The Fighting Irish stepped up big time at the All Catholic Invitational this past weekend at Indian Riffle Park in Kettering, Ohio. Both teams not only won the Silver division, they also won the overall divisions. This is the first time in the 17 years we that we have done this well. The key to the success was the fight to the finish that each and every runner showed despite the heat.
Junior Theresa Hagey won her 2nd consecutive overall title. All 7 girls placed in the top 20 in the Silver division. Theresa was followed by Amelia Moll, Olivia Kindbom, Katie Saum and Natalie Tobin.
Senior Nasari Epps led the way for the guys team with a strong 6th place finish. He was closely followed by Chase Powers who finished in 9th place. Jake Pentasuglia, Nick Steel and Andrew McSteen rounded out the scoring for the Irish.
Two more invitationals left before the post season mountains begin!
The Fighting Irish Ladies made a huge statement this past Saturday at the Boardman cross country invitational.T hey not only won the tournament by over 50 points against 35 teams, they were honored by being the best team overall in all three division with the best team average time.
Junior Theresa Hagey won the invite in convincing fashion by over 40 seconds. She was followed by Katie Saum, Olivia Kindbom, Amelia Moll, Natalie Tobin, Sadie Porchowsky and Quincy Powers.
Also worth noting was the first place finish by Sophomore Rebka Lile in the girls open race.
The guys team also fared very well with a third place finish against 40 teams. The Irish were led by Senior Nasari Epps. He was followed by Chase Powers, Andrew McSteen, Nick Steel and Andy Thomas.
The girls team is currently ranked 3rd in the state.The guys team is ranked 5th in the state.
The following link has several photos taken by Christian Lile who works for Ohio Mile Split.
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.