2021 Meet Information & Results
2021 Season Schedule:
- August 9 - First Day of Practice (ALL)
- August 13 - Alumni Race (ALL)
- September 1 - O'Fallon Meet (B/C)
- September 4 - Granite City Invitational (V, JV, C)
- September 11 - Forest Park XC Festival (V, JV, C)
- September 18 - Paul Enke Hazelwood Central Invitational (V2, JV, C)
- September 24 - Ed White Invitational (V2, JV, C)
- September 25 - Palatine Invitational (V, JV)
- October 2 - Parkway West Invitational (ALL)
- October 7 - MCC Championships (V, JV, C)
- October 16 - Hancock Invitational (V2, JV, C)
- October 22 - Clayton Invitational (V2, JV)
- October 22 - Big River Invitational (V, JV)
- October 27 - Findley Invitational (JV, C)
- October 30 - District 1 Championship (V)
- November 5 - State Championship (V)
Friday, August 13
@ SLUH Track
On Friday evening, everyone had the opportunity to get their first taste of racing. After being placed into one of three heats, all team members attacked a two-mile race around the SLUH track. On this night, seniors Baker Pashea and Justin Glass led the charge, running 9:46 and 9:47 for second and third place overall. Though the alums secured first and fourth place overall, many more of the team members were not far behind, clinching a decisive win for the team over the alums. This is the fifth straight season the team has emerged victorious.
Click here to see results for the two-mile race, including lap and mile splits for each competitor. Especially for newer runners, it's fascinating to return to these results after the season ahead, to see just how much progress can and will be made.
The data from this race allow the coaches to now better create workout groups based not only on volume of miles, but on speed and competitiveness amongst the groups. Soon, your child will have both a letter group (A-E) and a number group (1-6) that allow for more intentional pairings for what we try to accomplish in practices. These letter and number groups are fluid and can change as a runner progresses through the season.
And, a big thanks to the SLUH Athletic Director Mr. Muskopf for helping prepare our post-race food on the grill!
Freshmen and sophomores will open their interscholastic racing season on Wednesday, September 1 at O'Fallon (IL). The rest of the team (including all O'Fallon racers) will open up at Granite City on Saturday, September 4.
Wednesday, September 1
O'Fallon High School Milburn Campus (650 Milburn School Rd, O'Fallon, IL 62269)
It was a great start to the season in O'Fallon. Not only did our new runners learn about what a XC meet is all about, many ran their fastest three miles ever. Also, though the meet hosts didn't keep any scores, we did ... and the freshmen and sophomores each won the team competition in their respective races!
The freshmen won their division because of team depth. Though we only had two finishers in the top 10 overall, the rest of our scoring runners packed in not far behind them. Team scores are earned by totaling the places of the first five finishers, and this race demonstrated that it takes more than a couple high placers to win a team championship. Congrats to Gus Talleur for being our highest-placing freshman, in third place in a 3-mile time of 18:03. Our other medalist was Logan Phillips.
The sophomores won their race handily, placing six runners in the top 10 overall. Mason Scargall, Anthony Zangara, and Charlie Murray went 1-2-3 overall, and Gabe Sullivan, Noah Evers, and Charlie Gray were also in the top 10. Mason and Anthony each ran under 17:00 minutes for three miles. Jackson Dauska also started off the year strong, running his fastest-ever time for a 5k equivalent.
On the team split sheets, you'll always see these fastest-ever times marked with "PR" (personal record), along with the size of the PR. Especially for new runners, it's fun to watch these PRs come cascading down as fitness and experience increase.
Saturday, September 4
Wilson Park (2900 Benton St, Granite City, IL 62040)
Race Results (from Endurance Race Timing): Varsity | B/C | Open
Team Split Sheet: Here
Race Photos (more coming): Varsity | B/C | Open
At Granite City, our major season-opening invitational, the program had a tremendous day on a rainy morning, winning on all three levels.
In the varsity race, senior Justin Glass earned the honor of being our #1 finisher on a winning team. Justin covered three miles in 15:53 (a PR) and finished in 10th place overall. The rest of our pack was close behind. Our scoring gap (the time between 1-5 finishers) of 30 seconds, a great number for the first meet of the year. Additionally, all seven of our varsity racers finished in the top 30 and earned medals, and four of them ran PR times. Wow!
In the B/C race, our top three finishers were the same as they were at O'Fallon, except today Charlie leapfrogged the other two and finished as our top finisher in 6th place. Gabe Sullivan & Gus Talleur each ran PRs and medalled, securing our B/C team championship.
The Open race was the final race of the day, and it was a sea of SLUH blue throughout. We earned a "perfect score" of 15 (the sum total of places 1-5) and saw many PRs. Juniors Will Riggan and Wyatt Seal pulled away, battling for the win. Both ran exceptional races, and Wyatt edged out Will at the line. Though no team trophy or medals were awarded, we had too many other good races to list here. Check the list of PRs on the Team Split Sheet, including some freshmen who ran BIG improvements from even just a few days ago.
Back in Forest Park after a year's hiatus, the 16th annual Forest Park XC Festival was another major success. This year, over 2,500 athletes from 164 teams and four states descended on the new course, spread across Langenberg, Cricket and Lindell Fields.
The varsity team began our racing on the day, finishing fourth of 20 teams in the green, most competitive, division. Rock Bridge (Columbia, MO) won the meet, with Festus and Kickapoo (Springfield, MO) in second and third. These are three of this year's strongest teams in the state, and it was an excellent opportunity to compete and see where we stack up at this early point in the season. Individually, Baker Pashea led the way for us, finishing tenth place overall and covering 5k in a new PR time of 16:18. Also medalling were Justin Glass (23rd), Sean Kellogg (29th), and Joe LaBarge (30th, and a PR!). Grant Brawley rounded out our scoring.
Next up was the JV, and they demonstrated some of the best depth this program has seen in years. Even with two additional runners up in the varsity race, SLUH controlled the race and finished first of 17 of the best JV teams around. Carter Lowe ran a bold race to lead his teammates to the front of the race, and by the mile mark, the team result was not in doubt. Individually, sophomore Charlie Murray won the race, brilliantly outduelling a Festus athlete over the final mile. In the process, Charlie ran a new PR, and he became our first athlete since Dustan Davidson in 2013 to win a race at FPXC. Behind Charlie were six medalists: Mason Scargall (3rd), Francis Alford (4th), Anthony Zangara (8th), Cody Cox (18th), Carter Lowe (26th), and Brendan Jones (28th). Finally, even on a hot day and on a course that ran slower than expected across the board, Flynn O'Connell ran the team's fourth and final 5k PR. Congratulations to Flynn and the entire team for a dominant and proud victory.
As is always the case at FPXC, after a long wait the freshman took to the line and competed in a rare 3,000 meter race. The team finished 4th of 9 scoring teams. Many schools ran their freshmen in the JV race, accounting for the smaller amounts of complete teams in this particular race. Gus Talleur mixed it up with some of the best in the race, and he finished as our top freshman in an impressive 3rd place. Other medalists were Otto Reitenbach (19th), George Donahue (25th), Gavin Smith (26th), Ethan Bognar (27th), and Mason Lauber (28th). Though we don't convert 3k times to their 5k equivalents for the purposes of PRs, it was clearly evident that many freshmen are continuing to get faster. By adding 46-54 seconds to a 3k result (ranging from our fastest to slowest finishers), you can produce an equivalent time to compare to your two-mile time at the Alumni race a month ago.
Everyone should be proud of a great day at FPXC. So many people, athletes and parents alike, pitched in to help pull off a special event. A gigantic and earnest thank you to those who helped the day before, before sunrise on Saturday morning, throughout the day, and stayed late after the meet ended. Not many programs could pull off such a meet. We hope all the competitors had a fun and positive day. We now look forward to a more traditional week of practice and competition.
Saturday, September 18
Sioux Passage Park (17930 Old Jamestown Rd, Florissant, MO 63034)
Race Results: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen
Photographs: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen
Team Split Sheet: Here
The coaches were very proud of our day in the heat and on the hills of Sioux Passage. Conditions were not easy, and we saw so many people, up and down the roster, competing hard to the best of their abilities. Older athletes helped the freshmen prepare for their race. Team members were out on the course cheering for one another. Those not able to run served the team by recording splits. Even before considering any results, it was a great day for our program.
The results were also quite good. Even with holding out 12 runners, our varsity placed third among 25 teams. Third place is the highest team placement we've at had the Paul Enke meet in the last 20 years (since we shifted this to a "V2" meet). Our three medalists were Francis Alford (19th), Carter Lowe (21st), and Lucas Rammacher (24th). Also helping secure our third place team finish were Gus Talleur (37th - a freshman!), Cody Cox (42nd), Nicholas Purschke (47th), and Gabe Sullivan (71st) - and a number of them were racing in their very first varsity race. All should be very proud of this accomplishment, one that shows that that this group is among the top teams in the St. Louis area.
The Junior Varsity was next, and they finished second of 28 teams - another fantastic result. A quintet of upperclassmen led the way, with Brendan Jones (8th), Flynn O'Connell (9th), Tad Gray (11th), Tyler Barks (14th), and Alex Mittendorf (19th) all medalling and finishing in the top 20. Also medaling were Charlie Gray (26th) and Gavin Lawhorn (29th). Two JV athletes even registered season-best times in this challenging race. Congratulations to Sam Quinlivan and Paul Caso for their accomplishment on that front!
The Freshmen raced last, and they delivered the goods with an exciting and convincing team win over 13 other teams, including annual freshman power and rival Kirkwood. By placing all seven of our scoring runners before Kirkwood's third finisher, we scored 25 points to their 53. Logan Phillips led the way in this one, finishing in second place among 83 racers, only trailing a runner from Parkway West. In addition to Logan, also medalling were Gavin Smith (5th), George Donahue (6th), Ethan Bognar (8th), Mason Lauber (9th), Patrick Jones (11th), Alex Bendaña (13th), and Jens Istvan (20th). Medals and team placements weren't the only story in this one, as four of our freshmen incredibly ran their personal best on this challenging course. Big congrats to George Donahue, Alex Bendaña, Madavan Anbukumar, and the king of the PR himself, Will Martin. Will's time was a remarkable 2m 30s+ improvement over his previous best time of the season. Wow!
Both races this coming weekend offer much flatter and faster courses. In addition, it looks like the weather may give us a break after a storm rolls through on Tuesday. More good racing is ahead of us!
Friday, September 24
Arnold City Park (2400 Bradley Beach Rd., Arnold, MO 63010)
At the Fox Ed White Invitational, we competed extremely well in all three of our races. Aided by a flat course, favorable weather conditions, a week's more training, and confident & aggressive racing, we earned a whopping total of 46 PRs, 9 SBs, and 22 medals. Take a look at the split sheet and us know if we missed or mis-marked anyone! Just fantastic work.
In the varsity division, three medalists lead SLUH to a second place finish among 25 teams. Juniors Lucas Rammacher, Cody Cox, and Brendan Jones were our top three finishers on the day, each of them varsity medalists, coming in 20th, 21st, and 24th, respectively. Flynn O'Connell and Gus Talleur finished close behind in 27th and 29th. Nicholas Purschke finished 45th, and Tad Gray was 57th. Our five scorers had a 15 second scoring spread, from 18:08-18:23, and until Parkway Central made a late charge in the final mile to overtake us, we were in position to win. Regardless, this particular squad proved themselves as one of the very best in the St. Louis area and should feel very proud. Incredible.
In particular from this race, the coaches would like to note the progress of seniors Flynn O'Connell and Tad Gray. These two runners have worked very hard and have dropped a lot of time since freshman year. As today showed, they have now established themselves as fine varsity runners.
Fox broke up the JV races into two divisions, and each of them featured no shortage of SLUH medalists and fast times. In the first JV race, Gabe Sullivan, Tyler Barks, Charlie Gray, Alex Mittendorf, and Gavin Lawhorn all finished in the top 10, helping secure a 120+ point winning margin. Also medalling in that race were Noah Evers and freshman Logan Phillips. The biggest PR in this race came from freshman George Donahue. After PR'ing the week before at Sioux Passage, George knocked off another 100 seconds from his best time this week.
In the second JV race, we saw incredible racing all over the place. Team-wise, it was a tough competition with a squad from Webster Groves, but we prevailed by 5 points to win the division.Twelve SLUH runners earned medals in this race: Beiseman, James, Lauber, Strohmeyer, P. Jones, Moise, Johnson, Cooper, Carpenter, Safar, Heater, and Werremeyer. Tons more PRs and SBs, but here are some of the biggest ones: Alex Brinkman (1:01), Jesse Heater (1:02), Andrew Moritz (1:03), Jens Istvan (1:05), Alex Keuss (1:11), Mason Lauber (1:19), Charlie Dougherty (1:25), Adrian Samaniego (1:27), Alex Bendaña (1:41), Micah Doherty (1:45), Charlie Nolan (2:01), Garrett Franks (2:07), Will Martin (2:26), Jackson Dauska (2:53), Rudy Reitenbach (3:49), and Madhavan Anbukumar (5:34). Holy moly!
Running under 20:00 for a 5k is a kind of competitive benchmark for freshmen. Before this meet, only Gus had eclipsed that mark. After Fox, we now have seven freshmen under that mark, and there are a few others knocking on the door. Take a look at the Team Honor Roll to see that list.
We were very grateful to get invited back to the Palatine Invitational and have the chance to mix it up with some unfamiliar teams. In a loaded field that included 23 ranked Illinois teams (per http://ilxctf.com), our 9th place varsity finish was our fifth best ever at this meet that we've been coming to since 2010. Our top finishers in the race were Sean Kellogg (who ran a PR) and Grant Brawley (who ran a big SB). Other PRs came from Joe LaBarge and Wyatt Seal. Looking "under the hood," though there were some things to clean up, we really like our progression of how things are coming together for varsity in our quest to run our best races in November.
In the JV race, our seven ran the toughest, best race we've ever seen from a JV group at Palatine. In a race whose depth of quality likens us to compare it to a very good local varsity race, our second seven's 74 team points trailed only York's 62. This was our highest finish in the JV race we've ever had at Palatine. We had three medalists (Tim Greiner 5th, Mason Scargall 9th, Charlie Murray 15th), a 17:16 average on the 5k conversion for our scoring five, 5 PRs & 1 SB, and all seven finished in the top 39 of a 400+ runner race. The coaches already knew we have one of the deepest teams we've ever had, and this result provided more evidence to support that claim.
Saturday, October 2
Living Word United Methodist Church (17315 Manchester Road, Wildwood, MO 63038)
Race Results: Varsity (2nd of 20) | Junior Varsity (1st of 20) | Sophomore (1st of 19) | Freshmen (1st of 20)
Team Split Sheet: Here
Race Photographs: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Sophomores | Freshmen
Thanks to Parkway West for putting on another great meet and for keeping the nasty weather away. Team-wise, it was a day for us that again showcased some great depth.
Varsity: We were second of twenty schools represented, only behind Rock Bridge. For the second week in a row, Sean Kellogg finished as our team's top racer, running 16:37 for 8th place. Also medalling were Grant Brawley (14th), Baker Pashea (15th), Joe LaBarge (16th), and Justin Glass (25th).
Sophomores: Putting our five scorers in the top seven overall, the sophomores had a remarkable day. Charlie Murray won his second race of the year, running 17:51 for a win. Mason Scargall and Anthony Zangara were close behind, running 18:07 and 18:09 for second and third. Charlie Gray ran the race of his young life for 5th, setting a new PR of 18:23. Gabe Sullivan finished 7th in 18:55, putting all five of our scorers under 19 minutes. Also medalling were Noah Evers (11th), Landon Beiseman (13th), and Michael Safar (25th).
Sophomore PRs at Parkway West:
- August Russell, 0:35
- Charlie Gray, 0:19
- Noah Evers, 0:04
- Michael Safar, 0:04
- Paul Caso, season-best time by 0:21
Freshmen: This group continued their winning ways, posting 39 points and a nine-point winning margin over the freshmen from Rock Bridge. Even after last week's fast racing at Arnold Park, this group showed signs of more progression, posting 10 new PRs. The result demonstrated the importance of the depth of your team in the sport of cross country. Through each team's first three finishers, Rock Bridge had the advantage on us. However, by us having six finishers before their fourth, and seven before their fifth, we were able to secure the victory. Gus Talleur was our top finisher in third, with medals also going to George Donahue (7th), Patrick Jones (10th), Logan Phillips (11th), Mason Lauber (13th), Gavin Smith (15th), Ethan Bognar (18th), and Alex Bendaña (25th)
Freshman PRs at Parkway West:
- Owen Roth, 1:32
- George Donahue, 0:35
- Ian Kuehner, 0:26
- Alex Bendaña, 0:20
- Rowan Lemp, 0:19
- Cooper Capdeboscq, 0:18
- Patrick Jones, 0:16
- Gavin Smith, 0:06
- Otto Reitenbach, 0:05
- Ethan Bognar, 0:04
Junior Varsity: Even with injuries and sickness sidelining a number of runners, our depth shined brightly in the junior & senior JV race. We put all seven scoring runners in the top 9 overall, winning with a very low score of 18 points. Tim Greiner won the JV race in a time of 17:48, and Will Riggan was close behind in second place, also going under 18 minutes by running 17:54. Tad Gray had a great race to PR and equal his brother's 5th place finish in an earlier race. It was also great to see Nathan Abner back racing. Nathan was in his first race back after battling through injury, a battle of cross-training and persistence that is not easy for any runner.
Medals were earned by Tim Greiner (1st), Will Riggan (2nd), Francis Alford (3rd), Tad Gray (5th), Brendan Jones (7th), Tyler Barks (8th), Flynn O'Connell (9th), Alex Mittendorf (16th), and Gavin Lawhorn (23rd).
JV PRs at Parkway West:
- Tad Gray, 0:18
Success doesn't depend on external recognition, but we are proud that our hard work and race approaches generated for us three team championships and a runner-up finish.
Thursday, October 7
Jefferson Barracks Park (533 Bagby Road, St. Louis, MO 63125)
Race Results: Varsity (1st of 4) | Junior Varsity (1st of 5) | Freshmen (1st of 4)
Team Split Sheet: Here
Race Photographs: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshmen
Varsity: Competing in the 30th edition of the MCC Championship XC meet, we scored 19 points to claim bragging rights among our fellow Metro Catholic Conference schools. The race started amidst the only rain in St. Louis, a torrential downpour that pummeled us all. Mid-race, the rain eased, and it even ended with the sun shining brightly and a rainbow filling the sky. The rainbow proved to be a good sign, as six of the seven "first team all-MCC" designations went to our runners, en route to a decisive outcome. The championship was our 27th in total, and 18th consecutive.
Individually, Sean Kellogg became our 13th student-athlete to earn the right to call himself "conference champion." Sean covered the course at Jefferson Barracks in 16:42, holding off an upstart sophomore from Chaminade for the individual title. Sean's teammates were not far behind, all six of them in places 3-9. Though standing water and muddy turns slowed down the times, any race that ends with medals for everyone and the honor of being MCC champions is a good day.
First team all-MCC:
- Sean Kellogg (1st)
- Baker Pashea (3rd)
- Joe LaBarge (4th)
- Justin Glass (5th)
- Grant Brawley (6th)
- Tim Greiner (7th)
Second team all-MCC:
- Wyatt Seal (9th)
Junior Varsity: Putting our team depth on full display, we saw a barrage of Junior Billiken runners at the front of this race. We took the top 15 places overall, and 22 of the top 30 places and medals. By the third mile, sophomore Mason Scargall emerged from the SLUH lead pack and claimed his second race win of the year, with Will Riggan and Francis Alford hot on his heels.
JV PRs at MCC:
- Fin Roseberry, 0:14
Freshmen: The freshmen also continued their winning ways at MCC, equaling varsity's score of 19 to secure the win. In putting their seven scoring runners in the top 5, all seven beat any other school's #2 finisher. Gus Talleur took the win, though Logan Phillips and George Donahue made a hard charge in the final mile to make the winning margin tight. In total, the freshmen claimed 15 of the 25 medals, and they ran very well in the midst of tough course conditions to claim a 20th consecutive freshman MCC title.
Freshman PRs at MCC:
- Logan Phillips, 0:15
- Owen Roth, 0:08
- Charlie Donahue, 0:00.4
Friday, October 22
Shaw Park (27 S Brentwood Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105)
A small group of athletes, including many seniors, will compete in one of two divisions at the Clayton Invitational. Click for meet information.
Wednesday, October 27
Jefferson Barracks Park (533 Bagby Road, St. Louis, MO 63125)
On this day, the JV and C teams will conclude their season. All team members who are not racing at District will race at Findley.
Saturday, October 30
Bridle Ridge Acres (5 Bridle Ridge Spur, Hillsboro, MO 63050)
In Missouri Cross Country, the District Championship is the one and only State qualification meet. We strongly encourage all team members make the trip to support their teammates in their quest to qualify for the State championship. However, since this is after the season ends for most athletes, we are not requiring attendance.
Friday, November 5
Gans Creek Recreation Area (3350 E Gans Rd, Columbia, MO 65201)
We hope to keep alive our streak of State qualifications that originated in 1993. This year, the Class 5 boys race will be on Friday, November 5. The State travel team will leave SLUH the morning of Thursday, November 4.