The 2020 Journey for the cross country team began its quest with an all day camp at Firestone Metro Park on Saturday August 1st. The camp was a culmination of team bonding, the ending of the summer conditioning and the beginning of the quest for a state trip for both guys and girls teams on November 7th at the new location – Fort Orbetz in Columbus.
The highlight of the day was the domination by team #2 at frisbee football and volleyball. Congratulations to all of the team 2 members.
The Fighting Irish Ladies 4 x 800 relay team not only took 1st place in the Indoor State Championships at Spire Institute, they also broke the state record with a time of 9:35.8. The previous record was set by our 2011 Lady Irish team. The tradition continues!
The Lady Irish were led by Theresa Hagey, Laney King, Emily Bame and Natalie Tobin.
The guys team then proceeded to run away with the 4 x 800 relay with an impressive time of 8:05. The guys team consisted of Chase Powers, Nate Snipes, Andrew McSteen and Nasari Epps.
The Lady Irish also captured 5th place in the 4 x 200 relay. Their team consisted of Kya Epps, Aminah Claxtion, Kayla Liggins and Olivia Mathis. Sophomore Kya Epps finished in 3rd place in the 60 meter dash
Aminah Claxton finished in 7th place in the 400 meter dash.
Natalie Tobin rounded out the medal count with a 5th place finish in the 800 meter run.
The Fighting Irish Track and Field team have qualified in 12 events for the indoor state track and field championship at Spire on Saturday March 7th starting at 9:30 am.
The events that have qualified are as follows:
The ladies 4 x 800 relay team consisting of Theresa Hagey, Laney King, Emily Bame and Natalie Tobin
The ladies 4 x 200 relay team consisting of Kya Epps, Aminah Claxton, Kayla Liggins and Olivia Mathis
Kya Epps in the 60 meter dash
Aminah Claxton in the 400 meter dash
Natalie Tobin in the 800 meter run
Emily Bame in the 800 meter run
Theresa Hagey in the 1600 meter run
The guys 4 x 800 relay team consisting of Chase Powers, Nathan Snipes, Andrew McSteen and Nasari Epps
The guys 4 x 200 relay team consisting of Darian Lewis, Mason Stephens, Desmond Manley and Theon Mascenharas
Blake Siffirlin in the pole vault
Nasari Epps in the 800 meter run
Chase Powers in the 800 meter run
The 2020 Journey to the state finals will begin on Monday February 24th @ 1:45 pm in the warehouse.
Indoor season has been very productive so far. There has even been time to enjoy the outdoor weather!
Junior Theresa Hagey wins yet another invite at the Legends of Cross Country Championship. Her win led the Lady Irish to another impressive first place crown.
Theresa’s title was impressive, but it was the strength of her teammates that was the dominating factor that will be noted throughout the state. The Lady Irish placed the next 6 spots in the top 25 and were separated by only 40 seconds. The Lady Irish team consisted of Amelia Moll, Natalie Tobin, Katie Saum, Olivia Kindbon, Emily Bame and Sadie Porchowsky.
The guys team also conquered the field in great fashion with an impressive title and all 5 runners landing in the top 20. The guys were led by Chase Powers, Nasari Epps, Jake Pentasuglio, Nick Steel, and Andrew McSteen.
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.