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CHICAGO MARIST REDHAWKS: 2017 IHSA State Championships
CHICAGO MARIST REDHAWKS

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Friday, November 3
Marist Cross Country TEAM honored at PEP RALLY on WCIU on Friday
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The Pep Rally will be broadcast live at 7 am on Friday

The Chicago Marist Varsity Men Cross Country TEAM was honored at a Pep Rally at 7 am on Friday, November 3, 2017 in the Marist Gymnasium.

The Pep Rally was broadcast live on channel WCIU. Coverage of the Pep Rally also featured the band, cheer, poms, and rowdies.

The entire Marist Top 12 Varisty Men Cross Country Team was featured on WCIU, including athlete interviews.



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Marist Cross Country TEAM honored at PEP RALLY before traveling to Peoria for the IHSA State Championships
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Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River
Friday, November 3
Marist Varsity Top 12 Men travel to Peoria, Illinois for the IHSA State Championships!!
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Lobby of the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel

 On Friday, November 3, 2017, the Marist Varsity Top 12 Men are departing for Peoria, Illinois at 9:30 am to prepare for the IHSA State Championships!!!   

 The IHSA State Championship takes place at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois and features the 25 best Teams in Illinois.  

 Every hotel in Peoria is filled to its capacity for the IHSA State Championships. 

 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 are traveling from around the country to witness the 2017 IHSA State Championships.

 Michael Newman of Dyestat has predicted a Top 20 finish for the Redhawks if they close their 1-5 split by twenty seconds.   

 The Marist Redhawks will have practice at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 3, 2017, on the State Final Course at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois.

  A Varsity Top 12 TEAM Dinner will take place Friday evening, at 5:00 pm, at Avanti's Ristorante, 2320 E. Washington Street, East Peoria, IL 61611.

 The TEAM will be lodging at the Pere Maquette Peoria Marriott Hotel. The plush and luxurious rooms at the Pere Marquette Hotel, feature a flat-screen cable TV in every room, refrigerator, coffee-making facilities and a hairdryer for guest convenience. Guests can use the business center or enjoy free Wi-Fi. A 24-hour fitness center and lap pool are on site at the Pere Marquette Peoria Marriott. The Hotel is also only a few miles from Detweiller Park, the site of the IHSA State Championships. The property is also one of the top-rated locations in Peoria.

 A special thanks to Principal Larry Tucker, Athletic Director Eric Simpson, Assistant Athletic Director John O'Connell, and Athletic Administrative Assistant Susan Blisk for the outstanding hotel accomadations for the Marist Cross Country TEAM.

 The IHSA State Championships will commence at 12:00 pm. The Varsity Men are required to report to Box #4 at 11:35 am. All State Honors and Medals will be awarded to the Top 25 athletes in the meet.

 The IHSA has announced the race numbers and box number assignments for the 2017 IHSA State Championships!!!

 Chicago Marist (Box #4)

1162 — Kevin Bugos (Fr.)

1163 — Josh Burns (So.)

1164 — Andres Castillo (Jr.)

1165 — Peter Derdzinski (So.)

1166 — Aidan Dillon (Jr.)

1167 — Joe Donnelly (Jr.)

1168 — Luke Hortsman (So.)

1169 — Tommy Kavanaugh (Fr.)

1170 — Thomas Leonard (So.)

1171 — Lucas Pennix (Jr.)

1172 — Colin Tracy (Jr.)

1173 — Tommy Wagner (Fr.)  



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Saturday, November 4
Marist Varsity Men upset St.Viator in the STATE Championships!!! Incredible Finish!! Six Athletes run personal best times!
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2017 Chicago Marist Redhawks

 On Friday, November 3, 2017, Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon, Assistant Coach Phil McNeal, and the Marist Top 12 Men traveled to Peoria, Illinois for the IHSA State Cross Country Championships.  

 The Redhawks celebrated their season on Friday night at the Perre Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.

 A special Team Dinner took place at Avanti's Ristorante on Friday evening.

 The Illinois High School Association has over 780 member high schools, and on Saturday, the best 25 Teams in the State would race for the Title! 

 On Saturday morning, the Redhawks were provided with a special breakfast Buffet at the famous "Table 19" Restaurant at the Perre Marquette Hotel.

 On Saturday, November 4, 2017, after breakfast, the Marist Varsity Men traveled to Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois for the 2017 IHSA State Championships!  

 Upon arrival, Detweiller Park was filled with Teams, spectators, and multiple vendors selling everything from T-shirts to Nike Shoes to Programs to Hotdogs.  

 The course was lined with thousands of spectators, including several Marist parents that made the trip to Peoria to support the TEAM. Among others, Marist Assistant Coach Nick Billone, Alumni legend Matt Wagner, Alumni legend Jake Tracy, Sophomore Mike Dwyer, and Assistant Athletic Director John O'Connell made the trip to greet the Redhawks. It was great for the athletes to see so many familiar faces on race day.

 Prior to Saturday, Marist was 0-2 against St. Viator. Marist lost to the St.Viator Lions by 68 points at the Pat Savage Invitational. St. Viator won the Pat Savage Invitational. Marist lost again to the St. Viator Lions by 43 points at the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships. St. Viator finished in second place at the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships.

 At the IHSA State Championships, the Chicago Marist Redhawks upset the Arlington Heights St.Viator Lions by 12 points, with a score of 580-592 to finish as the 24th best TEAM in Illinois!!

 780 schools started the season in August, and Chicago Marist finished in the Top 24!

 SIX Marist Athletes ran their career best times at the 2017 IHSA State Championships!!

 Marist Captain Thomas Leonard led the Varsity Men by finishing in 48th place (30th for Team scoring) with a PERSONAL BEST time of 15:40.5. Sophomore Thomas Leonard dropped 21.5 seconds (16:02.0) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an outstanding time of 15:40.5. Thomas Leonard ran the first mile in 4:59.7, and then ran the second mile in 5:23.3 (10:23.0), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:17.5 for a personal best time of 15:40.5.  

 Marist Junior Lucas Pennix finished second for the Redhawks and in 105th place overall for Team scoring with a PERSONAL BEST time of 16:31.3. Lucas Pennix dropped 33.9 seconds (17:05.2) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an outstanding time of 16:31.3. Lucas Pennix ran the first mile in 5:18.9, and then ran the final two miles in 11:12.4 for a personal best time of 16:31.3. 

 Marist Captain Colin Tracy finished third for the Redhawks and in 132nd place overall for Team scoring with a PERSONAL BEST time of 16:48.7. Junior Colin Tracy dropped one minute and 3.8 seconds (17:52.5) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an outstanding time of 16:48.7. Colin Tracy ran the first mile in 5:21.5, and then ran the final two miles in 11:27.2 for a personal best time of 16:48.7. 

 Marist Junior Aidan Dillon finished fourth for the Redhawks and in 151st place overall for Team scoring with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:10.1. Aidan Dillon dropped 21.9 seconds (17:32.0) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an outstanding time of 17:10.1. Aidan Dillon ran the first mile in 5:26.3, and then ran the final two miles in 11:43.8 for a personal best time of 17:10.1.

 Marist Sophomore Luke Hortsman finished fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring and in 162nd place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:26.2. Luke Hortsman dropped 30.1 seconds (17:56.3) from the IHSA Sectional Championships with an outstanding time of 17:26.2. Luke Hortsman ran the first mile in 5:33.1, and then ran the final two miles in 11:53.1 for a personal best time of 17:26.2.

 Marist Freshman Kevin Bugos finished sixth for the Redhawks and in 167th place overall with an outstanding time of 17:41.1. Kevin Bugos was the ninth fastest freshman in Illinois! Kevin Bugos ran the first mile in 5:26.8, and then ran the final two miles in 12:14.3 for an official time of 17:41.1.

 Marist Junior Joe Donnelly finished seventh for the Redhawks and in 171st place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17:55.6. Joe Donnelly dropped one minute and 9.4 seconds (19:05.0) from the IHSA Sectional Chamnpionships with an outstanding time of 17:55.6. Joe Donnelly ran the first mile in 5:36.0, and then ran the final two miles in 12:19.6 for a personal best time of 17:55.6. 

 The 2017 Marist Varsity Men also had the best TEAM performance at the IHSA State Championships in school history since 1998!

 The Chicago Marist Redhawks will be honored at the largest Cross Country awards banquet in school history on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at noon at the East Bank Club.



Tuesday, November 7
Marist Cross Country TEAM to be honored at the East Bank Club! 2017 IHSA State Qualifiers!
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East Bank Club Italien Buffet

 On Sunday, November 12, 2017, at noon, the Marist Boys Cross Country TEAM will be honored at the East Bank Club in Chicago, Illinois.

 The Marist Cross Country awards banquet is one of the most meaningful events of the school year. It represents the official acknowledgement of the athletes accomplishments before the entire Team, administration, parents, and guests. 

 A record 83 athletes, parents, and guests will be in attendance!

 Marist athletes, coaches, parents, and distinguished guests will start the afternoon with an incredible Italian Buffet Lunch. The Italian Buffet, includes Mushroom Tortellini in white wine, herbs, and cheese, Chicken Vesuio with potatoes and peas, Pan-Seared Salmon in tomato-fennel sauce, and Cheese Stuffed aracini with marinara on the side. Antipasto, included Romaine Hearts with caesar dressing, Prosciutto with melon, Vegetable Antipasto Salad, Mushroom and Spinach Salad.

 The Italian Buffet also includes Flatbread, Grissini, Filone, and Ciabatta with dipping oil and parmesan. Desserts included, Tiramisu with espresso sauce, Fresh Fruit, and Cannolis.  

 After Lunch, Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon, will honor each member of his Coaching Staff, and ALL of the Marist athletes.   

 Cross Country is the ultimate Team sport. It teaches you to push yourself harder than you ever thought you could, and at the same time, your performance means everything to the other runners on the TEAM.  

 The 2017 Cross Country season was one of the most successful seasons in Marist history!!  Among other honors, Marist qualified as a TEAM for the IHSA State Championships for the first time since 1998. Marist also had the individual ESCC Champion for the first time since 2012. Marist had Medal winners at the ESCC Championships, IHSA Regionals, and IHSA Sectionals. Six athletes finished in the Top 23 at the IHSA Regional Championships. Six athletes also ran career best times at the IHSA State Championships!



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Saturday, November 25
Thomas Leonard finishes ninth at the Sophomore Footlocker Midwest Championships!
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Thomas Leonard finished 9th at the Sophomore Footlocker Midwest Championships!

 On Saturday, November 25, 2017, Sophomore Thomas Leonard traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin for the Sophomore Footlocker Midswest Championships.

 The Footlocker Midwest Championships features runners from 13 states, including: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

 The Footlocker Midwest Championships features the U.S. National Cross Country course. The National Cross Country Course is a permenant 5K Cross Country course, and is only used for Cross Country races and no other functions.

 A starting line and finish line are the only common elements on the course. The course challenges every athlete with hills, winding paths, sharp turns, and sudden changes in surface. It is one of the greatest cross country courses in the United States.

 A cannon is fired to start each race at the Footlocker Midwest Championships, and the course features a 600 meter uphill start before the athletes turn onto trails in the woods with narrow turns, and more hills.  

 Thousands of fans line up on both sides of the first hill, hours before the race to get a good viewing spot to see hundreds of athletes charging up the hill in each race.  

 A time clock is at every mile mark, and a countdown timer is centrally located at the starting line of each race as well. A pace truck leads the front runners through the course.

 The first mile of the race is uphill, which frequently results in negative splits on the second mile of the 3.1 miles race.

 MEDALS are awarded to the top 24 athletes in each race.

 Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard had a BIG day, and finished ahead of the entire state of Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kanas, Missouri, Nebreska, Ohio, and South Dakota! 

 Thomas Leonard finished 9th overall in the Sophomore Midwest Regional race on the challenging U.S. National course with an outstanding 5K time of 17:03.1.

 Thomas Leonard was also awarded a MEDAL for finishing 9th overall in the Sophomore Midwest Regional race. 



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