Cross Country


If you are a Junior Billiken looking to build friendships and be part of a historic program, 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. We operate as one single program, rather than as a series of teams differentiated by age and level. There are no cuts, but we do stress the importance of commitment. We also have a lot of fun.

The formal beginning of the 2023 SLUH XC Season is Monday, August 7.

Joe Porter, SLUH XC Head Coach (



SLUH XC Team News & Announcements

On Top At Findley

Congratulations to the JV and C teams for claiming dual team championships to close out the regular season, and thanks to all families who made our annual "Findley Feast" possible. For many of our seniors, this was the final SLUH XC race of their successful careers with the program. We are very grateful for their leadership and hard work!

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Three Championships at Big River Inv.

The Jr. Bills went three-for-three at Friday's Big River Invitational, with the JV-1 and JV-2 squads achieving perfect scores of 15. Charlie Gray and Jake Fitzpatrick took individual victories in the JV-1 and JV-2 races, respectively. Nolan Meara was our top varsity finisher, coming in second overall. The Big River group produced a whole raft of PRs and fine races, including 10 runners who improved their times by over a minute.

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Double Wins at Hancock Inv.

Congrats to the team for winning both the varsity and JV divisions of the Hancock Invitational for the second year in a row. The varsity squad took home six individual medals and a low score of 33 points. Next up, the JV team earned a perfect score of 15, led by a photo finish victory for junior Matthew Musial.

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MCC Champions Another Year

For the sixth year in a row, the Jr. Billikens swept the varsity, JV, and freshman team and individual titles at the MCC Championships. This is the team's 19th consecutive conference title. Congratulations to this year's conference champions: Nolan Meara (varsity), Anthony Zangara (JV), and Nick Ahlheim (freshman)! Of the 62 medals awarded on Thursday, SLUH took home 46.

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JV Dominates at Palatine

The trip to Palatine, a trip we've been making since 2010, marks the competitive midpoint of the season. Affording us the opportunity to practice an overnight trip in advance of the State meet and race against top-notch competition we don't get to see any other time before post-State meet regional competition, it is a good barometer of progress made and where we might go for the final half of the season.

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Fast Times at Ed White

The team enjoyed another morning of success in the Ed White Festival of Races at Arnold City Park. Bolstered by another week of training, a flatter course, and better running conditions than experienced recently, we saw tremendous races up and down the roster.

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Good Early Results at FPXC

Be proud of a great day in Forest Park! Our two varsity squads placed fourth and eighth of 19 teams in the green (most competitive) division, with our JV defeating many fine varsity teams in the process. Even with two teams running up in varsity, JV placed third of 13 teams, also in the green division. Our freshmen placed second of five in the freshman division.

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XC Shines Brightly In Rain At Granite City

Granite City marked a tremendous season-opening invitational for the entire program. Varsity ran first, and they finished second of 43 participating teams. Senior captain Tim Greiner was our first finisher, earning 9th place overall with his three mile time of 15:36. Relative to the rest of the field, the seven in the B/C were far and away our strongest team of the day. Averaging 16:29 for three miles, they finished first in a 38 team field with a very low score of 34 points.

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Alumni Take Down Team

On the evening of Friday, August 12, we got our first taste of racing in 2022. Placed into one of three heats, all team members attacked a two-mile race around the SLUH track. Seniors Tim Greiner and Nolan Meara led the charge for the team, running 9:52 and 9:53 for fifth and sixth place overall. The alumni team, led by a pack of recent graduates now competing at the college level, came away with a clear and decisive victory.

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Strong Showing at Clayton Inv.

We were once again able to showcase impressive depth at the Clayton Invitational on Friday evening in Shaw Park. After establishing our ten runners for the Big River varsity, we placed seven more in the Clayton varsity division. In the 16-team race, we finished second, trailing only the top varsity from Lutheran St. Charles.

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Hancock Champions... Finally!

What a day we had back at Jefferson Barracks! On a brilliant, cool fall morning, the team came ready to compete, and compete at a high level. Running on the same course as we did on October 7 at the MCC Championship, times were significantly faster, nearly across the board. Of our 70 racers, 46 earned PRs and two ran season-best times. Between the two races, we claimed 19 of a possible 22 medals and two team championships.

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2022 Program Roster

Team Captains: Tim Greiner, Brendan Jones, Nolan Meara, Nicholas Purschke

Team Chaplains: Alex Brinkman, Carter Lowe

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2022 SLUH XC Daily Calendar

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