Saturday, November 14, 2016 – Willow Hill Reservoir, Folsom
This past Saturday, Jesuit competed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship at Willow Hill Reservoir in Folsom. The Marauders came into the meet having qualified first in the Freshmen, Sophomore, and Varsity divisions while qualifying third in the JV race so there was no surprising the competition as the red and gold were clearly the target to chase down.
Following last week’s Frosh/Soph and Varsity Delta League Championship titles, the Marauders traveled to Angels Camp which serves as a qualifier for next week’s Section Championship meet at Willow Hill in Folsom. With 4 teams competing in the Freshman, Sophomore, JV, and Varsity Division I races, Jesuit’s overall depth would be challenged over the hilly course.
Jesuit’s Cross Country team did not let a date change from Saturday to Friday, avenue change from Willow Hill to Granite Regional Park, and some damp and muddy conditions deter it from capturing league championship titles in both the Frosh/Soph and Varsity races as the team enters the Championship run leading up the State Meet.
Under surprisingly dry conditions, the Jesuit Harriers traveled up the road to Folsom on Saturday to compete in the Bronco Invitational. This gave the entire team an opportunity to run on the Section Championship course at Willow Hill reservoir behind the Folsom High School campus. With teams coming from at least 4 different sections as well as Nevada to compete, the Marauders had their hands full with all races having over 200 runners in the field.
The Marauders traveled to Fresno this past weekend to compete in the Clovis Invitational held on the 5 km State Meet Course at Woodward Park. Competing against some of the top teams from around the State including last year National #1 Great Oak and #3 Dana Hills in the Championship Varsity Race, the Marauders faced a stiff test. Jesuit’s top three of Seniors Brendan Jones, Ben Holland, and Freshman Matt Strangio positioned themselves nicely near the front of the Main Pack as the leaders went through the first mile in 4:43. The other four members of the team were not so lu
With 24 runners at Fresno, the rest of the team under the watchful eye of Mr. Tom McGuire, competed in the Other Meet (yes, that’s the name of the meet) held at Granite Regional Park. In the Frosh/Soph team race, the Marauders had a great showing with all 5 scorers running best times over the 2.18 mile course.
Despite running without its top 4 freshmen and top 2 sophomores, the Marauders performed admirably at the Capital Cross Challenge held at Haggin Oaks Golf Course. Competing with 15 other teams in the Frosh/Soph Division, 10 Marauders dipped under 12 minutes on the 2.1 mile course demonstrating the depth of talent on the team. Sophomore Colin Brannan led the way, placing 12th, in 11:18. He was followed by freshman Martin Smith 19th (11:31), Sophomores Bobby Canalas 22nd (11:32), Hunter Smith 26th (11:35), and Todd Russell 28t
Jesuit traveled down to Stanford with 2 teams to compete in the Division I Boys Varsity Race as well as the Seeded Invitational Race featuring some of top teams from California and a couple out-of-state teams from Washington and Idaho. The action got under way with the Division I Boys Varsity Race where Jesuit fielded a 6 man team. Competing in a large field of 38 teams, all but 2 of which (Arcadia and Jesuit) were running their top 7 runners, the Jesuit raced to a 10th place team finish. The Marauders were led by sophomore Colin Ryan 37th place (16:3
After a bye week, Jesuit got back to racing this week, competing in its first Delta League Meet at Granite Regional Park. This was the first time a League Meet was held in the morning on a school day to avoid having to race in hot, unhealthy conditions.
Jesuit traveled down to Concord to compete at the De la Salle Invitational in Newhall Park. Competing against some of the top cross country programs in Northern California, notably Bellarmine, De La Salle, and Monta Vista, Jesuit competed in four races, the JV Top 7 race finishing 4th out of 24 teams, the featured Varsity race, finishing third out of thirty five teams, the Frosh/Soph Top seven race, finishing second out of 33 teams, and lastly the Frosh/Soph unlimited race where the Marauders placed second to Bellarmine out of 25 teams.
The Jesuit Cross Country team followed up last week’s win with another solid performance. In the opening Varsity division race, Jesuit was able to run its top 13 runners instead of the usual limit of 7 giving more kids a chance to experience Varsity level competition. Running on a 3.08 miles relatively flat course, Jesuit had 10 runners dip under 17 minutes. The Marauders were led by Senior Ben Holland – 4th place (15:26), Freshman Matt Strangio – 5th place (15:28), Junior Jordan Rahe – 14th place (16:06), Senior Robert Bell – 15
The Marauder Cross Country team ended the season ranked 15th overall by DyeStatCal.com, finishing ahead of several teams who competed at Nationals. With their 3rd place finish at the California State Meet, the Marauders set a new school record and SJS record for the Woodward Park course.
Junior Ben Holland placed 17th and earned 3rd team All-West honors Saturday at the Foot Locker West Regional where runners from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and U.S.citizens in Overseas Military Installations competed for a spot at the Foot Locker National Championships. Holland ran 16:10 in his first outing on the historic Mt. Sac course, a mere 18 seconds from a qualifying spot to the National meet. Holland was also the 7th non-senior to finish in the race, making him one of the top returnees in 2016.
The Jesuit Cross Country team placed third overall at the California State Meet on Saturday thanks to tight packing and a 30-second scoring gap. The Marauders placed all five scoring runners in the top 50 and all five ran under 16:00 to break the SJS Woodward Park course record for the second time this season, running 78:29 behind Southern Section powers Great Oak and Dana Hills to eclipse their mark of 79:00 at the Clovis Invitational in October. Senior Sean Kurdy and junior Ben Holland led the group with Kurdy’s 16th place finish in 15:27 and Holland’s 17th place finish in 15:28.
The Jesuit Cross Country team won its 25th Sac-Joaquin Section championship Saturday at Willow Hills Reservoir. Junior Ben Holland placed 2nd in 15:55 to lead the Marauders to a 38-48 win over Davis with both teams advancing to the California State Championship Meet on Saturday, November 28. Davis gained the upper hand quickly with junior Michael Vernau winning the race and having Kellen Browning and Nick Borowsky place just behind Holland in 4th and 5th.
The Marauder Cross Country team qualified all four squads to the Section Championships on Saturday at the SJS Subsection Meet at Angels Camp. The varsity boys started off the day with a 54-71 win over Davis. Senior Michael Lackner led the group with his 5th place finish in 16:27 while senior Sean Kurdy and juniors Ben Holland and Brendan Jones all finished in 16:43 for 9th, 10th and 11th places. Senior Patrick Cummings (16:56), senior Matthew Sickman (16:58) and sophomore Jordan Rahe (16:59) finished 19th, 20th and 21st.
The Marauder Cross Country team started off the post season with a big win over Davis by placing 5 runners in the top 8. Junior Ben Holland continued to lead the pack with his second place finish in 15:51 behind Michael Vernau of Davis, who won the race in 15:26. Seniors Sean Kurdy and Michael Lackner both finished in 16:03 for 3rd and 4th place. Junior Brendan Jones placed 6th in 16:25, senior Patrick Cummings was 8th in 16:37, and senior Matthew Sickman was 12th in 16:48, with those six earning All-League distinctions.
The Jesuit Cross Country team solidified their state ranking Saturday as they took 3rd behind Great Oak and Dana Hills at the Clovis Invitational. The race, held on the State Championship course, featured 7 of the top 10 teams in Division 1 and five of the top 25 teams in the nation. Junior Ben Holland placed 6th in 15:19 and senior Sean Kurdy placed 7th in 15:23 to lead the Marauders to a 3rd place finish behind top-ranked Great Oak and 2nd-ranked Dana Hills. Senior Michael Lackner finished 34th in 15:57 with senior Patrick Cummings 45th in 16:06 and junior Brendan Jones 52nd in 16:10.
The Jesuit Cross Country team took the top prize in the seeded race at the prestigious Stanford Invitational Saturday against top teams from across California, Nevada, Washington and Hawai’i. Junior Ben Holland led the group on the 5K course, finishing 4th overall against elite competition in 15:10. Senior Sean Kurdy placed 13th in 15:26, junior Brendan Jones was 26th in 15:39, senior Patrick Cummings was 31st in 15:45 and senior Michael Lackner was 40th in 15:55. The top 5 accumulated 100 points to outdistance Arcadia (162), Bellarmine (193) and Davis (219).