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Cross Country Boys Varsity

Date Game Start Place Update
09/02/17 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ Ignatius Connelly Invite 9:00 AM 1st Place
  Wolfpack Sweep at Connelly Invite
Running together at a conservative pace as a front-running pack  for the first half of the 3.0-mile race, the Wolfpack finished with a strong final mile and opened its season with a top-six sweep at the Jim Connelly Invitational on Saturday.  The Wolfpack won with a perfect score of 15 points over St. Viator (70), Notre Dame (91), and eleven other teams.  Senior Michael OBroin pulled away with a full-throttle finishing mile to win in 15 minutes and 21 seconds.  Senior Trey Johnson and junior John Walls finished together in 2nd  and 3rd  at 15:39, with junior Christian Coletta also running a strong race in 4th  (15:48);  Johnson and Coletta set personal milestones, breaking  the 16-minute barrier over three miles for the first time.  Sophomore Jacob Flynn in 5th (16:04) and junior John Rittereiser in 6th (16:09) set personal best marks by over a minute.  Senior James Mangan completed the Ignatius top seven scorers in 8th-place with another personal best of 16:10, with junior Tom Novy close behind in 9th with a 16:14, a personal best by over a minute and a half.  “We have been telling these guys for the last month that they are going to be a very, very good team,” said Coach Ed Ernst.  “But to be honest, this was better than we expected.  They might be even better than we thought.  Now we have to stay healthy and keep training.  We will have a stiffer test next week.”  The Wolfpack travel to the state meet course at Detweiller Park in Peoria next Saturday for the First to the Finish Invitational, where they will face about half of the top-twenty ranked teams in the state:  “Our Connelly meet was really good, but we will know better who we really are after First to the Finish.”
09/09/17 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ First to the Finish Invitational 9:00 AM 7th Place
09/23/17 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ Palatine Invite 9:00 AM 7th Place
09/30/17 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ Niles West 9:00 AM 1st Place
  Wolfpack Win Pat Savage Invite
Placing three runners in the top ten of the big schools White Division, the Wolfpack ran away with the win at the Pat Savage Invitational held at Niles West High School on Saturday, September 30.  The Wolfpack scored just 51 points to defeat Evanston (86), Loyola (98), and twenty other 3A IHSA schools.  Senior Michael OBroin and junior John Walls ran together for most of the race in second and third place, holding those spots to finish together, with both runners crossing the line in 15 minutes and 26 seconds. It was a personal record race for Walls.   Senior Trey Johnson was tenth in 15:49, with juniors Christian Coletta 17th (16:07) and John Rittereiser 19th (16:13) completing the five-man scoring team for Ignatius.  “We last won the Pat Savage Invite in 2014,” said coach Ed Ernst.  “But even that year we didn’t do as well in the freshmen and sophomore races as we did this year.  It was a great day for our program.”
10/06/17 Boys Cross Country Varsity vs Jones Dual 4:00 PM Dual Win
  Wolfpack holds onto Sears Tower Trophy
It wasn’t really a cross country race, as the Wolfpack defeated Jones College Prep to retain the travelling five-foot tall Sears Tower trophy in Friday afternoon’s fourth annual  Jones against Ignatius dual meet .  Thunderstorms threatened in the morning forecast, and Jones College Prep coach Andrew Adelmann and Saint Ignatius coach Ed Ernst made a decision to move the race from Washington Park, where there would be no place to hide from the predicted heavy rain and lightning, to the Saint Ignatius track.  What’s more, Jones had raced on Wednesday, and the Jones runners treated the race more like a workout than a race.  The Wolfpack, nonetheless, ran hard, establishing six runners at the front of the race and then holding those spots lap after lap to score just 15 points—the lowest total you can score in cross country.  Senior Michael OBroin ran 12 laps one after another at around 75 seconds per lap to finish 4800 meters in 14 minutes and 58 seconds for the win.  Senior Trey Johnson was second in 15:16, with junior John Walls third in 15:21.  Sophomore Jacob Flynn ran 15:34 for fourth, with senior James Mangan fifth in 15:49 and junior John Rittereiser sixth in 15:58.  “It was more like a time trial than a race,” said coach Ernst.  “And it is not the same running on the track as it is running on grass.  But they did get a chance to run pretty fast!”
10/16/17 Boys Cross Country @ CCL Meet @ Lewis University 4:30 PM
10/21/17 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ IHSA Regionals 9:00 AM 5th Place
  Wolfpack 5th at IHSA Regional
The Pack qualified for the Hinsdale Central IHSA sectional next week by finishing fifth at the Lyons Township regional. Junior John Rittereiser led the Wolfpack in 18th place.
10/28/17 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ IHSA Sectionals 9:00 AM 7th Place

Cross Country Boys Frosh/Soph

Date Game Start Place Update
09/02/17 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ Ignatius Connelly Invite 9:00 AM 1st Place
  McGovern Wins First Race as Wolfpack Win
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09/09/17 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ First to the Finish Invitational 7th Place
09/30/17 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ Niles West Invite (Frosh) 9:00 AM 1st Place (Frosh)
  Pack Takes 1st at Pat Savage Invite
The Wolfpack never let anyone wonder who would win at Niles West High School’s Pat Savage Invite, as four runners settled into a pack behind leaders for the entire race.  At the finish Kyle McGovern finished third in 11 minutes and 10 seconds for the two mile race—but he was followed quickly across the line by Colin Linnen in fourth (11:12), Liam Linnen in fifth (11:12), and Kevin Hogan in sixth (11:17).  Carlin Kyhl completed the Wolfpack five-man team in 15th place (11:44).  The team totaled just 33 points to beat Prospect (77), Glenbrook South (106), Oswego East (130), and twelve other teams.   “That was a big win for our team,” said Coach Ed Ernst.  “The freshmen won the first race of the day, and they set the tone for a great day of racing for our entire team.”
09/30/17 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ Niles West Invite (Soph) 9:00 AM 3rd Place
  Flynn Takes Win as Wolfpack Place Third
In 2016 the Wolfpack freshmen cross country runners finished tenth out of 20 teams at Niles West High School’s Pat Savage Invite, scoring 262 points total among its top five finishers.  A year later the same group won a third place trophy in the sophomore race at Niles West with just 101 points, behind winner Oswego East (78) and Loyola (87).  What’s more, Jacob Flynn—17th a year ago in the freshman race—won the individual first place medal in the sophomore race with a personal best time of 15 minutes and 50 seconds, his first three-mile race under 16:00.   Flynn took the lead from the first steps of the race, and he held the lead until the last  600 meters when he was passed by Jacob Fritz of Bradley Bourbannais.  Then Flynn won the race on literally the last step after a furious sprint over the last 100 meters.    Teammates Al Kaleshi and Harry Lesak also turned in remarkable breakthrough races, running together for almost the entire three miles to finish 13th and 14th with the same time of 17:07, about 30 seconds faster than either had ever run before.  Luke Abraham had a solid race behind them for 26th (17:39), with Dillon Hughes completing the Wolfpack scoring in 47th (18:06), another big personal best.  “These guys have been working hard every day in practice for the last year,” said assistant Coach Nate McPherson.  “It is great to see them make this kind of progress.”
10/06/17 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph vs Jones Dual 4:00 PM Dual Win
  Pack Break Through with Win Against Jones
The varsity boys team won two out of the first three annual dual meets against Jones, but the frosh soph team had been beaten three years straight.  That streak ended this year, as the boys frosh soph cross country team swept the Jones team, scoring just 15 points, the lowest you can score in a cross country meet.  Freshman Kyle McGovern finished first overall in 16 minutes and 30 seconds, with shopmore Harry Lesak second in 16:36.  Freshman Colin Linnen finished third in 16:40, freshman Kevin Hogan fourth (16:41) and freshman Liam Linnen fifth (16:50).  “Our guys raced hard, and it was the first chance they had to run three miles after a couple weeks of shorter races,” said assistant coach Nate McPherson.  “They took advantage of the fast conditions.”