Congratulations to the Men’s and Women’s teams for capturing the title in their respective divisions in dominating fashion. The men’s team won with 19 points and all 7 runners finishing in the top 15. The Ladies team had 6 finish in the top 10.
The Men started the day off with Senior Nasari Epps leading the way. He was followed by Chase Powers, Andrew McSteen, Nick Steel, Jackson Deitrick, Kevin Rybka and Jake Pentasuglio.
The Women’s team was lead by Theresa Hagey. She was followed by Katie Saum, Natalie Tobin, Sadie Porchowsky, Olivia Kindbom, Amelia Moll and Emily Bame.
For the rest of the Fighting Irish runners also had a great showing. This is the first time we had all of the guys run 24 minutes or better. For the ladies this was the first time we had everyone under 27 minutes. The Irish depth was on full display.
It was a perfect day to run the 18th Annual Matt Kauffman 5k Memorial run. It was topped off by honoring long time coach of cross country and track/field Bob Shell. Coach Shell dedicated over 12 years to our Fighting Irish program. I want to personally thank Coach Shell for his years of service.
Congratulations to Junior Theresa Hagey for being the overall winner in the women’s division with a time of 19:30. This is her third straight title. Congratulations to graduate Alex Phillip (19) for his repeat win in the Men’s division with a time of 17:06.
Thank you to all of the parents and friends who donated gift cards and side dishes to our event. It was great way to begin the season.
The Fighting Irish Men’ and Women’s Cross Country team spending some quality time together on the 4th of July. Regional finals is only 114 days away. Keep up the great work.
The Fighting Irish went down to the OHSAA State Finals in 10 events and placed in 7 events. The Lady Irish had 6 events entered and placed in 5 to earn the honor of 2nd place as a team. Here are the individual event results:
Ladies 4 x 800 relay team 2nd place (Theresa Hagey, Nina Zraik, Emily Bame, Natalie Tobin and Laney King)
Kya Epps 4th in the 100 meter and 2nd in the 200 meter
Aminah Claxton 5th in the 400 meter
Theresa Hagey 6th in the 1600 meter
Matt Sollenberger 4th in the 1600 meter
Alex Phillip 6th in the 3200 meter
Congratulations to all podium finishers. This now makes 161 state award winners for SVSM. I would encourage everyone to go over to the Cosgrove Building and look at the other Fighting Irish Podium winners. It is an exceptional honor to earn a state medal.
Congratulations to both the Men’s and Women’s team for their performance at the Regional Track and Field finals in Austintown Fitch. The Lady Irish captured the title with 6 events qualifying to the state and 4 events for the guys team. The guys team finished in 7th place. Here are the qualifying events:
mens 4 x 800 relay (Chase Powers, Colin Scahill, Alex Phillip, Matt Sollenberger)
womens 4 x 800 (Theresa Hagey, Nina Zraik, Emily Bame, Natalie Tobin)
Kya Epps 100 meter and 200 meter dash
Aminah Claxton 400 meter
Theresa Hagey 1600 meter run
Matt Sollenberger 1600 meter run and 800 meter run
Alex Phillip 3200 meter run
women’s 4 x 400 relay (Aminah Claxton, Emily Bame, Laney King, Olivia Mathis)
The 2019 Cross Country season will attempt to pick up where we left off last November with another journey to the state finals.
It all starts on Tuesday May 21st @ 6 pm in the school LRC with a parent/athlete/coaches meeting. Please try to attend.
The 2019 Track and Field campaign will begin on Tuesday March 26th at the Elms complex. We will be hosting Trinity, Elms and East High School. If anyone is available to help be a finish line helper or field events helper, please let me know.
Good luck to all of the Fighting Irish as we begin our quest to the State Finals on May 31, June 1st.
Click on the following link for the complete schedule of meets:
track schedule 2019
The 2018 story for the Fighting Irish Cross Country team concluded with fantastic results.
The Men’s team took home their 5th runner up team trophy in 19 years. In addition, Seniors Alex Phillip (3rd) and Matt Sollenberger (8th) placed in the top 20 and earned a spot on the podium. Senior Colin Scahill finished in 29th place to earn All Ohio honors.
The Women’s team also finished as the 2nd best team in the state. The Irish had three women stand atop the podium: Theresa Hagey took 8th place, Nina Zraik took 14th place and Amelia Moll took 16th place.
All of these honors will be on display in the Cosgrove Building on the Wall of Honor.
Adding to both teams success was an additional honor with 11 out of 12 runners earning Academic All Ohio honors.
On behalf of my coaches: Bob Shell, Cori Hammer, Matt Frantz, Christine Stires and Michelle Sollenberger, it has been my honor to witness such a great story that will now be added to the Fighting Irish Cross Country forklore.
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.
Congratulations to the Guys and Girls Fighting Irish Cross country to for the dominating performance this past Saturday at the Glen Oak District Finals. The Guys started the day off by placing 6 runners in the top 16 places and winning the title by a 50 point margin. Senior Alex Phillip won the title with his own teammate senior Matt Sollenberger in close pursuit to finish in 2nd place. Colin Scahill finished in 6th place with Chase Powers, Nick Steel and Jake Pentasuglio rounding out the scoring.
For the Ladies team this is their 12th straight District title. The Ladies had 6 finish in the top 15 places. The ladies were led by Sophomore Theresa Hagey who finished in 2nd place. She was closely followed by Nina Zraik and Amelia Moll. Sadie Porchowsky, Natalie Tobin and Quincy Powers rounded out the scoring as the Lady Irish won the title by almost 60 points.
Both teams will now attempt to qualify for the state title this Saturday at Youngstown Boardman. The guys will run at 11:45 am and the Ladies will run at 2:15 pm.
Here are the photos courtesy of Christian Lisle: