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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 8:00 am for IHSA Regional Championships on Saturday, October 20, 2018 for Reavis High School, 6034 W 77th St, Burbank, IL 60459. Top 14 Athletes only. Thanks.

Practice, Monday - Friday this week, at 2:45 pm.

On Monday, October 15, 2018, there will be a mandatory meeting in the Cafeteria BEFORE practice at 2:30 pm. Runners #15 - #37 will vote for banquet awards, and turn in uniforms in a plastic bag with each runner's name on it..Thanks.  

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), Rivera (3), Scott (3), Teverbaugh (2), Tracy (3), Vallie (2), Viz (2), Vulich (3), Wagner (2), Walsh (3). No more tickets available. Thanks.



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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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Friday, October 5
TEAM and PARENTS TAILGATE PARTY - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018

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 The East Suburban Catholic Conference Cross Country Championships takes place at historic Arlington Park. Arlington Park is located at 2200 Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, Illinois. 

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

 The Varsity Mens race commences at 10:30 am, and Chicago Marist is represented by Thomas Leonard (11th), Lucas Pennix (12th), Caleb Davis (11th), Colin Tracy (12th), Andres Castillo (12th), Brendan Geary (9th), and Tommy Kavanaugh (10th). MEDALS will be awarded to the Top 23 Athletes in the Varsity Mens race.

 The Sophomore Boys race commences at 9:30 am, and Chicago Marist is represented by Tommy Wagner (10th), Andrew Kerlin (9th), Luke Malzone (9th), Jonathan Rivera (10th), Nick Vallie (10th), Michael Golden (9th), and Danny Enright (9th). MEDALS will be awarded to the Top 23 Athletes in the Sophomore Boys Race.

The Junior Varsity Boys race commences at 11:30 am, and Chicago Marist is represented by Luke Hortsman (11th), Aidan Dillon (12th), Josh Burns (11th), Joe Donnelly (12th), Brian Breslin (12th), Tyler Thomas (11th), Marty Thorne (9th), Gavin Carey (9th), Lester Scott (9th), Matt Walsh (9th), Andrew Cortesi (9th), Luis Esparza (9th), Mark Viz (9th), Terrence Cox (9th), Kaleed Chandler (11th), Antione Davis (11th), Nolan Light (10th), Angel Ortiz (10th), John Paul Koss (10th), and Eric Teverbaugh (12th). RIBBONS will be awarded to the Top 23 Athletes in the Junior Varsity Boys Race.

Long-sleeve dry-fit style ESCC Conference t-shirts will be available for $20.00.

The race course is located at Arlington Park (2200 West Euclid avenue, Arlington Heights), 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 2018.

 If you could bring any kind of finger food, drinks, paper ware, plastic ware, card tables, let Coach Gordon know via email at Gordon.Jon@marist.net and he will post a list of items being brought to the Tailgate Party on our Team website.

October 13, 2018 - Tailgate Party - List of Items

1. Bottled water - Gordon Family

2. A platter of Jimmy John’s sandwiches - Geary Family

3. Bucket of Chicken Wings - Kavanaugh Family

4. Ham and Turkey mini wraps - Vallie Family 

5. Chips and Guacamole and plastic ware - Vulich Family

6. Gatorade, chips, and a folding table - Kerlin Family

7. Chicken wings and a cheese platter - Golden / Walsh Family    



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Evanston's Maximus Peterson and Marist's Thomas Leonard
Saturday, September 29
Thomas Leonard runs an incredible race at Niles West! Marist Varsity Men post 36 victories at the Pat Savage Invitational!

 On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Chicago Marist Varsity Men traveled to Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois for the Pat Savage Invitational. 

 Chicago Marist was greeted upon arrival by Hall of Fame Coach Pat Savage. Niles West was excellent hosts. Niles West Head Coach Michael Grossman provided an Indoor Track for Team Camps, complete with music and a DJ, Souviner vendors, and a hospitality area.

 Marist's new TEAM Tent was proudly displayed near the entrance of the fieldhouse. The Coaching staff, Athletes, Alumni, and parents enjoyed the TEAM Tent throughout the meet. Seven Marist Seniors presented their parents with roses in front of the TEAM Tent after they finished their races as part of the RedHawks Senior Day Celebration. 

 Niles West featured a spectator friendly three miles course with an Olympic style finish in the Track and Field Stadium. 

 The Marist Varsity Men finished tenth in the Class 3A division, and 15th overall in the combined results (Class 1A, 2A, and 3A), and posted a record 36 victories, including: 16. Niles West (420 points), 17. Elmwood Park (508 points), 18. Rockford Auburn (529 points), 19. Taft (572 points), 20. Oak Forest (646 points), 21.Montini Catholic (651 points), 22. Von Steuben (653 points), 23. Northside College Prep (690 points), 24. Round Lake (691 points), 25. Glenbrook South (691 points), 26. Argo (716 points), 27. Wheeling (742 points), 28. Loyola Academy (778 points), 29. Lake Park (813 points), 30. Marian Catholic (855 points), 31. Woodstock North (864 points), 32. Mather (922 points), 33. Lake View (938 points), 34. ITW David Speer Academy (986 points), 35. Ridgewood (990 points), 36. Wauconda (993 points), 37. Glenbrook North (1042 points), 38. St. Laurence (1077 points), 39. Southland College Prep (1081 points), 40. Joliet Catholic Academy (1086 points), 41. Marine Leadership Academy (1205 points), 42. Lake Forest Academy (1267 points), 43. Fenwick (1285 points), 44. St. Rita (1341 points), 45. Rich East (1439 points), 46. Alcott, 47. Francis W. Parker, 48. Kennedy, 49. Prospect, 50. St. Patrick, and 51. The Noble Academy.

 There was 586 runners in the Varsity Race. Evanston's Maximus Peterson and Marist's Thomas Leonard finished 1-2! It was the most spectacular finish in the history of the meet! Leonard ran a pure guts race with an outstanding time of 15:29.15!  

(Coming soon: Complete Results, Race Splits, and Race photos)



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Sunday, September 30
Marist Cross Country TEAM Pasta Party, Friday, October 12, 2018 - ESCC Championships

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 On Friday, October 12, 2018, the Marist Redhawks Cross Country TEAM will be having a TEAM PASTA PARTY following practice, in the Cafeteria, from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

 The Marist Cross Country TEAM has worked hard, and will be preparing for the ESCC Championships.

 Aurelios Catering will provide the TEAM with Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Pasta with butter, Gluten Free Pizza, Fresh Bread, Garden Salad with Italien and Ranch dressings, and bottled water. 

 Marist has a TEAM Pasta Party prior to every meet. Each member of the TEAM pays a $50.00 annual Pasta Party fee to help cover the costs of hosting Pasta Partys every Friday in September, October, and through the November 3, 2018 IHSA State Championships.

 As of September 30, 2018, the following athletes have paid the annual fee for Pasta Partys: Bugos, Burns, Breslin, Carey, Cortesi, Cox, Davis, Dillon, Donnelly, Enright, Esparza, Geary, Golden, Hortsman, Kavanaugh, Kerlin, Leonard, Light, Malzone, Rivera, Scott, Thorne, Tracy, Vallie, Viz, Vulich, Wagner, and Walsh. If you haven't turned in your Pasta Party fee yet, please make checks payable to "Marist High School", and turn it in to Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon. Thanks.

 The ESCC Championships will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018. A yellow school bus will leave Marist at 6:45 am for Arlington Park, 2200 Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005.

 The ORDER of races is different at every meet this season. Athletes need to warm-up, one race prior to their race. The first race will commence at 9:00 am. Race assignments and divisions will be distributed in practice.



Monday, August 20
IHSA announces Marist will host the IHSA Sectional Championships!!

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 The IHSA announced that Chicago Marist will host the Class 3A IHSA Sectional Cross Country Championships on October 27, 2018.

 

 



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ETEAMZ SPOTLIGHT SITE WINNER - August 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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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.



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.”  




 
 
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