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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

 Practices Monday - Friday from 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm.

 Upcoming Pasta Partys: Alumni legends MaryClare Leonard and AnnMarie Leonard host Top 12 Pasta Party (10/20)

 Friendly reminder, bus leaves at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 21, 2017 for Midlothian Meadows for IHSA Regional Championships. 

 East Bank Club Banquet Tickets purchased as of October 18, 2017: Billone (1), Breslin (3), Bugos (3), Burns (3), Castillo (1), Chavez-Lopez (5), Derdzinski (3), Devlin (3), Dillon (3), Donnelly (3), Gordon (3), Hortsman (3), Kavanaugh (3), Koss (3), Leonard (3), Light (3), Marrero (4), McNeal (1), Ortiz (3), Pennix (3), Rivera (3), Salvato (6), Tracy (2), Vulich (3), Wagner (3*), Zacek (5).

 Congratulations to Josh Burns (18:05), Andres Castillo (18:32), Tommy Kavanaugh (19:29), Tommy Wagner (19:48), and Peter Derdzinski (19:50) for making the Marist Top 12 for the IHSA State Series. 

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ESCC Champion Thomas Leonard
Saturday, October 14
Thomas Leonard WINS East Suburban Catholic Conference Championship! Leonard goes from 36th to FIRST place in one year! Pennix earns All Conference!

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Phil Mcneal, Lucas Pennix, Thomas Leonard, Nick Billone, Jon Gordon

 On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Chicago Marist Varsity Men traveled to Melas Park in Mt. Prospect for the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships.

 The East Suburban Catholic Conference Cross Country Championships featured Benet, Carmel, Joliet Catholic, Marian Catholic, Marian Central Catholic, Marist, Nazareth Academy, Notre Dame, St. Patrick, and host Saint Viator.

 Saint Viator Athletic Director Martin Jennings, Saint Viator Head Cross Country Wayne Edelman, and Meet Manager John Fuja were excellent hosts, and arrived at Melas Park at dawn to prepare the course for the ESCC Championships in severe weather conditions. A special thanks to Coach Wayne Edelman and staff for making it possible for the Varsity races to take place on Saturday.

 The Chicago Marist Redhawks brought the Thunder to the Conference Championships! Unfortunately, there was lighting, and athletes were not allowed to commence warm-ups until 9:32 am.

 At 10:30 am, the Chicago Marist Varsity Men took the line for the ESCC Championships. 

 Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard ran a pure guts race in severe weather conditions for the victory. He took the lead with an impressive opening mile of 4:50, and then ran a 5:40 (10:30), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:30.9 to WIN the ESCC Championships with an outstanding time of 16:00.9

 Thomas Leonard is the first Marist Athlete to Win the ESCC Championships since 2012. In 2016, Thomas Leonard finished in 36th place with an official time of 17:45.1. Captain Thomas Leonard dropped one minute and 45 seconds from 2016 to 2017, and improved by 35 places to WIN the ESCC Championships with an official time of 16:00.9. In a nice ceremony following the meet, under the TEAM pavilon, Thomas Leonard was awarded a MEDAL for winning the ESCC Championships. 

 Marist Junior Lucas Pennix finished second for the Redhawks and in 17th place overall with an outstanding time of 17:03.8. Lucas Pennix ran the first mile in 5:05, and then ran the second mile in 6:01 (11:06), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:57.8 for an official time of 17:03.8.

 Lucas Pennix dropped 27 seconds (17:30.1) from 2016 to 2017, and improved by 10 places (27th place) to earn ALL CONFERENCE HONORS by finishing in 17th place overall with an outstanding time of 17:03.8. In a nice ceremony following the meet, under the TEAM pavilon, Lucas Pennix was awarded a MEDAL for finishing in 17th place overall.

 Marist Junior Colin Tracy finished third for the Redhawks and in 29th place overall with an outstanding time of 17:48.7. Captain Colin Tracy ran the first mile in 5:15, and then ran the second mile in 6:15 (11:30), and then ran the final mile in 6:18 for an official time of 17:48.7.

 Colin Tracy dropped 16 seconds (18:04.57) from 2016 to 2017, and improved by 11 places (40th place) by finishing in 29th place with an outstanding time of 17:48.7.

 Marist Freshman Kevin Bugos outkicked Nazareth Junior Christian Cano (17:51.5, 31st place) to finish fourth for the Redhawks and in 30th place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:50.6.

 Freshman Kevin Bugos was also the second fastest Freshman runner in the conference!

 Freshman phenom Kevin Bugos also ran a rare TRIPLE PERSONAL RECORD! A mile personal record, two miles personal record, and three miles personal record ALL in the SAME race! Kevin Bugos ran his fastest mile of his athletic career with a 5:16, and then ran his fastest two mile time by running the second mile in 6:21 (11:37), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:13 for an official time of 17:50.6.

 Kevin Bugos dropped 36 seconds (18:26.59) off his best three miles time in severe weather conditions with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:50.6.

 A year ago (2016), Aidan Dillon competed for the Marist Sophomore Team at the ESCC Championships.

 On Saturday (2017), Junior Aidan Dillon finished fifth for the Varsity to complete the scoring and in 35th place overall with a season best time of 18:15.1. Aidan Dillon ran the first mile in 5:22, and then ran the second mile in 6:22 (11:44), and then ran the final mile in 6:31 for an official time of 18:15.1.

 Sophomore Luke Hortsman finished sixth for the Redhawks and in 37th place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 18:17.7. Luke Hortsman dropped one minnute and 13 seconds (19:30.0) from 2016 ESCC Championships with a personal best time of 18:17.7.

 Luke Hortsman ran the first mile in 5:24, and then ran the second mile in 6:26 (11:50), and then ran the final mile in 6:27 for an official time of 18:17.7.

 Junior Joe Donnelly finished seventh for the Redhawks and in 47th place with an outstanding time of 19:04.1. Joe Donnelly ran the first mile in 5:35, and then ran the second mile in 6:45 (12:20), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:44.1 for an official time of 19:04.1.

 Chicago Marist finished in fourth place with 112 points, and posted victories over: 5. Nazareth Academy (122 points), 6. Marian Central Catholic (156 points), 7. Mundelein Carmel (181 points), 8. Marian Catholic (231 points), 9. St. Patrick (251 points), and 10. Joliet Catholic (273 points).

 The Chicago Marist Varsity Men had a record of 6-3 on the day, and will compete for the IHSA Regional Championships, on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

 WIN = What's Important Now? 



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Thomas Leonard and Lucas Pennix

We Are the Champions


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Thomas Leonard
Sophomore Thomas Leonard WINS ESCC Championship!

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ESCC Champion Thomas Leonard

 Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard ran a pure guts race in severe weather conditions to WIN the ESCC Championships with an outstanding time of 16:00.9.

 Thomas Leonard took the lead with an impressive opening mile of 4:50, and then ran a 5:40 (10:30), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:30.9 to WIN the ESCC Championships with an outstanding time of 16:00.9.   

 Thomas Leonard is the first Marist Athlete to Win the ESCC Championships since 2012.

 In 2016, Thomas Leonard finished in 36th place with an official time of 17:45.1. Captain Thomas Leonard dropped one minute and 45 seconds from 2016 to 2017, and improved by 35 places to WIN the ESCC Championships with an official time of 16:00.9.

 Marian Central Catholic Sophomore Ryan Jones finished in second place with an official time of 16:16.9.

 Benet Academy Junior Connor O'Keefe finished in third place with an official tme of 16:22.7.

 Nazareth Academy Junior Scott Sikorski finished in fourth place with an official time of 16:24.6.

 Benet Academy Senior Dylan Kingston finished in fifth place with an official time of 16:33.6. 

 In a nice ceremony following the meet, under the TEAM pavilon, Thomas Leonard was awarded a MEDAL for winning the ESCC Championships.



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Leonard Family

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Lucas Pennix, All Conference Runner
Junior Lucas Pennix finishes in 17th place to earn ALL CONFERENCE HONORS at the ESCC Championships!

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Lucas Pennix

 Marist Junior Lucas Pennix finished second for the Redhawks and in 17th place overall with an outstanding time of 17:03.8. Lucas Pennix ran the first mile in 5:05, and then ran the second mile in 6:01 (11:06), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:57.8 for an official time of 17:03.8.  

 Lucas Pennix dropped 27 seconds (17:30.1) from 2016 to 2017, and improved by 10 places (27th place) to earn ALL CONFERENCE HONORS by finishing in 17th place overall with an outstanding time of 17:03.8.

 In a nice ceremony following the meet, under the TEAM pavilon, Lucas Pennix was awarded a MEDAL for finishing in 17th place overall.



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Lucas Pennix and Father

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Colin Tracy
Saturday, October 14
Captain Colin tracy finishes third for the Redhawks and in 29th place at the ESCC Championships!

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Colin Tracy

 Marist Junior Colin Tracy finished third for the Redhawks and in 29th place overall with an outstanding time of 17:48.7.

 Captain Colin Tracy ran the first mile in 5:15, and then ran the second mile in 6:15 (11:30), and then ran the final mile in 6:18 for an official time of 17:48.7.  

 Colin Tracy dropped 16 seconds (18:04.57) from 2016 to 2017, and improved by 11 places (40th place) by finishing in 29th place with an outstanding time of 17:48.7.



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Colin Tracy

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Kevin Bugos
Saturday, October 14
Kevin Bugos BREAKS 18 MINUTES BARRIER with PERSONAL BEST TIME of 17 minutes and 50.6 seconds! Second fastest Freshman in the ESCC Championships!

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Kevin Bugos

 Marist Freshman Kevin Bugos outkicked Nazareth Junior Christian Cano (17:51.5, 31st place) to finish fourth for the Redhawks and in 30th place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:50.6.  

 Freshman Kevin Bugos was also the second fastest Freshman runner in the conference!  

 Freshman phenom Kevin Bugos also ran a rare TRIPLE PERSONAL RECORD! A mile personal record, two miles personal record, and three miles personal record ALL in the SAME race!

 Kevin Bugos ran his fastest mile of his athletic career with a 5:16, and then ran his fastest two mile time by running the second mile in 6:21 (11:37), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:13 for an official time of 17:50.6.  

 Kevin Bugos dropped 36 seconds (18:26.59) off his best three miles time in severe weather conditions with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:50.6.



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Jon Gordon, Phil McNeal, Eric Simpson

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Aidan Dillon
Junior Aidan Dillon finishes fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring and in 35th place with an outstanding time of 18 minutes and 15.1 seconds!

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Aidan Dillon

 Junior Aidan Dillon finished fifth for the Varsity to complete the scoring and in 35th place overall with a season best time of 18:15.1.

 Aidan Dillon ran the first mile in 5:22, and then ran the second mile in 6:22 (11:44), and then ran the final mile in 6:31 for an official time of 18:15.1.



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Aidan Dillon

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Luke Hortsman
Sophomore Luke Hortsman finishes sixth for the Redhawks with a PERSONAL BEST time of 18 minutes and 17.7 seconds!

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Luke Hortsman

 Sophomore Luke Hortsman finished sixth for the Redhawks and in 37th place with a PERSONAL BEST time of 18:17.7.

 Luke Hortsman dropped one minnute and 13 seconds (19:30.0) from 2016 ESCC Championships with a personal best time of 18:17.7.  

 Luke Hortsman ran the first mile in 5:24, and then ran the second mile in 6:26 (11:50), and then ran the final mile in 6:27 for an official time of 18:17.7.



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Luke Hortsman

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Joe Donnelly
Junior Joe Donnelly finishes seventh for the Redhawks and in 47th place overall with an official time of 19 minutes and 4.1 seconds!

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Joe Donnelly

 Junior Joe Donnelly finished seventh for the Redhawks and in 47th place with an outstanding time of 19:04.1.

 Joe Donnelly ran the first mile in 5:35, and then ran the second mile in 6:45 (12:20), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:44.1 for an official time of 19:04.1.



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Joe Donnelly

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Kyle O'Farrell and Matt Wagner
Saturday, October 14
Marist alumni legends Matt Wagner and Kyle O'Farrell race each other in college!

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Matt Wagner

 On Saturday, October 14, 2017, in Elsah, Illinois, at NCAA Pre-Nationals, two Marist alumni legends raced each other in college for the first time this season. 

 Illinois Wesleyan University Freshman Matt Wagner (Marist Class of 2017), and Maryville Sophomore Kyle O'Farrell (Marist Class of 2016) were high school teammates at Chicago Marist during the 2015 Cross Country season.

 Matt Wagner and Kyle O'Farrell also ran at summer practices in August at Marist with the 2017 Marist Cross Country TEAM.

 On Saturday, Marist Alumni legend Matt Wagner was the third finisher for Illinois Wesleyan University with an outstanding 8K time of 27:42.62.

 Marist Alumni legend Kyle O'Farrell was the ninth finisher for Maryville University with an outstanding 8K time of 30:02.00.

 The Chicago Marist Cross Country Team sent both alumni legends a care package from the TEAM this fall to support Marist alumni running in college. The care packages contained Quaker Oatmeal, Frito Lay baked chips, Cup-A-Soup, Microwave popcorn, Kettle Corn, Protein Bar, Barbecue flavor pop chips, Welch's Fruit Snacks, Nature Valley Granola Bar, Fruit strips, Pleanter's Peanuts, and a toy.



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Kyle O'Farrell

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? 



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.”  



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