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. 

Chapter 9 Fighting Irish Men and Women dominate the District

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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:

Ch 8 BOTH IRISH TEAMS END THE REGULAR SEASON IN DOMINATING FASHION!

 

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Congratulations to both Men and Women’s team for their dominating performance at the Legends Invite this past weekend as both teams took 1st place. Despite the fact that the spread between our number 1 runner and #5 runner was too large, the key take away was the fight and determination shown by most of you while you battled through a very difficult terrain. It appeared as though many of you didn’t let the muddy conditions alter your fight towards beating a runner in front of you. This intangible is exactly what we will need if we want the final destination to be the top of the podium.

Congratulations to Senior Alex Phillips for ending his regular season career as the champion of the Legends Invite.

Now the journey is down to two more mountains in order to earn the right to go to the “Big Dance”

Photos from the race courtesy of Christian Lisle:

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CHAPTER 7 – A BIT OF A SET BACK

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The Midwest Meet of Champions race was by far the strangest invitational we have been in this year starting with the soft ground conditions to a gator directing the guys race the wrong way! However, despite these bizarre situations, the competition was as extremely intense as anticipated. Unfortunately,  many of our Irish didn’t rise to the challenge.

The good news of the day was the depth shown by our younger runners. Due to their efforts, we now are going into our final regular season invite with a challenge for both teams as to who will be our top 7 for the post season. The final chapters will now begin to be written.

Here are the photos from this past weekend thanks to Christian Lisle:

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CHAPTER 6 THE IRISH DOMINATE THE ALL CATHOLIC

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The Lady Irish not only dominated the Silver division, they also won the overall race beating out some of the top division 1 schools from Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. This has only been done one time before at the All Catholic and that was done by our Lady Irish in 2010. The All Catholic has been contested for 24 years.

The men’s team also won the Silver division in convincing fashion by placing all 7 runners in the top 20.

CHAPTER 5 – LADY IRISH TAKE COMMAND OF BOARDMAN INVITE OVER 51 TEAMS!

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The Lady Irish have won their 2nd straight Invitational this past weekend at the Youngstown Boardman Invitational.  The Fighting Irish took the title over 50 other teams. The Irish were led by Sophomore Theresa Hagey who finished 2nd overall in a field of 425 runners. She was followed by Amelia Moll, Nina Zraik, Sadie Porchowsky, Natalie Tobin and Quincy Powers. The Lady Irish are currently ranked 2nd in the state.

On the men’s side, Alex Phillip led the way with an impressive 4th place finish amount 435 runners. The guys team ended up in 2nd place against 53 teams. Matt Sollenberger and Colin Scahill both had strong finish that enabled the Irish to secure the runner up spot. Jake Pentasuglio and Nick Steel rounded out the scoring for the Irish. The guys team is currently ranked 4th in the state.
The following link are photos courtesy of our famous photographer – Christian Lisle

CHAPTER 2&3 – THE IRISH CONTINUE TO ROLL!

 

Chapter 2 – GlenOak Invite: Both the guys and girls teams dominated the Division II/III race winning in convincing fashion. Senior Alex Phillips lead the charge for the Irish men as he won the race in division II. Nina Zraik led the way for the ladies. Both team victories was decided by the closeness of the top 6 finishers. Both teams showed tremendous pack running and all showed a great fight at the end of the race.

Chapter 3 – Avon Lake: Sophomore Theresa Hagey won the overall title by a convincing margin of 33 seconds as she helped lead the Irish to a 6 point title over Shaker Heights. Theresa was followed by Amelia Moll, Nina Zraik, Sadie Porchowsky and Natalie Tobin. The ladies team won the title against all division I schools. This is now the ladies second straight title.

The guys team were without 2 key runners and yet they still ended up in a respectable 3rd place finish only losing the runner up title by 4 points. The guys team also ran up in division I. Matt Sollenberger was the first finisher for the Irish. he was followed by Colin Scahill, Andrew McSteen, Chase Powers and Nick Steel.

Now the mountains become even more intense – stay tuned for more of the 2018 story!

Thanks to Christian Lisle here are the links for both the Glen Oak and the Avon Lake invites:

https://1drv.ms/f/s!AlMMInR3s6uQiIEOa2QQzR8u0–M1A (Avon Lake Invite)

https://1drv.ms/f/s!AlMMInR3s6uQh_1PT-tdD1TiSumyng (Glen Oak Invite)

 

Chapter 4 – The Irish conquer the conditions at Tiffin Invitational

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Congratulations to Sophomore Theresa Hagey who broke a 6 year old school record in the 5000 meter run this past weekend at the Tiffin Carnival.
Despite the terrible conditions, Theresa led the way for the Fighting Irish as they finished in a close 2nd place to the defending champions from Lexington. Theresa ended up 2nd overall as well. She was followed by Nina Zraik, Amelia Moll, Sadie Porchowsky Natalie Tobin, Quincy Powers and Emily Bame.
The guys team also faired very well with an impressive 3rd place showing out of 44 teams. The guys were led by Alex Phillip. He was followed by Matt Sollenberger, Colin Scahill, Chase Powers and Nick Steel.
A special shout out goes to the guys open race where all of the Irish finished with times under 19 minutes to help the Irish to a 3rd place finish against 47 teams.

CHAPTER 1 – EARLY SEASON INVITE CONQUEST!

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The first chapter of the 2018 journey concluded with a resounding success by both the Men’s and Women’s team as we traveled to Hebron (the location of the state finals) for the OHSAA Early Bird Invitational.

The guys team started the day off with an impressive win over a field of 22 teams and 220 runners. The ladies then followed suit with an impressive 2nd place showing, only losing by 9 points for the title.

Now, onto chapter 2 – Glen Oak invite …. ( how will this chapter be written?)

Thanks to Christian Lisle, I am able to submit the following link for a variety of photos from Saturday’s race:

https://1drv.ms/f/s!AlMMInR3s6uQh_h_xhiEX7vbiE09qQ

LET THE 2018 JOURNEY BEGIN!

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The 2018 Cross Country story began this past weekend at Camp Wanakee.  I would like to thank all of the athletes who were able to come for the weekend. I was most impressed by the team bonding between the guys team and the ladies team that happened throughout the entire weekend culminating in a very interesting video presentation on Saturday night. As we now embark on our quest to the state finals, I am encouraging all to continue to grow and accept the pitfalls along with the successes. REMAIN FAITHFUL IN YOUR GOD GIVEN ABIILTY. COURAGE IS THE ABILITY TO GO BEYOND THE PAIN.