- Boys Cross Country
Walsh Jesuit - Pat Ritchie Invitational Update
A crisp, sunny fall morning last Saturday provided the best racing weather of the season so far at the Pat Ritchie Walsh-Jesuit Invitational. The Comets took full advantage of the beautiful weather, with nineteen harriers turning in lifetime personal records and four runners finishing with season best performances.
In the varsity race the Comets finished thirteenth out of fifteen teams. The varsity team continued to display impressive pack running with a spread of fifty-nine seconds between the first and fifth place finishers. The varsity squad averaged 18:19 per 5K. Sophomore, Sam Young, led the Comets for the first time this season with a lifetime best, 17:51. Young was quickly followed by freshman standout, Josh Baker, who also ran a lifetime best finishing in 17:54. Senior, David Howell, has raced faster every week this season, and he continued to do so last Saturday recording an 18:05 finish, just five seconds off of his lifetime best. In a breakout performance, Ben Gross, finished fourth for the Comets in the varsity race with a time of 18:53. Gross's finish was twenty-six seconds faster than any of his previous finishes this season. Freshman, Jonny Ciccero, continued his fantastic freshman campaign nearly outkicking Gross with his 18:54 finish. Nick Kanarsky, Adam Zhang, Jonathan Gembarski, and Jimmy German rounded out varsity competition for the Comets.
In the second race of the day, the Comet Open team finished tenth out of fourteen teams. Sophomore, Chinmaya Sahoo, demonstrated impressive savvy as he led the way the entire race for the Comets in the first 5K of his career. Sahoo finished right on the 20:00 mark. Branden Wittrup, Jason McColl, Michael Rapposelli, and Angad Dhillon all followed Sahoo under the 21:00 barrier. Sophomore, Ben Perry, continued his consistent season, finishing the 5K course in 21:06. Jackson DiVincenzo, Ethan Seifert, Tim Huang, and Vincent Innocenzi ran in a great pack throughout the open race all completing the course in under twenty-two minutes. Sophomore, Patrick Bernhard, narrowly missed the twenty-one minute mark, finishing in a time of 22:01.
Later in the day, the Comet JV team fared even better than their varsity counterparts. The junior varsity harriers finished fifth out of fourteen teams. The JV spread ran much tighter than the varsity with just a thirty-four second gap between the first and fifth finisher. Senior, Eli Phipps, led the way for the JV Comets in a season best time of 19:14, just three seconds off of his lifetime best. Matthew Costanzo, Ronald Carbone, and Adam Zawadzkas ran closely behind Phipps, all finishing between 19:31 and 19:39. Daniel Boland and Matthew Morrisey chased the lead pack underneath the 20:00 mark with 19:45 and 19:50 finishes respectively. Senior, Troy Stein, did not waste his first JV opportunity finishing in 20:02, a lifetime personal record for Stein.
Pat Ritchie Walsh-Jesuit Inivtational Shout Outs:
Comet of the Week: Sophomore, Sam Young, turned in a lifetime best 5K time at the Pat Ritchie Invitational with a 17:51 finish. Young ran a brilliantly consistent race on the Walsh-Jesuit course, consistently moving up throughout the field. Young has improved by nearly twenty seconds per week this season, living our team mantra "slower to faster" out loud. Young's best time from 2016 was 19:19. In order this season Young has ran 18:54, 18:30, and 17:51 for 5K. The varsity training group look out, Sam Young is on his way!
Personal records: Troy Stein (20:02), Ronald Carbone (19:34), Timmy Huang (21:37), Michael Rapposelli (20:56), Daniel Boland (19:31), Matthew Costanzo (19:45), Hayden Geller (24:02), Nick Kanarsky (19:12), Ethan Seifert (21:34), Brandon Wittrup (20:36), Sam Young (17:51), Josh Baker (17:54), Clay Bozsvai (20:39), Johnny Ciccero (18:54), Aman Daga (22:35), Angad Dhillon (20:58), Vince Innocenzi (21:43), Kesav Kosana (24:06), Grant Titlebaum (25:24).
Season best: David Howell (18:05), Eli Phipps (19:14), Jacob Brodsky (22:54), and Ben Gross (18:53).
Biggest improvement: Sophomore, Daniel Boland, ran a forty-one second personal record from 20:26.3 to 19:45.0. Sophomore, Timmy Huang also ran a 10 second peronal record but his 21:37.0 finish at Walsh was over sixty seconds faster than his season best. Strong work boys!
The Comets will be in action again next Saturday, September 16th at the Spartan Invitational at Boardman High School.
Spartan race schedule:
Varsity: 1:00 pm
JV: 2:00 pm
Open: 3:00 pm