CH. 10 ONTO THE STATE FINALS!!

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Congratulations to both the Men’s and Women’s cross country teams as both teams have qualified to State Championship this coming Saturday in Hebron, Ohio;
For the Men’s team, this will be their 14th trip in 19 years. For the Ladies team, this is their 11th straight trip to the state finals.
On the guys side, senior Alex Phillip won the Regional meet. He was closely followed by Matt Sollenberger who finished in 3rd overall. Colin Scahill, Chase Powers, Nick Steel and Jake Pentasuglia rounded out the scoring for the Irish as they finished in a close 2nd place by only 8 points to our arch rival – Woodridge.
On the Ladies side, they won their 7th Regional crown by over 22 points. The Irish were led by Sophomore Theresa Hagey who finished in 2nd overall. Nina Zraik and Amelia Moll also finished in the top 24 places. Rounding out the scoring was Sadie Porchowsky and Kate Saum.
The teams will compete for the State title this Saturday with the guys team running at 11:45 am and the Ladies team running at 2:15 pm.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH TEAMS!

Both teams stepped up in big fashion at the Regional finals yesterday.Despite the miserable conditions, many of you fought through and enabled our teams to advance to the state finals. For the ladies team, this will be your 11th straight trip. For the guys team, this will be your 14th trip in 19 years. The tradition lives on!
Before I get into the week, I want to start to telling all of you and this includes the alternates – TO ENJOY EACH DAY OF THIS WEEK! I know both teams have set a very high bar for this race and I sincerely believe it is within your reach if you are mentally prepared for it. I know you all are physically prepared for that final goal. There is no team as strong as both of our teams. Believe it.
All that is left to do this week is to tweak the speed component of each runner. It is imperative that you all understand that we are not going to be doing that many reps. Therefore, I am expecting the times of each rep to be FASTER than race pace. This is an essential piece in creating speed memory. Hopefully, concentrating on this part this week will be enough time. Lastly, many of you have been battling with a cold. Please consider your hydration and nutrition all week long.
Now, let the Big Dance begin! Here is the breakdown for the week:
Monday – Wednesday: Goodyear from 3:30 – 4:45
Thursday @ school for meditation 3:30 – 4:30
Friday – Send off rally in the gym at 8 am
I am attaching the agenda for all of you to review.
Congratulations once again to both team. Visualize the race beginning now and remember – Courage and Passion requires you rise above your comfort zone. 

Author: dlancian

I am the Head Cross Country and Track/Field coach for St. Vincent - St. Mary High School

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