Cross Country Preview: Young, hungry, talented team aims for state tournament

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After last year’s top 10 finish at the State Tournament, the Wildcats are looking forward to another year to compete for a state championship. With new members adding depth to the team, the future is very promising.

As coach Fr. Paul Shelton put it, “We have a young, hungry, talented team. This year we anticipate many sophomores and juniors making the leap.”

Looking to continue the recent success, the Cross Country team ran well at the Glenoak Invitational finishing in 3rd place at the meet. Individually, the Wildcats ran great times, led by Liam McGuire, ’18, Brett Saunders, ’18, and Nick Saul, ’19, who ran times of 16:10.50, 16:25.70, and 16:27, respectively.

Additionally, the JV team came in 2nd place in their race, another good result. Come November at the State Tournament, this team will be ready to compete with the best of them in Ohio.

Talking about this new season, Nick had this to say about the team: “Lots of guys have stepped up to take key roles in races. This team won’t be out-worked. The team atmosphere is great, we’re all working hard after school and look forward to racing every week. We are definitely looking forward to some big meets coming up in September and October, that’s when we can put all the hard workouts and miles we’ve run on the trails to use and put it on display.”

The next meets of the tough schedule for the Cross Country team will be Show your support to any Cross Country runners you see on campus this Fall as they compete in a very tough region representing St. Ignatius. With lots of young talent as well as plenty of returning experienced runners, the team is poised to make a deep run in the playoffs.