In addition to other accolades won by Junior Billiken runners throughout the 2019 XC season, SLUH had the honor of having three seniors named to the 2019 All-Metro Teams, most among any school in the area.
"DEFEND THE TRADITION"
If you are a Junior Billiken looking to build friendships and be part of a historic program in the state of Missouri, SLUH Cross Country is the home for you. We push you to buy into something larger than yourself. We work hard and hold every team member to high expectations. Instead of a series of teams differentiated by age and level, we operate daily as one single program. There are no cuts; but we do stress the importance of commitment. We also have a lot of fun. Contact Head Coach Joe Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to sign up for next season's roster or summer opportunities. The first day of practice for the 2020 season will be announced soon. The season will NOT begin on August 10. Check your email for more information.
On Saturday, January 25, SLUH returned to Sister Thea Bowman Grade School in East St. Louis, IL for its annual team day of service.
The following note comes from Coach Tom Flanagan.
For a second consecutive season, the SLUH Junior Billikens finished 2nd overall at the State meet. It was a proud finish for our decorated senior class, a class that was part of the program that finished 10th overall in both 2016 and 2017. Each of them played pivotal roles in elevating us to our consecutive runner-up finishes.
On a beautiful morning in Chesterfield, SLUH claimed the Sectional 1 Championship and earned the right to compete at next weekend's State meet. This is a tremendous honor for our entire program.
On a raw, damp, and cold evening at Jefferson Barracks, the Junior Varsity and Freshmen teams each closed out their season with team championships.
For the 24th time in the past 32 years, we have earned the distinction of becoming District champions. Placing all seven of our runners in the top ten overall, we scored 24 points to resoundingly defeat all other comers in Class 4 District 1.
Clayton is always a special meet for our seniors, and this year was no different. On Friday afternoon at Shaw Park, our varsity claimed the championship in the 15-team invitational.
Heading west to Washington, MO, SLUH XC represented themselves very well at the Borgia Invitational at Big Driver. Our "V2" team finished 2nd of 16 varsity teams, and the JV & Freshman squads emerged victorious.
After being halted by thunderstorms last week, we were able to build upon varsity's success and complete a season-long goal of winning the MCC on all three levels.
Congratulations to the varsity team for earning our program's 16th consecutive conference championship! Additionally, congratulations to senior Adam Mittendorf for becoming SLUH's 11th MCC individual champion.
What a team day we had at Living Word! At the Dale Shepard Invitational, so named for the legendary Parkway West coach, we came in and made quite the statement.
On a muddy track at Palatine, the varsity finished 10th in a rugged and competitive field and the JV took seventh.
Congratulations to the JV and Freshmen teams for earning team championships on Friday evening at Arnold City Park! Lots of great results to celebrate in all three of the races.
Another year of competitive fun and community was had on the Sioux Passage battleground! After the recent heat, no one complained about the cloudy skies that lingered for much of the morning, or even the soft rain that fell for the final parts of the freshman race.
We have put to rest another Forest Park Cross Country Festival. Thank you very much to all the athletes, parents, and volunteers who helped make the 14th annual event another big success.
Overall, it was a great day for the program at the Granite City Invitational. The biggest highlight was the varsity squad's ability to defend our team championship in the 25-team invitational.
For the sixth consecutive year, the program opened up our competitive racing season with a freshman and sophomore meet in O'Fallon, Illinois. And what an impression they left on their prospects for the season ahead!
At Saturday's annual Alumni Race, everyone had the opportunity to get their first taste of racing for the season. After dividing the team into three heats, each heat formed their own teams and attacked a two-mile race around the track.
The first day of XC practice is Monday, August 12. All team members should meet on the steps of the Danis Field House by 8am sharp.
Thank you to Mrs. Rizzo for again organizing a wonderful team day of service at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Grade School in East St. Louis. About 75 team members (students, coaches and parents) came together and gave Sister Thea Bowman School a makeover.
Alongside 100 other teams who took to the start line at one of eight District meets two weeks ago, SLUH emerged from the State series standing taller than all but one.
On a foggy morning at Big Driver that gave way to sun just before race time, the Junior Billikens clinched another trip to the State meet with a third place team finish at Sectional.
The JV and C teams closed their seasons out in style on Wednesday evening at Jefferson Barracks, with each team scoring a scant 23 points in defeating their closest competition.
In possibly the most competitive district in the State, SLUH claimed second place at Francis Park and qualified through to next week's Sectional meet at Big Driver.