On a day made for a runner, the Fighting Irish stepped up big time among some of the best competition not only in the state but also in the country. When the day was over, 2 guys ran times that are ranked as the best in the country! Our Irish did not disappoint either as 90% of the Irish posted their fastest times of the year.

The two photos above depict our Freshmen/Sophomores who scored a 7th place and 4th place respectfully. Outstanding job for our younger runners. The Race of Champions had the guys finish in 8th place and the ladies finish in 10th place out of 37 teams entered. There was only three total teams including the Irish that were designated as division II teams.

Now the journey goes to one last regular season race. Envision the Highest Peak!

Here are more pictures – courtesy of Christian Lisle!AlMMInR3s6uQh7h9NqBMd5DcuheCmw

Both Irish win Titles – Despite the Heat

God tested our teams mental toughness this weekend starting with the journey down and the flat tire on our bus that kept us in the sweltering heat for over 2 hours. But, the determination and dedication of the Fighting Irish showed up the next day. Congratulations to both the men’s and women’s team for their title wins in the All Catholic.

Here is the link to more photos – courtesy of Mr. Lisle.!AlMMInR3s6uQh7M1l4yD-IWlcs6rsw

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The Boardman Invitational was just as expected – A TOTAL MAD HOUSE! In the guys race there were 52 teams and 405 runners. On the ladies side, there were 60 teams and 365 runners. unlike the Tiffin course, this one is even more narrow. Yet despite these barriers, the Irish stepped up big. On the guys side, they improved from last week as a pack and finished in a strong 3rd place only losing to NDCL by 20 and Woodridge by 3.

On the ladies side, they finished in 2nd place behind Hawkins with two runners from our top 5 still out.

Not to be outdone by the varsity races was our open races. The Lady Irish dominated the field and won the race with Nicole Reese and Maria Leeser finishing 1st and 2nd. On the guys side, they finished in 2nd place with Jake Pentasuglio finishing in a strong 4th place out of 450 runners.

Here is the link to more photos – courtesy of Christian Lisle.!AlMMInR3s6uQh69FYU6gNtnrP04Tow



Congratulations to the Lady Irish for their outstanding performance at the Tiffin Invitational this past Saturday. With two of our normal top 5 runners sitting out the race, it took the grit and determination from senior Elaina Mendiola and Sophomore Natalie Tobin to team up with Freshman Theresa Hagey, Senior Leah Lisle and Junior Nina Zraik to mount a strong 2nd place finish in field of over 325 runners and 35 teams!

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The Men’s team also performed well in a field of over 330 runners and 35 teams. The team finished 4th. They were led by Alex Phillip, Colin Scahill. Patrick White, Matt Sollenbeger and Chase Powers.

Please note the new and enlarged tent donated by the Fighting Irish XC parents. Thank you parents!

Here are the photos from the race (courtesy of Christian Lisle)!AlMMInR3s6uQh6tB0QtL6SMzaRGo1g


Avon Lake – Mountain #2 CAPTURED!


Congratulations to both the Men’s and Women’s team for another great team performance. Both teams captured 2nd place awards amongst a very strong division one field. Now, the quest begins to get more challenging. We are about the embark on our most difficult part of this journey. Envision the highest peak and continue to persevere in your God-given ability.

The link below is courtesy of Mr. Lisle once again. Thank you Mr. Lisle.!AlMMInR3s6uQh6d0jxccQCeSSQl3Cw

Glen Oak Invitational – Mountain #1 CONQUERED!


Both the Men’s and Women’s teams came out on top this past weekend at the Glen Oak Invitational. Both teams captured 1st place in a very convincing manner. The ladies had all 7 runners in the top 10 places in division 2. The guys had the top 5 runners finish in the top 10 spots. What was most impressive was that the B teams also placed in the top 10 against many division 1 teams. Great start to the season!

Thanks to the brilliant photos by Mr. Lisle, I am attaching the link to several outstanding photos. Also, please note, there is another link to a story written on Ohio Mile Split along with photos from Mr. Lisle about our team.!AlMMInR3s6uQh6JFuYbxibdHqCEgfA


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This past weekend, the 2017 XC journey got underway. It was a tiring but very productive weekend at Mohican State Park. There were over 40 of the 50 members of the Fighting Irish 2017 team in attendance. Now it is on to envision the season one step at time. Each “mountain” will have it’s own challenges to conquer. Trust in your God-given ability. Remain faithful and trust in your self and your teammates. The next mountain to attack will be the Matt Kauffman 5k on August 12th.

I would like to thank Tim Rickus and his Subway branch in Green for once again donating all of the sub sandwiches for the trip. Tim has been providing this for free for the past 10 years!