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.
"DEFEND THE TRADITION"
If you are a young man 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.
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.
For the second consecutive season, we won the Clayton Invitational at Shaw Park. Led by Charlie Perry's third place finish, we defeated Clayton by a score of 40-47.
The SLUH Junior Billikens continued an impressive regular season run on Saturday morning in Washington, MO, winning each of the three divisions of the Borgia Invitational.
Thursday afternoon on the legendary Jefferson Barracks XC course, SLUH swept all three levels of the MCC Cross Country Championships.
Among nearly all of the top programs on this side of the state, we had huge day on the serpentine, rolling course at Living Word UMC in Wildwood.
Seeking out unfamiliar, top-notch competition, the varsity team and the top underclassmen JV travelled to the Palatine Meet of Champions in Palatine, IL this weekend.
After consecutive races of heat, mud, and hills, racers at Arnold Park on Friday evening enjoyed seeing each of those performance-limiting factors slip away. The result? An abundance of season-and-career best times!
Up and down the famous hills of Sioux Passage, the program again competed - proudly and successfully - at the Paul Enke Cross Country Invitational.
Another wild & muddy Forest Park Cross Country Festival has been completed. Thank you very much to all the athletes, parents, and volunteers who helped make the 13th annual event another big success.
At the Granite City Invitational, the program had a tremendous day to jump start our season. The varsity finished 1st of 38 teams, and the B/C team of seven freshmen and sophomores finished 1st of 36 teams.
Though the O'Fallon meet was not officially scored and no team results were given, of course we put the scores together on our own! The freshman team finished second of seven teams, and the sophomore team finished first of seven.
At Saturday's 20th annual Alumni Race, the team once again defeated the alumni by the score of 20-40. Alum Matt Lawder '07 won the race with a time of 9:42.
On Saturday, January 27, SLUH XC team did a morning of service at Sister Thea Bowman School in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Registration is now open for various SLUH XC opportunities offered for the upcoming summer. These opportunities are open to all SLUH students, including incoming freshmen. Click for further information.
For the second consecutive season, SLUH finished in 10th place at the Missouri State Championships, the fifth highest team among St. Louis-area schools.
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.
Brawley, Grant **
** denotes Class Leader
Hogan, Daniel **
LeGrand, Sandy **
Zenor, Hayden **
** denotes Class Leader
Callahan, Joe *
Dillon, Peter *
Friedrichs, Matt *
Garcia, Ben #
Mittendorf, Adam *
Rackers, Lucas *
Scott, Noah *
* denotes Team Captain
# denotes Team Student Chaplain
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