The Marauders showed off their depth Saturday at the De La Salle/Carondolet Invitational in Concord with four runner-up finishes and a win in the JV Boys race despite being hampered with illnesses and injuries. Senior Colin Ryan finished 6th in the Varsity race in 15:55 with senior Antonio Vargas showing strength in 14th in 16:07. Seniors took the next four spots as well with Anthony Rogado impressing in 25th in 16:26, Gabe Lovely in 31st in 16:34, Miles Worthen in 35th in 16:41 and Colin Brannan in 44th in 16:51. Junior JT Leach battled through a calf injury in 94th in 17:45.
The Varsity Cross Country team and junior Matt Strangio won their 2nd race of the season on the 2.1 mile course at Willow Hill. Strangio held off senior Xander Reimers of Inderkum to win in 10:54. Senior Colin Ryan finished in 3rd in 11:11 while senior Antonio Vargas was 5th in 11:17 and senior Anthony Rogado was 7th in 11:24. Senior Colin Brannan was able to finish ahead of Davis’ 4th finisher in 11th in 11:33 to seal the win for the Marauders.
The cross country teams opened up the competitive season with team wins at 3 out of 4 levels at the Lagoon Valley Classic in Vacaville. The varsity squad scored a mere 39 points in their convincing win over second place Bella Vista and third place Davis by running over 2 minutes faster than their competitors. Junior Matt Strangio was challenged early but won the race in 15:39 while seniors Colin Ryan and Antonio Vargas showed the strength of the team by finishing 3rd and 4th overall in 16:09 and 16:11, respectively.
The Jesuit Cross Country squad kicked off the 2018 season Saturday at the annual Meeting of the Marauders at Hoffman Park. Junior Matt Strangio, a 2017 All-American, ran the #2 time in course history, winning the race in 13:36. Senior Colin Ryan ran 14:02 (#21 all time) in second and senior Antonio Vargas ran 14:21 (#34 AT) in third. Junior Chase Gordon opened up his Jesuit career at 14:29 (#45 AT) in 4th, senior Anthony Rogado placed 5th in 14:32 (#47 AT), senior Clin Brannan was 6th in 14:33 (#48 AT) and senior Gabe Lovely rounded out the top 7 in 14:38 (#52 AT).