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CHICAGO MARIST REDHAWKS: 2017 XC SEASON
CHICAGO MARIST REDHAWKS

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IHSA State Cross Country Championships
Marist Varsity Boys Cross Country Team Tryouts start Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 3 PM, be prompt!!! Barbecue on August 18!
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 Welcome to the home of the RedHawks! Chicago Marist Boys Cross Country TEAM is a proud member of the East Suburban Catholic Conference and Illinois High School Association. Our dedicated coaches and athletes train and compete on our 55 acre campus with premiere facilities.

 On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the first day of official Cross Country practices will commence at 3:00 pm, in front of the Marist Track and Field Stadium.

 Athletes must turn in a current Physical (Freshman do not need to) before you can attend a Marist Cross Country Practice. Athletes and Parents must also pre-register for the Cross Country TEAM online at www.athletics2000.com/marist and select the registration tab. Click on “Create An Account” and enter your own email and create your own password. (Please be sure to remember this password as you will use this for the years to come). Click on “Begin Registration” • “Select Activity - Cross Country”.  

 All athletes should bring running shoes, and a Water bottle to practice. If you have anything to place in storage during practice, please bring a combination lock. There will be no one available to hold any personal items during practice. Thanks.

 Try-outs will determine our initial Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Sophomore-Freshman rosters for the first meet. Only the top 7 athletes on the Team, run Varsity, and only the Top 7 Sophomores and Freshman run on the Sophomore squad. Everyone else runs on our outstanding Junior Varsity TEAM. No one will be cut from the TEAM

10 Tips to make the Varsity Cross Country Team  

 Athletes have covered many hundreds of miles this summer preparing to capture the Regional, Sectional, and State Championships. We certainly hope that you too have been conscientious about your summer training. We want you to report to the first practice READY TO RUN.

 Wednesday, August 9, 2017 means 87 days until the STATE meet!

 A TEAM / PARENTS meeting will take place at 5:00 pm in the main gymansium on Friday, August 18, 2017. Red and White night will be following the TEAM / PARENTS meeting. Following the meeting, from 6:15 pm - 7:35 pm there will be a PARTY in the east parking lot with music, games, and more. At 6:30 pm, a free barbecue will be served!

If you have any questions about Marist Cross Country, please contact Marist Head Boys Coach Jon Gordon at Jongordon9@aol.com. Thanks. 



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Friday, August 11
1200m Pineapple Challenge Winners
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On Friday, August 11, 2017, Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon challenged the Redhawks to run three 1200m repeats under an assinged time, and any athlete that met the challenge would be awarded a Pineapple.

The following athlete accomplished the Pineapple Challenge:

Thomas Leonard    3:39   3:40  3:40

Who will win the next Pineapple Challenge?

Pineapples are a delicious tropical fruit that have been celebrated for centuries not only for their distrinct and unique taste, but also for their seeminly miraculos health benefits. Their health and medicinal benefits inclue their ability to improve respiratory health, improve digestion, strengthen bones, reduce inflammation, improve heart health, and improve the immune system and increase circulation.



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Marist Cross Country Team trains on running trails at dawn
Saturday, August 12
Chicago Marist Men up at dawn, training to qualify for the STATE Championships in 2017!
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Palos North Running Trails

 On Saturday, August, 12, 2017, while most of the State was sleeping, members of the Marist Mens Cross Country Team arrived on campus at dawn training to qualify for the 2017 IHSA State Championships! Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon drove the TEAM bus to Forty Acre Woods Running Trails in the Cook County Forest Preserve in Palos Park, Illinois.

 There are multiple advantages to running on Trails. Trail surfaces are softer than pavement or concrete. As a result, less force is being applied to your body from the running surface, specifically your legs, resulting in lower impact and lower stress. This allows athletes to run more miles.

 The varying terrain combined with numerous obstacles forces greater proprioception and muscle engagement, specifically stabilizing muscles, and strengthens muscles in your foot and ankle. Often times the monotonous, one direction ovement of road running leaves these stabilizing muscles and ligaments underworked.

 Hills on a trail run vary in grade (steepness) and length, thus constantly challenging your legs and lungs with variety.

 Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard, Junior Colin Tracy, Junior Lucas Pennix, and Freshman Kevin Bugos led the 6.40 Miles group on an amazing trail run that covered the entire Palos North Trail.

 Marist Junior Aidan Dillon, Junior Brian Breslin, Sophomore Peter Derdzinski, Senior Ignacio Jasso, Freshman Tommy Kavanaugh, and Sophomore Michael Dwyer led the fourty minute training group on an incredible trail run that featured rolling hills and various terrian throughout the run. Marist Assistant Coach Nick Billone ran trailer for this training group.

 Marist Freshman John Paul Koss, Freshman Jack Vulich, and Freshman Patrick Devlin led the thirty minute training group on an awesome trail run that featured rolling hills and various terrian throughout the run. Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon ran trailer for this training group.  

 The Marist Cross Country TEAM would like to thank Athletic Director Eric Simpson, Assitant Athletic Director John O'Connell, and Administrative Assistant Sue Blisk for the outstanding TEAM bus, that allows the TEAM to travel for practices to run on trails, waterfalls, and the lakefront.  



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Map of Running Trails

Wednesday, August 16
Michael Newman praises Chicago Marist Cross Country TEAM
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 Michael Newman was a member of a York High School State Championship Cross Country TEAM in the 1970s, and is one of the top high school cross country and track journalists in Illinois.

 Michael Newman of Dyestat, Runnerspace.com, www.ILXCTF.com, and formerly ESPN rise praised the Chicago Marist Cross Country TEAM in a season preview article.

 Newman wrote "Jon Gordon takes over as coach of Marist after leaving the same position at Chicago Northside Prep. It will be interesting to see how this team runs during the transition. The Redhawks move from 3A to 2A and could challenge for a state top five spot in which ever sectional they are assigned to. Marist is young...."  

 

  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?



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Sunday, August 20
Marist Redhawks prepare for 2.0 Miles Time Trial to determine VARSITY Team!

 On Friday, August 25, 2017, the Marist Cross Country TEAM will have a 2.0 Miles Time Trial at the Redhawks Track and Field stadium at 3:00 pm to determine the VARSITY roster for the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational

 "Making VARSITY - it's every runner's goal. On the high school cross country team, it's like making the Olympics. Varsity is the pinnacle. You join a select group that trains together, shares tough workouts and takes the line like a family in big meets to carry the banner for your school." -Marc Bloom 

 After an impressive ten days of practice in August, the Marist Men's Cross Country TEAM is STRONG. It will be a highly competive Time Trial.

 Athletes will meet at the bleachers of the Marist Track and Field Stadium at 3:00 pm, and check-in with the coaching staff. 

 The Time Trial will determine the Redhawks respective Varsity, Junior Varsity, Sophomore, and Freshman rosters for the Mike Kuharic Invitational. Only the top 7 athletes on the team, run Varsity, and only the Top 7 Sophomores and Freshman run on the Sophomore squad. The Junior Varsity and Freshman divisions will have unlimited entries at the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational.

  The Mike Kuharic Invitational will take place on Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Western Springs, Illinois at the Lyons Township High School - South Campus (4900 South Willow Springs Road, Western Springs, IL 60558). Buses will leave Marist on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 6:09 AM for the Mike Kuharic Invitational.

 The Varsity Men, Junior Varsity Boys, and Sophomore Boys will race 3.0 miles. The Freshman Boys will race 2.2 miles.  

 Race Schedule for the Mike Kuharic Invitational:  

 7:30 AM Course Tour

 8:30 AM Junior Varsity Boys 

 9:30 AM Varsity Men 

10:30 AM Freshman Boys

11:30 AM Sophomore Boys

12:00 PM Awards (Fieldhouse)

12:30 PM TEAM TAILGATE PARTY! 

Class 2A Teams: Chicago Marist, Nazareth Academy, and Riverside Brookfield (ranked #13 in Illinois)

Class 3A Teams:  Lyons Township High School, Brother Rice, Benet Academy, Sandburg, Lincoln-Way Central, Oswego East, Maine South, Downers Grove South, Lincoln Way West, Willowbrook, West Aurora, and Reavis.  

Out of State Teams: Lowell Senior High School (Indiana)  



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Thomas Leonard
Friday, August 25
Thomas Leonard drops 12 seconds to WIN Marist Time Trial with personal best time of 10 minutes and 10 seconds!
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Lucas Pennix

 On Friday, August 15, 2017, Marist had 26 athletes try-out for the Varsity Cross Country Team.

 The Chicago Marist Redhawks expect to send 12 of those athletes to the State Meet in November 2017.

 The Marist Sophomore 3200m record (9:51.8) has lasted since 1983, and is held by Dan Cole. That record could be in serious danger during the 2018 Track and Field Season.

 Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard has run over 400 miles since the middle of June 2017 through August 2017. His hard work is paying off. He came into the season with a personal best 3200m time of 10:22.07. He had run a 10:22 at three meets during the 2017 Track and Field season, including the Pete Struck Eagle Classic (10:22.16), ESCC Conference Championships (10:22.32), and the IHSA Sectional Championships (10:22.07).

 On Friday, August 25, 2017, Captain Thomas Leonard ran the first mile in 5:07, and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:03 to WIN the 2017 Time Trial with a PERSONAL BEST time of 10:10.00. Leonard dropped 12 seconds off his best time (10:22.07) with an outstanding time of 10:10.00. Sophomore Thomas Leonard ran 400m splits of 74, 77, 78, 78 (5:07), 78, 78, 76, and then ran the final 400m in a negative split of 71 seconds for an official time of 10:10.00.  

 Marist Junior Lucas Pennix finished in second place overall with an outstanding time of 11:25.00. Pennix ran the first mile in 5:35, and then ran the final mile in 5:50 for an outstanding time of 11:25.00. Junior Lucas Pennix ran 400m splits of 75, 87, 86, 87 (5:35), 87, 94, 87, and then ran the final 400m in a NEGATIVE split of 82 seconds for an official time of 11:25.00. 

 Chicago Marist had an amazing ten seconds split for runners three through seven at the Time Trial. As that group continues to drop time together, they will secure vital points for the Redhawks at every meet.

 Marist Captain Colin Tracy finished in third place overall with an outstanding time of 12:04.00. Marist Junior Colin Tracy ran the first mile in 5:49, and then ran the final mile in 6:15 for an official time of 12:04.00. Colin Tracy ran 400m splits of 78. 90. 90. 91 (5:49), 95, 92, 97, and then ran the final 400m in a NEGATIVE split of 91 seconds for an outstanding time of 12:04.00.

 In 2016, Sophomore Josh Burns ran a 13:49.8 at Lyons Township Invitational (2.15 miles). Burns had a mega time drop at the 2017 Marist Time Trial. Josh Burns finished in fourth place overall with a personal best time of 12:09.00. Marist Sophomore Josh Burns ran the first mile in 5:57, and then ran the final mile in 6:12 for an outstanding time of 12:09.00.

 Marist Sophomore Luke Hortsman finished in fifth place overall with an outstanding time of 12:10.00. Luke Hortsman ran the first mile in 5:55, and then ran the final mile in 6:15 for an official time of 12:10.00. Luke Hortsman ran 400m splits of 79, 91, 93, 92 (5:55), 96, 99, 97, and then ran the final 400m in a NEGATIVE split of 83 seconds for an outstanding time of 12:10.00.

 Two athletes made the Marist VARSITY Cross Country Team as high school Freshman.

 Marist Freshman Jonathan Rivera finished in sixth place overall with a personal best time of 12:11.00. Jonathan Rivera ran the first mile in 6:02, and then ran the final mile in 6:09 for an official time of 12:11.00.

 Marist Freshman Kevin Bugos finished in seventh place overall with a personal best time of 12:14.00. Kevin Bugos ran the first mile in 5:56, and then ran the final mile in 6:18 for an official time of 12:14.00.

 

SOPHOMORE TEAM                         JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM                      FRESHMAN TEAM

1. Peter Derdzinski (10th) 12:54         1. Aidan Dillon (11th) 12:20                   1. John Paul Koss 16:10

2. Tommy Kavanaugh (9th) 13:44      2. Joe Donnelly (11th) 12:37                  2. Nate Salvato 17:53

3. Tommy Wagner (9th) 13:45           3. Andres Castillo (11th) 12:39               3. Patrick Devlin 18:25

4. Julian Marrero (9th) 14:12             4. Brian Breslin (11th) 13:43                   4. Nolan Light 23:32

5. Amir Mims (9th) 15:23                   5. Jack Vulich* (9th) 15:14                      5. Danny Zacek 23:38

6. Angel Ortiz (9th) 15:30                  6. George Madaras (11th) DNR            

7. Michael Dwyer (10th) DNR           7. Ignacio Jasso (12th) DNR  



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Colin Tracy

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Saturday, September 2
TEAM and PARENTS TAILGATE PARTY - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
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 The Lyons Township Cross Country Invitational in Western Springs, Illinois is one of the most competitive meets in the Midwest. 

 The race course is located on the South Campus for Lyons Township High School (4900 Willow Springs Road), 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 2017. 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.

 

  

September 2, 2017 - Tailgate Party - List of Items

 

 1. Fresh Fruit and bottled water  - Gordon Family

 

 2. Vegetable Platter / Dip - Bugos Family

 

 3. Mini-sandwiches, paper plates, plastic forks and knives - Derdzinski Family

 

 4. Drinks and Paper Plates - Rivera Family

  

 5. Raising Canes chicken nuggets - Kavanaugh Family

 

 6. Goldfish, Pretzels and chocolate chip cookies - Leonard Family

 

 7. Pasta Salad - Devlin Family

 

 8. Card Tables - Zacek Family 

 

 9. Bagels and Cream Cheese - Hortsman Family    

 



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Marist Varsity Men Team Huddle
Saturday, September 2
Marist Varsity Men post victories over Lincoln Way West, Reavis, Brother Rice, and Nazareth Academy at Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational
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Marist Varsity Men Warm-up for the start of the race

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, the Marist Varsity Men Cross Country Team traveled to the South Campus of Lyons Township High school in Western Springs, Illinois for the first meet of the 2017 Cross Country season, the Mike Kuharic Invitational.

 The Mike Kuharic Invitational was hosted by Lyons Township High School. Lyons Township finished in fourth place in the Class 3A IHSA State Championships in 2016.

 The Marist Varsity Men were greeted at the Invitational by Alumni legends Matt Wagner and Mary Clare Leonard. 

 The Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational featured an early season match-up between Lyons Township Senior Danny Kilera and Sandburg Senior Dylan Jacobs. Danny Kilera and Dylan Jacobs finished respectively second and third at the Class 3A IHSA State Cross Country Championships in 2016. At the 2017 Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational, Danny Kilera and Dylan Jacobs finished 1-2 overall.

 Lyons Township was outstanding hosts, and provided Marist with a special Team camp site, convient for tailgating.

 The Mike Kuharic Invitational featured three Class 2A Teams, including Chicago Marist, Nazareth Academy, and Riverside Brookfield (ranked #13 in Illinois).

 The meet also featured the following Class 3A Teams: Amos Alonzo Stagg, West Aurora, Benet Academy, Brother Rice, Reavis, Downers Grove South, Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln Way West, Lyons Township, Maine South, Oswego East, Sandburg, and Willowbrook.

 In addition, the meet also featured Lowell, an Indiana High School.

 Lyons Township won the Varsity division. Congratulations to Coach Michael Danner and the Lions.

 The initial results were missing Brother Rice's Varsity runners. Updated results were published at Mile Split Illinois. The Team scores were very tight at the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational. Chicago Marist pulled out some very nice victories.

 The Marist Varsity Men scored 402 points, and posted victories over, among others: Lincoln Way West (403 points), Reavis (404 points), Brother Rice (491 points), and Nazareth Academy (493 points, IHSA Class 2A opponent).

 15 Marist Athletes ran PERSONAL BEST three miles times at the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational. 

 The Marist Varsity Men have a Class 2A record of 1-1 to start the 2017 Cross Country season.

 In a couple of weeks, the IHSA will disclose the 2017 Class 2A Marist Regional, Sectional, and Chicago Marist's path to the 2017 IHSA STATE Cross Country Championships.  



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Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon

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Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard earns a MEDAL with a PERSONAL BEST time of 15 minutes and 42.98 seconds!!
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Thomas Leonard
 Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard led the Redhawks by finishing 15th overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 15:42.98. Thomas Leonard dropped 41 seconds off his best time (16:23, 2016 IHSA Sandburg Regional Championships). Thomas Leonard ran the first mile in 4:54, and then ran the second mile in 5:26 (10:20), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:22.98 for a personal best time of 15:42.98. Captain Thomas Leonard was awarded a MEDAL for finishing in 15th place overall. Thomas Leonard was also the second fastest Sophomore in the Varsity race.   

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Thomas Leonard

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Marist Junior Lucas Pennix finishes second for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 17 minutes and 29 seconds!
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 Marist Junior Lucas Pennix finished second for Redhawks and in 85th place overall with an outstanding time of 17:29.17. Lucas Pennix ran the first mile in 5:20, and then ran the second mile in 6:10 (11:30), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:59.17 for an official time of 17:29.17

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Lucas Pennix

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Jonathan Rivera
Jonathan Rivera fastest Freshman in the VARSITY race at the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational!
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Jonathan Rivera

 The Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational featured 17 High Schools in the VARSITY and Sophomore division.

 The fastest three miles Freshman time of the day, out of 17 High schools, belonged to Marist Freshman Jonathan Rivera.

 Marist Freshman Jonathan Rivera finished third for the Redhawks and 94th overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 18:09.49. It was the fastest three miles Freshman time of the meet! Jonathan Rivera ran the first mile in 5:42, and then ran the second mile in 6:22 (12:04), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:05.49 for a personal best time of 18:09.49.

 Jonathan Rivera came into the meet with a 2 miles personal record of 12:11. Rivera had a DOUBLE PR (Personal Record) at the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational! In addition to running his best three miles time (18:09.49), Rivera ran his best two miles time (12:04) during the three miles race!



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Jonathan Rivera

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Sophomore Luke Hortsman drops 59 seconds with a personal best time of 18 minutes and 31 seconds!
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Luke Hortsman

 In 2016, Luke Hortsman ran a personal best time of 19:30 at the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships.

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, at the Mike Kuharic Invitational, Luke Hortsman finished fourth for the Redhawks, and placed 103rd overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 18:31.54. Sophomore Luke Hortsman dropped 59 seconds off his best time (19:30.0, 2016 ESCCC).

 Luke Hortsman ran the first mile in 5:38, and then ran the second mile in 6:27 (12:05), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:26.54 for a personal best time of 18:31.54.     



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Luke Hortsman

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Marist Captain Colin Tracy and Nazareth Senior Brian Metzger
Captain Colin Tracy outkicks Reavis Senior Rafael Villarreal to finish fifth for the Redhawks at Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational
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Colin Tracy

 Marist Captain Colin Tracy had a BIG training week, in which he ran 8x800m (2:54.87 average time) on Tuesday, and ran a four miles Tempo run with the top runners on the TEAM on Thursday through three cities, including Oak Lawn, Mt. Greenwood, and Chicago. Colin Tracy also set a new Team record in the weight room with 35 pull-ups.  

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, at the Mike Kuharic Invitational, Junior Colin Tracy finished fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring, and placed 106th overall with an outstanding time of 18:35.20.

 In 2016, at the SAME course venue, Colin Tracy ran an official time of 18:48.0 at Lyons Township High School.

 In 2017, Colin Tracy dropped 13 seconds from the 2016 Mike Kuharic Invitational (18:48.0) with an official time of 18:35.20 on the Lyons Township High School three miles course.

 Captain Colin Tracy ran the first mile in 5:35, and then ran the second mile in 6:25 (12:00), and then ran the final mile in 6:35.20 for an outstanding time of 18:35.20.  

 The fifth runner in a Cross Country race is the last athlete that can score points.

 Junior Colin Tracy secured vital points for the Redhawks by finishing ahead of Brother Rice's second runner (Alex Macfarlane, 108th place), third runner (Harrison Morg, 109th place), fourth runner (Michael Nelligan, 111th place), and fifth runner (Grant Gierhahn, 113th place).

 Captain Colin Tracy also locked up a big victory over Class 2A rival Nazareth Academy by finishing ahead of their third runner (Connor Uphues, 107th place), fourth runner (Efren Guerrero, 114th place), and fifth runner (Christian Gonzalez, 115th place).   



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Colin Tracy

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Freshman Kevin Bugos drops 50 seconds with a PERSONAL BEST time of 18 minutes and 54 seconds!
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Kevin Bugos

 Kevin Bugos came into the 2017 Cross Country season with a three miles personal record of 19:44.

 On Friday, August 25, 2017, Kevin Bugos made the VARSITY Team as a high school freshman after running a 3200m time of 12:14 at the Time Trial for the Marist Varsity TEAM Try-outs.

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, at the Mike Kuharic Invitational, in his FIRST Varsity race, Freshman Kevin Bugos finished sixth for the Redhawks, and placed 103rd overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 18:54.79.

 Freshman Kevin Bugos dropped 50 seconds off his best time (19:44.0) with an official time of 18:54.79. Kevin Bugos ran the first mile in 5:45, and then ran the second mile in 6:37 (12:22), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:32.79 for a personal best time of 18:54.79.

 Out of 17 high schools, Kevin Bugos also ran the second fastest Freshman three miles time at the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational, including both the Varsity and Sophomore divisions.

 The last athlete that can score points in a Cross Country race is the fifth runner.

 The sixth runner in a Cross Country can push back Team scores of opposing Teams by finishing ahead of their respective fifth runner to secure victory. This came into play at the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational. 

 Chicago Marist scored 402 points, and was able edge Lincoln Way West (403 points) by one point, Reavis (404 points), Brother Rice (491 points), and Nazareth Academy (493 points, IHSA Class 2A opponent) for the victories.

 Freshman Kevin Bugos pushed Brother Rice's Team score back by finishing ahead of their second runner (Alex Macfarlane, 108th place), third runner (Harrison Morg, 109th place), fourth runner (Michael Nelligan, 111th place), and fifth runner (Grant Gierhahn, 113th place).  

 Freshman Kevin Bugos also secured a big victory over Class 2A rival Nazareth Academy by pushing Nazareth Academy's Team score back by finishing ahead of their third runner (Connor Uphues, 107th place), fourth runner (Efren Guerrero, 114th place), and fifth runner (Christian Gonzalez, 115th place).     



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Kevin Bugos

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George Madaras
Junior George Madaras promoted to the VARSITY TEAM after outstanding performance at Lyons Township High School
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George Madaras

 The seventh fastest Marist three miles time of the day came from the Junior Varsity race.

 Marist Junior George Madaras led the Junior Varsity TEAM by finishing 83rd overall with an outstanding time of 18:56.92.

 George Madaras ran the first mile in 6:11, and then ran the second mile in 6:29 (12:40), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:16.92 for an outstanding time of 18:56.92.

 The best is yet to come. George Madaras just joined the Team last Tuesday, and ran 800m repeats in his first practice of the year. Madaras has incredible work ethic and is a huge addition to the TEAM.

 George Madaras will run in his first Varsity race of the 2017 Cross Country season on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Reavis Invitational.

 



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George Madaras

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Josh Burns
Sophomore Josh Burns secures vital points for the Redhawks by finishing ahead of fifth runner from Brother Rice!
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Josh Burns

 Sophomore Josh Burns finished seventh for the Redhawks in the Varsity race, and placed 110th overall with an official time of 19:31.52.  

 Josh Burns ran the first mile in 5:47, and then ran the second mile in 6:43 (12:30), and then ran the final mile in 7:01.52 for a official time of 19:31.52.  

 The last athlete that can score points in a Cross Country race is the fifth runner.  

 The sixth runner and seventh runner in a Cross Country can push back Team scores of opposing Teams by finishing ahead of their respective fifth runner to secure victory. This came into play at the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational.   

 Chicago Marist scored 402 points, and was able edge Lincoln Way West (403 points) by one point, Reavis (404 points), Brother Rice (491 points), and Nazareth Academy (493 points, IHSA Class 2A opponent) for the victories.  

 Sophomore Josh Burns pushed Brother Rice's Team score back by finishing ahead of their fourth runner (Michael Nelligan, 111th place), and fifth runner (Grant Gierhahn, 113th place).    

 Sophomore Josh Burns also secured a big victory over Class 2A rival Nazareth Academy by pushing Nazareth Academy's Team score back by finishing ahead of their fourth runner (Efren Guerrero, 114th place), and fifth runner (Christian Gonzalez, 115th place).

 Josh Burns also ran a Marist Top 12 Time.      



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Josh Burns

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Junior Aidan Dillon and Coach Phil McNeal
Saturday, September 2
Marist Junior Varsity Boys post victories over Nazareth Academy, Willowbrook, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Brother Rice, and Lincoln-Way West! Amazing 1-5 split
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Start of the Junior Varsity Boys Race

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, the Marist Junior Varsity Boys Cross Country TEAM traveled to the South Campus of Lyons Township High school in Western Springs, Illinois for the first meet of the 2017 Cross Country season, the Mike Kuharic Invitational.  

 The Mike Kuharic Invitational was hosted by Lyons Township High School. Lyons Township was outstanding hosts, and provided Marist with a special Team camp site, convient for tailgating.  

 The Marist Junior Varsity Boys were greeted at the Invitational by Alumni legends Matt Wagner and Mary Clare Leonard.   

 The Mike Kuharic Invitational featured three Class 2A Teams, including Chicago Marist, Nazareth Academy, and Riverside Brookfield (ranked #13 in Illinois).  

 The meet also featured the following Class 3A Teams: Amos Alonzo Stagg, West Aurora, Benet Academy, Brother Rice, Reavis, Downers Grove South, Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln Way West, Lyons Township, Maine South, Oswego East, Sandburg, and Willowbrook.  

 In addition, the meet also featured Lowell, an Indiana High School.

 The Marist Junior Varsity Boys scored 336 points, and posted victories, over among others, Nazareth Academy (346 points), Willowbrook (395 points), Amos Alonzo Stagg (403 points), Lincolnway West, and Brother Rice. 

 Marist Junior George Madaras led the Redhawks by finishing in 83rd place overall with an outstanding time of 18:56.92.

 Marist Junior Andres Castillo finished second for the Redhawks, and in 88th place overall with a Personal Best time of 19:01.26.

 Marist Junior Aidan Dillon finished third for the Redhawks, and in 90th place overall with an outstanding time of 19:05.42

 Marist Junior Brian Breslin finished fourth for the Redhawks, and in 92nd place overall with a Personal Best time of 19:07.86. 

 Marist Junior Joe Donnelly finished fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring, and in 112th place overall with an outstanding time of 19:26.99.

 The Marist Junior Varsity Boys had an amazing 1-5 split of 30.07 seconds!!  



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Aidan Dillon and George Madaras

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George Madaras
Marist Junior George Madaras leads Junior Varsity Boys with outstanding time of 18 minutes and 56 seconds!
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George Madaras

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Marist Assistant Coach Phil McNeal

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Andres Castillo
Marist Junior Andres Castillo drops two minutes and 16 seconds with a personal best time of 19 minutes and 1 second!
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Andres Castillo

 The 8th fastest Marist three miles time of day came in the Junior Varsity race.

 In 2016, Andres Castillo ran a three mile personal best time of 21:17.1 at the Jimmy Daniels Invitational.

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, Marist Junior Andres Castillo finished second for the Redhawks in the Junior Varsity race, and in 88th place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 19:01.26.

 Andres Castillo dropped two minutes and 16 seconds off his time (21:17.1), with a personal best time of 19:01.26.

 Andres Castillo ran the first mile in 5:57, and then ran the second mile in 6:33 (12:30), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:31 for a personal best time of 19:01.26.



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Andres Castillo

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Aidan Dillon
Junior Aidan Dillon finishes third for the Redhawks in the JV Race with an outstanding time of 19 minutes and 5 seconds!
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Aidan Dillon

 The 9th fastest Marist three miles time of day came in the Junior Varsity race.  

 Marist Junior Aidan Dillon finished third for the Redhawks in the Junior Varsity race, and in 90th place overall with an outstanding time of 19:05.42.  

 Aidan Dillon ran the first mile in 6:05, and then ran the second mile in 6:33 (12:38), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:27 for an official time of 19:05.42.



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Aidan Dillon

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Brian Breslin
Junior Brian Breslin runs a personal best three miles time of 19 minutes and 7 seconds!
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Brian Breslin

 The 10th fastest Marist three miles time of day came in the Junior Varsity race. The Top 12 Athletes on the TEAM will be on the IHSA State Series roster in October.    

 Marist Junior Brian Breslin finished fourth for the Redhawks in the Junior Varsity race, and in 92nd place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 19:07.86.    

 Brian Breslin ran the first mile in 6:07, and then ran the second mile in 6:37 (12:44), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:23.86 for a PERSONAL BEST time of 19:07.86.



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Brian Breslin

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Joe Donnelly
Junior Joe Donnelly finishes fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring for the JV TEAM with an outstanding time of 19 minutes and 26 seconds!
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Joe Donnelly

 The Top 12 Athletes on the TEAM will be on the IHSA State Series roster in October.

 The 11th fastest Marist three miles time of day came in the Junior Varsity race.

 Marist Junior Joe Donnelly finished fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring in the Junior Varsity race, and in 112th place overall with an outstanding time of 19:26.99.       

 In 2016, at the SAME course venue, Joe Donnelly ran an official time of 19:49.3 at Lyons Township High School.  

 In 2017, Joe Donnelly dropped 22.31 seconds from the 2016 Mike Kuharic Invitational (19:49.3) with an official time of 19:26.99 on the Lyons Township High School three miles course.      

 Joe Donnelly ran the first mile in 6:15, and then ran the second mile in 6:37 (12:52), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:34.99 for an official time of 19:26.99.



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Joe Donnelly

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Ignacio Jasso
Senior Ignacio Jasso runs three miles personal best time of 20 minutes and 40 seconds!
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Ignacio Jasso

 Marist Senior Ignacio Jasso finished sixth for the Redhawks Junior Varsity TEAM and in 164th place overall with a personal best time of 20:40.59.

 Ignacio Jasso ran the first mile in 6:15, and then ran the second mile in 7:21 (13:36), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 7:04.59 for a PERSONAL BEST time of 20:40.59. 



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Ignacio Jasso

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Julian Marrero and Mike Dwyer
Saturday, September 2
The one-two punch of Sophomore Mike Dwyer and Freshman Julian Marrero leads Marist Sophomore Boys TEAM over Riverside Brookfield!
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Mike Dwyer

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, the Marist Sophomore Boys Cross Country TEAM traveled to the South Campus of Lyons Township High school in Western Springs, Illinois for the first meet of the 2017 Cross Country season, the Mike Kuharic Invitational.    

 The Mike Kuharic Invitational was hosted by Lyons Township High School. Lyons Township was outstanding hosts, and provided Marist with a special Team camp site, convient for tailgating.    

 The Marist Sophomore Boys were greeted at the Invitational by Alumni legends Matt Wagner and Mary Clare Leonard.     

 The Mike Kuharic Invitational featured three Class 2A Teams, including Chicago Marist, Nazareth Academy, and Riverside Brookfield (ranked #13 in Illinois).    

 The meet also featured the following Class 3A Teams: Amos Alonzo Stagg, West Aurora, Benet Academy, Brother Rice, Reavis, Downers Grove South, Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln Way West, Lyons Township, Maine South, Oswego East, Sandburg, and Willowbrook.    

 In addition, the meet also featured Lowell, an Indiana High School.  

 The Marist Sophomore Boys scored 328 points, and posted victories, over among others, Riverside Brookfield (358 points), Nazareth Academy, Brother Rice, and Lincolnway Central.

 The Marist Sophomore Boys Team was led by the one-two punch of Sophomore Mike Dwyer (20:39.20), and Freshman Julian Marrero (20:53.35).

 Freshman Tommy Kavanaugh finished third for the Redhawks with a personal best time of 21:01.80.

 Sophomore Peter Derdzinski finished fourth for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 21:04.84.

 Freshman Tommy Wagner finished fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring with a personal best time of 21:13.15.

 The Marist Sophomore Boys Cross Country TEAM had a 1-5 split of 33.95 seconds!!  



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Julian Marrero and Peter Derdzinski

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Mike Dwyer
Sophomore Mike Dwyer runs outstanding three miles time of 20 minutes and 39 seconds!
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Mike Dwyer

 Marist Sophomore Mike Dwyer led the Redhawks Sophomore Boys TEAM by finishing in 88th place overall with an outstanding time of 20:39.20.  

 Mike Dwyer ran the first mile in 6:25, and then ran the second mile in 7:08 (13:33), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 7:06.20 for an outstanding time of 20:39.20



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Mike Dwyer

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Julian Marrero
Freshman Julian Marrero finishes second for the Redhawks with a personal best time of 20 minutes and 53 seconds!
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Julian Marrero

 Marist Freshman Julian Marrero finished second for the Redhawks Sophomore Boys TEAM and in 92nd place overall with a personal best time of 20:53.35.  

 Julian Marrero ran the first mile in 6:25, and then ran the second mile in 7:16 (13:41), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 7:12.35 for a PERSONAL BEST time of 20:53.35



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Julian Marrero

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Tommy Kavanaugh
Freshman Tommy Kavanaugh finishes third for the Redhawks with a personal best time of 21 minutes and 1 second!!
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Tommy Kavanaugh

 Marist Freshman Tommy Kavanaugh finished third for the Redhawks Sophomore Boys TEAM and in 96th place overall with a personal best time of 21:01.80.  

 Tommy Kavanaugh an the first mile in 6:30, and then ran the second mile in 7:26 (13:56), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 7:05.80 for a PERSONAL BEST time of 21:01.80



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Tommy Kavanaugh

Sophomore Peter Derdzinski finishes fourth for the Redhawks in the Sophomore Boys race with an outstanding time of 21 minutes and four seconds!!
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Peter Derdzinski

 Marist Sophomore Peter Derdzinski finished fourth for the Redhawks Sophomore Boys TEAM and in 97th place overall with an outstanding time of 21:04.84.  

 Peter Derdzinski ran the first mile in 6:12, and then ran the second mile in 7:25 (13:37), and then ran the final mile in 7:27.84 for an outstanding time of 21:04.84



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Peter Derdzinski

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Tommy Wagner
Freshman Tommy Wagner finishes fifth for the Redhawks in the Sophomore Boys Race with a personal best time of 21 minutes and 13 seconds!!
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Tommy Wagner

 Marist Freshman Tommy Wagner finished fifth for the Redhawks Sophomore Boys Team to complete the scoring and finished in 102nd place overall with a personal best time of 21:13.15.  

 Tommy Wagner ran the first mile in 6:50, and then ran the second mile in 7:16 (14:06), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 7:07.15 for a PERSONAL BEST time of 21:13.15



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Tommy Wagner

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Nolan Light and Patrick Devlin
Saturday, September 2
Nolan Light and Patrick Devlin lead Freshman Boys at the Mike Kuharic Invitational
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Freshman Boys Team Huddle

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, the Marist Freshman Boys Cross Country TEAM traveled to the South Campus of Lyons Township High school in Western Springs, Illinois for the first meet of the 2017 Cross Country season, the Mike Kuharic Invitational.      

 The Mike Kuharic Invitational was hosted by Lyons Township High School. Lyons Township was outstanding hosts, and provided Marist with a special Team camp site, convient for tailgating.

 The Mike Kuharic Invitational featured three Class 2A Teams, including Chicago Marist, Nazareth Academy, and Riverside Brookfield (ranked #13 in Illinois).      

 The meet also featured the following Class 3A Teams: Amos Alonzo Stagg, West Aurora, Benet Academy, Brother Rice, Reavis, Downers Grove South, Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln Way West, Lyons Township, Maine South, Oswego East, Sandburg, and Willowbrook.      

 In addition, the meet also featured Lowell, an Indiana High School.    

 The Marist Freshman Boys finished in 14th place with 463 points.

 Freshman Nolan Light led the Freshman Boys Team by finishing in 144th place overall with a personal best 2.15 miles time of 16:36.47.

 Freshman Patrick Devlin finished second for Marist by finishing in 145th place overall with a personal best 2.15 miles time of 16:39.92.

 Freshman Nate Salvato finished third for Marist by finishing in 153rd place overall with a personal best 2.15 miles time of 17:15.82.

 Freshman John Paul Koss finsihed fourth for Marist by finishing in 154th place overall with a personal best 2.15 miles time of 17:30.51.

 Freshman Danny Zacek finished fifth to complete the scoring for Marist, and in 160th place overall with a personal best 2.15 miles time of 21:51.23.



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Nolan Light
Nolan Light drops SEVEN minutes and 42 seconds off his best two miles time at Lyons Township Invitational!
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 On Friday, August 25, 2017, Nolan Light ran a personal best two miles time of 23:32 at the Marist Time Trial.

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, Nolan Light ran the first two miles of a 2.15 miles race in 15:50. Nolan Light dropped seven minnutes and 42 seconds off his two miles time (23:32).

 Freshman Nolan Light ran the first mile in 7:25, and then ran the second mile in 8:25 (15:50), and then ran the final 0.15 of a mile in 46.47 seconds to finish first for the Redhawks, and in 144th place with an official 2.15 miles time of 16:36.47



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Patrick Devlin
Saturday, September 2
Freshman Patrick Devlin drops two minutes and 23 seconds off his two miles time at the Mike Kuharic Invitational!
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Patrick Devlin

 On Friday, August 25, 2017, Patrick Devlin ran a personal best two miles time of 18:25 at the Marist Time Trial.  

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, Patrick Devlin ran the first 2.00 miles of a 2.15 miles race in 16:02.

 Patrick Devlin dropped two minutes and 23 seconds off his two miles time (18:25).  

 Freshman Patrick Devlin ran the first mile in 7:30, and then ran the second mile in 8:32 (16:02), and then ran the final 0.15 of a mile in 37.92 seconds to finish second for the Redhawks, and in 145th place with an official 2.15 miles time of 16:39.92.



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Patrick Devlin

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Nate Salvato
Freshman Nate Salvato drops one minute and 16 seconds off his best two miles time at the Mike Kuharic Invitational!
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Nate Salvato

 On Friday, August 25, 2017, Nate Salvato ran a personal best two miles time of 17:53 at the Marist Time Trial.    

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, Nate Salvato ran the first 2.00 miles of a 2.15 miles race in 16:37.

 Nate Salvato dropped one minute and 16 seconds off his two miles time (17:53).    

 Freshman Nate Salvato ran the first mile in 7:50, and then ran the second mile in 8:47 (16:37), and then ran the final 0.15 of a mile in 38.82 seconds to finish third for the Redhawks, and in 153th place with an official 2.15 miles time of 17:15.82.



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Nate Salvato

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John Paul Koss
Freshman John Paul Koss finishes fourth the Freshman Boys Team at the Mike Kuharic Invitational!
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John Paul Koss
 Freshman John Paul Koss ran the first mile in 7:43, and then ran the second mile in 8:57 (16:40), and then ran the final 0.15 of a mile in 50.51 seconds to finish fourth for the Redhawks, and in 154th place with an official 2.15 miles time of 17:30.51.

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John Paul Koss

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Danny Zacek
Freshman Danny Zacek finishes fifth to complete the scoring for the Marist Freshman Boys Team with a PERSONAL BEST time of 21 minutes and 51 seconds!
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Danny Zacek

 On Friday, August 25, 2017, Danny Zacek ran a personal best two miles time of 23:38 at the Marist Time Trial.    

 On Saturday, September 2, 2017, Danny Zacek ran the first 2.00 miles of a 2.15 miles race in 21:20.

 Danny Zacek dropped two minutes and 18 seconds off his two miles time (23:38).    

 Freshman Danny Zacek ran the first mile in 9:56, and then ran the second mile in 11:24 (21:20), and then ran the final 0.15 of a mile in 31.23 seconds to finish fifth for the Redhawks to complete the scoring, and in 160th place with an official 2.15 miles time of 21:51.23.



Wednesday, September 6
Marist Cross Country TEAM Pasta Party, Friday, September 8, 2017, 4 pm
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 On Friday, September 8, 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 during the first four weeks of practice, and will be preparing for the Reavis Rams Invitational. 

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

 Among other highlights, Pasta with Meat Sauce, Pasta with Butter, Gluten Free Pasta, Chicken Tetrazzini, bread, Chocolate covered petzels, and drinks will be served.

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

 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, 9/30, Friday, 10/7, and Friday, 10/14. Thanks.  

  



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Thomas Leonard, 2017 Reavis Rams Invitational Champion
Saturday, September 9
Sophomore Thomas Leonard runs course record time to WIN Reavis Rams Invitational! Marist Redhawks conquer Harry's Hill on their way to 15 victories!!
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Chicago Marist VARSITY Men posted 15 victories at the Reavis Rams Invitational!

 On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Chicago Marist Varsity Men traveled to Burbank, Illinois for the 53rd Annual Reavis Rams Invitational.

 The IHSA Official starter for the meet was former Illinois State Track and Field Champion Lionel Poole.

 USA Track and Field legend Skip Stolley served as the meet announcer.

 Upon arrival, the Chicago Marist Redhawks were also greeted by Marist Principal Larry Tucker. A special thanks to Principal Tucker for making the trip to Burbank, Illinois to support the Cross Country TEAM.

 Athletes walked the course prior to meet, to review changes to the venue for 2017.

 In 2017, a very large hill was added to the race course, called "Harry's Hill", in honor of former Burbank Mayor Harry Klein. Harry Klein served as Mayor of Burbank for 26 years, from 1991 to 2017.

 The addition of "Harry's Hill" made the race course tougher, and provided the opportunity for the 2017 Reavis Rams Invitational Champion to set the new course record.  

 Former Burbank Mayor Harry Klein was proud of the Chicago Marist Redhawks performance on Saturday.

 In 2015 and 2016, the Chicago Marist Varsity TEAM finished in last place at the Reavis Rams Invitational despite amazing performances from alumni legend Matt Wagner. That changed on Saturday. 

 In 2017, the Chicago Marist Redhawks Varsity Men scored 128 points to finish in fifth place overall, and posted victories, among others: 6. Oak Lawn (180 points, Class 3A opponent), 7. Eisenhower (188 points, Class 3A opponent), 8. Thornton Fractional South (273 points, Class 3A opponent), 9. Richards HS (281 points, Class 2A opponent), 10. Oak Forest (282 points, Class 2A opponent), 11. Homewood-Flossmoor (293 points, Class 3A opponent), 12. Tinley Park (299 points, Class 2A opponent), 13. St. Laurence (357 points, Class 2A opponent), 14. Mt. Carmel (399 points, Class 3A opponent), 15. St. Rita (416 points, Class 2A opponent, 16. Brother Rice (Class 3A opponent), 17. Marian Catholic (Class 2A opponent), 18. Solorio Academy (Class 2A opponent), 19. Kennedy (Class 2A opponent), and 20. Rich Central (Class 2A opponent).

 The Chicago Marist Redhawks had a record of 15-4 overall on the day, and a Class 2A record of 9-0 at the 53rd Annual Reavis Rams Invitational!

 In 2017, through the first two meets, the Chicago Marist Redhawks have a season Class 2A record of 10-1.

 Next week, the IHSA will disclose the 2017 Class 2A Marist Regional, Sectional, and Chicago Marist's path to the 2017 IHSA STATE Cross Country Championships. 

 Sophomore Thomas Leonard led the Redhawks by winning the VARSITY division with a course record time of 16:02.30. In a nice ceremony following the meet, Thomas Leonard was awarded a MEDAL for winning the 53rd Annual Reavis Rams Invitational!

 Two Marist athletes earned MEDALS, and four Marist athletes earned RIBBONS in the VARSITY race at the Reavis Rams Invitational!! Chicago Marist had seven athletes finish in the Top 51! 

 WIN = What's Important Now? 



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Thomas Leonard, 2017 Reavis Rams Invitational Champion

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Principal Larry Tucker and Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon
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Marist Assistant Coach Phil McNeal clicks his heals before the Varsity race

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Start of the Varsity race

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Thomas Leonard WINS Reavis Invitational!
Sophomore Thomas Leonard WINS Reavis Rams Invitational!
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Thomas Leonard and Jarad Taratino

 One week earlier, Amos Alonzo Stagg Senior Jarad Taratino finished ahead of Marist Sophomore Thomas Leonard at the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational. The rematch would take place in Burbank, Illinois at the Reavis Rams Invitational.

 In 2016, Thomas Leonard won the Sophomore division of the Reavis Rams Invitational with an outstanding time of 16:56.90.

 In 2017, Thomas Leonard led the Redhawks VARSITY Team by dropping 54 seconds (16:56.90) from the 2016 Reavis Rams Invitational to WIN the Varsity division with a course record time of 16:02.30.

 Amos Alonzo Stagg Senior Jarad Taratino finished in second place with an outstanding time of 16:23.90. Jarad Taratino was awarded a Medal on his birthday for finishing in second place overall.

 Thomas Leonard ran the first mile in 5:06, and then ran the second mile in 5:37 (10:43), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 5:19.30 for a course record time of 16:02.30. In a nice ceremony following the meet, Captain Thomas Leonard was awarded a MEDAL for finishing in FIRST place overall.    



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Leonard Family

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Junior Lucas Pennix earns a MEDAL by finishing in 17th place overall at the Reavis Rams Invitational!
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Lucas Pennix

 Junior Lucas Pennix finished second for the Redhawks and in 17th place overall with an outstanding time of 17:43.0.

 Lucas Pennix dropped 58 seconds (18:41.10) from the 2016 Reavis Rams Invitational to finish in 17th place overall in the Varsity division with an outstanding time of 17:43.0

 Lucas Pennix ran the first mile in 5:28, and then ran the second mile in 6:09 (11:37), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:06 for an outstanding time of 17:43.90. Marist Junior Lucas Pennix was awarded a MEDAL for finishing in 17th place overall.    



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Lucas Pennix

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Colin Tracy
Saturday, September 9
Captain Colin Tracy finishes third for the Redhawks and earns a RIBBON at the Reavis Rams Invitational!
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Colin Tracy

 Junior Colin Tracy finished third for the Redhawks and in 33rd place overall with an outstanding time of 18:34.9.  

 Captain Colin Tracy dropped 46 seconds (19:21.00) from the 2016 Reavis Rams Invitational to finish in 33rd place overall in the Varsity division with an outstanding time of 18:34.9.   

 Colin Tracy ran the first mile in 5:48, and then ran the second mile in 6:22 (12:10), and then ran the final mile in 6:24.90 for an outstanding time of 18:34.90. Marist Junior Colin Tracy was awarded a RIBBON for finishing in 33rd place overall.    



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Jake Tracy and Colin Tracy

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Sophomore Luke Hortsman finishes fourth for the Redhawks and earns a RIBBON at the Reavis Rams Invitational!
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Luke Hortsman

 Sophomore Luke Hortsman finished fourth for the Redhawks and in 40th place overall with an outstanding time of 18:51.7.  

 Luke Hortsman dropped one minute and seven seconds (19:58.10) from the 2016 Reavis Rams Invitational to finish in 40th place overall in the Varsity division in 2017 with an outstanding time of 18:51.7.

 Luke Hortsman ran the first mile in 5:52, and then ran the second mile in 6:33 (12:25), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:26.70 for an outstanding time of 18:51.70.

 Marist Sophomore Luke Hortsman was awarded a RIBBON for finishing in 40th place overall.    



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Luke Hortsman

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Aidan Dillon
Junior Aidan Dillon promoted to the VARSITY TEAM after outstanding performance at Reavis High School
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Aidan Dillon

 The fifth fastest Marist time of the day came in the Junior Varsity race.

 Junior Aidan Dillon led the Redhawks in the Junior Varsity race by finishing 16th overall with an outstanding time of 19:00.40   

 Aidan Dillon dropped 36 seconds (19:36.90) from the 2016 Reavis Rams Invitational to finish in 16th place overall in the 2017 Junior Varsity division with an outstanding time of 19:00.40.   

 Aidan Dillon ran the first mile in 5:56, and then ran the second mile in 6:34 (12:30), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:30.40 for an outstanding time of 19:00.40.

 Marist Junior Aidan Dillon was awarded a MEDAL for finishing in 16th place overall in the Junior Varsity race.

 Aidan Dillon will run in his first Varsity race of the 2017 season at the Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational.      



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George Madaras

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George Madaras
Junior George Madaras runs BIG time race to clinch 15 victories for the Redhawks at the Reavis Rams Invitational!
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George Madaras

 The fifth runner in a Cross Country race is the last athlete that can score points in a meet. At every mile mark, instead of racing splits, the Marist coaching staff tells the fifth runner how many athletes he needs to pass for the TEAM to WIN. It requires the highest level of mental toughness on the Cross Country TEAM, and nobody does it better than Marist Junior George Madaras.

 George Madaras started the day as Marist's seventh runner on the Varsity Cross Country TEAM, and quickly moved up to the fifth position during the Varsity race for the Redhawks

 Junior George Madaras ran the first mile in 5:52, and then ran the second mile in 6:29 (12:21), and then ran the final mile in 6:46.30 for an outstanding time of 19:07.30.

 Madaras finished ahead of the fourth and fifth runners from Eisenhower to clinich victory! 

 Madaras finished ahead of the fifth runner from Oak Lawn to clinich victory! 

 Madaras finished ahead of the third, fourth, and fifth runners from Homewood-Flossmoor to clinich victory!

 Madaras finished ahead of the second, third, fourth, and fifth runners from Richards, Oak Forest, Tinley Park, and St. Laurence to clinch victories against all four schools!

 George Madaras finished ahead of runners 1-7 (entire team) to clinch victories over T.F. South, Mt. Carmel, and St. Rita!

 George Madaras ran a great race and secured vital points for the Redhawks in his first Varsity race of the 2017 season. George Madaras also earned a RIBBON for finishing in 47th place overall.  



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George Jr Madaras and Father George Sr Madaras

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George Madaras

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Jonathan Rivera
Saturday, September 9
Freshman Jonathan Rivera finishes sixth for the Redhawks and earns a RIBBON at the Reavis Rams Invitational!
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Jonathan Rivera

 The last athlete that can score points in a Cross Country race is the fifth runner.  

 The sixth runner in a Cross Country can push back Team scores of opposing Teams by finishing ahead of their respective fifth runner to secure victory. This came into play at the Reavis Rams Invitational.

 Marist Freshman phenom Jonathan Rivera finished ahead of the fifth runner from among others, Oak Lawn, Eisenhower, T.F. South, Richards, Oak Forest, Homewood-Flossmoor, Tinley Park, St.Laurence, Mt. Carmel, and St. Rita to push opposing Team scores back. 

 Freshman Jonathan Rivera ran the first mile in 6:06, and then ran the second mile in 6:33 (12:39), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:30.60 for an outstanding time of 19:09.60.

 Jonathan Rivera also earned a RIBBON by finishing in 48th place overall in the Varsity race. 

 Jonathan Rivera was also the fifth fastest Freshman in the Varsity race.



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Rivera Family

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Kevin Bugos
Freshman Kevin Bugos finished seventh for the Redhawks and 51st overall with an outstanding time of 19 minutes and 13 seconds!
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Kevin Bugos

 The seventh runner in a Cross Country can push back Team scores of opposing Teams by finishing ahead of their respective fifth runner to secure victory. This came into play at the Reavis Rams Invitational.  

 Marist Freshman phenom Kevin Bugos finished ahead of the fifth runner from among others, St. Rita, Eisenhower,  T.F. South, Richards, Oak Forest, Homewood-Flossmoor, Tinley Park, St.Laurence, and Mt. Carmel to push opposing Team scores back.   

 Freshman Kevin Bugos ran the first mile in 6:00, and then ran the second mile in 6:37 (12:37), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:36.40 for an outstanding time of 19:13.40.  

 Kevin Bugos finished in 51st place overall, and was the also the sixth fastest Freshman in the Varsity race.  



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Kevin Bugos

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Marist Varsity Men Team Huddle
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Marist Varisty Men Team Huddle

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Marist Varsity Men Team Huddle

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Marist Sophomore Team and Principal Larry Tucker
Saturday, September 9
Marist Sophomores post victories over Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, and Tinley Park at the 53rd Annual Rams Invitational!
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Marist Head Coach Jon Gordon

 On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the Chicago Marist Sophomore Boys traveled to Burbank, Illinois for the 53rd Annual Reavis Rams Invitational.

 The IHSA Official starter for the meet was former Illinois State Track and Field Champion Lionel Poole.

 USA Track and Field legend Skip Stolley served as the meet announcer.

 Upon arrival, the Chicago Marist Redhawks were also greeted by Marist Principal Larry Tucker. A special thanks to Principal Tucker for making the trip to Burbank, Illinois to support the Cross Country TEAM.

 Athletes walked the course prior to meet, to review changes to the venue for 2017.

 In 2017, a very large hill was added to the race course, called "Harry's Hill", in honor of former Burbank Mayor Harry Klein. Harry Klein served as Mayor of Burbank for 26 years, from 1991 to 2017.

 The Marist Sophomore Boys finished in 12th place with a score of 299 points, and posted victories over, among others, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, and Tinley Park.

 The Marist Sophomore Boys were led by Josh Burns. Sophomore Josh Burns earned a Ribbon by finishing in 50th place overall with an outstanding time of 19:54.8. The Redhawks Top 7 runners included: Tommy Kavanaugh (9th), Peter Derdzinski (10th), Tommy Wagner (9th), Jack Vulich (9th), Angel Ortiz (9th), and Nolan Light (9th).

 The Sophomore Boys will travel to Peoria, Illinois on Saturday, September 16, 2017, to run on the IHSA STATE Cross Country Course at the Peoria Notre Dame Richard Spring Invitational. 



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Marist Coaches Phil McNeal, Nick Billone, and Jon Gordon

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Josh Burns
Josh Burns leads Sophomore Boys at the Reavis Rams Invitational with an outstanding time of 19 minutes and 54 seconds!
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Josh Burns

 Sophomore Josh Burns led the Redhawks in the Sophomore Boys Race and finished in 50th place overall with an outstanding time of 19:54.80.

 Josh Burns dropped 58 seconds (20:52.80) from the 2016 Reavis Rams Invitational to finish in 50th place overall in the Sophomore division in 2017 with an outstanding time of 19:54.80.

 Josh Burns ran the first mile in 5:56, and then ran the second mile in 7:07 (13:03), and then ran the final mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:51.80 for an outstanding time of 19:54.80.

 Marist Sophomore Josh Burns was awarded a RIBBON for finishing in 50th place overall.



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Josh Burns

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Freshman Tommy Kavanaugh finishes second for the Sophomore Boys with a PERSONAL BEST time of 20 minutes and 38 seconds!
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Tommy Kavanaugh

 Freshman Tommy Kavanaugh finished second for the Sophomore Boys and in 61st place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 20:38.70.

 Tommy Kavanaugh dropped 23 seconds (21:01.80) from the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational with a personal best time of 20:38.70.

 Tommy Kavanaugh ran the first mile in 6:26, and then ran the second mile in 7:15 (13:41), and then ran the third mile in a NEGATIVE split of 6:57.70 for an official time of 20:38.70.



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Tommy Kavanaugh

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Sophomore Peter Derdzinski finishes third for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 20 minutes and 43 seconds!
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Peter Derdzinski

 Sophomore Peter Derdzinski finished third for the Sophomore Boys and in 64th place overall with an outstanding time of 20:43.40.

 Peter Derdzinski dropped 44 seconds (21:27.60) from the 2016 Reavis Rams Invitational to finish in 64th place in the Sophomore division in 2017 with an official time of 20:43.40.

 Peter Derdzinski ran the first mile in 6:08, and then ran the second mile in 7:20 (13:28), and then ran the third mile in a NEGATIVE split of 7:15.40 for an outstanding time of 20:43.40.



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The Derdzinski Family

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Tommy Wagner
Freshman Tommy Wagner finishes fourth for the Redhawks with a PERSONAL BEST time of 21 minutes and 11 seconds!
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Tommy Wagner and Jack Vulich

 Freshman Tommy Wagner finished fourth for the Sophomore Boys Team and in 72nd place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 21:11.60.

 Tommy Wagner dropped two seconds (21:13.15) from the Lyons Township Mike Kuharic Invitational with a personal best time of 21:11.60.

 Tommy Wagner ran the first mile in 6:49, and then ran the second mile in 7:14 (14:03), and then ran the third mile in a NEGATIVE split of 7:08.60 for an outstanding time of 21:11.60.



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The Wagner Family

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Jack Vulich
Freshman Jack Vulich runs a rare TRIPLE PERSONAL BEST performance at Reavis Rams Invitational!
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Jack Vulich

 Freshman Jack Vulich finished fifth for the Sophomore Boys Team to complete the scoring and in 76th place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 21:25.30.  

 Jack Vulich made history by running his mile personal record, two miles personal record, and three miles personal record in the SAME race! !

 Jack Vulich ran the first mile in a personal best time of 6:49, and then ran the second mile in 7:16 for a two mile personal record of 14:05, and then ran the third mile in 7:20.30 for a PERSONAL BEST time of 21:25.30.



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Jack Vulich

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Freshman Angel Ortiz outkicks TF South Freshman Josh Prioleau with a personal best time of 22 minutes and 17 seconds!
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Angel Ortiz

 Freshman Angel Ortiz finished sixth for the Sophomore Boys Team and in 83rd place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 22:17.80.

 Angel Ortiz outkicked TF South Freshman Josh Prioleau (84th place) to finish in 83rd place overall and secure vital points for the Redhawks.  

 Angel Ortiz ran the first mile in 6:50, and then ran the second mile in 8:04 (14:54), and then ran the third mile in a NEGATIVE split of 7:23.80 for an outstanding time of 22:17.80.



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Freshman Nolan Light finishes seventh for the Redhawks at the Reavis Rams Invitational!
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Nolan Light

 Freshman Nolan Light finished seventh for the Sophomore Boys Team and in 106th place overall with a PERSONAL BEST time of 26:00.80.  

 Nolan Light ran the first mile in 7:32, and then ran the second mile in 9:23 (16:55), and then ran the third mile in a NEGATIVE split of 9:07.80 for an outstanding time of 26:00.80.



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Principal Larry Tucker and the Marist Sophomore Boys 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.



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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.



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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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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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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Marist Captain Colin Tracy finishes third for the Redhawks with a PERSONAL BEST time of 17 minutes and 43 seconds!
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 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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Marist Junior Aidan Dillon finishes fourth for the Redhawks with an outstanding time of 18 minutes and 32 seconds!
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 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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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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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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 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.  



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



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, October 3
Marist Cross Country TEAM Pasta Party, Friday, October 6, 2017, 4 pm
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On Friday, October 6, 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 Rich Central Invitational (10/7), and the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships (10/14).

 Villa Palermo Catering will provide the TEAM with Chicken Alfredo Pasta, Pasta with Meat Sauce, Pasta with Butter, Gluten Free Pasta with Marinara, Fresh Bread, Cookies, and bottled water. 

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

 There will be a TEAM Pasta Party at Marist prior to upcoming meets on 10/13, 10/20, and 10/27. The Pasta Party on 11/3 will take place at the Mark Twain Hotel in Peoria for the STATE Championships. 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. Thanks.



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Tuesday, October 10
TEAM and PARENTS TAILGATE PARTY - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
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 The East Suburban Catholic Conference Cross Country Championships takes place in historic Melas Park located at 1500 W. Central Road, Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Melas is located near Central and Busse Roads, just east of Busse and west of Northwest Highway.

 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 (10th), Lucas Pennix (11th), Colin Tracy (11th), Aidan Dillon (11th), Luke Hortsman (10th), Kevin Bugos (9th), and Joe Donnelly (11th).

 The Sophomore Boys race commences at 11:30 am, and Chicago Marist is represented by Jonathan Rivera (9th), Tommy Kavanaugh (9th), Tommy Wagner (9th), Josh Burns (10th), Jack Vulich (9th), Julian Marrero (9th), and Peter Derdzinski (10th).

 The Junior Varsity Boys race commences at 12:30 pm, and Chicago Marist is represented by Andres Castillo (11th), Kaleed Chandler (10th), Nolan Light (9th), John Paul Koss (9th), Nathaniel Salvato (9th), Patrick Devlin (9th), Brian Chavez-Lopez (9th), Danny Zacek (9th), Brian Breslin (11th), Ignacio Jasso (12th), Angel Ortiz (9th), and Mike Dwyer (10th). 

 The race course is located at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd., Mt. Prospect), 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 2017.

 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 14, 2017 - Tailgate Party - List of Items

1. Bottled water - Gordon Family

2. Bagels, Cream Cheese, and plastic ware - Kavanaugh Family

3. Pasta salad, paper plates, and card table - Vulich Family

4. Cheese, crackers, sausage and muffins - Wagner Family

5. Fresh Fruit - Rivera Family

6. Brownies - Devlin Family

7. Cookies - Leonard Family  


Handout: 2017 East Suburban Catholic Conference Championships


 
 
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