2016 Cross Country Recap

2016 DI State Champions!!!
The boys of 18th and Broom has once again risen to the top!
With our #1 runner, George, out with the flu and 7th man Steve out with injury, 8th man, and Freshman, Aidan Higley, stepped on to the varsity scene for the first time all year. Jake Holmes made it back from an early injury to race varsity, too 
Sophomore Mike Keehan stepped up as our #1 runner in back to back weeks, leading the team with a 2nd place finish! 
Hot on his heels was another super sophomore, Sean Banko in 5th!
Dropping 10 minutes from Freshman year, Senior Kyle McCarthy placed 7th and was our 3rd runner today!
These three runners are automatic to make all-state this year!
Juniors Lucien Peach and Austin Barry wrapped up the team scoring with an 11th and 15th place!
Jake Holmes wrapped up his comeback with a 20th place finish!
Running his first varsity race ever, Aidan Higley finished in 22nd place. 
After losing top varsity runners, and great leadership to graduation last year, this season was a total question mark. Who would step up and lead the team? Who would tighten the gap between our top few runners and the pack? All these questions were answered quickly with AMAZING leadership by the captains and OUTSTANDING training and racing by the ENTIRE team! This team will forever been known as the fastest team in school history with a 16:07 top 5 average. More importantly, they achieved all of this with 80 athletes running as brothers!!!
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2016 County Champions!!!

Salesianum gets the double win!
Both JV and Varsity are COUNTY CHAMPIONS!
-JV got things rolling with a perfect score of 15! Only a :19 top 5 spread! 
-Freshman Aidan Higley got the win with senior Matt Drake right on his heals. Jake Stuchlik, Alec Troy and Danny Deckers round out the scoring. 
-16 of the top 20 in the JV race are from Salesianum!   
-Varsity backs up their dominating win at the Joe O'Neill Invite and proves they are one of THE best teams EVER in Salesianum, and state history. 
-Varsity outscores 2nd place 47-115! 
-Sophomore Michael Keehan leads the team in 7th with George Steinhoff 8th, Sean Banko 9th, Lucian Peach 10th, Kyle McCarthy 13th, Austin Barry 14th and Jake Holmes 28th.  Top 25 made All-County!
What an amazing day for the "long yellow line". 
Congratulations seniors on outstanding careers. You'll be missed, but never forgetten. You definitely left your mark. One more big race to go!!!! 

See how you did last year...
Make it 122-0!
Salesianum celebrates its Seniors with a win against traditional rival school St. Mark's. On a warm October day, many seniors finished their last high school cross country race at "The Creek" (we'll be back for states!).  So much blood, sweat and tears have gone into that course! The first dual meet they ran as Freshman was at Bellevue State Park. Check out the results of our seniors first dual meet at Freshman; RESULTS
My, how far you have come!  
Couldn't be more proud!!!

Salesianum 18
St. Mark's 45
Joe O'Neill Invitational
The boys of 18th and Broom brought their "A" game to the last major invite of the year!!!
PR after PR after PR after PR after PR after PR....
Varsity got things started with a BIG win, showcasing some giant improvements from last year. 16:07 average for the top 7 goes down in the record books as THE SCHOOL RECORD!!! 
JV "A" swept with a perfect score of 15! Jake Holmes made his comeback from injury to finish 1st with Freshman Aidan Higley hot on his heels. 
JV "B" stole the show with 14 of the 15 t-shirts at the finish line going to Sallies runners! Seniors Nick Piro and David Fielding close out their senior campaign with a BIG 1-2 finsih! 
Too many PR's to count!
Don't forget to email: mlosapio@salesianum.org how you did/runner of the meet!!!

See how you did last year so you can set some BIG goals for this Friday. The team is ready for some FAST times and HUGE PR's!!!
and just to show how far they have come, here are the results of our current seniors when they were freshman! 
Manhattan Invitational
The boys of 18th and Broom run against the nations best and place 16th in the Eastern States Championships. 
George Steinhoff leads the way with a big time 19th place! George is now tied for the 2nd fastest time in school history and 8th place in state history at the world famous Van Cortlandt Park! 
Mike Keehan, Sean Banko and Kyle McCarthy all went down in the first 400 meters. Each showed grit and determination by bouncing back up and passing over 100 to help their team! 
The warrior award somehow went to another runner and not the three who were knocked down. 
Steve Banko got his heel stepped on in the first 400 meters and lost his shoe. Steve ran the next 2.1 miles BAREFOOT throughout the back hills at Van Cortlandt Park. 

JV places 3rd at the Manhattan Invite!
Led by Freshman, Aidan Higley 9th and Senior Jake Stuchlik 11th. 
U of D Invitational
JV runs as varsity! Led by freshman Matt Querey, the team places 6th in a strong field!!! 
Amazing performances for Varsity!!!
JV has one of the most exciting finished EVER with Phil Pierangeli and Nick Saponaro finishing 1-2! 
Salesianum Invitational
What a day for the boys of 18th and Broom!!!
The invitational hosted over 50 teams from as far as Washington, DC and Pittsburgh! The "Long Yellow Line" was in full effect with Sallies runners bringing home dozens of top 10 individual finishes and team wins for Championship, JV "A", JV "B", JV "C" and 2nd place for the Freshman team! 
The Freshman got things started by showing the region that our teams will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Aidan Higley broke away the last mile for the win in 18:06! Matt Querey and Michael Migliore were close behind in 7th and 10th! The team finished 2nd!  
JV "C" was up next, lead by a 2nd place finish by Pat Callahan. Pat took control of most of the race, showing grit running from the front! Pat was following by Ryan Hallinan (5th), Kevin Reinsel (7th) and Kyle McKeown (10th). The team got the win!
JV "B" was lead by a 1-2 finish of Danny Deckers and Connor Elliot! Danny bravely took over the race with a mile to go and never looked back! Right behind them finishing 4th, 6th and 8th were Scott Straguzzi, Ted Chesson and Nich Saponaro! The team got the win! 
As light rain began to fall, JV "A" took to the course. Senior Jake Stuchlik got a well earned win! Alec Troy (3rd), Matt Drake (5th) Justin Stafford (7th) and Joe Fassano (8th) rounded out the top 10. The team brought home another win!
The last and most competitive race was dominated by the Sal's! Continuing to lead the team in every race, George Steinhoff placed 3rd (in the combined race) but 1st from the Championship division in 16:53! Hot on George's heals, with a BIG pr, was sophomore Michael Keehan in 16:57! Lucien Peach made it a 1-2-3 finish in 17:07. Running in his first varsity race, Austin Barry showed he's there to stay! Austin had a lifetime PR of 17:32, all on the hilly Creek! Rounding out the scoring was a 7-8-9 finish by Kyle McCarthy, Sean and Steve Banko! 
Sal's win, Sal's win, Sal's win
Too many PR's to list. Check the results for HUGE improvements!!! 
Make it 3-0 for dual meets!!!
Archmere, St. Mark's and Salesianum squared off in a Catholic school showdown at White Clay Creek. Salesianum made it a perfect sweep with the top five runners crossing the line together. Senior Steve Banko got the win over teammates Steinhoff, Peach, Keehan and brother Sean Banko!  

2 HUGE Wins at William and Mary!!!
Austin Barry wins the JV race! Team scores only 20 poimts! 
George Steinhoff, 6th, leads Varsity for a big team win! 
The boys of 18th and Broom traveled to historic Colonial Williamsburg for the 58th annual William and Mary Invitational. The top 3 runners in Virginia were there, but that didn't stop the Sal's from taking the varsity race. 
JV started things off by placing 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 with Austin Barry winning, followed by Drake, Fassano, Higley and Stafford!
Varsity was later in the day, but the mid-day heat didn't stop them from tackling the hills of Williamsburg.  George Steinhoff lead all scorers with a 6th place finish. The course was about :30-:45 seconds slow, so his 16:35 was that impressive! Sean Banko was right behind him in 11th, with a PR on this hilly course. Michael Keehan and Lucian Peach packed it up for 16th and 18th place. The results somehow skipped Kyle McCarthy, who was our 5th man in 30th place.  We still won the race, but our score should have only been  69, instead of 135...which is that much more dominating of a win!!! 
Overall, GREAT trip down south!!!
Video of Chris Solynksi, coach at William and Mary, breaking the American 10K record!

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XC Head to William and Mary!!!
Follow the xc team on twitter @salliesrunning
The boys race at Eastern State Hospital; 4601 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188. 
Boys JV 9:40
Varsity A 10:50
Check va.milesplit.com  for results!
Below is a video from 2011 from one of our trips to Virginia

XC Trip to Richmond, VA


Another 2 dual meet wins add to "the streak"!!!
Dating back to 1993, the Salesianum XC team has not lost a dual meet. 
The streak is over 110 wins in a row! 
100 degree heat index is nothing the Sal's can't handle at the Cherokee Challenge!!!
Sal's place 3rd out of over 100 teams!!!
The 1st meet of the season turned in some fast and fun times! 
The 2 mile class race was the perfect way to start the season. Athletes were motivated, grouped up by class and cheering each other on throughout the entire day. 
"NMLB" rang true all day!!!


1st Meet of the Season....Cherokee Challenge!!!
Start preparing now! Check out your results from last year, and also other runners to compare your current fitness and goals. Set your goals high and dream big!!!

September 6th
Fall Sports Parent Meeting
7:00 pm at Salesianum. 
Room Location TBA....
This important meeting will go over every aspect of the season, racing calendar, Freshman, JV and Varsity expectations, Championship races, Pasta Parties, End of the year Banquet and Post Season racing! 
Email mlosapio@salesianum.org if you can't make it...

Online spirit wear store is now up and running
Get your orders in for this optional gear for athletes, family and friends!!!

The 2016 Invitational Schedule is up!!!
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!
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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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