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Cross Country Boys Varsity

Date Game Start Place Update
08/25/18 Boys Cross Country Varsity vs Ignatius Invite (Jones/U-High) 9:00 AM No Team Scores Kept
09/01/18 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ Ignatius Connelly Invite 9:00 AM 1st Place
  Wolfpack Wins Connelly Invitational
Senior John Walls won the individual race, with junior Jacob Flynn second, and senior John Rittereiser third, as the Wolfpack won the Jim Connelly Invite with 21 points over teams from St. Viator (44), Montini (83), Joliet Catholic (141), and ten other schools.   Walls took the race lead from the start, with Flynn trailing a few steps behind, as he ran 16 minutes and 7 seconds on the rain-soaked course.  Flynn would finish in 16:42, with Rittereiser at 16:52.  Senior  Christian Coletta was sixth (17:32) , junior Harry Lesak ninth (17:43), junior Al Kaleshi 10th (17:46), and senior Nicola Mennella 14th (18:26) to round out the seven-man scoring team for the Wolfpack.  Held at Lewis University on a new 3.0-mile course, the Connelly Invite is technically a home meet in Romeoville.   Lightning storms delayed the race start.  Many other events in the Chicago-area were cancelled, but a window of sun opened up for the Connelly Invite to fit in single races for both boys and girls.  The meet is named after Illinois and Ignatius Hall-of-Fame Coach Jim Connelly, and his alumnus son Kevin Connelly SICP 1985 spoke to the team before the event on the sixth anniversary of his death.  The Chicago Catholic League will hold its championship meet at Lewis, as well, on October 12. “The course was slow, and our guys were  a little bit rusty in the first race of the year,” said Coach Ed Ernst.  “But it is always nice to win a cross country race.” 
09/08/18 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ First to the Finish Invitational 9:00 AM 12th Place
  Pack finishes 12th at First to the Finish
At the biggest race of the year so far in Illinois, the First to the Finish Invitational in Peoria, the Wolfpack finished 12th out of 49 teams with 401 runners on Saturday.  Running on the state championship course at Detweiller Park,  junior Jacob Flynn ran a personal best time of 15 minutes and 18 seconds to lead the Wolfpack and win a 24th place medal.  Senior John Walls also ran a personal best (15:23) for a 29th place medal.   Sophomore Liam Linnen  (84th) ran another personal best (15:53) as the third Wolfpack runner.  Senior Christian Coletta (16:13, 122nd) and senior John Rittereiser (16:17, 131st) were the number four and  five scorers  for the Wolfpack.  Junior Harry Lesak (16:18, 132nd) turned in another big personal best as the Wolfpack’s sixth runner, and senior Tom Novy (16:28, 159th) ran his fastest race ever at Detweiller, as well, to complete the Wolfpack top seven.  Three more runners ran the varsity race:  Sophmore Colin Linnen (183rd, 16:35), junior Al Kaleshi (215th, 16:51), and Carlin Kyhl (257th, 17:11) all ran personal bests on the Detweiller course.  “This was a good performance,” said Coach Ed Ernst.  “We beat some ranked teams—including last year’s state champions.  We beat our Catholic League rival Marmion.  But we still have to get better in the weeks ahead.”
09/22/18 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ Palatine Invite 9:00 AM 23rd Place
  Pack Fight at Palatine
Facing some injuries and misfortune, the Wolfpack finished 23rd out of 30 teams at the Palatine Invite.  At the race start senior John Walls fell, requiring that they entire race start over.  But during the fall he kicked teammate John Rittereiser, also a senior, to send him sprawling.  Walls recovered to place 23rd out of 200 runners in a time of 15 minutes and 22.9 seconds on the 3.0 mile Deer Grove East Forest Preserve course, winning a race medal.   Junior Jacob Flynn ran number two for the Wolfpack, placing 47th in a time of 15:44.9, with junior Harry Lesak third for the team in 16:32.0 for 140th place.  Running with a spiked shin and twisted ankle, Rittereiser finished 150th in 16:39.0.  Senior Tom Novy completed the five-man Wolfpack scoring team in 151st place (16:40.2).   With 511 points, the Wolfpack lost to champion Hersey (84 points), ranked among the state’s best teams—but also behind league rivals 16th -lace Marmion (389) and 17th-place Loyola (398).    “Walls outran all the Catholic League runners, so that is a good sign,” said Coach Ed Ernst.  “But the rest of our guys will have to compete better against the league competition if we want to win a league championship in three weeks.”  The Wolfpack will take on Loyola again next Saturday at the Pat Savage Invite held at Niles West High School.
09/29/18 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ Niles West 9:00 AM 2nd Place
  Pack 2nd at Pat Savage
The Wolfpack could not defend its title at the Niles West High School Pat Savage Invite on Saturday, but a strong second-place finish to state-ranked New Trier was the team’s best result of the season to date.   Senior John Walls finished fourth place  in 15 minutes and 42 seconds on the 3.0 mile course around the Niles West High School athletic fields to  lead the Wolfpack, with junior Jacob Flynn seventh in 15:50.  Sophomore Liam Linnen (16th, 16:10) and senior John Rittereiser (17th, 16:13) also earned medals as top-25 finishers.  Junior Harry Lesak (27th, 16:36) completed the five-man scoring team.  The Wolfpack scored 71 points behind New Trier’s low score of 41, but the Wolfpack beat 23 teams in the 3A division.  “This is progress for our team,” said coach Ed Ernst.  “We were close to New Trier up to our fourth guy.  We need to run stronger at the back end of the team if we want to win the Chicago Catholic League meet.   We have two weeks to get better.”
10/13/18 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ CCL Championship 9:00 AM 3rd Place
  Wolfpack Take 3rd at CCL Championship
The Wolfpack finished third behind champion Loyola at the Chicago Catholic League championship on Saturday racing on a new 3.0-mile course at Lewis University.  Junior Jacob Flynn was top finisher for the Wolfpack in second place with a time of 15 minutes and 29.1 seconds, with senior John Walls 11th (15:51.0) and sophomore Liam Linnen 17th (16:05.1) also earning All-CCL honors.  Senior John Ritterseiser (22nd, 16:15.0), senior Tom Novy (16:28.0), junior Harry Lesak (28th, 16:38.8), and senior Christian Coletta (37th, 17:21.4) completed the seven-man Wolfpack team.  Ignatius scored 78 points behind Loyola (45) and Marmion (52) in the 13-team league meet.  “This was a disappointing race for us,” said Coach Ed Ernst.  “We thought we could compete for the league title, but we came up more than a little bit short today and Loyola ran really well.  We will hope for better results in the state series ahead.”
10/20/18 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ IHSA Regionals 9:00 AM
10/27/18 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ IHSA Sectionals 9:00 AM
11/03/18 Boys Cross Country Varsity @ IHSA State @ Peoria 9:00 AM

Cross Country Boys Frosh/Soph

Date Game Start Place Update
09/01/18 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ Ignatius Connelly Invite 9:00 AM 1st Place
  Pack Win Connelly Invite
Scoring a perfect low score of 15 points, the Wolfpack frosh soph cross country team dominated to win the Jim Connelly Invitational, a “home” meet held at Lewis University in Romeoville.  Sophomore Liam Linnen won first place individual honors in a time of 17 minutes and 12 seconds on the 3.0 mile course, with sophomores Colin Linnen second (17:45) , Kevin Hogan third (17:47), Carlin Kyhl fourth (17:53), and Connor Walls fifth (18:11) for the Wolfpack sweep.  The Wolfpack defeated teams from St. Viator (87 points), Montini (105), Leo (109), St. Patrick (111), Joliet Catholic (114), and three other schools.   “The course was rain-soaked and pretty slow,” said Assistant Coach Nate McPherson.  “But our guys ran in a pretty tight pack, just like we asked them to run, and that is good practice for the future.”
09/08/18 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ First to the Finish Invite 9:00 AM 16th Place
  Wolfpack 16th at First to the Finish
<div>In the open race at First to the Finish Invitational, the biggest race of the year so far in Illinois, the Wolfpack finished 16th out of 75 teams on Saturday.   Sophomore Connor Walls led the Wolfpack in 68th place out of 1094 runners with a personal best time of 17 minutes and 18 seconds.  Two freshmen, Theo Conroy (17:21, 74th ) and Brian Moore (17:23, 80th), finished close behind.  Another freshman, Henry Gilbert (17:50, 131st ), and sophomore Connor Fitzpatrick (17:57, 151s) completed the five-man scoring team for the Wolfpack.  “Our freshmen ran their first big-time race,” said Assistant Coach Nate McPherson.  “And they showed that they are going to be big-time performers.” </div>
09/22/18 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ Palatine Invite (Frosh) 9:00 AM 4th Place
  Pack 4th at Palatine
In a strong performance at the Palatine Invite,   the Wolfpack finished fourth out of 22 teams, scoring 150 points behind champion Barrington (94), New Trier (114), and Hersey (144).  Brian Moore was 16th out of 278 runners in a time of 13 minutes and 57.5 seconds on the 2.5 mile course at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve, and Theo Conroy was 21st (14:05.4) to win medals.   Henry Gilbert (14:22.1) in 29th, Sam Hansen (14:23.7) in 30th, and Zach Kiley (14:43.1) in 54th completed the scoring team for the Wolfpack, with Declan Glaysher (14:49.7) 66th and Zach Kiley (15:34.8) in 66th.    “These boys are getting better and better each week,” said assistant coach Tim Wesley.  “They have three more weeks of training before they take on the Chicago Catholic League championships.”
09/22/18 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ Palatine Invite (Soph) 9:00 AM 8th Place
  Pack Turn Out Good Performance at Palatine
In a good performance the Wolfpack finished eighth out of 26 teams at the Palatine Invite with 228 points, behind race winner York (42 points) but ahead of 9th place Loyola (233) and 12th-place Marmion.  Liam Linnen placed ninth out of 300 runners for the Wolfpack in a time of 16 minutes and 14.8 seconds, with Colin Linnen 30th (16:49.0) and Carlin Kyhl 43rd (17:01.9 personal best).  Connor Walls (76th, 17:37.7)  was fourth for the Wolfpack,  and Connor Fitzpatrick was the fifth scorer (87th, 17:48.9).    “These are some of the top sophomore teams in the state,” said assistant coach Nate McPherson.  “So our guys did pretty well placing eighth.”
09/22/18 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ Palatine Invite (JV) 9:00 AM 23rd Place
  Pack Led by Lynch at Palatine
The Wolfpack finished 23rd out of 27 teams at the Palatine Invite on Saturday. Senior Phil Lynch ran a personal best time as top finisher for the Wolfpack in 98th place out of 440 runners.
09/29/18 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ Niles West Invite (Soph) 9:00 AM 1st Place
  Pack Win Pat Savage Invite
Bolstered by running two freshmen “up,” the Wolfpack sophomore cross country team took first place at the Niles West Pat Savage Invite on Saturday.  Carlin Kyhl placed eighth overall in 17 minutes and 00 seconds on the 3.0 mile course around the Niles West High School athletic fields to  lead the Wolfpack, just ahead of two freshmen teammates Theo Conroy (9th, 17:00) and Brian Moore (10th, 17:04).  Connor Walls (15th, 17:26) and Connor Fitzpatrick (18th, 17:32) completed the victorious five-man scoring team for the Wolfpack.  Ignatius scored 60 points to beat Deerfield (70), Glenbrook South (124), and 20 other teams.   “This was a great team effort, and the team ran a 32-second split,” said assistant coach Nate McPherson.  “Our freshmen ran a smart race.   Carlin, Theo, Brian, and Connor Fitzpatrick all ran personal best times.”
09/29/18 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ Pat Savage Invite (Frosh) 9:00 AM 3rd Place
  Pack 3rd at Pat Savage Invite
On a two-mile course around the Niles West High School athletic fields, the Wolfpack freshmen cross country team won a third-place trophy behind Deerfield and New Trier.  Sam Hansen was the top Wolfpack finisher in 11th-place with a time of 11 minutes and 36 seconds.  Zach Kiley (13th, 11:46), Declan Glaysher (14th, 11:58), Henry Gilbert (16th, 12:00), and Nick Kiley (27th, 12:14) completed the five-man Wolfpack scoring team.  Ignatius scored 81 points behind Deerfield (37) and New Trier (44), but they beat 18 other 3A teams and 25 teams overall.  “We ran our top two freshmen in the sophomore race, but these guys really stepped up to win a trophy, anyway,” said assistant coach Tim Wesley.   “They will be the favorites to with the Chicago Catholic League race in two weeks.” 
10/13/18 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ CCL Championship (Frosh) 8:00 AM 1st Place
  CCL Champions!!!
The Wolfpack won the Chicago Catholic League championship on Saturday racing on a new 3.0-mile CCL course at Lewis University.  Theo Conroy placed second in 17 minutes and 14 seconds to lead the Wolfpack, with Brian Moore just a step behind in third (17:14.8).  The next four Ignatius runners ran in a pack throughout the race until the finish, as Zach Kiley ran his best race of the season in fifth (17:27), Henry Garland was seventh (17:31.2), Sam Hansen eighth (17:31.2), and Declan Glaysher ninth (17:31.5).  All four ran personal bests.  Returning from injury, Ted Schmiedeler was 14th (18:35) to complete the scoring seven-man team for the Wolfpack.  The Wolfpack scored 25 points in a dominating win over Loyola (70), Fenwick (77), and Marmion (83).  “These guys have been a close-knit pack throughout the season, on and off the team,” said assistant coach Tim Wesley.  “It is great to see their hard work rewarded with success.”
10/13/18 Boys Cross Country Frosh/Soph @ CCL Championship (Soph) 8:00 AM 3rd Place
  Pack 3rd at CCL
The Wolfpack placed third behind champion Loyola at the Chicago Catholic League championship on Saturday racing on a new 3.0-mile CCL course at Lewis University.  Colin Linnen was seventh to lead the Wolfpack in 16 minutes and 50.8 seconds, with the next five runners running personal bests: Carlin Kyhl tenth (16:55.1), Connor Walls 14th (17:13.0) Connor Fizpatrick 16th(17:30.8), Cole Hougo 18th (17:54.9), and Kevin Freeman 19th (17:55.7).  Thomas Johnson ran 18:43.6 for 30th-place to complete the top seven for the Wolfpack.  The Wolfpack scored 65 points to finish behind Loyola (37) and Marmion (57) in the 13-team league meet.  “These guys have been running all over the city and up and down the lakefront for a full year now,” said Coach Nate McPherson.  “They are making steady progress, and we expect more big things from them in the future.”