2018 Meet Information/Results

Below is our competition schedule for the 2018 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.

Click here for a one-page, printable 2018 Meet Schedule.

Season Performance Log | Season Honor Roll

AUGUST: Alumni | O'Fallon
SEPTEMBER: Granite City | Forest Park | Paul Enke | Ed White | Palatine | Parkway West
OCTOBER: M.C.C. | Borgia | Clayton | District | Findley | Sectional
NOVEMBER: State


20th Annual Alumni Race (ALL)

Saturday, August 11, 2018
SLUH Track

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.

Lucas Rackers was the team's top finisher in 9:44. Rounding out the team's top seven for the day were Patrick Hetlage, Noah Scott, Reed Milnor, Chris Staley, Joe Callahan, and Hayden Zenor. Finishing 10th among all team members on the day, Grant Brawley led the freshmen. For everyone who stepped foot on the track, no matter what time you registered on the day, look for your continued hard work to yield significant improvements in the weeks and months ahead.

You can view the results of the Alumni race here, including lap-by-lap split times for all athletes. Thanks to Mr. Hetlage, photos from the Alumni Race are accessible for viewing and downloading.

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O'Fallon Futures Invitational (B/C)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

OTHS-Milburn Campus (650 Milburn School Rd, O'Fallon, IL 62269)

Though the O'Fallon was not officially scored and no team results were given, we did put the scores together on our own. The freshman team finished second of seven teams, and the sophomore team finished first of seven! The freshman race demonstrated the importance of the tie-breaker in XC. Though we tied Edwardsville with 39 points, they would have won due to the higher finish of their sixth finisher. Regardless, we had a fantastic day in and among the O'Fallon corn fields.

Team Split Sheet & Results from O'Fallon

2018 Race Results: Freshman Race | Sophomore Race
2018 Race Photos: Both races in one album here

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Granite City Invitational (V, B/C, Open)

Saturday, September 1, 2018
Wilson Park (2900 Benton St, Granite City, IL 62040)

At Granite City, the program had a tremendous day. The varsity finished 1st of 38 teams, and the B/C team finished 1st of 36 teams. In each of those two races, we claimed 5 of the 30 medalists. This was the first time we have ever won either of the divisions in the three years we have competed in this invitational. What a building block for the season! Full data and photos are below.

Team Split Sheet & Results from Granite City

2018 Race Results: Varsity Race | B/C Race | Open Race
2018 Race Photos: Varsity Race | B/C Race | Open Race

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Forest Park XC Festival (V, JV, C)

Saturday, September 8, 2018
Forest Park (Aviation Field/Archery Range/Planetarium/Bowl Lake)

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. Thank you to all the parents, friends, and athletes who came early in the driving rain and stayed late to help us take down in the mud and muck. Truly, we couldn't have done it without you.

Varsity: Scoring 114 points, SLUH finished 2nd of 23 teams in the Green Division. Neuqua Valley, a first-time Forest Park XC Festival guest from Naperville, IL, scored 91 points to claim the team title. We were the #1 team from Missouri on the day, defeating our Jesuit rivals from Rockhurst by 1 point and other MO Class 4 rivals including Liberty, Lafayette, Jefferson City, and Blue Springs (the defending State champions). The second place team finish at the Festival is our highest team finish since we won it in 2009.

Individually, Patrick Hetlage crossed the line in 3rd place - becoming our highest-placing finisher ever at the Forest Park Cross Country Festival. We had three other medalists in the race: Lucas Rackers (20th), Chris Staley (22nd), and Reed Milnor (24th). Joe Callahan sealed our team score with his 45th place finish. Here are Varsity Green Division race results.

Junior Varsity: The junior varsity team finished 6th among 20 teams. Our two medalists in the JV race were senior captain Jack Buehring (22nd) and Peter Dillon (25th). Here are JV Green Division race results.

Freshmen: The freshmen finished 4th of 8 teams. We had four freshmen medalists: Baker Pashea (9th), Joe LaBarge (14th), Sean Kellogg (15th), and Eli Dernlan (26th). Two freshmen completed their first SLUH race - Robert Mize & Frank Vacca. Well done! Here are Freshman 3K race results.

Congratulations to all members of the program for a remarkable, memorable day.

Team Split Sheet & Results from Forest Park. There was an error with the timing company for 1-mile splits for some of the runners in the JV race. If runners with a missing split email their time to Coach Gilmore, he will include them on the sheet.

2018 Race Results: Varsity Race | Junior Varsity Race | Freshman Race
2018 Race Photos: Varsity Race | JV Race | Freshman Race

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Paul Enke Invitational (V2/JV/C)

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Sioux Passage Park (17930 Old Jamestown Rd, Florissant, MO 63034)

Up and down the famous hills of Sioux Passage, the program again competed at the Paul Enke XC Invitational. The varsity team, comprised of seven underclassmen getting the opportunity to run up on the varsity level, finished 5th among 25 teams. Congratulations to that team and to our four varsity medalists: Peter Dillon (20th), Reid Jackson (24th), Hayden Rutledge (35th), and Hayden Zenor (37th).

The junior varsity went next, and they finished a strong 2nd among 27 teams. We had seven medalists in the JV race: Jack Buehring (3rd), Garrett Seal (5th), Charlie Perry (7th), Matt Friedrichs (10th), Peter LaBarge (12th), Ben Poag (17th), and Henry Bourneuf (28th). Additionally, four JV athletes set season best times on the tough hills of Sioux Passage: Buehring, Poag, Michael Gordon, and Patrick Garner. Finally, two student-athletes set personal records at Enke: congrats to Carter Spence and Max Nieder for pulling off that feat!

The freshman team closed the day by matching our highest team place of the day, finishing 2nd of 18 teams behind a tough squad from Lafayette. Congratulations to Sean Kellogg for being the freshman race champion! Behind Sean, we had five medalists: Eli Dernlan (4th), Graham Sanfilippo (12th), Justin Glass (13th), Joe LaBarge (14th), and Jack Werremeyer (18th). Earning tough PRs on the Enke course were Werremeyer, Gaibrial Nugent, and Sam Quinlivan. We are eager to have another chance to go up against Lafayette's freshman team in two weeks at the Parkway West Invitational.

Team Split Sheet & Results from Paul Enke

Paul Enke Race Results: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen

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Ed White Invitational (V2/JV/C)

Friday, September 21, 2018
Arnold City Park (2400 Bradley Beach Rd., Arnold, MO 63010)

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!

In the varsity race, senior captain Charlie Perry led the way with a personal record (PR) race and a 5th place finish! Also earning top-15 medals were Sirius Song (8th) and Garrett Seal (10th). Rounding out the scoring five for the varsity were senior captain Jack Buehring and sophomore newcomer Leonardo Da Silva. Mitchell Booher and Matt Friedrichs also ran strong races to help cement our 2nd place team finish among the ten teams represented. In fact, all seven of the varsity racers ran PRs or SBs (season bests). As a team, we lost only to Borgia, the Class 3 #6-ranked team in the state. Among the schools we were able to defeat were fully-loaded teams from conference rivals De Smet and Vianney!

In the JV race, medalists Peter LaBarge (6th), Ben Poag (7th), Noah Apprill-Sokol (8th), Henry Bourneuf (9th), and Carlo Pitti (11th) led the team to a second place finish among ten squads. Among many PRs set on the day, a few stood out because of a crazy amount of time dropped: second-year runner Michael Buescher dropped his PR by over 2:00, a feat nearly equalled by Leo Moore. First-year runners Cooper Swiecicki, Max Nieder, and Luke Baumer also saw precipitous time drops for their season PR, running times 2:20, 3:36, and 4:45 (respectively) faster than their previous bests!

After two second-place team finishes in the races before them, the freshmen emerged victorious among the four-scoring teams. Helping the freshmen secure the victory (again over conference rivals De Smet and Vianney) were medalists Justin Glass (2nd), Eli Dernlan (6th), Joe LaBarge (7th), Graham Sanfilippo (8th), and Sam Kean (13th). Again among the many other PRs, some once again stood out for their dramatic size: Sanfilippo (about 1:30), Gaibrial Nugent (about 1:40), Flynn O'Connell (about 2:30), Sam Quinlivan (1:45), Nathan Wojtkowski (2:47), Gavin Lawhorn (nearly 2:00), and the biggest two PRs of them all, Robert Mize (down 3:33) and Joseph Nesser (down 3:39).

It's amazing to see what a commitment to training and hard work can produce when the weather breaks a touch!

Team Split Sheet from Ed White - please check this and make sure we have your PR or SB properly noted! Let Coach Gilmore know if something is incorrect or incomplete.

Ed White Inv. Race Results: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen

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Palatine Invitational (V/JV)

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Deer Grove East Forest Preserve (Cook County Forest Preserve, 1599 Pepper Tree Dr, Palatine, IL 60074)

Seeking out unfamiliar, top-notch competition, the varsity team and a group of underclassmen travelled to the Palatine Meet of Champions in Palatine, IL this weekend. Our fourth place varsity finish was the second-best result we have had in nine years of competing in this very competitive Chicagoland invitational.

On a relatively cool and breezy morning, Lucas Rackers and Patrick Hetlage led the varsity team in Chicago by each earning a prized Palatine medal. Only in 2014, the year we won at Palatine, have we had multiple varsity medalists. But, it was the strength of the pack behind Rackers and Hetlage that sealed our fourth place team finish. Noah Scott, Reed Milnor, Joe Callahan, Chris Staley, and freshman Grant Brawley helped close out our point total. At 41.9 seconds between our first and fifth runners, we had our lowest scoring gap of the season. Continuing to tighten up the distance between our top finisher and our fifth finisher will help determine where we stand at season's end.

In the junior varsity race, a race whose intensity we find comparable to most varsity races around St. Louis, sophomore Ryan Kramer led our team from beginning to end. He went out in top 20 medal placement in the beginning and held his spot through the whole race. Ryan's 17th place finish helped set the tone for our 7th place team finish in the JV division. Behind Ryan were Peter Dillon (41st), Daniel Hogan (45th), Reid Jackson (52nd), Hayden Zenor (69th), Hayden Rutledge (77th), Baker Pashea (128th), and Sean Kellogg (138th).

In total, 13 of the 15 athletes who raced at Palatine earned new PRs - including every JV athlete!

Team Split Sheet from Palatine

Palatine Race Results: Varsity | Junior Varsity
Palatine Photographs: Here

Click here for our updated Palatine team records.

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Parkway West Dale Shepherd Invitational (V, JV, B, C)

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Living Word United Methodist Church (17315 Manchester Road, Wildwood, MO 63038)

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. The weather was again nice, and many runners earned new season-best or personal-record times on a course that doesn't yield PRs easily. In our four races we placed: 1st, 4th, 1st, and 2nd -- the strongest "across the board" performance of any program there.

The Junior Varsity started us off with a bang, dominating the race by claiming five of the top eleven spots in a race of over 300 runners. Peter Dillon ran a strong race for 2nd place, and not far behind him were Jack Buehring (5th), Charlie Perry (6th), Garrett Seal (9th), and Mitchell Booher (11th). As our fifth man, Booher finished before all but one team's second finisher and most team's first finisher. We had several season-best times for athletes in this race: Buehring, Booher, Ben Garcia, Matt Andrew, Branden May, Anthony Rizzo, Zack Bievenue, and Max Nieder. Three JV athletes even ran impressive races that lowered their career PRs: Ben Poag, Patrick Garner, and Leo Moore. Congratulations to all the JV athletes who made a strong statement in this race!

The varsity team ran next, and they finished fourth among 19 scoring teams. Festus and O'Fallon claimed the first two team spots - each being teams that we have defeated in previous invitationals this season. Kirkwood finished third, clipping us by four points. We won't compete against Festus (Class 3) or O'Fallon (Illinois) in the State series, but we expect Kirkwood to be among the strongest teams we will face at the State meet. We had three medalists in the varsity race at Parkway West: Patrick Hetlage (4th), Lucas Rackers (11th), and Chris Staley (18th). As the varsity takes a bounce week in preparation for its third and final training segment, we hope to refocus and fire up to set our sights on the championship meets at season's end.

The B team had its only chance to compete as a single unit, and they were even more dominant than the junior varsity. Placing our five scorers in the top 13 of the race, the next closest team had over four times as many points as our sophomores. Ryan Kramer ran an excellent race to become the race champion, and behind him were medalists Reid Jackson (4th), Daniel Hogan (6th), Hayden Rutledge (8th), and Leonardo Da Silva (13th). A few sophomores had PRs: Sandy LeGrand, Henry McIntyre, and Teddy Nolan. Additionally, Bobby Rizzo ran his fastest 5k time of the season at Parkway West.

The C team closed out the day with a strong second place team finish. Kirkwood defeated us on the day, though we were able to avenge two previous defeats at the hands of the squad from Lafayette. As we continue to grow stronger, we look forward to future rematches with the freshmen from Kirkwood at Borgia and Findley. We had four freshmen medalists on the day: Baker Pashea (5th), Joe LaBarge (10th), Sean Kellogg (11th), and Justin Glass (13th). Many freshman ran PR races at Parkway West, clearly demonstrating the gains they are making this season: LaBarge, Jack Werremeyer (going under 20:00 - a major freshman milestone!), Luke Pierson, Tad Gray, Peter James, Robert Mize, Flynn O'Connell, Patrick Young, Nathan Wojtkowski, Sam Quinlivan, Tag Arens, Daniel O'Sullivan, Joseph Nesser, Frank Vacca, and Luke Brown. Wow! Additionally, Ted Leritz competed in his first 5k of the season.

Team Split Sheet from Parkway West

2018 Parkway West Race Results: Varsity | Junior Varsity (Jr/Sr) | Sophomores | Freshmen

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M.C.C. Championship (V, JV, C)

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Jefferson Barracks Park, 533 Bagby Road, St. Louis, MO 63125

Thursday afternoon on the legendary Jefferson Barracks XC course, SLUH swept all three levels of the MCC Cross Country Championships. Our combined team score of 46 across the three divisions (15 + 15 + 16) represents the lowest such number we have had in the 27 total years of the MCC.

Varsity got the ball rolling first, sporting the varsity singlets from 2007-2013 that were worn by four state championship teams. Wasting to time in asserting themselves, the team quickly placed all seven of their runners in a pack at the front of the race, all of whom were ahead of all other teams' #1 runners. From there to the finish line, only one runner from another school was able to infiltrate our group - a CBC runner who finished in seventh place. Patrick Hetlage out-kicked Lucas Rackers at the line, running 16:28.33 to Lucas's 16:28.39. This earned Patrick his second consecutive individual conference championship, a feat only equaled for our program by Pat Hamel in 1993 and 1994. All seven of our runners earned conference medals, and six them earned First-Team All-MCC honors. Adam Mittendorf's 8th place finish in his first race back from a season-long injury was an incredible achievement of his own, and by toughing that out he earned himself Second-Team All-MCC honors.

With the first 13 finishers in the race all being SLUH Junior Billikens, the JV team pulled off a feat of dominance that has almost certainly never before been done in the MCC. Of the 30 individual medals, SLUH collected a whopping 22 of them. Sophomore Ryan Kramer led the way and became the JV conference champion, winning his second race in less than a week in an impressive time of 17:30.37. Behind Ryan were a flood of Jr. Bills, each helping the team secure the victory. Ten team members earned new PRs in the JV race: Max Mantych, Ben Garcia, Matt Andrew, John Marx, Teddy Nolan, Zack Bievenue, Carter Spence, Anthony Garavaglia, Bobby Rizzo, and Patrick Garner. Additionally, Mitchell Booher, Branden May, and Anthony Rizzo ran their best times of the season.

The freshmen didn't change the trend of the day, fending off an early challenge from De Smet's top freshman by finishing 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 (for a total of 16 points). Grant Brawley, in his first chance to run with his classmates this year, won the race and became freshman conference champion. In total, 14 of our freshmen medalled. Top to bottom, the dominance of the freshman team was clear; in fact, if they ran in place of our JV team, they would have won the JV division. If they ran in place of our varsity, they would have placed second behind De Smet. Amazingly, eleven freshmen ran a PR on the undulating terrain of Jefferson Barracks: Joe LaBarge, Justin Glass (also earning his JV letter by going under 18:45), Graham Sanfilippo, Peter James, Gaibrial Nugent, Flynn O'Connell, Will Halley, Danny O'Sullivan, Tag Arens, Gavin Lawhorn, and Frank Vacca.

It was an amazing day for the program at Jefferson Barracks -- every team member ought be proud for contributing to our success! With four weeks left in the season, we have the chance to do something very special at season's end. One day at a time, let's continue to make good decisions regarding diet, sleep, and extra curriculars, stay on top of injury prevention techniques, and continue our hard work!

MCC DATA:

  • The freshman's average scoring time of 18:34 was our sixth fastest ever and fastest since 2011. This includes the vast majority of the MCC meets held at the significantly faster Forest Park course.
  • The JV average scoring time was 17:44, our fastest since 2012.
  • This was only the third time we have ever scored a perfect 15 points in the MCC varsity race. The other two times were 2017 and 2014.
  • First-Team All-MCC: Patrick Hetlage (Sr.), Lucas Rackers (Jr.), Chris Staley (Sr.), Noah Scott (Jr.), Reed Milnor (Sr.), Joe Callahan (Jr.)
  • Second-Team All-MCC: Adam Mittendorf (Jr.)
  • View more historical results from MCC here.

2018 MCC Race Results: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen
2018 MCC Team Split Sheet: Here

2018 MCC Photographs: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen | Awards

Time gap by which PR was lowered at MCC:
Spence, 1:21
Vacca, 0:41
James, 0:40
B. Rizzo, 0:38
Halley, 0:34
Lawhorn, 0:32
Mantych, 0:30
Nugent, 0:29
J. LaBarge, 0:19
O'Sullivan, 0:18
Garcia, 0:10
Garavaglia, 0:09
Sanfilippo, 0:09
Garner, 0:07
Bievenue, 0:06
Andrew, 0:06
Glass, 0:06
O'Connell, 0:04
Marx, 0:03
T. Nolan, 0:02
Arens, 0:01

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Borgia Invitational (V2/JV/C)

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Big Driver Golf Center (275 Grand Ave, Washington, MO 63090-1209)

The SLUH Junior Billikens continued an impressive regular season run, winning each of the three divisions of the Borgia Inv. on Saturday morning in Washington, MO. With our first race since the change in temperatures, many team members found fast races, despite a challenging and partially muddy course.

The JV team began the day with an assertive victory, claiming seven of the first nine finishers in a race with nearly 200 finishers. Scoring 20 points, the team took control in the middle mile to outdistance Kirkwood and ten other challengers. Reid Jackson led the charge with a great race to finish in 2nd place, and behind him were medalists Daniel Hogan (3rd), Leonardo Da Silva (4th), Hayden Zenor (5th), Max Mantych (6th), Peter LaBarge (8th), Hayden Rutledge (9th), and Matt Friedrichs (20th). First-year sophomores Carter Spence and Luke Baumer each set significant PRs, and Sam McIntyre ran his fastest race of the season. Many other JV athletes ran times very close to a PR - a significant feat for this particular course.

Varsity ran next. As is the custom at Borgia, we turn to a second varsity squad to compete against similarly-composed squads from Class 4 schools and top varsity squads from some Class 3 and Class 2 schools. Winning at Borgia for the first time since 2014 and the fourth time in 15 years, our V2 scored 57 points, our lowest-ever team total and placed first among 20 teams. Ryan Kramer finished in sixth place, tying Dan Warner '08 for our highest-ever individual finisher at Borgia. Other medalists at Borgia were freshman Grant Brawley (11th), Peter Dillon (12th), Jack Buehring (14th), and Mitchell Booher (19th). Charlie Perry and Sirius song also helped seal the win by finishing in front of all but one team's fifth runner.

Our freshmen again closed off the meet, and they did so in style. Scoring 33 points, they finished first among four scoring teams and avenged a previous loss at Parkway West at the hands of Kirkwood. We had an incredible seven freshman medalists: Sean Kellogg (3rd), Baker Pashea (6th), Joe LaBarge (7th), Justin Glass (10th), Graham Sanfilippo (13th), Jack Werremeyer (14th), and Sam Kean (24th). By finishing in front of Kirkwood's #4 and #5 scoring runners, Sanfilippo and Werremeyer played a key role in driving up the second-place team's score. An amazing 15 freshmen set new PRs at Borgia: Sanfilippo, Werremeyer, Tad Gray, Flynn O'Connell, Gaibrial Nugent, Alex Mittendorf, Nathan Wojtkowski, Robert Mize, Sam Quinlivan, Patrick Young, Will Halley, Joseph Nesser, Tag Arens, Daniel O'Sullivan, and Luke Brown.

Borgia Race Results: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen
Borgia Team Split Sheet: Here
Borgia Photographs: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen

New PRs set at Borgia:
Joseph Nesser 1:20
Nathan Wojtkowski 0:45
Flynn O'Connell 0:32
Carter Spence 0:30
Luke Baumer 0:30
Sam Quinlivan 0:24
Will Halley 0:24
Tag Arens 0:17
Jack Werremeyer 0:13
Tad Gray 0:09
Gaibrial Nugent 0:09
Luke Brown 0:08
Alex Mittendorf 0:05
Daniel O'Sullivan 0:04
Robert Mize 0:02
Patrick Young 0:02
Graham Sanfilippo 0:01

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Clayton Invitational (V2/JV)

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Shaw Park (27 S Brentwood Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105)

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. It was on the strength of the second mile where we won the race, overcoming a first mile advantage that the Clayton runners staked out. Also earning varsity medals were Mitchell Booher (6th), Jack Buehring (7th), Reid Jackson (9th), Daniel Hogan (16th), and Max Mantych (18th). Mantych further secured a new PR in the varsity race, and Booher ran his best time of the season.

In the JV division, we finished third among the 12 scoring teams. Sirius Song led the charge with a second place finish, and Hayden Zenor and Hayden Rutledge were close behind in 4th and 8th. All three of them earned medals. Joey Nolan and Lucas Pitti rounded out our scoring five. Lucas Pitti, Sam McIntyre, and Anthony Rizzo ran their best times of the season, and three seniors set PRs in the Clayton JV race: John Marx, Zack Bievenue, and a big PR by Patrick Garner.

New PRs set at Clayton:
Patrick Garner 0:44
Max Mantych 0:22
John Marx 0:11
Zack Bievenue 0:06

Clayton Race Results: Varsity (1st of 19) | Junior Varsity (3rd of 12)
Clayton Team Split Sheet: Here
Clayton Photographs: Here

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District 2 Championship (V)

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Francis Park (Eichelberger St & Donovan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109)

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. Host school Kirkwood won the team championship with 54 points, and with its scoring five averaging 16:15 for the 5k race, SLUH was 17 points back with 71. Lafayette (72) and Marquette (101) also earned well-deserved qualifications to next week's State-qualifying meet.

Lucas Rackers was our first finisher on the day, running 15:51 for third place. Patrick Hetlage also dipped under the 16:00-mark, running 15:59 for 6th. As a noteworthy aside, Rackers and Hetlage are possibly the only two SLUH XC harriers to ever run under 16:00 at the District meet. Even then, Noah Scott put in his own bid for race of the day, running a 17-second PR to finish in 9th place in 16:06. Behind that trio were medalists Joe Callahan (24th) and Adam Mittendorf (29th, in a season-best time). Reed Milnor (34th) and Chris Staley (78th) rounded out our District squad.

  • First Team All-District (places 1-7): Lucas Rackers (3rd), Patrick Hetlage (6th)
  • Second Team All-District (places 8-14): Noah Scott (9th)
  • Sectional 1 Qualifying Teams:

District Race Results: Varsity (2nd of 14)
District Team Split Sheet: Here
District Photographs: Here

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Findley Memorial Invitational (JV/C)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Jefferson Barracks Park, 533 Bagby Road, St. Louis, MO 63125

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. An incredible 36 of our 74 (49%) finishers on the day also recorded their fastest times of their career or season.

The freshman team ran first, and there we were again matched up against Kirkwood in a rubber match between the two squads. There was no doubt about this one. Led by Grant Brawley, we placed our scorers at the front of the race from the gun and kept them around there for the whole race. Grant won in 17:42, and we placed our other scorers high enough for a comfortable 23-36 winning margin against Kirkwood. Sean Kellogg (2nd) and Justin Glass (3rd) ran a time fast enough to join Grant Brawley as varsity letter winners from the freshman class. Also medaling were Baker Pashea (6th), Joe LaBarge (11th), Graham Sanfilippo (14th), Jack Werremeyer (21st), and Eli Dernlan (23rd). In addition, on a challenging course that no one considers to be fast, 14 freshmen ran PRs - including two (Will Halley and Luke Brown) who set PRs over 1:00 faster than their previous time. Amazing!

In the JV race, we knew our strongest competition would come from Parkway West, a team that was running all but their top two runners from their District squad that placed sixth at the Francis Park District on the Saturday before. We knew this would be a stiff test, and our boys admirably rose to the challenge before them. Ryan Kramer won his third race in under a month. Ryan finished in 17:15, and not far behind him were Mitchell Booher in 4th, Jack Buehring in 5th, Peter Dillon in 6th, and Hayden Zenor in 7th. These five gave us a winning score of 23-43 over Parkway West. After that came a flood of ten more top-25 medalists, three season-best times, and 19 PRs. To add the icing on the cake, first-year senior Joey Dougherty was able to complete his first race of the season, coming back from a season-long injury in time to train and compete at Findley. It was a fitting race to close out a dominant season from a very deep JV squad - a JV squad capable of competing with many, many varsity teams around the area.

As darkness fell at Jefferson Barracks and ushered in the offseason for the majority of the team, all celebrated in great companionship with a wonderful spread of food provided by the parents.

33 new PRs set at Findley!
Will Halley, 1:23
Cooper Swiecicki, 1:05
Luke Brown, 1:01
Matt Andrew, 0:50
Robert Mize, 0:50
Teddy Nolan, 0:49
Sam Quinlivan, 0:47
Luke Pierson, 0:41
Zack Bievenue, 0:35
Gabe Nugent, 0:34
Carter Spence, 0:33
Tad Gray, 0:30
Justin Glass, 0:28
Gavin Lawhorn, 0:26
Patrick Young, 0:24
Leonardo Da Silva, 0:23
Max Mantych, 0:22
Michael Buescher, 0:21
Flynn O'Connell, 0:21
Cole Gannon, 0:20
Bobby Rizzo, 0:16
Sean Kellogg, 0:13
Luke Baumer, 0:13
Peter LaBarge, 0:11
Parker Stus, 0:11
Patrick Garner, 0:11
Ben Garcia, 0:11
Henry Bourneuf, 0:09
Graham Sanfilippo, 0:09
Alex Mittendorf, 0:09
James Galli, 0:05
Hayden Zenor, 0:03
Sandy LeGrand, 0:01

Findley Race Results: Junior Varsity | Freshman
Findley Team Split Sheet: Here
Findley Photographs: Junior Varsity | Freshman

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Sectional 1 Championship (V)

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Big Driver Golf Center (275 Grand Ave, Washington, MO 63090-1209)

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. Just as at District, the first four teams were the same - albeit in a shuffled order. Lafayette rose up to narrowly defeat Kirkwood, and Marquette claimed the final qualifying spot.

Individually, Lucas Rackers led the way for us, improving upon his third place finish place from the week before to finish in second. Patrick Hetlage and Noah Scott medalled in 13th and 14th, respectively, and the rest of our pack was just outside of medal range to secure us our 26th consecutive State qualification.

SLUH Individuals & Places:
2. Lucas Rackers, Jr., 16:37, Medalist, First-Team All-Sectional
13. Patrick Hetlage, Sr., 16:58, Medalist, Second-Team All-Sectional
14. Noah Scott, Jr., 16:58, Medalist, Second-Team All-Sectional
33. Reed Milnor, Sr., 17:24
37. Chris Staley, Sr., 17:37
39. Adam Mittendorf, Sr., 17:40
41. Joe Callahan, Jr., 17:40

Sectional 1 Teams:
1. Lafayette, 47 - Sectional Champion
2. Kirkwood, 50 - Sectional Runner-Up
3. SLUH, 72 - State Qualifier
4. Marquette, 99 - State Qualifier
5. Lindbergh, 128
6. Jackson, 129
7. Seckman, 165
8. Rockwood Summit, 218

Sectional Race Results: Varsity (3rd of 8)
Sectional Split Sheet: Here
Sectional Photographs: Here

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State Championship (V)

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Oak Hills Golf Center (932 Ellis Blvd, Jefferson City, MO 65101)

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. After a three year drought without a top-four trophy at State, SLUH returned to the podium for the final State meet to be contested at the legendary Oak Hills Golf Course in Jefferson City. Scoring 110 points on Saturday, our sixth lowest point total ever at State, SLUH placed second overall behind Rockhurst's 72 point score. We have actually won team championships at State with higher point totals (112 and 113), but Rockhurst ran a wildly impressive race to leave no doubt about the strongest team on Saturday.

It was a total team effort on a soft and muddy day where quick times took a backseat to the ferocity and intensity of the competition. A trio of our athletes finished with All-State honors, a number equal to the highest number of such finishes we have ever had. Not far behind those three was a next group of three, solidifying our second place overall finish. If you look at the mile by mile splits and team scores, you'll notice two things: a) we were solidly in second place at every checkpoint, and b) our pack moved up through the race in the second mile to distance ourselves from any additional challengers.

Thanks to all the team and family members who came to Jeff City to cheer on the guys and celebrate this magnificent accomplishment for the program. All 86 team members should be utterly proud about what they were able to accomplish this season. What we do is not easy, by any standards, and we were able to achieve great things and have a lot of fun throughout the season.

Click here for complete race results at State and mile-by-mile splits (SLUH is Class 4). Click here for a photo album of the day. Thanks again to Mr. Hetlage for sharing his fantastic photographs! I will add other photos to this album if and when they are made available to me.

SLUH Individual Results:
7. Lucas Rackers, junior, 16:25.15 (All-State medalist)
24. Noah Scott, junior, 16:41.79 (All-State medalist)
25. Patrick Hetlage, senior, 16:43.36 (All-State medalist)
42. Chris Staley, senior, 17:03.14
47. Adam Mittendorf, junior, 17:08.39
53. Reed Milnor, senior, 17:12.99
102. Joe Callahan, junior, 17:36.54

Team Results:
1. Rockhurst, 72 (State Champions)
2. SLUH, 110 (State Runner-Up)
3. Staley, 140 (State Trophy)
4. Lafayette, 148 (State Trophy)
5. Kirkwood, 166
6. Lee's Summit West, 173
7. Jefferson City, 184
8. Liberty, 204
9. Raymore-Peculiar, 212
10. Marquette, 226
11. West Plains, 261
12. Central (St. Joseph), 295
13. Hickman, 301
14. Branson, 318
15. Rock Bridge, 322
16. Parkway Central, 404

State Results: 5k Finish | 1 Mile Split | 2 Mile Split | 3 Mile Split
State Split Sheet: Here
State Photographs: Here


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