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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 

 www.redhawksxc.com / www.redhawkstf.com  Twitter: Marist_BTrack

Friendly reminder, the bus will leave at 9:30 am for IHSA State Championships on Friday, November 2, 2018 for Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois, and then the Peirre Marquette Hotel. Top 7 Athletes only. Thanks.

Practice on WEDNESDY AND THURSDAY, October 31 - November 1 2018 at 2:45 pm (Top 14 only).

Runners #8 - #37 need to turn in uniforms in a plastic bag with each runner's name on it BEFORE Team Banquet...Week One (October 14 - October 20) and Week Two (October 21 - October 27) Mileage leader Gavin Carey. 

FINAL BANQUET TICKET ORDERS: Breslin (2), Burns (3), Carey (3), Castillo (1), Cox (4), Davis (2), Dillon (3), Donnelly (3), Enright (3), Esparza (3), Geary (3), Golden (3), Gordon (3), Hortsman (3), Jones (2), Kavanaugh (3), Kerlin (3), Leonard (3), Malzone (3), Melto (2), Pennix (2), Rivera (3), Scott (3), Teverbaugh (2), Tracy (3), Vallie (2), Viz (2), Vulich (3), Wagner (2), Walsh (3). No more tickets available. Thanks.

The 2018 Marist Cross Country Banquet commences at 11:00 am on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the EAST BANK CLUB, 500 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, Illinois 60654. Italian Buffet will be served at 11:15 am. Thanks.



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IHSA Sectional Championships
Saturday, October 27
Pack your bags! Marist is going to Peoria for the IHSA Class 3A STATE Championships! Thomas Leonard QUALIFIES for STATE! Top 7 run career best times!

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Thomas Leonard

 On Saturday, October 27, 2018, Chicago Marist High School hosted the IHSA Class 3A Sectional Championships at Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve in Midlothian, Illinois. 

 The Marist Varsity Men and Coaching staff would like to thank Marist Principal Larry Tucker, Athletic Director Eric Simpson, Marist Varsity Women Head Coach Pat Quinn, Marist Varsity Women Assistant Coach Rich Karnia, Assistant Athletic Dirctor John O'Connell, Athletic Administrave Assistant Sue Blisk, IHSA Sectional Timer John O'Hara, IHSA Official Kerry Dean, Marist Coach Pat Hogan, Marist Dean Thomas Gouterman, Chris Ironside, and multiple volunteers for all of their help in hosting the 2018 IHSA Sectional Championships, and making this event a huge success.

 The Marist Varsity Men and Coaching Staff would also like to thank all of the Marist athletes, Alumni legends, parents, friends, and family for cheering on the TEAM to an outstanding IHSA Sectional performance. 

 One week after capturing the individual IHSA Regional title, Marist Captain Thomas Leonard QUALIFIED for the IHSA Cross Country STATE Championships by passing 6 runners in the final 800m of the IHSA Sectional Championships to finish in 9th place overall with a personal best time of 15:00.53. In a nice ceremony following the meet, Thomas Leonard was awarded a MEDAL for finishing 9th overall at the IHSA Sectional Championships, and an IHSA Parking Pass for the STATE meet.

 Marist had their best performances of the season, with ALL seven athletes (Thomas Leonard, Lucas Pennix, Colin Tracy, Andres Castillo, Caleb Davis, Brendan Geary, Luke Hortsman) running career best times at the IHSA Sectional Championships!

 Marist Senior Lucas Pennix finished second for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 16:27.2

 Marist Senior Colin Tracy finished third for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 16:40.8!

 Marist Senior Andres Castillo finished fourth for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 16:55.7!

 Marist Junior Caleb Davis finished fifth for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 17:16.3!

 Marist Freshman Brendan Geary finished sixth for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 17:24.7!

 Marist Junior Luke Hortsman finished seventh for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 17:27!  



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Varsity TEAM Huddle

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Thomas Leonard
Saturday, October 27
Marist Junior Thomas Leonard leads the RedHawks at the IHSA Sectional Championships with a personal best time of 15 minutes!

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Thomas Leonard

 Marist Captain Thomas Leonard ran the first mile in 4:50, and then ran the second mile in 5:14 (10:04), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 4:56.53 to finish in 9th place overall with a personal best time of 15:00.53. 

 Marist Junior Thomas Leonard QUALIFIED for the IHSA Cross Country Class 3A STATE Championships, and will travel with the Varsity Top 7 to Peoria, Illinois on Friday, November 2, 2018.

 The TEAM will run the STATE meet race course on Friday, before heading to their hotel, and dinner. 

 The IHSA State Championships will take place in Detweiller Park on Saturday, November 3, 2018. 

 In a nice cermony following the meet, Thomas Leonard was awarded a MEDAL for placing 9th overall, and an IHSA Parking Pass for the STATE Championships.

 Thomas Leonard is an amazing Team Captain, and the RedHawks most valuable runner. 

 The Marist Top 14 athletes will attend ALL practices this week, and help Thomas Leonard prepare for the IHSA State Championships!



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Thomas Leonard

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Lucas Pennix
Marist Senior Lucas Pennix finishes second for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 16 minutes and 27 seconds!

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Lucas Pennix

 Marist Senior Lucas Pennix finished second for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 16:27.2!

 Lucas Pennix ran the first mile in 5:11, and then ran the second mile in 5:46 (10:57), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:30.2 to finish in 9th place overall with a personal best time of 16:27.2.

 Lucas Pennix has had a great season, including earning Varsity All Conference honors for the second consecutive year at the ESCC Championships! 



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Lucas Pennix

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Marist Senior Colin Tracy finishes third for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 16 minutes and 40 seconds!

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Colin Tracy

 Marist Captain Colin Tracy finished third for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 16:40.8

 Senior Colin Tracy ran the first mile in 5:15, and then ran the second mile in 5:44 (10:59), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:41.8 for a personal best time of 16:40.8.

 Colin Tracy has had a great senior year, including earning Varsity All Conference honors at the ESCC Championships. His work ethic, and mental toughness is second to none. He is an outstanding leader for the RedHawks.



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Colin Tracy

Saturday, October 27
Marist Senior Andres Castillo finishes fourth for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 16 minutes and 55 seconds!

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Andres Castillo

 Marist Senior Andres Castillo finished fourth for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 16:55.7!

 Andres Castillo ran the first mile in 5:24, and then ran the second mile in 5:46 (11:10), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split 5:45.7 for a personal best time of 16:55.7.

 A year ago, Andres Castillo was an alternate for the Varsity, and now he is the fourth fastest runner at Marist High School. Andres Castillo is one of the most improved athletes on the Team.



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Andres Castillo

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Marist Junior Caleb Davis finishes fifth for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 17 minutes and 16 seconds!

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Caleb Davis

 Marist Junior Caleb Davis finished fifth for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 17:16.3!

 Caleb Davis ran the first mile in 5:10, and then ran the second mile in 6:00 (11:10), and then ran the final mile in 6:06.3 for a personal best time of 17:16.3.

 Caleb Davis has had a great season, including earning Varsity All Conference Honors at the ESCC Championships, and has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills. 



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Marist Freshman Brendan Geary finishes sixth for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds!

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Brendan Geary

 Marist Freshman Brendan Geary finished sixth for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 17:24.7!

 Brendan Geary ran the first mile in 5:34, and then ran the second mile in 6:00 (11:34), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:50.7 for a personal best time of 17:24.7

 Brendan Geary is a member of the Marist 20 pull-ups club.

 Brendan Geary was the second fastest Freshman at the 2018 IHSA Regional Championships. 

 Brendan Geary was the eighth fastest Freshman at the 2018 IHSA Sectional Championships. 

 In his final race of the season, Brendan Geary dropped two minutes and one second from IHSA Regionals (19:25) to IHSA Sectionals (17:24)!

 Brendan Geary has been the RedHawks most valuable Freshman runner.



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Brendan Geary

Marist Junior Luke Hortsman finishes seventh for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 17 minutes and 27 seconds!

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Luke Hortsman and Brendan Geary

 Marist Junior Luke Hortsman finished seventh for the RedHawks with a personal best time of 17:27

 Luke Hortsman ran the first mile in 5:32, and then ran the second mile in 6:02 (11:34), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:53 for a personal best time of 17:27!

 Luke Hortsman has had a great season including earning Varsity All Conference Honors at the ESCC Championships, and has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills.



Saturday, October 20
Marist Junior Thomas Leonard WINS IHSA Regional Title! RedHawks advance to the IHSA Sectional Championships!

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Thomas Leonard, IHSA Regional Champion

 On Saturday, October 20, 2018, the Marist Varsity Men traveled to Reavis High School in Burbank, Illinois for the Class 3A IHSA Regional Championships. The course conditions were very difficult with high winds.

 The IHSA Reavis Regional featured Brother Rice, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Marist, Oak Lawn, Lindblom, Richards, Curie, Hubbard, and host Reavis.

 The Top 6 Teams would advance to the IHSA Sectional Championships.

 Marist Captain Thomas Leonard won the individual IHSA Regional title. Thomas Leonard is the first Marist male athlete to win an individual IHSA Regional title since 2012!

 Marist Captain Colin Tracy finished second for the RedHawks and in 16th place overall.

 Marist Senior Andres Castillo finished third for the RedHawks and in 23rd place overall. 

 Marist Senior Lucas Pennix finished fourth for the RedHawks and in 27th place overall.

 Marist Junior Luke Hortsman finished fifth for the RedHawks and in 29th place overall to complete the scoring.

 Marist Junior Caleb Davis finished sixth for the RedHawks and in 34th place overall.

 Marist Freshman Brendan Geary finished seventh for the RedHawks and in 38th place overall. Brendan Geary was also the SECOND fastest Freshman in the entire Region!! 

 Brother Rice won the IHSA Regional Title with 39 points. Amos Alonzo Stagg High School finished in second place with 49 points. Reavis finished in third place with 78 points.

 Marist finished in fourth place to QUALIFY for the IHSA Sectional Championships with 96 points, and posted victories over: 5. Oak Lawn (117 points, Qualifier), 6. Lindblom (150 points, Qualifier), 7. Richards (175 points), 8. Curie, and 9. Hubbard.

 On Monday, October 22, 2018, six of the seven Marist alternates participated in a 3 Miles Time Trial on the Track. Marist Senior Aidan Dillon won the Time Trial. Marist Sophomore Tommy Wagner finished in second place. Marist Sophomore Tommy Kavanaugh finished in third place. Marist Sophomore Kevin Bugos finished in fourth place. Marist Freshman Luke Malzone finished in fifth place. Marist Sophomore Jonathan Rivera finished in sixth place. Marist Freshman phenom Andrew Kerlin was not able to race, due to illness. Official Results from the Time Trial are available on www.athletic.net. 

 On Saturday, October 27, 2018, the RedHawks will host the IHSA Sectional Championships at Midlothian Meadows!! 



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Marist Varsity Men finish in SECOND place at ESCC Championships!
Saturday, October 13
WOW! Five Varsity Athletes MEDAL and earn ALL Conference Honors to help the RedHawks finish in SECOND place at the ESCC Championships!

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 On Saturday, October 13, 2018, the Chicago Marist Varsity Men traveled to Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois for the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships. The historic thoroughbred horse-racing track was built in 1927, and features a six story grandstand and lush gardens. 

 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 Jason Kuffel, Saint Viator Head Cross Country Wayne Edelman, and Meet Manager John Fuja were excellent hosts, and arrived at Arlington International racecourse at dawn to prepare the course for the ESCC Championships. 

 A special thanks to Coach Wayne Edelman and staff for providing a venue that was second to none for the ESCC Cross Country Championships.It was also the first Stadium Cross Country race in Illinois.

 The Top 23 Athletes earned MEDALS and ALL CONFERENCE Honors.

 A year ago (2017), Marist had TWO athletes Medal and earn All Conference honors for the Varsity at the ESCC Championships, and the RedHawks fifth runner finished in 18:15.1. That changed dramatically on Saturday.

 In 2018, Marist had FIVE athletes Medal and earn All Conference honors for the Varsity, and the RedHawks fifth runner finished in 17:36.8

 The Marist Varsity Men also finished in SECOND place at the ESCC Championships for the first time since 2011! 

 The RedHawks were led by Captain Thomas Leonard. Junior Thomas Leonard finished in third place overall with an outstanding time of 16:06.2. Thomas Leonard was awarded a MEDAL for earning ALL CONFERENCE Honors.

 Senior Lucas Pennix finished second for the RedHawks and in 16th place overall with a season best time of 17:12.0. Lucas Pennix improved by one place from 2017 (17th place) to 2018 (16th place) ESCC Championships, and was awarded a MEDAL for earning ALL CONFERENCE Honors.

 Junior Luke Hortsman finished third for the RedHawks and in 21st place overall with an outstanding time of 17:35.5. Luke Hortsman dropped 36 seconds (18:11.43) from the Niles West Pat Savage Invitational! Luke Hortsman also IMPROVED 16 places from 2017 (37th place) to 2018 (21st place) ESCC Championships, and was awarded a MEDAL for earning ALL CONFERENCE Honors.

 Captain Colin Tracy finished fourth for the RedHawks and in 22nd place overall with an outstanding time of 17:36.3. Senior Colin Tracy IMPROVED 7 places from 2017 (29th place) to 2018 (22nd place) ESCC Championships, and was awarded a MEDAL for earning ALL CONFERENCE Honors.

 Junior Caleb Davis finished fifth for the RedHawks and in 23rd place overall with an outstanding time of 17:36.8. Caleb Davis was awarded a MEDAL for earning ALL CONFERENCE Honors.

 Senior Andres Castillo finished sixth for the RedHawks and in 26th place with an outstanding time of 17:55.8. A year ago (2017), Andres Castillo competed in the Junior Varsity division, and this year he finished 26th in the Varsity division!

 Sophomore Tommy Kavanaugh finished seventh for the RedHawks and in 44th place with an official time of 18:48.4.

 The Marist Varsity Men finished in SECOND place with 85 points, and posted victories over: 3. Notre Dame (94 points), 4. St. Viator (113 points), 5. Carmel (149 points), 6. Nazareth (153 points), 7. Marian Central (170 points), 8. Marian Catholic (187 points), 9. Joliet Catholic (230 points), and 10. St. Patrick (257 points). Marist had a record of 8-1 on the day!

 Freshman Andrew Kerlin (10th) and Sophomore Jonathan Rivera (23rd) earned MEDALS and ALL CONFERENCE Honors in the Sophomore division. Senior Aidan Dillon (12th) earned a RIBBON and ALL CONFERENCE Honors in the Junior Varsity division.

 The IHSA requires Marist to designate 14 Athletes for the IHSA State Series. Only Athletes on the official IHSA roster can compete during the IHSA State Series. The following 14 Athletes listed below have earned a roster spot for the IHSA State Series, and will commence practice on Monday to prepare for the IHSA Regional Championships on Saturday, October 20, 2018. 

 Reavis High School will host the IHSA Regional Championships. The Top 6 Teams will advance from IHSA Regionals to the IHSA Sectional Championships on October 27, 2018.

 Marist will host the IHSA Sectional Championships. The Top 5 Teams and 7 athletes on non qualifying Teams wll advance to the IHSA State Championships in Peoria, Illinois on Saturday, November 3, 2018. 

 The MARIST TOP 14 ATHLETES (Official Names submitted to the IHSA for the STATE Series): 

 (1) Thomas Leonard - Junior 

 (2) Lucas Pennix - Senior 

 (3) Luke Hortsman - Junior

 (4) Colin Tracy - Senior

 (5) Caleb Davis - Junior 

 (6) Andres Castillo - Senior

 (7) Brendan Geary - Freshman

 (8) Kevin Bugos - Sophomore

 (9) Andrew Kerlin - Freshman

(10) Aidan Dillon - Senior

(11) Tommy Kavanaugh - Sophomore 

(12) Jonathan Rivera - Sophomore

(13) Tommy Wagner - Sophomore

(14) Luke Malzone - Freshman

Runners #15 - #37 will have a meeting at 2:30 pm in the Cafeteria on Monday to turn in their UNIFORMS in a plastic bag with their individual name on it, in EXCHANGE for a ballot to vote on banquet awards and off-season training programs for Track and Field. 

The Marist Junior Varsity Boys finished in THIRD place at the ESCC Cross Country Championships with 93 points, and posted victories over: 4. Marian Central (122 points), 5. St. Viator (143 points), 6. Nazareth Academy (157 points), and 7. St. Patrick (176 points).

The Marist Sophomore Boys finished in FIFTH place at the ESCC Cross Country Championships with 120 points. Marist won the tie-breaker over Nazareth Academy based on the strength of their sixth runner. The Marist Sophomore Boys posted victories over: 6. Nazareth Academy (120 points), 7. St.Patrick (145 points), and 8. Carmel (178 points).



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Caleb Davis and Luke Hortsman

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ETEAMZ SPOTLIGHT SITE WINNER - October 2018

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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 8, 2018, the first Cross Country practice of the 2018 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.”  



Monday, August 20
Olympian Billy Mills traveling from California to Illinois to address the Marist Cross Country Coaching staff on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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 Olympic Gold Medal Winner Billy Mills will be addressing the Marist Cross Country Coaching Staff, after practice, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. A special thanks to "Running for Kicks" for sponsoring the event.

 At the 1964 Olympics, Billy Mills shocked the world when he came from behind to win the Gold Medal. It was the greatest upset in Olympic history. Billy Mills is still the only American to ever win the Gold Medal in the 10,000 Meter run.

 Billy Mills was the inspiration for the movie "Running Brave". The movie stars Robbie Benson and chronicles the story of Billy’s life and the many obstacles he overcame to become an Olympic Champion. Billy grew up in poverty and was orphaned at the age of 12. He turned to sports as a positive focus in his life and took up running while attending the Haskell Institute, an Indian boarding school in Lawrence, Kansas, and earned a Cross Country scholarship to the University of Kansas.

 At the University of Kansas Billy continued to improve as a distance runner. He was named a NCAA All-American cross country runner three times and in 1960 he won the individual title in the Big Eight cross country championships.

 In 1960, he did not make the U.S. Olympic Team, but did not give up on his Dream. He trained four more years, and in 1964, Billy Mills made the U.S. Olympic Team. However, his qualifying time for the Olympics was almost a full minute slower than the favorite, Ron Clarke of Australia, and Mills was not even ranked as the top american. The pre-race media coverage focused on Clarke and his expected duel with Mohammad Gammoudi of Tunisia. Billy went largely un-noticed. The field for 10,000 meter final included many Olympic medalists and world record holders.

 Billy Mills followed his dream, regardless of the odds, and came from behind to win the Gold Medal, and break the Olympic Record, in the most dramatic race and dramatic final lap in Olympic history. Billy Mills was featured as Sports Illustrated's Athlete of the Century from South Dakota, and was recently interviewed by Tom Brokaw on NBC Nightly News, and by Byrant Gumbel on HBO Real Sports.Billy Mills was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, and is a member of the United States Track and Field Hall of Fame, the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, the Kansas Hall of Fame, the San Diego Hall of Fame, and the National High School Hall of Fame.




 
 
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