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Cross Country - Girls

IHSA Sectional Champions1987, 1989

IHSA Regional Champions1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Champions1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018


Cross Country is an endurance sport that incorporates both team and individual components. Saint Ignatius has a modified no-cut policy with respect to this program. This policy allows new student-athletes the opportunity to learn the sport at their own rate. Returnees of all skill levels are expected be in shape when the season starts so they can handle the training volume of the varsity team. To remain on the team, all student-athletes must commit to all of the meets and practices on the schedule.

Coaching Staff

  • Matthew Haffner — Varsity Head Coach
  • Steve Bugarin — Varsity Assistant Coach


In cross country, there are three different team levels: varsity, freshman/sophomore and junior varsity. While all three levels practice together on a daily basis, the team is divided into these three levels for meets. Race distances range from 2.0 to 3.1 miles. Runners are expected to set individual goals while working together with their teammates in order to achieve team goals throughout the season. The standards for earning a varsity letter are: 1) running in two varsity races during the season, 2) running 20:30 on a 3-mile course or 3) being on the IHSA State Series roster.

Saint Ignatius competes in the Girls Catholic Athletics Conference and the Class Saint Ignatius competes in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference and the Class 3A Division of the IHSA. All-Conference honors are extended to any athletes achieving first through 15th place finishes in the varsity conference championship. State Championship participation is determined by team and individual finishes at the IHSA Regional and Sectional Meets.