The Fighting Irish started their 2021 journey with an impressive showing at the Glen Oak invite
The day began with the men’s team taking an impressive 2nd place finish for Division II and a 6th place finish overall. Freshman Kyle Hammer, led the charge for the Irish. He was followed by Junior Andy Thomas, Freshman Sammy Robinson, Freshmen Michael Walter, Junior Luca Richuitti, and Freshman Patrick Scahill. The key for the Irish men’s success was the tight pack that involved also AJ Chiera and Steve Jones.
The Ladies team followed up with an even more impressive showing by winning the Division II title and finishing runner up only to state powerhouse Hudson. The Ladies were lead by Sophomore Anne Rea who also finished in 2nd place overall. Anne was followed by Junior Olivia Kindbom, Senior Amelia Moll and freshmen Scarlett Powell and Maggie Pariso.
Despite the horrible weather, the Fighting Irish Men and Women teams rose to the occasion. The Ladies qualified in 6 events and the men qualified in 5 events for the state championship. Here are the qualifying events:
Ladies 4 x 800 relay (Theresa Hagey Kate Saum, Emily Bame, Laney King) 1st Kya Epps 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash 1st in both events Ladies 4 x 200 relay (Malaya Young, Ny Kimble, Olivia Mathis, Kya Epps) 1st Theresa Hagey 1600 meter 5th Kate Saum 1600 meter 6th Laney King 800 meter 4th
Men’s 4 x 100 relay (Santino Moss, Darrian Lewis, Amarion Watson, Shawn Lodge) 4th Dhiren Brickman 400 meter 5th Shawn Lodge 200 meter 3rd Blake Sifferlin pole vault 5th Macyo Williams shot put 3rd
Congratulations to the Men’s team for winning their 6th District title. The guys team has qualified in 8 events to the Regionals. The ladies team has also qualified 8 events to the Regionals. The Ladies just missed the title by 9 points. For both the men and the women, you showed tremendous fight and determination.
Here are the qualifying events to the Regionals and the place they finished at Districts: Ladies: 4 x 800 relay (Theresa Hagey, Emily Bame, Kate Saum, Laney King) (1st) Kya Epps 100 m (1st), 200 m (1st) Theresa Hagey 1600 m (2nd) Kate Saum 1600 m (3rd) Nye Kimble 200 m(4th) Olivia Mathis 400 m (4th) Emily Bame 800 m (2nd) Laney King 800 m (3rd) 4 x 200 relay (Malaya Young, Nye Kimble, Olivia Mathis, Kya Epps) 2nd
Men’s qualifying events:
Darrien Lewis 100 m (1st) Dhiren Brickman 400 m (2nd) Ohajdi Jackson 300 m hurdles (1st) Macyo Williams shot put (2nd) Blake Sifferlin pole vault (2nd) Shawn Lodge 200 m (1st) JaeSon Anderson 200 m (3rd) 4 x 100 relay (Santino Moss, Amarion Watson, Darrien Lewis, Shawn Lodge) 1st 4 x 400 relay (Nasir Madison, Ray McRay, Calil McRay, Dhiren Brickman) 2nd
Junior Blake Sifferlin broke the school record in the pole vault at the Walsh Relays. His new mark is 13’6″ breaking his previous record he set a month ago of 13′. Blake initially broke a school record that was held by Paul Wilson 49 years ago. CONGRATULATIONS BLAKE.
The Fighting Irish kicked off their 2021 quest at the Crestwood Invitational. The Ladies captured a 2nd place finish only losing the title by 14 points. On the guys side, they finished in a respectable 4th place out of 12 teams.
I want to congratulate the Ladies 4×800 relay team for defending their state indoor title with an impressive victory this past Saturday.The team consisted of Theresa Hagey, Emily Bame, Kate Saum and Laney King.
Other place holders at the OATCC state Finals were:
Olivia Mathis finished in 8th place in the 400. Kate Saum finished in 8th place in the 1600. Theresa Hagey finished in 9th place. Emily Bame finished in 5th place in the 800. Andrew McSteen finished in 10th place in the 1600. Pole Vaulter and school Record Holder Blake Sifferlin finished in 9th place in Pole Vault State finals that were held in Wooster.
Staying along with the entirely unusual year this has been, the state finals was very odd in regards to the weather. The conditions were more like the first invite of the year, rather than the last with the temperatures soaring to mid 70s by the time the race was contested.
When the race ended, the team consisting of Theresa Hagey, Kate Saum, Aislynn McVicker, Olivia Kindbom, Sadie Porchowsky, Anne Rea and Amelia Moll finished in 3rd place as a team. They missed the title by a mere 22 points and the runner spot by only 8 pts.
On the men’s side, Senior Chase Powers represented the Fighting Irish with a strong performance. However, the heat played havoc on Chase and he fought to a 77 finish.
Congratulations to all of the 2020 Fighting Irish Cross Country team. This season will go down in the history books like no other year. All of the athletes showed their resilience and their perseverance each and everyday. We never knew from one day to the next if the season was even going to be completed.
I want to personally thank all team members, coaches and families for keeping the faith and allowing God to keep us all grounded and focused.
Thanks to Mr. Lisle, here are some photos he took: