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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 Party Hosts: Homecoming BBQ - 5:30 pm (9/29), Bugos Family (10/6). 

 Friendly reminder, bus leaves at 6:45 am on Saturday, September 30, 2017 for the Pat Savage Invitational at Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton Street, Skokie, Illinois. 

 East Bank Club Banquet Tickets purchased as of September 23, 2017: Bugos (3), Derdzinski (3), Donnelly (3), Kavanaugh (2), Zacek (5).

 Marist Cross Country TEAM T-shirts for "Ignacio Jasso Day" will be distributed in practice on Thursday.

 Entries for the Pat Savage Invitational are available under the link "Secret Training Plans". 

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Sunday, September 24
Chicago Marist Cross Country TEAM prepares for the Pat Savage Invitational! Homecoming BBQ on Friday! XC Senior day on Saturday, September 30, 2017!

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Senior Ignacio Jasso

 The Marist Cross Country TEAM will be traveling to Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois on Saturday, September 30, 2017 for the Pat Savage Invitational.

 The meet features 51 Teams, and 2,500 runners. It is the largest Cross Country meet in Illinois.

 Marist ran impressive workouts last week, including 300m repeats, eye-poping 1600m repeats, and competed in the Tinley Park Invitational in 90 degree temperatures in preparation for the Niles West Pat Savage Invitational.

 Former Hall of Fame Coach Pat Savage will be in attendance on Saturday. Pat Savage coached at Niles West, Oakton, and DePaul University during his coaching career. DePaul is the largest cathloic university in the U.S. with over 24,000 students. Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon received his first plaque for Cross Country at an awards assembly at this meet, from Hall of Fame Coach Pat Savage in 1988! 

 The forecast for the Pat Savage Invitational is 66 degrees. Athletes will be able to put their NEW Cross Country Jackets and Warm-ups to good use at the Niles West Pat Savage Invitational.

 TEAM meetings for the Freshman division, Varsity division, and Sophomore division will take place after practices this week. There is unlimited entries in every division.  This is a BIG meet for Marist. 

 Color course maps will be distributed at practice. The final 300m of the race finishes on the Track in the Niles West Track and Field Stadium, just like the Olympics.

 On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Marist Cross Country Senior Day shirts will be distributed to the entire TEAM at practice in honor of Senior Ignacio Jasso. 

 On Friday, September 29, 2017, athletes will wear "Ignacio Jasso Day" t-shirts to practice. A Homecoming BBQ will take place in the Marist Cafeteria at 5:30 pm. Chicago Marist will take on St. Patrick High School in a Football game at 7:30 pm.

 On Saturday, September 30, 2017, all SENIORS will get the opportunity to run in the Varsity race. All SENIORS will also be provided with a rose by Marist to present to their mothers at the Pat Savage Invitational. Chicago Marist Seniors will be honored again in a Varsity Senior Blanket ceremony at the East Bank Club on November 12, 2017. 

 TEAM trophies will be awarded to the Top 3 Class 2A Teams in every division.

The following is the TIME SCHEDULE for the 2017 PAT SAVAGE INVITATIONAL:

8:00 AM Computer Chip distribution in the Field House (Indoor Track)                

9:00 AM Freshman Boys (2.0 Miles) - Top 10 Medals

10:00 AM VARSITY MEN (3.0 Miles) - Top 25 Medals

11:00 AM Sophomore Boys (3.0 Miles) - Top 10 Medals

12:15 PM AWARDS



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Handout: 2017 Pat Savage Invitational

Thursday, September 21
Marist Cross Country TEAM Pasta Party, Friday, September 22, 2017, 4 pm

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 On Friday, September 22, 2017, the Marist Redhawks Cross Country TEAM will be having a TEAM PASTA PARTY following practice, in the Marist Cafeteria, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  

 The Marist Cross Country TEAM has worked hard, and will be preparing for the Tinley Park Invitational.

 The Leonard Family will be hosting the Pasta Party for the Marist Cross Country TEAM.

 Among other highlights, Chicken Fetuccini Pasta, Pasta with Meat Sauce, Pasta with Butter, Gluten Free Pasta, Garden Salad, bread, Watermelon, and bottled water will be served.  A special thanks to the Leonard Family for hosting a Pasta Party for the TEAM on Friday.  

 A TEAM Ping Pong tournament will take place following the Pasta Party in the cafeteria.  

 There will be a TEAM Pasta Party prior to every meet this season. If you are interested in hosting a Pasta Party for the TEAM this season at your home, or in the Marist Cafeteria, please email Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon at Gordon.Jon@Marist.net. Available dates include Friday, 9/29, Friday, 10/13, and Friday, 10/20. Thanks.



Tuesday, September 19
Dyestat Illinois ranks Chicago Marist fifth in the IHSA West Chicago Sectional!

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ILXCTF IHSA Class 2A Boys      

Sectional Rankings - West Chicago Sectional - September 19, 2017          

TW School Sectional Ranking 

1   Riverside-Brookfield

2   Lansing Illiana Christian 

3   Darien Hinsdale South  

4   Midlothian Bremen  

5   Chicago Marist  

6   Wheaton St. Francis  

7   Lombard Montini  

8   Wheaton Academy  

9   Lemont  

10   Glen Ellyn Glenbard South 

  On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Michael Newman of Dyestat Illinois released IHSA West Chicago Sectional rankings. The Top 5 Teams will advance to the STATE Championships. Chicago Marist is currently ranked #5 in the IHSA West Chicago Sectional.

What does this mean? Athletes need to stay focused on being at every practice and attend ALL Meets, and Chicago Marist is going to the State Championships in November!!  

WIN = What's Important Now?



Saturday, September 16
Marist Varsity Men upset Wheaton Academy at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois at the Richard Spring Invitational!

 On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Marist Varsity Men, Head Coach Jon Gordon, Assistant Coaches Phil McNeal, Nick Billone, and an army of Marist parents and spectators traveled to Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois for the Peoria Notre Dame High School Richard Spring Invitational.

 The venue of Detweiller Park provides athletes the opportunity to race on the IHSA State Championship course against the best competition in Illinois.

 Prior to the meet, the Chicago Marist Redhawks learned that they are in the IHSA Class 2A West Chicago Sectional, which is hosted by Wheaton Academy.

 The Chicago Marist Redhawks picked up 27 wins at the largest Cross Country race in Illinois this season.

 More importantly, the Chicago Marist Redhawks upset their IHSA West Chicago Sectional host, Wheaton Academy, and also posted victories against statewide IHSA Class 2A opponents, including: Providence Cathloic (IHSA West Chicago Sectional), Rantoul (IHSA Normal University Sectional), Sacred Heat-Griffin (IHSA Decator Sectional), Univerity of Chicago Lab High School (IHSA UC Sectional), Springfield Lanphier (IHSA Decator Sectional), and Springfield Southeast (IHSA Decator Sectional).

 As of September 17, 2017, the only IHSA West Chicago Sectional opponents to post a single victory against the Redhawks this season have been Hinsdale South, and Riverside-Brookfield. The Top 5 Teams in the IHSA West Chicago Sectional will qualify for STATE on October 28, 2017. Chicago Marist has not been to STATE as an entire TEAM since 1998. The Redhawks are working hard to make history and reach their goal in 2017.

 The Chicago Marist Varsity Men now have a season Class 2A record of 17-10. 

 The Chicago Marist Cross Country Team will be preparing for the Tinley Park Invitational this week, and will travel by Marist buses for practice on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to train on running trails, and the venue for the Tinley Park Invitational (9/23) and the venue for IHSA Regionals (10/21), Midlothian meadows.

 The Chicago Marist Cross Country TEAM and Coaching Staff would like to thank the Light Family for hosting a Pasta Party for the TEAM the night before the Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational.

 The Chicago Marist Cross Country TEAM and Coaching Staff would also like to thank the Leonard Family for providing the TEAM with lunch at Subway at the conclusion of the Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational.

 A special thanks to all of the Chicago Marist parents, and friends that traveled all the way to Peoria, Illinois to support the TEAM. 



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Thomas Leonard
Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard leads Redhawks at Peoria with outstanding time of 15 minutes and 53 seconds!

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Thomas Leonard

 Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard led the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 15:53.70.

 Thomas Leonard dropped 40 seconds (16:33.40) from the 2016 Peoria Notre Dame Invitational on the SAME course at Detweiller Park in 2017 with an official time of 15:53.70

 Thomas Leonard also came within a mere three seconds of Hinsdale South Senior Brett Haffner (15:50.50). Haffner is ranked as the top runner in the IHSA Marist Regional. Leonard has closed the gap, and will be in contention for the IHSA Regional title in October.

 Captain Thomas Leonard ran the first mile in 4:58, and then ran the second mile in 5:30 (10:28), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:24.70 for an outstanding time of 15:53.70.

 Thomas Leonard also ran the second fastest time of his high school athletic career.



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Thomas Leonard

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Lucas Pennix
Marist Junior Lucas Pennix finishes second for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 17 minutes and 11 seconds!

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Lucas Pennix

 Marist Junior Lucas Pennix finished second for the Redhawks with a season best time of 17:11.00.

 Lucas Pennix dropped ONE Minute and eight seconds (18:19.20) from the 2016 Peoria Notre Dame Invitational on the SAME course at Detweiller Park in 2017 with an official time of 17:11.00.   

 Lucas Pennix ran the first mile in 5:30, and then ran the second mile in 6:00 (11:30), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:39 for an outstanding time of 17:11.00.  

 Lucas Pennix also came within three seconds (17:08.8) of the fastest time of his high school athletic career.



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Lucas Pennix

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Colin Tracy
Marist Captain Colin Tracy finishes third for the Redhawks with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17 minutes and 43 seconds!

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Colin Tracy

 Marist Junior Colin Tracy finished third for the Redhawks with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:43.80.

 Colin Tracy outkicked Lane Tech Senior KC Pruitt (17:47.40) and Amos Alonzo Stagg Sophomore Aidan O'Leary (17:45.60) to the finish line with an outstanding time of 17:43.80.

 Colin Tracy dropped 51 seconds (18:34.9) from the Reavis Ramis Invitational with an official time of 17:43.80. 

 Captain Colin Tracy ran the first mile in 5:32, and then ran the second mile in 6:04 (11:36), and then ran the final mile in 6:06 for a personal best time of 17:43.80.     



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Colin Tracy outkicks Aidan O'Leary and KC Pruitt to the finish line!

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Aidan Dillon
Marist Junior Aidan Dillon finishes fourth for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 18 minutes and 32 seconds!

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Aidan Dillon

 Marist Junior Aidan Dillon finished fourth for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 18:32.80.  

 Aidan Dillon dropped 35 seconds (19:07.9) from the 2016 Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational on the SAME course at Detweiller Park in 2017 with an official time of 18:32.80

 Aidan Dillon ran the first mile in 5:47, and then ran the second mile in 6:30 (12:17), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE Split of 6:15.8 for an outstanding time of 18:32.80.     



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Aidan Dillon

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Kevin Bugos
Marist Freshman Kevin Bugos finishes fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring with a PERSONAL BEST time of 18 minutes and 34 seconds!

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Kevin Bugos

 Marist Freshman phenom Kevin Bugos finished fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring with a PERSONAL BEST time of 18:34.00.  

 Kevin Bugos outkicked Joliet Catholic Senior Tyler Kuchar Hinthorn (18:34.60) to the finish line with an outstanding time of 18:34.00.  

 Kevin Bugos dropped 47 seconds (19:13.4) from the Reavis Ramis Invitational with an official time of 18:34.00.  

 Kevin Bugos ran the first mile in 5:55, and then ran the second mile in 6:28 (12:23), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:11 for a personal best time of 18:34.00.  



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Kevin Bugos

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George Madaras
Marist Junior George Madaras finishes sixth for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 18 minutes and 46 seconds!

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George Madaras

 Marist Junior George Madaras finished sixth for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 18:46.10.  

 George Madaras outkicked Glenbard North Junior Jordan Alwan (18:48.10) to the finish line with an outstanding time of 18:46.10.    

 George Madaras dropped 21 seconds (19:07.3) from the Reavis Ramis Invitational with an official time of 18:46.10.    

 George Madaras ran the first mile in 5:52, and then ran the second mile in 6:30 (12:22), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:22 for an outstanding time of 18:46.10.  



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George Madaras

Marist Sophomore Luke Hortsman finishes seventh for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 18 minutes and 57 seconds!

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Luke Hortsman

 Marist Sophomore Luke Hortsman finished seventh for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 18:57.40.    

 Luke Hortsman dropped 43 seconds (19:40.1) from the 2016 Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational on the SAME course at Detweiller Park in 2017 with an official time of 18:57.40.    

 Luke Hortsman ran the first mile in 5:54, and then ran the second mile in 6:29 (12:23), and then ran the final mile in 6:33 for an outstanding time of 18:57.40.  



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Friday, September 15
World Series MVP Ben Zobrist ran at Detweiller Park in 1996! Marist travels to Peoria, Illinois for the Richard Spring Invitational!

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  In 1996, Ben Zobrist finished in 111th place for Eureka High School at the IHSA State Cross Country Championships in Peoria, Illinois at Detweiller Park with an official time of 17:07. On November 2, 2016, Ben Zobrist was named World Series MVP for the Chicago Cubs. Ben Zobrist ran Cross Country, played Basketball, and played Baseball in High School. However, the only Team that made it to STATE in high school, was his Cross Country Team.

 On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Chicago Marist Varsity Men, Sophomore Boys, and Junior Varsity Boys are departing for Peoria, Illinois at 5:30 am to prepare for the Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational. A Special thanks to the Marist Athletic Department for providing the TEAM with a coach bus for the trip. Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon will also be providing each member of the TEAM with "goody" bags for the trip.

 The IHSA State Championship takes place at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois on November 4, 2017. This trip will help Marist athletes learn the IHSA State Championship course in September, and run fast times against great competition.

 The Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational features 60 of the best Teams in Illinois.

 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 and athletes are traveling from around the country for the Peoria Notre Dame Invitational.

 On Friday, September 15, 2017, the IHSA officially announced that Chicago Marist will host the Class 2A Boys Regional, and that Chicago Marist will be in the IHSA West Chicago Sectional.

The Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational will be a great opportunity for Marist to face several teams from the West Chicago Sectional. The Chicago Marist Redhawks currently have a 2017 record of 10-1 in Class 2A.

 The Varsity Men will race at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The Sophomore Boys will race at 11:40 am. The Junior Varsity Boys will race at 12:20 pm.

 The TEAM will also stop for lunch on the way back from Peoria on Saturday. Athletes should bring money with them for lunch and t-shirts. It will be a great experience for the Chicago Marist Cross Country Team.



Thursday, September 14
Marist Cross Country TEAM Pasta Party, Friday, September 15, 2017, 4 pm

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 On Friday, September 15, 2017, the Marist Redhawks Cross Country TEAM will be having a TEAM PASTA PARTY following practice, in the Marist Cafeteria, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

 The Marist Cross Country TEAM has worked hard, and will be preparing for the Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational.

 The Light Family will be hosting the Pasta Party for the Marist Cross Country TEAM. Among other highlights, Chicken Fetuccini Pasta, Pasta with Meat Sauce, Pasta with Butter, Gluten Free Pasta, Garden Salad, bread, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and bottled water will be served.

 A special thanks to the Light Family for hosting a Pasta Party for the TEAM on Friday.

 A TEAM Ping Pong tournament will take place following the Pasta Party in the cafeteria.

 There will be a TEAM Pasta Party prior to every meet this season. If you are interested in hosting a Pasta Party for the TEAM this season at your home, or in the Marist Cafeteria, please email Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon at Gordon.Jon@Marist.net. Available dates include Friday, 9/29, Friday, 10/13, and Friday, 10/20. Thanks.



Tuesday, September 5
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 29

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. 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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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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