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.