Junior Matt Strangio finished 8th at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon on Saturday earning 2nd-team All-American status. After completing the high school season with his win at the California State meet last weekend, Strangio was invited to compete unattached at the National Championship meet. After an aggressive start, Strangio stuck in the lead pack for the first mile that at times was 8 runners across. Strangio came across the mile at 4:43 with 20 other runners credited with the same time and 68 come through under 4:50.
The 2018 Cross Country season culminated at the CIF State Championships where junior Matt Strangio led the team to a 5th place finish in the Division 1 race and won the individual title, covering 5K in 15:04. Strangio went with the lead pack from the gun, coming through the first mile in 4:45 with another 45 runners coming in under 4:50. The pack whittled down to 10 by the 2 mile with Strangio sitting in 3rd behind senior William Frankenfeld of Long Beach Poly and senior Jonathan Velasco of Mission Hills.
After a week of uncertainty due to poor air quality, the Varsity Cross Country team had one of the most dominant wins in section history by scoring 4 in the top five and 6 in the top 10 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships. Following a postponement of the race from November 11 due to poor air quality from the Camp Fire, the occurrence of the race would be a last minute decision if the air quality was deemed unhealthy. The athletes cobbled together training runs when and where they could all week which paid off in one of the most dominant section victories in recent memory.
The depth of the Jesuit Cross Country teams was on display Saturday at the SJS Subsection meet at Frogtown as they qualified the most athletes to the Section Championships in over a decade. All four teams, Varsity, JV, Sophomore and Freshmen, along with 3 individuals in the freshman race and 4 individuals in the JV race qualified for the Section Championships at Willow Hill next Saturday.
Pack running was the key to victory at the Delta League Championships as both the varsity and frosh-soph squads came away with dominant wins. Junior Matt Strangio returned from injury to repeat as the Delta League Champion in 16:25 and to lead a sweep of the first three places. Junior Chase Gordon was the runner-up also in 16:25 and senior Colin Ryan ran 16:26 for third as the three pulled away from Zeno Castiglioni of Davis in the final half mile. Senior Antonio Vargas hung with the top pack in 5th in 16:39 while senior Anthony Rogado sealed the victory for the Marauders in 8th in 17:02.
The cross country teams took to the track for the Hoka One One Postal Meet on Wednesday on the Walt Lange Track at Jesuit. Personal records highlighted races throughout the day, and in the final heat of the night, seven Marauders broke the 10-minute barrier to average 9:37 for the 3200m, totaling a team time of 48:09. When converting to 2-mile times, the Marauders 48:25 ranks second behind the 48:17 team time by Wayzata High School in Minnesota. Senior Colin Ryan ran down Xander Riemers of Rio Americano on the final 100m and barely edged him at the finish, 9:29.6 to 9:29.7, for the win.
The varsity cross country team won the Bronco Invite Saturday at Springview Park by 90 points over second place Bella Vista. Senior Colin Ryan led the race with a pack of three other athletes and pulled away at the finish to take his first major invitational victory in 15:32. Senior Antonio Vargas led the chase pack with his 5th place finish in 16:00 and junior Chase Gordon followed in 7th in 16:07.
A short-handed varsity squad proved it could run with the top programs in the state even without three of the top five usual scorers on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno, the site of the California State Meet. Senior Colin Ryan again led the squad by breaking 16 minutes for the first time on a 5K course, running 15:48 for 36th place. Junior Chase Gordon nearly matched the feat in 16:01 in 51st. Senior Gabe Lovely took 75th in 16:17, Senior Colin Brannan ran 16:34 in 102nd and senior Miles Worthen finished 130th in 16:50.
The Jesuit Cross Country team split for two meets Saturday with the top 7 varsity runners competing at the Stanford Invitational and the rest of the squad competing locally at the Capital Cross Challenge at Haggin Oaks. The varsity team placed 8th in the race loaded with top teams from around the state. The group of seniors was led by Colin Ryan with his 34th place finish in 16:03. Antonio Vargas placed 43rd in 16:13 and Anthony Rogado ran 16:15 for 48th place. Gabe Lovely had a solid race in 61st in 16:22 while Chase Gordon rounded out the scoring in 16:44 for 92nd.
The Jesuit cross country squads emerged victorious in the first Delta League cluster meet of the year. In the varsity race, Davis were on the Marauders’ heels for the entire race with the latter prevailing 26-29 over the Blue Devils behind a returning Matt Strangio who took 2nd in 15:34 behind victor Ansel Tucker of Davis. Junior Chase Gordon debuted in red and gold in 4th place in 15:36 with senior Colin Ryan close behind in 15:37 in 5th and senior Gabe Lovely in 15:38 in 6th. Davis took the next two spots but senior Anthony Rogado sealed the win for the Marauders in 9th in 15:52.
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).