On your mark, get set, go!
The Crusader Harriers were deep into the season as they competed in the annual Jack Schommer Invitational in City Park last Saturday. The invitational is named in honor of the first cross country coach and former Director of Athletics of Brother Martin High School. The Crusaders ended the race taking first place at the junior high, junior varsity, and varsity levels. At the varsity level, the Crusaders defeated John Curtis by three points. Leading the scoring were Ben Crowley ’18, Ethan Dupas ’20, Gabe Costa ’20, Merritt Pecoraro ’21, and Ethan Meydrich ’18. After the race, the Harriers knew they had to keep the momentum going for the upcoming district championship race.
On Wednesday, October 25 in City Park, the Crusader Harriers captured the District 9-5A “Catholic League” cross country title for the second consecutive season. The team scored 40 points to sealing the championship. Holy Cross scored 51, and Jesuit scored 58 to close out the top three teams. Hunter Appleton ‘19 and Hayden Courregé ’18 led the charge with a strong 1-2 finish. Cade Litolff ’19 also closed hard to finish in seventh place. Michael Champagne ‘19 ran a personal best by roughly 20 seconds to finish in eleventh while Tyler Epps ’18 battled a late-race cramp to hold on to 19th place and round out the team’s scoring. Jeremy Baier ’18 and Ethan Dupas, making his Top Seven varsity debut, raced well together and pushed back other team scorers to help the team.
Head Coach Drew Haro ’03 reflected that “as a coach, I’m proud to see our team come together on a day like yesterday and truly support one another the whole time regardless of the outcome. Winning the district meet was truly awesome, but watching our guys commit to the training process every day with each other in the hopes of being a part of something special is the real victory.”
The Harriers returns to action to compete JH/JV Metro Championships on Saturday, October 28 in City Park at 8 a.m.