StM Girls Cross Country State Runners Up, Boys Place 5th

StM Girls Cross Country State Runners Up, Boys Place 5th
The Saints varsity cross country team ran in the 2019 Class 1A Cross Country State Championships on Nov. 18. The boys’ team finished 5th in the state, while the girls’ team took home second place. This is the fifth-consecutive year the girls’ team has brought home a trophy. 

The girls’ team was led by junior Isabella Bartholomew who finished 3rd overall. The other members of the scoring five were seventh grader Bellen Davis (11th place), freshman Rian McManus (13th place), senior Katie Williams (18th place), sophomore Lauren Bone (40th place). Also representing StM in this race were eighth grader Kaitlyn Hall and freshman Maria Cusimano.

The boys’ team was led by freshman Randy Dunkin, who finished 12th. The other members of the scoring five were freshman Blake Verdigets (16th place), senior Emmanuel Fleischer-Djoleto (17th place), senior Pyrce Anthony (31st place), sophomore Court Anthony (39th place). Also representing StM in this race were freshman Harris Huber and sophomore Daniel Thompson.

“The success of the cross country program is the result of hard work by intelligent, dedicated young ladies and men that have a strong desire to succeed.” said Head Coach Warren Lind. “These athletes understand what it takes to be successful and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to excel in this sport. This attitude begins in middle school as many of these athletes started running cross country in the 6th or 7th grade.”

Going into the State Championships, the Saints were coming off a successful appearance at the District Meet. The girls’ and boys’ teams were the district 9-1A runners-up, with several Saints named to the All-District Team

The Cross Country program is no stranger to success. In recent years the Saints have found themselves on top at both district and state meets. In 2017 both the boys and girls teams won the state Class 1A title. The 2017 win marked the boys’ third-consecutive state championship and the girls’ first in team history. In 2018 the girls and boys team secured their fourth- and seventh-consecutive 8-1A district championship titles respectively. 

“The future of the program is looking strong as we only graduate one senior girl and two senior boys this year,” said Lind. “The girls team should be able to contend for a trophy again next year at the state championships. The boys team was very young this year but gained valuable experience which should enable them to reach higher levels of success in 2020.”

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