2020 Salesianum Cross Country 
"The Process IS the Goal"

2020 XC Captains
Brendan Clerval, Connor Girard, Jordan Mischler, Luke Riley and Jack Steinhoff
Become a student of the sport: flotrack and Runnerspace and DE Milesplit and N5CTA

Ryan Banko wins the DI State Title to lead the team to 2nd place! 

Slipping and going down just before the 1st mile, Ryan Banko got up, charged ahead and never looked back. Powering to the finish line, Ryan became the 19th runner in Salesianum history to win the individual state title. In the past 4 years, Sallies has had the individual winner. 
Seniors Jack Steinhoff and Luke Riley made their high school comeback stories after fighting two major surgeries in their running careers to place 8th and 9th. The amount of physical and mental toughness is unmeasured in these two! 
With waves of 25 forcing the teams #4-7 runners into wave #2. Conor Girard, Matt Filliben, Jack Sutton and Michael Toy battled the wind, and the clock, to round out the team scoring. Girard was 20th and Filliben 24th, breaking into the top 25 who raced 1 minute ahead of them in wave 1.  
Tonight at 6pm in the new stadium, the teams seniors will be honored as the rest of the team gathers to celebrate. Please arrive before 6pm. 


Delaware Sports Club Invite
In the first, and only, major invite of the season, Ryan Banko leads the team with a 2nd place finish in 16:12! 
Close behind, and also under 17:00 was Senior Luke Riley in 16:51
Jack Steinhoff just missed breaking 17 with a 17:10 great performance on the slippery Bellevue course. 
The 2nd wave was dominated by yellow jersey's up front! 
Michael Toy, Jordan Mischler, Jack Sutton and Connor Girard lead the charge in a 1-4 finish! 
Next up for the team....Wednesday Dual met vs. Wilmington friends at the Creek! 


The 2020 Season has officially begun!
The boys of 18th and Broom win the first invite of the season!!
The St. Mark's Invitational was a "class race" with athletes competing in co-ed races against only their class. 
Jimmy Kennedy started the day off with a big win in the Freshman race!
Sophomore Colin Small raised to 2nd place!
Junior Ryan Banko had the fastest Salesianum time of the day by winning the Junior race!
Luke Riley placed 2nd in a super fast Senior race! 
First Big meet of the season!!!

Spartans XC 3000M Invitational

Saturday, October 24th 2:30PM

2501 Pike Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808

Participants:  Saint Mark’s, Tatnall, Padua, Brandywine, Salesianum, Ursuline

Freshman arrive to St. Mark's at 1pm. All others arrive no later than 1:30pm

All athletes must stay the entire meet unless they have a major family commitment.

DIAA rules state that ALL athletes and coaches have to have temperature checks and forms filled out.

Please arrive on time and go to the location below for temperature checks and screening.

Race format - Coed races A-races are Faster and B-races are slower

2:30 Freshmen A 

2:32 Freshmen B

3:00 Sophomore A

3:02 Sophomore B

3:30 Junior A

3:32 Junior B

4:00 Senior A

4:02 Senior B



Training is under way!!!

During the last week of June, the DIAA has been hard at work coming up with options for the fall season. The coaches and captains have been brainstorming all the different options that are out there No matter what, Salesianum XC will happen. one way or another. 

Check your sallies email for an email to an online platform for tracking mileage, setting goals and competing agains other teammates!!! 


Aidan Higley wins!!!!!

Aidan becomes the 18th runner in school history to claim the individual crown at the DIAA State Championships. Saving his absolute best race for last, Aidan stuck to race favorite Andrew Avilla of Charter the entire race. With 120 meters to go, Aidan swung wide, making a decisive move that would propel him to victory. Arms raised as he crossed the line, Aidan, and his dad Tom Higley '85, became the first father/son duo from Salesianum to win individual state titles! Since his freshman year, Aidan has dreamed of this moment. He earned it....every.last.step!

Aidan becomes the 10th fastest runner EVER at Killens Pond and 4th fastest from Salesianum.  

In the closest race of the day, Chater School of Wilmington outscored Salesianum by only 3 points. In a hard fought battle that came down to seconds, Aidan Higley won, closely followed by super sophomore Ryan Banko charging in for 3rd. 800 meter specialist Conor Ryan showed the state his range placing 9th. Michael Migliore 13th and Matt Filliben 16th rounded out the scoring. 


JV wins and Varsity 2nd at the County Championships! 

On an almost perfect fall day, JV got things started with a 1,2,3,5,6,7 finish to secure the team title with only 17 points! Jordan Mischler showed everyone what hard work and not giving up can do for a season. Jordon not only secured the win, but ran himself into the top 7 for states next week! Hot on his heals were Ian Fielding 2nd, Frank Frabizzio 3rd, Brendan Clerval 5th, Joe Fielding 6th and Conor Girard 7th. 

Varsity had a hard fought race with Charter School of Wilmington and came up just 4 points shy of the win. Aidan Higley ran an amazing race for 2nd place. Ryan Banko 5th, Michael Migliore 9th, Matt Filliben 16th and Conor Ryan 26th rounded out the scoring.  

Click HERE for results


Catholic Conference Champions! 

For the first time in 19 years, the Catholic Conference boys joined the girls in crowning a champion. Senior Aidan Higley got the individual win, closely followed by Michael Migliore, Connor Ryan and Ryan Banko. 

Making all Conference were Aidan Higley, Michael Migliore, Conor Ryan, Ryan Banko, Matt Filliben, Michael Toy, Luke Riley and Jordan Mischler! 

Click HERE for Results


Another BIG win at "The Joe", for the 4th year in a row!

With 3 races slated for the fastest course in Delaware, the boys of 18th and Broom did not disappoint. Too many PR's to count! 

Varsity started things off with a big win, setting the tone for the future championship races this season. Higley 2nd, Banko 4th, Migliore 12th, Ryan 17th and Filliben 32nd. The team got a win for the 4th year in a row! 

JV stormed the top of the results with 3 through 7 for a team win! Clerval 3rd, Deckers 4th, Frabizzio 5th, Toy 6th and Nichols 7th. Big team win! 

Novice closed out the meet with an AMAZING individual win by Thomas Parker! Close behind were Samson 4th, Brecht 7th, Janavel 8th and Mcgrellis 10th! 


Sallies lit up the lights on Broadway!!!

AMAZING results at the Manhattan Invitational!!! 


Make it 9 in a row!!!

At the 46th annual Fr. Beattie, Salesianum Invitational, the Championship race was won by a very close margin. Higley and Banko showed a 2/3 punch to secure low tickets for scoring with a 16:58 and 17:03! Migliore 17:32, Filliben 17:48 and Ryan, 18:00 rounded out the scoring! 

JV "A" placed 2nd, led by a 6th place in Liam Kauffman in 18:58. A pack of Sallies runners were right behind him with Frabizzio 9th, Toy 10th, Deckers 11th and Mischler 13th. 

JV "B" placed 2nd as a team, led by the individual winner, Connor Girard in 19:05! Close behind were Samson 5th, Sutton 6th, Brecht 13th and Janavel 17th!

JV "C" got the team AND individual win when Jack Kohn crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 20:13! Close behind him were Nagle, 3rd, Wilson, 5th, Furlong 6th and Starnes 8th! 

Freshman were led by Garrett Schulke's 6th place finish in 20:07. Ward, Mcgrellis, Bradley and Azevedo rounded out the scoring for the Freshman, who finished in 3rd place!

Carlisle Invite

Varsity runs their first 5k on a sunny, warm and fast course! Aidan Higley dug in to lead the team with a new PR of 16:13 to help the team place 15th against some of PA's best teams! 

Freshman Garrett Schulke led the Freshman team to a 4th place team finish by placing 43rd. 

In a comeback worthy of the silver screen, Junior Jack Steinhoff led the JV in his first race back in over a year. After major surgery in the winter, Jack worked so hard to physically get back. While rehabbing, Jack was also mentally getting so strong. Jack not only led the JV with a 3rd place finish, he also was our 4th fastest runner of the day! What a great example of how to deal with adversity, overcoming a bad situation and doing the right things to get back out there. Congrats Jack!!!

One of great things about Salesian Brotherhood is that you can find it everywhere. Gus Papillo, class of 1976,  came to cheer on the boys of 18th and Broom! One of Mr. Walker's friends and classmates, Gus came decked out in Sallies gear, but also sporting his Vietnam Veterans hat. Gus was a paratrooper and Ranger for 25 years in the Army. He is a UD grad in electrical engineering, but felt God calling him to serve his country. Gus now lives in PA, but checks Salliessports daily to follow along and support his fellow Salesians. Gus showed the team a silver dollar sized coin he was given by his Oblate class moderator his senior year. On the front is St. Francis de Sales and the back it says '76. Gus has carried that coin in his pocket all over the world, including the jungles of Vietnam. In true Salesian fashion, Gus had the coin in his pocket at the Carlisle meet too! Gus talked to the boys about hard work, Salesian friendship and following God's will for you. Gus, thanks for all your support! 

RVA Relays do not disappoint!

The lights came on at 7pm and the glow sticks too! 

5 x 1.5 mile relay was really cool, fun and FAST!!!

Varsity places 5th in a LOADED field. 


White Clay Creek Classic

With the top 22 sitting out, the JV led the team to some fast PR's and fun times!

Lot's of guys SO close to breaking that 20:00 barrier.  

Click HERE for results! 

Cherokee Challenge

The season started out with a bang on one of the nicest Cherokee Challenges ever. It felt weird not raining all day! 
TONS of guys PR'd and improved on their time trial 2 mile. 
Seamus Ward was the top Freshman, Ryan Banko the top Sophomore, Jordan Mischler was the top Junior and Aidan Higley was the top Senior! 
Full write up coming Monday after comparisons are done! Way to go Sal's!!!
Click HERE for results. 


Ramsey Rd. Practice is located at 330 Ramsey Rd. Wilmington DE 19803 

Why re-hab, when you can pre-hab! 
Strength training is not just to gain muscle mass. It's also used to become a stronger runner.  Stronger runners can maintain good running form longer, thus becoming more efficient and better runners!!!  It also helps cut down on injuries.  Many of you know these routines, but it's always a good refesher.  For all you new runners, check out the videos below!

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Check back for more cool tips....
Before you ever have to go to rehab, PREHAB! 

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Great Article on Nutrition!!!
It's geared towards colleges, but we all can learn from it!
Click HERE to read

When It's hot out!!!
Here is a list of things to do in order to beat the heat: 
1. SET YOUR ALARM Sunrise is the coolest time of day, although it can also be the most humid. It will still be hot at sunset because the ground radiates accumulated heat.  Treat yourself to an early morning run and take a nice nap in the middle of the day...it's the best!
2. GO TECH-Y Technical fabrics wick away sweat. Keep sun out of your eyes with a visor, not a hat, which traps heat.
3. DRINK UP Stay hydrated all the time.  Weigh yourself before and after your run.  The amount of weight you lost on your run is water!  Put that much back in you + more!!!
4. SLOW DOWN Every five-degree rise in temperature above 60° F can slow your pace up to 20 to 30 seconds per mile. Don't worry about running slower, just get the time in!
5. COOL OFF On very hot days, try to find a run that goes by a stream, water fountain or spinkler.  When you get home, try to cool off the same way.
Learn more about good running form
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