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Welcome to the Chicago Marist Boys Cross Country site.


“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

 Practices Monday - Friday (3 pm - 5 pm), Saturdays (7 am - 9 am). Uniforms will be distributed on 8/14 and 8/15. 

 Practice will take place at 7:00 am on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. TEAM Pictures will follow practice at 9:00 am. Please wear your uniform to practice. Thanks. 

Marist Cross Country Team trains on running trails at dawn
Saturday, August 12
Chicago Marist Men up at dawn, training to qualify for the STATE Championships in 2017!

Palos North Running Trails

 On Saturday, August, 12, 2017, while most of the State was sleeping, members of the Marist Mens Cross Country Team arrived on campus at dawn training to qualify for the 2017 IHSA State Championships! Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon drove the TEAM bus to Forty Acre Woods Running Trails in the Cook County Forest Preserve in Palos Park, Illinois.

 There are multiple advantages to running on Trails. Trail surfaces are softer than pavement or concrete. As a result, less force is being applied to your body from the running surface, specifically your legs, resulting in lower impact and lower stress. This allows athletes to run more miles.

 The varying terrain combined with numerous obstacles forces greater proprioception and muscle engagement, specifically stabilizing muscles, and strengthens muscles in your foot and ankle. Often times the monotonous, one direction ovement of road running leaves these stabilizing muscles and ligaments underworked.

 Hills on a trail run vary in grade (steepness) and length, thus constantly challenging your legs and lungs with variety.

 Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard, Junior Colin Tracy, Junior Lucas Pennix, and Freshman Kevin Bugos led the 6.40 Miles group on an amazing trail run that covered the entire Palos North Trail.

 Marist Junior Aidan Dillon, Junior Brian Breslin, Sophomore Peter Derdzinski, Senior Ignacio Jasso, Freshman Tommy Kavanaugh, and Sophomore Michael Dwyer led the fourty minute training group on an incredible trail run that featured rolling hills and various terrian throughout the run. Marist Assistant Coach Nick Billone ran trailer for this training group.

 Marist Freshman John Paul Koss, Freshman Jack Vulich, and Freshman Patrick Devlin led the thirty minute training group on an awesome trail run that featured rolling hills and various terrian throughout the run. Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon ran trailer for this training group.  

 The Marist Cross Country TEAM would like to thank Athletic Director Eric Simpson, Assitant Athletic Director John O'Connell, and Administrative Assistant Sue Blisk for the outstanding TEAM bus, that allows the TEAM to travel for practices to run on trails, waterfalls, and the lakefront.  

Map of Running Trails

Friday, August 11
1200m Pineapple Challenge Winners


On Friday, August 11, 2017, Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon challenged the Redhawks to run three 1200m repeats under an assinged time, and any athlete that met the challenge would be awarded a Pineapple.

The following athlete accomplished the Pineapple Challenge:

Thomas Leonard    3:39   3:40  3:40

Who will win the next Pineapple Challenge?

Pineapples are a delicious tropical fruit that have been celebrated for centuries not only for their distrinct and unique taste, but also for their seeminly miraculos health benefits. Their health and medicinal benefits inclue their ability to improve respiratory health, improve digestion, strengthen bones, reduce inflammation, improve heart health, and improve the immune system and increase circulation.

Wednesday, August 16
Redhawks 20 Pull-Ups Club


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

1. Colin Tracy 27

2. Brian Breslin 25 

3. Julian Marrero 24 

4. Jonathan Rivera 21

5. Aidan Dillon 20

6. Lucas Pennix 20

7. Luke Hortsman 20

8. Josiah Harris 20 

Who will be the first athlete to become a member of the Redhawks 30 Pull-ups Club? 

Thursday, August 10
IHSA announces Chicago Marist will move to Class 2A for 2017 Cross Country season. Marist will host the IHSA Regional Championships!!


 The IHSA announced that due to an enrollment of 1,647 students, the Chicago Marist Redhawks will compete in Class 2A for the 2017 Cross Country season.

 Chicago Marist will also host the Class 2A IHSA Regional Cross Country Championships on October 21, 2017.

 Chicago Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon has hosted two IHSA Sectional Track and Field meets (2013 and 2015). 

 Chicago Marist will send 12 Men to the 2017 IHSA State Championships! If you want to be a part of it please join us at upcoming practices, Monday - Friday at 3 pm, and Saturday at 7:00 am.

 Athletes meet in front of the main entrance of the Track and Field Stadium for the commencement of all practices. Please bring a combination lock for storage of belongings, running shoes, and a bottle of water. THANKS.


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, July 22


 The Lyons Township Cross Country Invitational in Western Springs, Illinois is one of the most competitive meets in the Midwest. 

 The race course is located on the South Campus for Lyons Township High School (4900 Willow Springs Road), and there are several adjacent areas to the course ideal for Tailgating. 

 The Marist Coaching Staff and Parents will be hosting a Tailgate party after the meet. It will be a special experience for all of the athletes, parents, coaching staff, and guests. We need your help to make this event a success in 2017. If you could bring any kind of finger food, drinks, paper ware, plastic ware, let Coach Gordon know via email at and he will post a list of items being brought to the Tailgate Party on our Team website.



September 2, 2017 - Tailgate Party - List of Items


 1. Fresh Fruit Platter - Gordon Family


 2. Vegetable Platter / Dip - Bugos Family






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





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