finishers, time, and finish place at Palatine. Note: it is a 3.0 mile course.

  • Paul Burka, 15:44, 39th
  • Patrick Hetlage, 15:53, 50th
  • Reed Milnor, 16:01, 61st
  • Noah Scott, 16:23, 92nd
  • Adam Mittendorf, 16:29, 108th
  • Lucas Rackers, 16:39, 125th
  • Chris Staley, 16:42, 131st


The junior varsity finished 9th, up three slots from 2016. Sophomore Joe Callahan was our highest finisher in the JV race, finishing the 3-mile course in 17:14. Here are our JV finishers at Palatine.

  • Joe Callahan, 17:14, 33rd
  • Jack Buehring, 17:49, 67th
  • Daniel Hogan, 18:02, 82nd
  • Justin Koesterer, 18:05, 84th
  • Matt Gunn, 18:10, 91st
  • Mitchell Booher, 18:27, 109th
  • Charlie Perry, 18:31, 115th

Click below to see full race results and splits from the Palatine group. Congratulations to all those team members who earned the opportunity to represent us in Chicago!

PALATINE RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity | Junior Varsity
PALATINE PHOTOS: Varsity | Junior Varsity
PALATINE VIDEO: Here

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Hancock Invitational (V2/JV/C)

Saturday, September 23
Jefferson Barracks Park, 533 Bagby Road, St. Louis, MO 63125


With part of the team in Chicago, many other team members had new opportunities at the Hancock Invitational, again held on the legendary Jefferson Barracks cross country course. With oppressive heat forecasted for the day, we were very fortunate to have the opportunity to have all our races finished by 10:30.

In the varsity race, junior Jack Sommers led the charge in 52nd place. Joining Jack to help us secure an 11th place team finish (and with a team average nearly one full minute faster than last year!) were John Thomas, Ben Krieger, Henry Bourneuf, Peter Dillon, Declan Tajkowski, and Ryan Kramer. For some perspective on what they were able to do, not only were these runners racing the top varsity teams from other schools, but several of our athletes beat multiple varsity athletes from other MCC conference competition!

In the JV race, the highlight came from something we hadn't done since 2013. Garrett Seal's 19th place finish earned him an individual medal. Sadly, an initial scoring error by the timing company prevented Garrett from actually receiving his medal. The JV team finished 9th, with a team scoring average 45 seconds faster than last year. We had no PRs in the Varsity or JV race, but Sam McIntyre's finish was a season-best time for him.

The freshmen provided the most team excitement on the day, winning the 11-team meet on a tiebreaker! With our score of 74 equal to Lafayette's team score of 74, our 6th-man tiebreaker (Noah Apprill-Sokol) beat Lafayette's 6th finisher to secure us the win. Individually, Reid Jackson led the way, running 19:57 for 9th place and earning a medal of his own. Interestingly, Reid's finish was the only top-10 finish for either SLUH or Lafayette... a striking illustration of just how much cross country is a team sport! Three freshmen ran PRs at Jefferson Barracks -- which given the difficulty of the course is no small accomplishment. Congratulations to Hayden Rutledge, Robert Stevens, and Michael Buescher for such an honor.

HANCOCK RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshman
HANCOCK PHOTOS: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen
HANCOCK VIDEO: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen

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Parkway West Invitational (V, JV, B, C)

Saturday, September 30
Living Word United Methodist Church (17315 Manchester Road, Wildwood, MO 63038)

We had a lot of good things happen at Parkway West on Saturday. In fact, if you added up our team finishes over the four divisions and compared that number to a similar number for all the other teams who were at Parkway West, we would have won the day! Of course, no such award is given, yet it does point to the quality of our entire program and how we were able to perform on Saturday. Here's a brief recap of the four races.

The varsity team finished 4th of 20 teams, led by medalists Patrick Hetlage (8th), Paul Burka (11th), and Reed Milnor (18th). Since we re-added the Parkway West Invitational to our meet calendar in 2012, Patrick and Paul recorded the 1st and 3rd fastest times ever for SLUH athletes at the Living Word Church XC course!

The junior varsity team, comprised solely of juniors and seniors, finished 5th of 15 teams. Our JV medalists were Jack Buehring (7th), Matt Gunn (11th), Jack Sommers (12th), and Justin Koesterer (22nd). Matt's race was his best 5k race since freshman year, and Jack's time of 18:13 was a new PR (his previous PR came two weeks ago on the SLUH track - a much faster venue!). In addition, Joey Nolan and Sam McIntyre ran season best times in this race. Congratulations to them!

Getting the rare opportunity to compete as their own team, the sophomores didn't disappoint, closing the race hard to finish 2nd of 12 teams (narrowly behind the winner, Rock Bridge). Despite having three of their own up on varsity, the sophomores still produced an impressive five medalists: Joe Callahan (8th), Mitchell Booher (9th), Garrett Seal (10th), Peter Dillon (24th), and Ben Krieger (25th). Garrett's time was also a big PR for him, and Matt Andrew got under 21:00 for the first time with his race.

Closing out the day were the freshmen, and they emerged victorious for the second consecutive week! This week, the freshmen narrowly beat Fort Zumwalt West (who beat us at Forest Park), Lafayette (who we beat on a tie-breaker last week at Hancock), and all 11 other freshman squads. Daniel Hogan ran a brave race for 2nd place, and Henry Bourneu (14th) and Reid Jackson (15th) also earned medals. If the race were scored at the two mile mark, we would not have won. However, many freshmen closed the race hard, passing many runners along the way, and they helped us earn the win. One of those runners was Hayden Rutledge, who ran a big PR. Also PR'ing for the freshmen were Aidan Cler, Aidan Byrne, Robert Stevens, Alex Thro, and Ethan Voss. Congratulations to the freshmen on their second consecutive championship!

PARKWAY WEST RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity | Junior Varsity | Sophomore | Freshmen
PARKWAY WEST PHOTOS: Here
PARKWAY WEST VIDEO: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Sophomore | Freshmen

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M.C.C. Championship (V, JV, C)

Saturday, October 7
Forest Park Aviation Field

The team came to play on Saturday at MCCs, winning each of the three divisions by considerable margins (including two 15-point sweeps) and having the individual champions in each of the three races. This kind of day represents a pinnacle point for SLUH XC in the 26-year history of the MCC Conference. Congratulations to all 70 team members for making this day possible!

Varsity was the first to race, and they wasted no time in controlling the race with a pack of seven at the very front. They ran a very smart race, storming to the finish over the last 1k to reclaim any places that had been lost in the middle of the race. It was a sea of SLUH at the finish, as we claimed the first six places and then eighth. The one runner between our pack was Michael Hogan, a CBC senior who is the brother of freshman, Daniel Hogan! All seven of the varsity runners medalled, and the first six earned First-Team All-Conference honors. Additionally, Noah earned Second-Team All-Conference honors to go with his MCC medal. Congratulations to junior Patrick Hetlage, who became our 11th individual varsity MCC champion. Our perfect team score of 15 represented only the second time we have ever managed to pull off that feat on the varsity level. Congratulations to these seven for etching their names at the top of the SLUH XC history books.

Junior varsity was next, and they were looking to avenge last year's defeat at the hands of Desmet. Matt Gunn and Jack Buehring established control of the lead early in the race, and behind those two a large swarm of SLUH runners formed right behind the top JV runners from other schools. In the second half of the race, that SLUH swarm moved past those other schools' runners and joined Matt and Jack to form another continuous line of SLUH runners. Jack managed to hold off Matt for the individual championship, and behind them nine of the next ten runners were from SLUH. Team-wise, we scored 15 points for the second consecutive race and took back the JV title. Individually, we claimed 18 of the 30 medals: Buehring, Gunn, Joe Callahan, Ben Krieger, Jack Sommers, Ben Poag, Garrett Seal, Justin Koesterer, John Thomas, Peter Dillon, Chuck Perry, Declan Tajkowski, Mitchell Booher, Carlo Pitti, Ben Garcia, Gunnar Himich, Sirius Song, and Robert Joy. Additionally, Ben Poag's race deserves further note: his time was a season-best time and very close to his overall PR. On a slow and windy day at Aviation Fields, none of our other 65 finishers ran a season-best or was as close to a PR. So, big congratulations to Ben!

The freshmen closed the day with an impressive 22-point performance of their own - the third meet in a row they have claimed the team title. Daniel Hogan ran away from everyone early in the race and held on for a considerable margin of victory (about 50 seconds over a runner from Chaminade). We took places 3 (Reid Jackson), 4 (Henry Bourneuf), 6 (Noah Apprill-Sokol), and 8 (Hayden Rutledge) to secure a 32-point victory over the next closest team, Desmet. Other freshman medalists: Ryan Kramer, Matt Munsell, Aidan Cler, Sandy LeGrand, Parker Stus, Henry McIntyre, Alex Thro, Cole Gannon, and Robert Stevens. Congratulations to all the freshmen for a job well done!



L to R: Mittendorf, Scott, Burka, Hetlage, Milnor, Staley, Rackers

First-Team All-MCC: Patrick Hetlage (Jr.), Reed Milnor (Jr.), Paul Burka (Sr.), Adam Mittendorf (So.), Lucas Rackers (So.), Chris Staley (Jr.)
Second-Team All-MCC: Noah Scott (So.)

MCC RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen
MCC PHOTOS: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen | Awards and Candids
MCC VIDEO: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen

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Borgia Invitational (V2/JV/C)

Saturday, October 14
Big Driver Golf Center (275 Grand Ave, Washington, MO 63090-1209)


As has become tradition, SLUH XC again travelled west to Washington, MO for an invitational on the weekend between Conference and District. Used by SLUH as a meet to give underclassmen the opportunity to gain varsity race experience, Borgia is a favorite stop for many of the runners. The course is challenging but engaging, and the scenery is magnificent.

To start the day, the JV team claimed a narrow victory over Kirkwood, a team who had defeated us at Borgia each of the last two seasons. Senior John Thomas provided the highlights at the front of the race, running away from all the competition and winning his first ever race. Also medaling for the JV were Justin Koesterer (4th), Ben Poag (5th), Peter Dillon (10th), Ben Garcia (15th), Declan Tajkowski (22nd), and Carlo Pitti (23rd). Ben Garcia's 15th place finish not only sealed the team victory, but his race produced one of our only two PRs on the day. Congratulations to Ben, and congratulations to Patrick Garner, who also PR'ed on the difficult terrain at Big Driver.

The varsity team was up next, and for the second consecutive year, we finished 7th of 20 scoring teams. Of particular note was that by finishing 7th, we defeated the top varsity teams from conference rivals CBC and Chaminade. The team's scoring average was 18:55, an improvement of 21 seconds from the year previous. We didn't have any medalists in the varsity race, but Joe Callahan narrowly missed the medals with his 28th place finish.

The freshmen closed out the day, and for the fourth consecutive weekend meet, they claimed the team championship. This week, even with Daniel Hogan moved up to varsity, we narrowly edged out rival Kirkwood. Ryan Kramer was our top finisher in 2nd. Henry Bourneuf (4th), Reid Jackson (6th), Hayden Rutledge (11th), Matt Munsell (12th), Noah Apprill-Sokol (13th), Sandy LeGrand (16th), Aidan Byrne (18th), Parker Stus (20th), and Henry McIntyre (25th) all medalled for the Junior Bill freshmen, who are on quite the roll. Additionally, Alex Thro received the infamous "Middle-of-the-Pack" award - a bag of candy that Borgia traditionally awards to the middle finisher in each race. The freshmen will be looking to make it "five for five" at the season-ending Findley meet on October 25th.


BORGIA RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen
BORGIA PHOTOS: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen
BORGIA VIDEO: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen

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Clayton Invitational (V2/JV)

Friday, October 20
Shaw Park (27 S Brentwood Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105)


Led by a senior-heavy group, we performed very well at the Clayton Invitational at Shaw Park on Friday evening.

In a 22-team field, the varsity team took first place! John Thomas (10th) and Matt Gunn (14th) were our highest finishers, and Jack Sommers (25th) and Joe Callahan (26th) also medalled. Declan Tajkowski had his best race of the season to be our #5 man and cement the team victory. John Thomas and Jack Sommers set new PRs in this race, and Matt Gunn's time was his best time of the season.

Shortly after the varsity raced, the senior-only JV team placed 4th among 13 scoring teams. Robert Joy led the way for the JV, running a PR of 18:45 to finish in 18th place. Chris Swiecicki (25th) and Tom Munsell (28th) also earned medals and set new season-best times. Matthew Stauder equaled his 5k PR from the track to finish 40th, and Gunnar Himich was right behind him in 42nd to complete our team score. In the JV race, Tyler Correnti also set a new season-best time. Congratulations to all 11 seniors who competed at Clayton!

CLAYTON RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity | Junior Varsity
CLAYTON PHOTOS: Varsity | Junior Varsity
CLAYTON VIDEO: Varsity | Junior Varsity

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District Championship (V)

Saturday, October 21
Koch Park (315 Howdershell Rd, Florissant, MO 63031)


Congratulations to all involved in the program for again claiming the District 3 Championship in dominant fashion! This is an accomplishment to be shared and celebrated by all team members, not just the seven who raced on Saturday.

From the very beginning of the race, we established control of the race by bunching our runners in the front pack. Though Webster was in position to pounce if any of our runners would experience a fade, no such fade would occur. The last third of the race proved decisive and we ran away with the team victory, placing six of our runners ahead of Webster's third.

Individually, Paul Burka and Patrick Hetlage ran nearly even splits to run away from the field, each running 16:25 with Patrick claiming first place by the slimmest of margins. Reed Milnor wasn't far behind, beating everyone except his two teammates to take third place. Adam Mittendorf was our fourth and final First Team All-District finisher in 6th place, and Noah Scott and Lucas Rackers were close behind Adam in 8th and 9th. Jack Buehring completed our seven runners with a 19th place finish and District medal of his own.

Our performance advances us to next Saturday's Sectional championship. There, we will be joined by other qualifying teams and individuals from District 3 and District 4 to see who will earn a trip to State.

First Team All-District (places 1-7): Patrick Hetlage (1st), Paul Burka (2nd), Reed Milnor (3rd), Adam Mittendorf (6th)
Second Team All-District (places 8-14): Noah Scott (8th), Lucas Rackers (9th)


DISTRICT RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity
DISTRICT PHOTOS: Here
DISTRICT VIDEO: Here

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Findley Memorial Invitational (JV/C)

Wednesday, October 25
Jefferson Barracks Park, 533 Bagby Road, St. Louis, MO 63125

At Findley, the freshmen again emerged victorious, staking a claim to be the best freshman team in the St. Louis area in 2017. Their "five-for-five" streak of victories began at Jefferson Barracks with a tie-breaker win at the Hancock Invitational, went through Parkway West, MCC, Borgia, and finished back to Jefferson Barracks with a decisive win at Findley. At Findley, the freshmen had 10 of the 25 medalists in the race, earning a comfortable win over challenges from Kirkwood and Parkway West. Congratulations to our medalists: Daniel Hogan (2), Ryan Kramer (5), Henry Bourneuf (6), Reid Jackson (7), Hayden Rutledge (11), Noah Apprill-Sokol (13), Matthew Munsell (14), Aiden Cler (20), Parker Stus (22), and Aiden Byrne (23). Additionally, Robert Stevens and Cole Gannon ended their freshman season by setting a new PR at Findley. Congratulations to ALL freshman SLUH XC team members on a spectacular season. The accomplishments of the team is to be shared and celebrated by all.

The Junior Varsity ran next, and they distanced themselves from all others except Parkway West. Parkway West was too much for us to handle in the end, but our boys ran very well to claim second place among the six teams competing. Medalling for the JV team was Jack Buehring (2), John Thomas (3), Chuck Perry (8), Matt Gunn (10), Jack Sommers (16), Garrett Seal (18), Joe Callahan (20), and Peter Dillon (25). Several JV athletes set new PRs or season-best times on the challenging Jefferson Barracks terrain: Sirius Song (PR), Michael Gordon (PR), Matt Andrew (PR), Sam McIntyre (SB), Patrick Garner (PR), and Leo Moore (PR). As I said, setting a PR or SB at Jefferson Barracks is no easy task!

After the races and award ceremony, the team closed out the evening - and saw the sun set on us at our camp site in Jefferson Barracks - with the traditional team dinner, compliments of the parents. It was a fine ending to a great season for the C and JV teams.


FINDLEY RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Junior Varsity | Freshmen
FINDLEY PHOTOS: Junior Varsity | Freshmen
FINDLEY VIDEO: Junior Varsity | Freshmen

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Sectional Championship (V)

Saturday, October 28
Parkway Central High School (369 N Woods Mill Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017)

In the final qualification step before the State meet, SLUH claimed its spot in the final race of the season with a dominant performance in Sectional 2, reclaiming the Sectional title from Rock Bridge for the first time since 2014. Additionally, four of our runners earned "First-Team All-Sectional" status, an honor given to athletes who finish among the top seven places at Sectional. Four of them also set new 5K PRs on the day, and all seven of them medalled. A great team day!

SLUH Individuals & Places:
3. Patrick Hetlage, Jr., 16:35, First-Team All-Sectional
4. Paul Burka, Sr., 16:43, First-Team All-Sectional
5. Reed Milnor, Jr., 16:49, First-Team All-Sectional
7. Adam Mittendorf, So., 16:51, First-Team All-Sectional & PR
15. Lucas Rackers, So., 17:01, Medalist & PR
19. Noah Scott, So., 17:09, Medalist & PR
30. Chris Staley, Jr., 17:20, Medalist & PR

Sectional 2 Teams:
1. SLUH, 33 - Sectional Champion
2. Rock Bridge, 76 - Sectional Runner-Up
3. Jefferson City, 81 - State Qualifier
4. Webster Groves, 105 - State Qualifier
5. Hickman, 110
6. Hazelwood West, 150
7. Ladue, 184
8. Ft. Zumwalt South, 233
9. Pattonville, 243

SECTIONAL RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity
SECTIONAL PHOTOS: Varsity
SECTIONAL VIDEO: Varsity

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State Championship (V)

Saturday, November 4
Oak Hills Golf Center (932 Ellis Blvd, Jefferson City, MO 65101)

For the second consecutive season, SLUH finished in 10th place at the Missouri State Championships, the fifth highest team among St. Louis-area schools. Congratulations to senior captain Paul Burka, whose race earned him a 5K PR and the 25th and final All-State medal. Paul's all-state finish marks the 14th consecutive year we've had an all-state runner and the 20th time in the 21 state meets since Ben Rosario in 1997. Thanks to all the team members, parents, and supporters who made the trip to Jefferson City to represent the program in our 25th consecutive team appearance at the State meet.

Click here for complete race results and mile-by-mile splits (SLUH is Class 4). Click here for a photo album of the day. Thanks to Mr. Hetlage for taking some great pictures. I will add other photos to this album if and when they are made available to me.


SLUH Results:
25. Paul Burka, senior, 16:24.87 (All-State; 5K PR)
64. Patrick Hetlage, junior, 16:58.50
74. Adam Mittendorf, sophomore, 17:01.78
81. Lucas Rackers, sophomore, 17:04.69
82. Reed Milnor, junior, 17:05.52
127. Noah Scott, sophomore, 17:37.19
133. Chris Staley, junior, 17:45.80


Team Results:
1. Blue Springs, 82
2. West Plains, 93
3. Parkway West, 98
4. Rockhurst, 120
5. Lafayette, 124
6. Marquette, 191
7. Lee's Summit West, 200
8. Kirkwood, 201
9. Webb City, 222
10. SLUH, 229
11. Staley, 272
12. Park Hill South, 273
13. Jefferson City, 315
14. Raymore-Peculiar, 361
15. Rock Bridge, 382
16. Webster Groves, 388


Class 4 Boys Race Results: SLUH Results & Splits | 1 Mile Split | 2 Mile Split | 3 Mile Split | Finish
State Photos: Here


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