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Welcome to the Chicago Marist Boys Cross Country site.

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“The body achieves what the mind believes.”

 While every athlete brings certain qualities to cross country, "natural" talent is not as important as pure, hard work. What you put in is what you get out. The only thing that separates first from last is building a strong running base and a lot of hard work. Come watch us or better yet, join us as we continue to build a winning tradition.

 For more information, contact Marist Head Boys Coach Jon Gordon at Gordon.Jon@marist.net

 Friendly reminder, Please turn in your uniform in a plastic bag with your name on it to Coach Nick Billone in Room 130. THANKS.

 Coming soon: 174 photos from the 2017 Marist Cross Country Banquet!  

 www.redhawksxc.com



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2017 IHSA STATE Qualifiers
Sunday, November 12
Marist Cross Country TEAM honored at the East Bank Club! 2017 IHSA State Qualifiers!

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IHSA STATE Qualifying engraved ceramic mug

 On Sunday, November 12, 2017, the Marist Cross Country TEAM was honored at the East Bank Club in Chicago, Illinois. Marist hosted the most spectacular Cross Country banquet in Illinois.  

 The Marist Cross Country awards banquet is one of the most meaningful events of the school year. It represents the official acknowledgement of the athletes accomplishments before the entire Team, administration, parents, and guests.  

 A record 80 athletes, parents, and guests were in attendance! Marist athletes, coaches, parents, and distinguished guests started the afternoon with an incredible Italian Buffet. Everyone took several trips through the buffet line, it was one of the most amazing meals the Team and coaching staff ever had in their entire lives.  

 Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon, first honored the Marist parents, each member of his Coaching Staff, and the Marist athletes.  

 Cross Country is the ultimate Team sport. It teaches you to push yourself harder than you ever thought you could, and at the same time, your performance means everything to the other runners on the TEAM.  

 The 2017 Cross Country season was the most successful seasons in Marist history!! Marist qualified for the IHSA State Championships as TEAM for the first time in 19 years (1998).  

 The Illinois High School Association's nearly 800 member high schools are spread out across the 57,918 square miles that constitue the Land of Lincoln. After the IHSA Regional and IHSA Sectional Cross Country meets, the field was down to the 25 best remaining Teams in Illinois for the STATE Championships.  

 The Marist Varsity Men upset St.Viator to finish in 24th place at the IHSA State Cross Country Championships!  

 6 of the 7 athletes that competed at the STATE Championships ran their career best time!!



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Coach Phil McNeal, Thomas Leonard, Coach Jon Gordon

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2017 IHSA Regionals - Third Place
2017 IHSA REGIONALS - THIRD PLACE ENGRAVED MEDALS

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2017 IHSA Regional Third place engraved medals

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Coach Phil McNeal, Thomas Leonard, Coach Jon Gordon

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2017 East Suburban Catholic Conference Individual Champion - Thomas Leonard

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Assistant Coaches Phil McNeal and Nick Billone
 In 2017, Sophomore Thomas Leonard became the first Marist Athlete to win the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championship since 2012.

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Thomas Leonard and Coach Phil McNeal

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Team Captains Thomas Leonard and Colin Tracy
2018 Team Captains Colin Tracy and Thomas Leonard

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Marist Junior Colin Tracy and Sophomore Thomas Leonard were presented with Gavels as 2018 TEAM Captains.

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Thomas Leonard and Colin Tracy

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SENIOR AWARD - IGNACIO JASSO

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Team Captain Colin Tracy and Marist Coaching Staff present Senior Award

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Ignacio Jasso and Father

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Coach Phil McNeal, MVP Thomas Leonard, Coach Jon Gordon
VARSITY MVP - THOMAS LEONARD

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Tom Leonard, Coach Jon Gordon, Thomas Leonard, Marian Leonard

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Colin Tracy
VARSITY REDHAWK AWARD FOR WORK ETHIC AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS - COLIN TRACY and LUCAS PENNIX

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Lucas Pennix

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Colin Tracy and Lucas Pennix

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VARSITY MOST IMPROVED AWARD - KEVIN BUGOS

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Varsity Most Improved Award: Kevin Bugos

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Kevin Bugos and Parents

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VARSITY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD - COLIN TRACY and THOMAS LEONARD

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Colin Tracy

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Thomas Leonard

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Mike Dwyer and Coach Nick Billone
BEST PING PONG PLAYERS AT PASTA PARTIES - COACH NICK BILLONE AND SOPHOMORE MIKE DWYER

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Mike Dwyer and Amy Dwyer

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Mike Dwyer and Amy Dwyer

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Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon presents Assistant Coaches Phil McNeal and Nick Billone with June 1970 Steve Prefontaine Sports Illustrated as gifts

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Assistant Coach Phil McNeal and Head Coach Jon Gordon

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Assistant Coach Nick Billone and Head Coach Jon Gordon

Tuesday, November 7
Marist Cross Country TEAM to be honored at the East Bank Club! 2017 IHSA State Qualifiers!

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East Bank Club Italien Buffet

 On Sunday, November 12, 2017, at noon, the Marist Boys Cross Country TEAM will be honored at the East Bank Club in Chicago, Illinois.

 The Marist Cross Country awards banquet is one of the most meaningful events of the school year. It represents the official acknowledgement of the athletes accomplishments before the entire Team, administration, parents, and guests. 

 A record 83 athletes, parents, and guests will be in attendance!

 Marist athletes, coaches, parents, and distinguished guests will start the afternoon with an incredible Italian Buffet Lunch. The Italian Buffet, includes Mushroom Tortellini in white wine, herbs, and cheese, Chicken Vesuio with potatoes and peas, Pan-Seared Salmon in tomato-fennel sauce, and Cheese Stuffed aracini with marinara on the side. Antipasto, included Romaine Hearts with caesar dressing, Prosciutto with melon, Vegetable Antipasto Salad, Mushroom and Spinach Salad.

 The Italian Buffet also includes Flatbread, Grissini, Filone, and Ciabatta with dipping oil and parmesan. Desserts included, Tiramisu with espresso sauce, Fresh Fruit, and Cannolis.  

 After Lunch, Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon, will honor each member of his Coaching Staff, and ALL of the Marist athletes.   

 Cross Country is the ultimate Team sport. It teaches you to push yourself harder than you ever thought you could, and at the same time, your performance means everything to the other runners on the TEAM.  

 The 2017 Cross Country season was one of the most successful seasons in Marist history!!  Among other honors, Marist qualified as a TEAM for the IHSA State Championships for the first time since 1998. Marist also had the individual ESCC Champion for the first time since 2012. Marist had Medal winners at the ESCC Championships, IHSA Regionals, and IHSA Sectionals. Six athletes finished in the Top 23 at the IHSA Regional Championships. Six athletes also ran career best times at the IHSA State Championships!



Saturday, November 4
Marist Varsity Men upset St.Viator in the STATE Championships!!! Incredible Finish!! Six Athletes run personal best times!

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2017 Chicago Marist Redhawks

 On Friday, November 3, 2017, Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon, Assistant Coach Phil McNeal, and the Marist Top 12 Men traveled to Peoria, Illinois for the IHSA State Cross Country Championships.  

 The Redhawks celebrated their season on Friday night at the Perre Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.

 A special Team Dinner took place at Avanti's Ristorante on Friday evening.

 The Illinois High School Association has over 780 member high schools, and on Saturday, the best 25 Teams in the State would race for the Title! 

 On Saturday morning, the Redhawks were provided with a special breakfast Buffet at the famous "Table 19" Restaurant at the Perre Marquette Hotel.

 On Saturday, November 4, 2017, after breakfast, the Marist Varsity Men traveled to Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois for the 2017 IHSA State Championships!  

 Upon arrival, Detweiller Park was filled with Teams, spectators, and multiple vendors selling everything from T-shirts to Nike Shoes to Programs to Hotdogs.  

 The course was lined with thousands of spectators, including several Marist parents that made the trip to Peoria to support the TEAM. Among others, Marist Assistant Coach Nick Billone, Alumni legend Matt Wagner, Alumni legend Jake Tracy, Sophomore Mike Dwyer, and Assistant Athletic Director John O'Connell made the trip to greet the Redhawks. It was great for the athletes to see so many familiar faces on race day.

 Prior to Saturday, Marist was 0-2 against St. Viator. Marist lost to the St.Viator Lions by 68 points at the Pat Savage Invitational. St. Viator won the Pat Savage Invitational. Marist lost again to the St. Viator Lions by 43 points at the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships. St. Viator finished in second place at the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships.

 At the IHSA State Championships, the Chicago Marist Redhawks upset the Arlington Heights St.Viator Lions by 12 points, with a score of 580-592 to finish as the 24th best TEAM in Illinois!!

 780 schools started the season in August, and Chicago Marist finished in the Top 24!

 SIX Marist Athletes ran their career best times at the 2017 IHSA State Championships!!

 Marist Captain Thomas Leonard led the Varsity Men by finishing in 48th place (30th for Team scoring) with a PERSONAL BEST time of 15:40.5. Sophomore Thomas Leonard dropped 21.5 seconds (16:02.0) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an outstanding time of 15:40.5. Thomas Leonard ran the first mile in 4:59.7, and then ran the second mile in 5:23.3 (10:23.0), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:17.5 for a personal best time of 15:40.5.  

 Marist Junior Lucas Pennix finished second for the Redhawks and in 105th place overall for Team scoring with a PERSONAL BEST time of 16:31.3. Lucas Pennix dropped 33.9 seconds (17:05.2) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an outstanding time of 16:31.3. Lucas Pennix ran the first mile in 5:18.9, and then ran the final two miles in 11:12.4 for a personal best time of 16:31.3. 

 Marist Captain Colin Tracy finished third for the Redhawks and in 132nd place overall for Team scoring with a PERSONAL BEST time of 16:48.7. Junior Colin Tracy dropped one minute and 3.8 seconds (17:52.5) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an outstanding time of 16:48.7. Colin Tracy ran the first mile in 5:21.5, and then ran the final two miles in 11:27.2 for a personal best time of 16:48.7. 

 Marist Junior Aidan Dillon finished fourth for the Redhawks and in 151st place overall for Team scoring with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:10.1. Aidan Dillon dropped 21.9 seconds (17:32.0) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an outstanding time of 17:10.1. Aidan Dillon ran the first mile in 5:26.3, and then ran the final two miles in 11:43.8 for a personal best time of 17:10.1.

 Marist Sophomore Luke Hortsman finished fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring and in 162nd place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:26.2. Luke Hortsman dropped 30.1 seconds (17:56.3) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an outstanding time of 17:26.2. Luke Hortsman ran the first mile in 5:33.1, and then ran the final two miles in 11:53.1 for a personal best time of 17:26.2.

 Marist Freshman Kevin Bugos finished sixth for the Redhawks and in 167th place overall with an outstanding time of 17:41.1. Kevin Bugos was the ninth fastest freshman in Illinois! Kevin Bugos ran the first mile in 5:26.8, and then ran the final two miles in 12:14.3 for an official time of 17:41.1.

 Marist Junior Joe Donnelly finished seventh for the Redhawks and in 171st place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:55.6. Joe Donnelly dropped one minute and 9.4 seconds (19:05.0) from the IHSA Sectional Chamnpionships with an outstanding time of 17:55.6. Joe Donnelly ran the first mile in 5:36.0, and then ran the final two miles in 12:19.6 for a personal best time of 17:55.6. 

 The 2017 Marist Varsity Men also had the best TEAM performance at the IHSA State Championships in school history since 1998!

 The Chicago Marist Redhawks will be honored at the largest Cross Country awards banquet in school history on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at noon at the East Bank Club.



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Friday, November 3
Marist Varsity Top 12 Men travel to Peoria, Illinois for the IHSA State Championships!!

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Lobby of the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel

 On Friday, November 3, 2017, the Marist Varsity Top 12 Men are departing for Peoria, Illinois at 9:30 am to prepare for the IHSA State Championships!!!   

 The IHSA State Championship takes place at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois and features the 25 best Teams in Illinois.  

 Every hotel in Peoria is filled to its capacity for the IHSA State Championships. 

 Mike Potter, of New York, recently said, "Who wouldn't want to come to Detweiller? A famous course, with the nation's finest state of distance runners!"

 Spectators are traveling from around the country to witness the 2017 IHSA State Championships.

 Michael Newman of Dyestat has predicted a Top 20 finish for the Redhawks if they close their 1-5 split by twenty seconds.   

 The Marist Redhawks will have practice at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 3, 2017, on the State Final Course at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois.

  A Varsity Top 12 TEAM Dinner will take place Friday evening, at 5:00 pm, at Avanti's Ristorante, 2320 E. Washington Street, East Peoria, IL 61611.

 The TEAM will be lodging at the Pere Maquette Peoria Marriott Hotel. The plush and luxurious rooms at the Pere Marquette Hotel, feature a flat-screen cable TV in every room, refrigerator, coffee-making facilities and a hairdryer for guest convenience. Guests can use the business center or enjoy free Wi-Fi. A 24-hour fitness center and lap pool are on site at the Pere Marquette Peoria Marriott. The Hotel is also only a few miles from Detweiller Park, the site of the IHSA State Championships. The property is also one of the top-rated locations in Peoria.

 A special thanks to Principal Larry Tucker, Athletic Director Eric Simpson, Assistant Athletic Director John O'Connell, and Athletic Administrative Assistant Susan Blisk for the outstanding hotel accomadations for the Marist Cross Country TEAM.

 The IHSA State Championships will commence at 12:00 pm. The Varsity Men are required to report to Box #4 at 11:35 am. All State Honors and Medals will be awarded to the Top 25 athletes in the meet.

 The IHSA has announced the race numbers and box number assignments for the 2017 IHSA State Championships!!!

 Chicago Marist (Box #4)

1162 — Kevin Bugos (Fr.)

1163 — Josh Burns (So.)

1164 — Andres Castillo (Jr.)

1165 — Peter Derdzinski (So.)

1166 — Aidan Dillon (Jr.)

1167 — Joe Donnelly (Jr.)

1168 — Luke Hortsman (So.)

1169 — Tommy Kavanaugh (Fr.)

1170 — Thomas Leonard (So.)

1171 — Lucas Pennix (Jr.)

1172 — Colin Tracy (Jr.)

1173 — Tommy Wagner (Fr.)  



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Wednesday, November 1
Marist Cross Country TEAM to be honored at PEP RALLY on WCIU on Friday

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The Pep Rally will be broadcast live at 7 am on Friday

The Chicago Marist Varsity Men Cross Country TEAM will be honored at a Pep Rally at 7 am on Friday, November 3, 2017 in the Marist Gymnasium.

The Pep Rally will be broadcast live on channel WCIU. Coverage of the Pep Rally will start at 6 am featuring the band, cheer, poms, and rowdies.

The entire Marist Top 12 Varisty Men Cross Country Team will be featured on WCIU at 7 am, including athlete interviews.



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ETEAMZ SPOTLIGHT SITE WINNER - November 2017

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The Chicago Marist Cross Country Website has been named a "Spotlight" site by its host company eteamz.com. It has been rated as one of the top sites out of over 1,000,000 sites.

 

 

 



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OUR GOAL - STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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The harder you work the harder it is to surrender

 On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the first Cross Country practice of the 2017 season took place at Chicago Marist. 

 During the TEAM warm-up, Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon asked each runner to go out and bring back one stick to place in a pile. He then took all of the sticks, bound them togehter, and asked a Freshman athlete to try and break the bundle. The athlete failed. No one could accomplish the feat.

 Coach Gordon then took one stick from the bunlde, and easily broke the single stick across his knee and tossed the parts aside.

 “The lesson, TEAM” Coach Gordon related, “is this: alone, each of you can be broken and defeated. Together, you are STRONG; defeat is difficult when you are united as one body.”  



Saturday, October 14
30 Pull-ups club! 20 Pull-ups club!

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The following athletes earned a Redhawks 20 Pull-ups Club T-shirt and/or a 30 Pull-ups Club T-shirt in the weight room by doing 20 consecutive pull-ups or 30 consecutive pull-ups:

1. Colin Tracy 35

2. Jonathan Rivera 32  

3. Brian Breslin 30 

4. Julian Marrero 27 

5. Luke Hortsman 25  

6. Lucas Pennix 24 

7. Tommy Kavanaugh 22

8. Tommy Wagner 21 

8. Amir Mims 21

9. Angel Ortiz 20 

9. Aidan Dillon 20 

9. Kevin Bugos 20

9. Josiah Harris 20 

Who will be the first athlete to become a member of the Redhawks 40 Pull-ups Club? 




 
 
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