Meet Information & Results
Below is our competition schedule for the 2016 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.
18th Annual Alumni Race (ALL)
Saturday, August 6
Forest Park, Central Fields
On the first Saturday of the season, the alums defeat the team by the score of 18-41. Tim Rackers '11 takes the win in 9:49. Paul Burka '18 was the team's first finisher (5th; 10:47). The video below is mostly unedited footage from a camera at the 1 mile split and at the finish line.
O'Fallon Futures Invitational (B/C)Wednesday, August 31
For the freshmen and sophomores, the first race of the 2016 XC season is in the books. We had a great day at O'Fallon!
In the freshman race at O'Fallon, we had three medalists (Noah Scott in 2nd, Mitchell Booher in 3rd, and Ben Krieger in 9th). In the sophomore race, we also had three medalists. Reed Milnor was the race champion in 16:44, Jack Buehring finished 6th, and Justin Koesterer finished 7th. No team awards were given for this meet.
Granite City Invitational (V, B/C, Open)
Saturday, September 3
Wilson Park (2900 Benton St, Granite City, IL 62040)
In our first big team-wide Saturday invitational, we represented ourselves very well at the Granite City Invitational
In the varsity division, a tight front-four runners propelled us to a third place team finish among the 42 teams in the race. Though the meet was populated mainly by Illinois teams, we were the top finishing Missouri team in the field. Our pack of four finished nine seconds apart, each placing in the 20s. Junior Paul Burka was 20th (15:53 for 3 miles), senior Joe Laughlin 21st (15:54), sophomore Patrick Hetlage 25th (15:58), and senior Will Kelly 27th (16:03). Senior Roman Lipinski closed out our team score in 60th place (16:47), with senior Thomas Leeker (66th; 16:57) and junior Matt Gunn (91st; 17:27) close behind.
In the B/C race, SLUH finished 6th of 36 teams. Sophomore Reed Milnor led the way in 10th place (17:11). Other SLUH finishers were freshman Noah Scott (20th; 17:35), sophomore Justin Koesterer (44th; 18:17), sophomore Joey Nolan (54th; 18:36), freshman Mitchell Booher (55th; 18:37), and sophomore Chris Staley (78th; 19:21).
Though the open race was not scored, the remainder of the team competed in the final race of the day. Senior Matt Northcott led the way for SLUH in the open race, runnig 17:40 for sixth place.
Next up is the massive Forest Park XC Festival. We will announce our lineups for Forest Park at practice tomorrow.
Forest Park XC Festival (V, JV, C)
Saturday, September 10
Forest Park (Aviation Field/Archery Range/Planetarium/Bowl Lake)
Though the mud lingered from the rain in the days before the meet and made the runners' finish times significantly slower, the Forest Park XC Festival enjoyed another big success on Saturday. Thank you very much to everyone who helped out, despite the mud and muck. It would not have been possible without the army of support and volunteer time given by so many of you. Thank you to all the parents, friends, and athletes who came early to build and stayed late to take down. You all were amazing.
As far as the races went, the varsity team finished 12th in a very competitive field. St. Thomas Aquinas, the state champions from Kansas, took the title, with Kansas City-area teams Rockhurst and Blue Springs placing behind them. In 39th place, Joe Laughlin was our top finisher on the day. The junior varsity team was 10th of 23 in the competitive green division and were led by John Thomas in 45th place. The freshmen placed 5th, our highest team placing on the day, and were led by Noah Scott's 5th place individual finish. Noah and fellow freshman Mitchell Booher were our two medalists on the day.
Results for all 17 races over the two days can be found on the meet website.
Paul Enke Invitational (V2/JV/C)
Saturday, September 17
Sioux Passage Park (17930 Old Jamestown Rd, Florissant, MO 63034)
Though rains once again left fresh mud all over area cross courses, the famous Paul Enke Invitational at Sioux Passage Park could not be stopped.
This is a classic meet in the St. Louis cross country landscape, with the Sioux Passage course known by many current and former area high school runners for its unique, hilly challenges. Check out the meet website here.
In the varsity race, freshman Noah Scott was our only medalist, finishing in 28th place. As a team, resting our overall top seven, the varsity placed 10th of 21 teams.
Our junior varsity team, led by Gunnar Himich, finished 5th of 23 teams at Enke. Himich finished in 18th place, and our other two medalists were Tom Munsell (24th) and Chuck Perry (27th).
On the freshmen level, we repeated as team champions from 2015, scoring a mere 40 points to win big in the 16-team freshman invitational. We had six freshmen medalists on the day: Mitchell Booher (3rd), Ben Krieger (4th), Kyle Catalano (8th), Tre Johnson (10th), Nick McLaughlin (15th), and Joe Callahan (16th). Congrats to the freshmen for their big team win!
Check back early in the week for our team split sheet, photos, and videos.
Palatine Invitational (V/JV)
This past weekend, we travelled 14 athletes to Chicago to compete in a prestigious invitational, featuring many of the suburban powers in the Chicagoland area. As well as serving as an opportunity to measure ourself against top-notch competition that we do not otherwise see, the trip affords us the chance to practice all elements of an overnight trip, hopefully making the State championship in November seem less out of the ordinary.
The varsity team had their best race of the season. Our stated goal was to get the time gap between our first and fifth finishers under 40 seconds (these five finishers account for the team score). We did just that, earning a time gap of 37 seconds. Our average time for those finishers was 15:59, an improvement from our 16:07 three mile average at Granite City. For those reasons, the team was successful. Cross country is a sport where you cannot evaluate yourself just on the final team standings. Our team place was just 21st of 32 teams, but there is a lot of reason to feel really good about what happened at Palatine and where we are headed. Congratulations to Joe Laughlin, Paul Burka, Patrick Hetlage, William Kelly, Reed Milnor, Thomas Leeker, and Roman Lipinski for representing us well in Chicago!
The junior varsity race at Palatine is akin to most varsity races around Missouri. Our athletes who compete there get a further taste of varsity-caliber competition. Two big storylines emerged from the junior varsity race at Palatine. First of all, freshman Noah Scott was our first finisher, running an astounding freshman time of 16:27 (a 5k equivalent of just over 17:00) to finish in 24th place. This placed him sixth on the team for the day and suggests that he is ready for greater challenges moving forward. The other big storyline was the leadership of Matt Gunn. Matt put his neck out to lead the team for the first two miles of the race. As a team, the JV squad finished 12th of 27 complete teams.
Eleven of the 14 athletes ran PRs at Palatine: Joe Laughlin, Paul Burka, Reed Milnor, Noah Scott, Thomas Leeker, Matt Gunn, Matt Northcott, Declan Tajkowski, Mitchell Booher, and Ben Krieger. Congratulations!
Team split sheet and race results for both races at Palatine are below the team pictures.
Hancock Invitational (V2/JV/C)
Saturday, September 24
Jefferson Barracks Park, 533 Bagby Road, St. Louis, MO 63125
On Saturday, the bulk of the team remained in St. Louis to compete in the historic Hancock Invitational at Jefferson Barracks. As a meet with a 54-year old tradition, we are always proud when we are able to send a team to this invitational.
On the varsity level, junior John Thomas was our top finisher in 64th place. Other varsity racers were senior Jack Connaghan (73rd), junior Tom Munsell (74th), senior Zach Hennes (80th), sophomore Chuck Perry (82nd), senior Jacob Coriell (83rd), and junior Chris Swiecicki (84th). The team finished 13th of 16 squads.
On the JV level, we finished 7th of 18. Sophomore Justin Koesterer led us in his first race back from an injury (36th). Also scoring were junior Robert Joy (49th), sophomore Jack Buehring (55th), sophomore Jack Sommers (67th), and junior Tyler Correnti (84th). There weren't any PRs on a hot and humid afternoon, but Sommers, sophomore John Marx, and senior Tim Moritz each had races that look particularly strong.
This was the first year there was a freshman-only race at Hancock, and this group did not disappoint. With their top three freshmen away in Chicago, the team still put themselves in contention to win. Ultimately, they were 5th of 11 teams, only 15 points out of first and only 3 points behind conference rival DeSmet. Scoring for the freshman team were Joe Callahan (15th), Sirius Song (21st), Nick McLaughlin (22nd), Kyle Catalano (23rd), and Adam Mittendorf (31st). There were a number of strong races out of this group, and a few even set new PRs on this tough day - big congrats to Sirius Song, Peter Dillon, and Christian Mark!
Parkway West Invitational (V, JV, B, C)
On Saturday at the Parkway West Invitational, held again at the Living Word United Methodist Church in Wildwood, we competed in four races. The junior varsity, comprised only of juniors and seniors, started off the day with a third place team finish among the 16 teams in the race. Senior Roman Lipinski led the squad with his 5th place finish, and Matt Northcott (14th) and John Thomas (25th) also earned medals for our team.
The varsity was next, and they finished 6th among 19 teams. Big congratulations to sophomore Patrick Hetlage for being SLUH's top finisher on the day! Hetlage (19th) and Paul Burka (24th) were our two varsity medalists. Also, congratulations to freshman Noah Scott for his first race with our top squad. As we have been in the midst of some heavy, intense training, the varsity looks forward to their second of two "bounce" weeks this week to recharge the batteries for the final month.
Next up were the sophomores. They were led by big, bounce-back races by Jack Buehring (10th) and Chuck Perry (11th). Also earning a medal with a great race and PR was Jack Sommers. Joey Nolan and Lucas Pitti closed out our team score, earning us a strong 4th place finish among the 11 teams present.
The frosh were last, and they were second place among 15 teams, our highest team finish of the day. Rock Bridge actually tied us for the second place point total, but we won the tie-breaker on account of the higher place of our sixth runner. Mitchell Booher (6th), Ben Krieger (14th), Tre Johnson (19th), and Joe Callahan (20th) earned medals for the freshmen.
Congratulations to the following runners who set new personal records at Parkway West! John Thomas, Tom Munsell, Jack Sommers, Tre Johnson, Joe Callahan, Sirius Song, Tyler Correnti, Adam Mittendorf, Peter Dillon, Tyler Kanady, Michael Gordon, Will Schmitt, Matthew Stauder, J.T. Gomric, Matt Friedrichs, James Galli, John Marx, Jacob Heard, Harry Bock, and Ben Garcia. Additionally, though the times might not have been personal records, several athletes registered their best time of the season: Chuck Perry, Zach Hennes, Jacob Coriell, Robert Joy, Tim Moritz, Matt Pace, and Matt Witzofsky.
PARKWAY WEST RESULTS: SLUH Results & Splits | Varsity | Junior Varsity | Sophomore | Freshmen
PARKWAY WEST PHOTOS: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Sophomore | Freshmen
PARKWAY WEST VIDEO: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Sophomore | Freshmen
M.C.C. Championship (V, JV, C)
Saturday, October 8
Forest Park, Central Fields
For the 13th consecutive season and 22nd time in the 25 years of the Metro Catholic Conference, the varsity secured a conference title on Saturday morning in Forest Park. This is something of which we are very proud! As often is the tactic at MCC, our smallest race of the season, strong pack running led the way to a triumph over our conference rivals. Congratulations to first team all-MCC runners Joe Laughlin, Patrick Hetlage, Paul Burka, and William Kelly. Additionally, Reed Milnor, Thomas Leeker, and Noah Scott each earned second team all-MCC honors. All of our seven varsity runners medalled.
On the junior varsity level, it was senior Matt Northcott's day. Matt ran a smart race, sitting on the shoulder of the first place runner from DeSmet until making his winning move partway through the third and final mile. Chuck Perry stormed home for third place, but unfortunately, the team didn't have enough to claim another conference championship. Beaten out by DeSmet, the junior varsity team earned second place.
Racing last, the freshmen firmly avenged the junior varsity's defeat. They won in dominant fashion, placing six finishers before any team's second. Individually, Mitchell Booher seized control of the race early and ran away with the freshman conference championship.
Many athletes earned PRs at MCC!
- JV race PRs: Chuck Perry, John Thomas, Chis Swiecicki, Tom Munsell, Robert Joy, Jack Sommers, Tyler Correnti, Cameron Spence, Max Johnson, Andrew Voras, Matthew Stauder, John Marx, and Matt Pace. Running season best times in the JV race were Gunnar Himich, Zach Hennes, Carlo Pitti, Sam McIntyre, and Tim Moritz.
- Freshman race PRs: Mitchell Booher, Joe Callahan, Kyle Catalano, Tre Johnson, Adam Mittendorf, Nick McLaughlin, Garrett Seal, Will Uhlenbrock, Michael Gordon, Bryce Van Bree, James Galli, Peter LaBarge, Jacob Heard, Matt Friedrichs, Daniel Gatewood, Harry Bock, J.T. Gomric, Ben Garcia, and Christian Mark.
Borgia Invitational (V2/JV/C)
Saturday, October 15
Big Driver Golf Center (275 Grand Ave, Washington, MO 63090-1209)
It was a beautiful fall morning in Washington for the Borgia Invitational. Though the redesigned course at Big Driver yielded to us no PRs, we had several medalists and took home two team awards for second place. Check below for complete results.
- Varsity: seniors Roman Lipinski (22nd; medalist) and Matt Northcott (35th) lead us to a seventh place finish among 20 teams.
- Junior Varsity: Declan Tajkowski (6th) and Justin Koesterer (11th) among five medalists who give us a 2nd place team finish among 10 teams. Other medalists: Joey Nolan, Robert Joy, Jack Connaghan.
- Freshman: Kyle Catalano was our #1 on the day (8th), with six other medalists behind him. All seven of our medalists beat DeSmet's #1 freshman, cementing our status from last week as tops in the MCC. However, Kirkwood puts their 5th scorer with Catalano. Team finishes 2nd of 5 scoring teams. We'll have one more chance at Kirkwood at Findley. Other medalists: Sirius Song, Joe Callahan, Tre Johnson, Nick McLaughlin, Adam Mittendorf, Garrett Seal.
Clayton Invitational (V2/JV)
Friday, October 21
Shaw Park (27 S Brentwood Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105)
We enjoyed some good races at Clayton on Friday evening. In the varsity race, Roman Lipsinki, Matt Northcott, John Thomas, and Mitchell Booher all earned medals for their performances, and Booher ran a PR with his 18:22 finish. With the support of Gunnar Himich and Justin Koesterer, the team finished 3rd among the 18 teams present. A job well done!
The JV team performed admirably as well, with all seven athletes running at or near season best times. Zach Hennes and Jacob Coriell medalled and set season bests, but it was senior Cameron Spence who chopped off the most time. He lowered his PR by over 45 seconds and earned his first medal of his career. Jack Connaghan, Matt Pace, Matt Wilzofsky, and Anthony Rizzo rounded out our team who finished 8th of the 17 teams.
District Championship (V)
Saturday, October 22
Koch Park (315 Howdershell Rd, Florissant, MO 63031)
Congratulations to the team on claiming the Class 4 District 3 Championship! This is an accomplishment to be shared by all team members, not just the ones who competed on Saturday. This is our 22nd District Championship over the previous 24 seasons, and our team score of 23 points is the fourth lowest score over that same span. Our victory was so resounding that the first finisher for the second place team (Webster Groves) finished behind our number six finisher.
Individually, senior Joe Laughlin broke open the race and established his winning margin with a decisive move on a turn just before the two mile mark. Our other five finishers all finished in the top 10 and earned district medals.
District Champion: Joe Laughlin
All-District, 1st Team: Joe Laughlin, Patrick Hetlage, Paul Burka, and William Kelly
All-District, 2nd Team: Thomas Leeker (PR) and Reed Milnor
Findley Memorial Invitational (JV/C)
Wednesday, October 26
Forest Park, Central Fields
For the majority of the team not on the State Travel Team, the Findley Invitational marked the end of their season. The Freshmen were off first, and they avenged earlier defeats at the hands of Kirkwood and were team champions in dominant fashion, finishing first among six teams. Mitchell Booher finished 2nd overall to lead the frosh. Also medalling in the freshman race were Ben Krieger (3rd), Kyle Catalano (10th), Tre Johnson (12th), Adam Mittendorf (13th), Sirius Song (17th), Nick McLaughlin (18th), and Joe Callahan (19th). Setting PRs at Findley were Booher, Catalano, Johnson, Mittendorf, Song, McLaughlin, Garrett Seal, Jacob Heard, Matt Andrew, and Harry Bock.
The JV team placed 3rd of 8 teams, with senior Matt Northcott leading the team in 2nd place. Our JV medalists were Northcott, John Thomas (10th), and Zach Hennes (24th). Jack Heller and Andrew Voras each ran PRs in the JV race.
Sectional Championship (V)
Saturday, October 29
Warrenton High School (800 Warrior Ave, Warrenton, MO 63383)
In Saturday's Sectional meet, SLUH ran in a third place team finish and, thus, earned another trip to the State Championships. With a seventh place individual finish, Joe Laughlin was our first finisher on the day, also earning him First Team All-Sectional designation. Paul Burka (21st) and Reed Milnor (28th) also took home medals for their performance. Also competing at Sectional were Patrick Hetlage (36th), William Kelly (38th), Roman Lipinski (40th), and Thomas Leeker (47th). Big thanks to all the fans and team members who came out to Warrenton to cheer on the Jr. Bills, and congratulations to the team for another state qualification!
1. Rock Bridge 21 - Sectional Champion
2. Jefferson City 59 - Sectional Runner-Up
3. S.L.U.H. 90 - State Qualifier
4. Webster Groves 130 - State Qualifier
5. Ladue 141
6. Francis Howell North 150
7. Ft. Zumwalt West 171
8. Ft. Zumwalt North 178
State Championship (V)
Saturday, November 5
Oak Hills Golf Center (932 Ellis Blvd, Jefferson City, MO 65101)
The 2016 SLUH Cross Country Season is now in the history books. At the State Championships in Jefferson City, we finished tenth among the 16 qualifying teams, one slot up from our eleventh place finish in 2015, and third among the six St. Louis-area teams.
Thanks to everyone who made the trip to Jefferson City! Our stated goal from the beginning of the season was the "Return of the Blue Army," and we came through on that in a big way yesterday. Thank you to the seniors who led the "blue crew" and helped encourage so many younger team members to come to the race; thanks to the alums and friends who came to support or sent their best wishes; and thank you for all the great parent support on the day and throughout the season. The accomplishments of the seven State racers is a shared accomplishment for all. So, congratulations to all team members, family, and friends for representing us at the State meet for an amazing twenty-fourth consecutive season.
Click here for a photo album of the day. Thanks to Mr. Hetlage and Mrs. Kelly for sending along their pictures. I will add photos to this album as they are made available to me.
8. Joe Laughlin, senior, 15:56.04 (All-State; PR)
58. Paul Burka, junior, 16:37.29
75. Patrick Hetlage, sophomore, 16:49.05
105. William Kelly, senior, 17:06.06
126. Reed Milnor, sophomore, 17:22.34
137. Thomas Leeker, senior, 17:28.56
164. Noah Scott, freshman, 18:05.88