2015 cross country recap

Another GREAT Operation Welcome Home
XC/Track athletes traveled to the BWI Airport to welcome home our troops!
Thanks for protecting our freedoms!

Hard fought battle produces runner up finish at states!!!

  • The 7 year streak came to an end, but not without a fight!
  • Andrew Hally and John Walker continue to impress going 2-3!
  • George Steinhoff makes an impressive comeback from injury, placing 6th, only to get DQ'ed on a very controversial call at the finish line!
  • Asa Bloom ends his senior campaign with a 14th place finish.
  • Freshman, Michael Keehan, the first Freshman to run varsity at states in 10 years, places 16th. Michael was the fastest freshman in DI.
  • Not to be outdone, Freshman Sean Banko was the 3rd fastest freshman in DI, acting as our 5th man after George's controversial DQ.
  • Andrew Inlsey rounded out the scoring after a slow rise to make varsity in the last two races of the year!  What perseverance!
County Championships
Varsity 3rd and JV 1st!!!
In a hard fought battle, the varsity places 3rd behind Tatnall and Charter. The dynamic duo of Andrew Hally and John Walker cruise to 2nd and 3rd overall, proving they are the best 1-2 punch in the state! George Steinhoff comes back from injury to place 10th, closely followed by teammate Asa Bloom in 16th.  Freshman Michael Keehan rounds out the scoring with a gutsy performance after battling a sore hamstring for 2 weeks. 
The JV absolutely CRUSHED IT, taking 7 of the top 10 spots! Kyle McCarthy and Jake Holmes went 2-3, closely followed by Danny Deckers 5th, Jacob Stuchlik 6th and Colin Parker 8th. Only a few weeks ago, Colin was in an immobilizer brace after suffering a broken knee cap and 18 stitches after being hit by a car. Definitely the gutsiest come back!
Next up....States!  The team is going to need all the support we can get. Let's have a fun last week of practice and get ready to storm Killens Pond!!!


More PR's at Killens Pond
To preview the course for states, the team headed an hour south to race the N5CTA meet at Killens Pond. Varsity placed second and JV came away with the win!
Andrew Hally ran the 6th fastest time EVER at Killens Pond and the 2nd fastest in school history, only behind his brother Pat (2013/UPenn). Andrew led the JV with a

Senior Day!!!

Dual vs. St. Mark's
As senior year goes, today was the first of many lasts.  Watching the seniors run their final dual meet, and come away with a final win, was inspirational.  You stand on the shoulders of giants who ran before you, but have solidified a great legacy of your own.  Dating back to 1993, our XC team has not lost a dual meet.  None of you were alive, and many were not even born in that century when this streak started!  Understand where you came from, and recognize that you are part of something great. 
Seniors...we are not done yet! We still have the N5CTA meet, County's and State's. 
Let's get it done!!!
Joe O'Neill Invitational
With key runners Steinhoff and Parker temporarily on the sidelines, Freshman Michael Keehan and Sean Banko stepped up yet again to help the Varsity place 2nd in a close race with Tatnall (70-73). Andrew Hally and John Walker placed 2nd and 3rd, both breaking the tape under 16:00 for the 2nd time this season!  Asa Bloom rounded out the scoring for varsity.
JVA had commanding win by a pack with only a :39 spread! Andrew Caverly lead the way with Jake Holmes, Andrew Insley, Lucian Peach and Danny Deckers close behind.
Not to be outdone, JVB had 10 of the top 11 finishers! Kyle McCarthy lead the way with Justin Stafford, David Fielding, Robby Wiest and Joe Fassano rounding out the scoring.
Manhattan Invitational
JV, lead by Steve Banko and Jacob Holmes...win!!!
Varsity, lead by Andrew Hally finish 21st in one of the strongest fields EVERY assembled!  Freshman Michael Keehan and Sean Banko are the teams 3rd and 5th runners!

The Salesianum Invitational
What day for the Salesianum XC team...and their parents!  A GIGANTIC THANK YOU to all the parents, family, friends, alumni, alumni parents, etc...who made today possible.  It was cold, wet and windy, but you all brought such positive energy that it made everyone's day!
We can't thank you enough!!!
  • Freshman started things off with a BIG 1-2 punch from Keehan and Banko.  Michael Keehan won the race in a SMOKING FAST 18:01 with Sean Banko hot on his heels in 18:14. The Freshman won the race with Luke Stuchlik, Alec Troy and Connor Elliot rounding out the scoring!
  • JV B/C kept the momentum going with another 1-2 finish. Jake Stuchlik won the race in 19:50 with Brian Schwarzkopf close behind in 20:05.  Rounding out the winning team were Robby Wiest, Scott Straguzzi and Christian Viera!
  • JV A was lead by a strong 3rd place finish by Steve Banko. Rounding out the scoring for yet another team win were Jake Holmes, Austin Barry, Darian Byrne and Andrew Inlsey.
  • The Championship race was won by senior captain Andrew Hally in 16:51. First year XC runner John Walker amazed the crowd with a 3rd place finish in 17:03.  Rounding out the scoring for a 2nd place team were Asa Bloom, Andrew Caverly and Matt Drake. Congrats to first time Varsity runners Drake, Lucian Peach and Danny Deckers!
  • Milesplit merged the scores from the entire day and...SALESIANUM WON!!!
  • AMAZING job by all. 


Add another 2 wins to the streak!
The boys register wins against Archmere and St. Mark's at our annual Catholic school tri-meet.
  • Michael Keehan gets his first win in a Salesianum Singlet. Be proud young Freshman!
  • Caverly, Peach, Drake and Steve Banko round out the scoring.
*Check out the improvement over the years!!!
*Hard work DOES pay off!!!
*Patience + Consistency = SUCCESS!!!
Salesianum Storms North Carolina!!!
In the first 5k of the season, the Salesianum boys took a 7 hour drive to Cary, North Carolina for the Adidas XC Challenge. This is the site of the Southeast Regional championships, making this a test run for Nike Southeast Regionals. Still in early season summer form, the boys ran EXTREMELY well with a long drive and this being their first 5k of the season!  If this is an indicator of summer training, the boys showed how hard they worked!!!
  • Andrew Hally leads the team with a 6th place individual finish in the ULTRA FAST Championship division in 15:32 for a new PR! The team places 4th, averaging 16:15!!!
  • New XC Harrier, John Walker, is close behind, running his first 5k besides Dr. Joe's PE Class 5k and a 5th grade 5k. 15:58 is not bad for your real first attempt!
  • Rounding out the scoring were George Steinhoff 16:13, Colin Parker in 16:40 and Asa Bloom in 16:54.  
  • Two Freshman made the trip this year! Michael Keehan blazed a 17:05 along with fellow Freshman Sean Banko in 17:44.
  • JV Races to a 2nd place finish lead by a 4th place finish by Kyle McCarthy in 17:32!
  • Lot's of PR's, hard racing and fun times!!!
Great Start to the Dual Meet Season!!!
Perfect Sweeps against Brandywine, Concord and MOT Charter schools.
AMAZING performances by first timers "conquering the creek"!
Next up this week...North Carolina for the Adidas XC Challenge!!!
Cherokee Challenge 2 Mile!!!
Don't forget to email mlosapio@salesianum.org jmazzio@salesianum.org and kdeinert@udel.edu how you think you ran in your race and your MVP of the race vote!!!


Senior Andrew Hally lead all team members finishing the 2 mile course in 2nd place out of 1,322 runners with a time of 9:44.  New XC runner, John Walker, was right behind Andrew finishing 5th in a time of 9:57. The fastest Freshman was Michael Keehan finishing 2nd place in the Freshman race. The fastest Sophomore was Lucian Peach finishing 39th in the sophomore race.  The fastest Junior was Andrew Caverly finishing 46th in the Junior race. 

The next race is this Tuesday at Brandywine Creek State Park at 4:00 p.m. against Concord, Brandywine and Middletown Charter. Come out to support!