SLUH Wins Trio at Borgia
SLUH Wins Trio at Borgia
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