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  • IHSA State Finalist
    1982 State Runner-up, 2014 14th Place, 2019 3rd Place

    IHSA Sectional Champions
    2019, 2020

    IHSA Regional Champions
    1982, 1984, 1991, 1994, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2019, 2020

    IHSA Individual State Champions
    1980 Mike Patton
    2012 Jack Keelan

    Chicago Catholic League Champions
    1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1998, 2010, 2012, 2022
If you have any questions about our Boys Cross Country program. Please contact the Head Coach Ed Ernst at ed.ernst@ignatius.org.

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  • Week 7 Practice Plan

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    Saint Ignatius Cross Country 2022
    Week 7 – September 19-25
    Everyone is now running Phase III.  This is the hardest training we will do.
     
    Monday, September 19
    3:15-5:15 practice
    O’Hara: Mini to
    Bobsled.
    Others: Bus to 39th street.
    Warm up run 1-2 miles. 800 tempo.  Core. Dynamic.
    O’Hara: 8x800 at I (2:30-2:40)(5:00)
    Korabik: 8x800 at I (2:40-2:50)(6:00)
    Patton:  7x800 at I (2:55-3:00) (6:00)
    Floreani, Shorter: 6x800 at I (2:55-3:00) (6:00)
    Prefontaine: 6x800 at I (3:45)(8:00)
    Satino: 4x800 at I (4:00) (8:00)
    Mills:  3x800 at I (4:30) (9:00)
    Post: 1-2 miles.
     
    Tuesday, September 20
    3:15-5:15 practice
    All but Santino and Mills:  Run 1.5 miles to Agora.  Others:  Bus.
    O”Hara: 6 miles to 31st Street Beach
    Korabik, Patton, Floreani, Shorter, Pre, Santino:  5 miles to 25th Street
    Mills: 3 miles, to McCormick
    Post:  Jog to Ignatius.  Strides. Core.
     
    Wednesday, September 21
    3:15-5:15 practice
    All but Santino and Mills:  Run 1.5 miles to Agora. Others:  Bus.
    Run north along lake to LSD tunnel.
    O’Hara, Korabik: 2x2 mile at Tempo, 1 min rest.
    Patton, Floreani: 1x2 mile at Tempo, 1 min rest, 1x1 miles Tempo, 1 in rest.
    Shorter, Pre, Santino, Mills: 1x2 mile at T with 1 min rest.
    Mills:  3x1 mile at T with 1 min rest.
    Post:  Jog to Ignatius.  Core.
     
     
     
     
    Thursday, September 22
    3:15-5:15 practice
    All but Santino and Mills:  Run 1.5 miles to Agora.  Others:  Bus.
    O”Hara: 6 miles to 31st Street Beach
    Korabik: 5 miles to 25th Street
    Patton, Floreani: 4 miles past McCormick
    Shorter, Pre, Santino, Mills: 3 miles, to McCormick
    Post:  Jogvto Ignatius.  Strides. Core.
     
    Friday, September 23
    3:15-5:15 practice
    O’Hara and Korabik:  4 miles.
    Others:  3 miles, Sears Tower.
    Strides, Core.
     
    Saturday, September 24
    Palatine Invite, Deer Grove East Forest
    Preserve, Palatine, IL
    Bus at 6:30 AM or be there by 7:45.
    Freshmen be there 7:30 if possible.
     
    Sunday, September 25
    O’Hara: 10-12 miles.
    Korabik,Patton: 8 miles.
    Others:  off.
     
    NEXT WEEK:
    Pat Savage Invite at Niles West

    O’Hara
    Duncan DeProfio
    Matthew Conroy
    Henry Fink
    Brandon Mendoza
    Luke Turner
    Thomas Fitzpatrick
    Henry Wright
    Christian Turner
     
    Korabik
    Matthew Mangan
    Sean Burke
    Nicholas Lopez
    Ronan Barron
    Gabriel Garino
     
    Patton
    Charlie Archambault
    Austin Rieckelman
    Adrian Rosado
    Jakub Myers
    Michael Marafino
    Eoin Crowley
     
    Shorter
    Jose Rios
    Daniel Trevino
    MacKenzie Brody
    Ian Walsh
    Alexander Wright
    Jackson Becker
     
    Prefontaine
    Logan Meyers
    Richard Perez
    John Hennelly
    Evan Mehta
    Matthew Zegart
     
    Floreani
    Owen Myers
    Cameron Shure
    Zachary Tan
    Aidan Tansor
    Patrick Tansor
    Ethan Petrillo
    George Covarrubias
    James Fuller
    Elliot Iantorno
    Danny McMahon
    Alex Liederman
    Alexander Kepler
     
    Santino
    Darius Normandi
    Damon Strathan
     
    Mills
    Quinn Ellis
    Paul Wawczak
    Ari Eimer
     
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  • Week 6 Practice Plan

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    Saint Ignatius Cross Country 2022
    Week 6 – September 12-18
     
    Everyone is now running Phase III.  This is the hardest training we will do.
     
    Monday, September 12
    3:15-5:15 practice
    O’Hara and Korabik:  Harrison warm up.  Then 800 tempo.
    Others:  Halsted, then 800 tempo.
    Dynamic and strides.
    O’Hara, Korabik: 6x1000 meters at I pace (1000 jog)(7 mins per)
    Patton, Floreani: 5x1000 meters at I pace (1000 jog-6 mins) (8 mins per)
    Shorter, Pre, Santino:  4x1000 meters at I pace (1000 jog)(9 mins per)
    Mills: 2x1000 meters at I pace (1000 jog)(10 mins per)
    Post:  Jog to Ignatius.  Core.
     
    Tuesday, September 13
    3:15-5:15 practice
    All but Santino and Mills:  Run 1.5 miles to Agora.  Others:  Bus.
    O”Hara: 6 miles to 31st Street Beach
    Korabik: 5 miles to 25th Street
    Patton, Floreani: 4 miles past McCormick
    Shorter, Pre, Santino, Mills: 3 miles, to McCormick
    Post:  Jog to Ignatius.  Strides. Core.
     
    Wednesday, September 14
    3:15-5:15 practice
    All but Santino and Mills:  Run 1.5 miles to Agora. Others:  Bus.
    O’Hara, Korabik: 4x1 mile at Tempo, 1 min rest.
    Patton, Floreani: 4x1 mile at Tempo, 1 min rest
    Shorter, Pre, Santino, Miles: 3x1 mile at T with 1 min rest.
    Mills:  3x1 mile at T with 1 min rest.
    Post:  Jog to Ignatius.  Core.
     

     
     
     
     
    Thursday, September 14
    3:15-5:15 practice
    All but Santino and Mills:  Run 1.5 miles to Agora.  Others:  Bus.
    O”Hara: 6 miles to 31st Street Beach
    Korabik: 5 miles to 25th Street
    Patton, Floreani: 4 miles past McCormick
    Shorter, Pre, Santino, Mills: 3 miles, to McCormick
    Post:  Jogvto Ignatius.  Strides. Core.
     
    Friday, September 16
    3:15-5:15 practice
    O’Hara and Korabik:  Harrison warm up.  Then 800 tempo.
    Others:  Halsted, then 800 tempo.
    Dynamic and strides.
    3200 Time Trial on track.
    O’Hara and Korabik:  Harrison.
    Others:  Halsted. 
    Core.
     
    Saturday, September 17
    8:00 AM bus to Waterfall Glen, or meet us there at 8:30 AM
    Team Long Run Day
    O’Hara:  Long run 10-12 miles.
    Korabik, Patton: 8 or more miles.
    Floreani, Shorter: 7 or more miles
    Pre, Santino: 6 miles
    Mills:  5 miles
    Post:  Strides, Core
     
    Sunday, September 18
    O’Hara: 8-10 miles.
    Korabik,Patton: 8 miles.
    Others:  off.
     
    NEXT WEEK:
    Palatine Invitational, Sept 24

    O’Hara
    Duncan DeProfio
    Matthew Conroy
    Henry Fink
    Brandon Mendoza
    Luke Turner
    Thomas Fitzpatrick
    Henry Wright
     
    Korabik
    Christian Turner
    Matthew Mangan
    Sean Burke
    Nicholas Lopez
    Ronan Barron
    Gabriel Garino
    Eoin Crowley
     
    Patton
    Charlie Archambault
    Austin Rieckelman
    Adrian Rosado
    Jakub Myers
    Daniel Trevino
     
    Shorter
    Jose Rios
    MacKenzie Brody
    Ian Walsh
    Alexander Wright
    Jackson Becker
     
    Prefontaine
    Michael Marafino
    Logan Meyers
    Richard Perez
    John Hennelly
    Evan Mehta
    Matthew Zegart
     
    Floreani
    Owen Myers
    Cameron Shure
    Zachary Tan
    Aidan Tansor
    Patrick Tansor
    Ethan Petrillo
    George Corrubias
    James Fuller
    Elliot Iantorno
    Alex Liederman
    Alexander Kepler
     
    Santino
    Quinn Ellis
    Darius Normandi
    Danny McMahon
    Damon Strathan
     
    Mills
    Paul Wawczak
    Ari Eimer
    Jameel Meeks



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  • Week 5 Practice Plan

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    Saint Ignatius Cross Country 2022
    Week 5 –September 5-11
     
    Monday, September 5 Labor Day
    No practice but run on your own 
    O’Hara/Keelan:  16-20 miles total for two days.
    Patton:  12 miles total for two days.
    Others: 5-6 miles total for two days, with one day off.
     
    Tuesday, September 6
    O’Hara, Keelan:  Run to Agora, Michigan and Roosevelt.
    Others:  Bus to Agora sculpture,
    O’Hara:  5 more miles to 25th Street 7:30
    Keelan:  4 more miles, past McCormick 7:45
    Patton, Shorter, Floreani: 6 miles, 31st
    Prefontaine:  5 miles, 25th Street
    Mills: 2-3 miles, McCormick
    Post:  Strides, Core.
     
    Wednesday, September 7
    3:15-5:15 practice
    O’Hara, Keelan:  Run to Agora, Michigan and Roosevelt.
    Others:  Bus
    1 mile warm up.  Dynamic, Strides.
    O’Hara, Keelan:  5 mile tempo
    Floreani, Patton, Shorter, Prefontaine: 3 miles tempo, LSD bridge
    Santino: 2 mile tempo.
    Post:  Core
     
    Thursday, September 8
    3:15-5:15 practice
    3:15-4:30 practice
    4:50  Picture Day!  Bring your uniforms.
    O’Hara, Keelan:  8 miles, Ping Tom Park, with a Harrison loop and another mile.
    Patton, Shorter, Floreani:  7 miles, Ping Tom Park, plus Harrison loop.
    Prefontaine:  6 miles, Ping Tom Park, plus another mile
    Santino:  4 miles, Ping Tom Park
    Mills:  3 miles, 18th Street Bridge
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Friday, September 9
    All:  Bus to Peoria at 11:45!!
    3:00 run on Detweiller Course.
    Post:  Strides.  Core.
     
    Saturday, September 10
    First to the Finish Invitational at Detweiller Park in Peoria.
    11:30 Varsity 10 runners
    12:30 Open—everyone else!
    Return at 6:00 PM.
     
    Sunday, September 11
    O’Hara:  10-12 miles
    Keelan:  8-10 miles
     
    NEXT WEEK:
     
    Off week from competition, practice on Saturday, September 18
     
    O’Hara
    Duncan DeProfio
    Matthew Conroy
    Henry Fink
    Brandon Mendoza
     
    Keelan
    Thomas Fitzpatrick
    Christian Turner
    Luke Turner
    Henry Wright
    Matthew Mangan
    Sean Burke
    Nicholas Lopez
    Ronan Barron
    Gabriel Garino
     
    Patton
    Michael Marafino
    Charlie Archambault
    Austin Rieckelman
    Adrian Rosado
     
    Shorter
    Jose Rios
    MacKenzie Brody
    Ian Walsh
    Alexander Wright
    Jackson Becker
     
    Prefontaine
    Eoin Crowley
    Logan Meyers
    Jakub Myers
    Richard Perez
    John Hennelly
    Evan Mehta
    Matthew Zegart
    Daniel Trevino
     
    Floreani
    Owen Myers
    Cameron Shure
    Zachary Tan
    Aidan Tansor
    Patrick Tansor
    Ethan Petrillo
    George Corrubias
    James Fuller
    Elliot Iantorno
    Alex Liederman
    Alexander Kepler
     
    Santino
    Quinn Ellis
    Darius Normandi
    Danny McMahon
    Jameel Meeks
    Damon Strathan
    Ari Eimer
     
    Mills
     
    Paul Wawczak
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  • Week 4 Practice Plan

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    Saint Ignatius Cross Country 2022
    Week 4 –August 29-September 4
     
    Monday, August 29
    3:15-5:15 practice
    O’Hara, Keelan:  Run to Agora, Michigan and Roosevelt.
    Others:  Bus to Agora sculpture,
    O’Hara:  5 miles to 25th Street 7:30
    Keelan:  4 miles, past McCormick 7:45
    Patton: 6 miles, 31st
    Shorter: 6 miles, 31st
    Prefontaine:  5 miles, 25th Street
    Floreani: 6 miles, 31st
    Mills: 2-3 miles, McCormick
    Post:  Strides, Core.
     
    Tuesday, August 30
    3:15-5:15 practice
    O’Hara, Keelan:  Run to Agora, Michigan and Roosevelt.
    Others:  Bus to Agora sculpture,
    O’Hara:  5 miles, Navy Pier Ferris 7:30
    Keelan:  4 miles, LSD tunnel 7:45
    Patton: 6 miles, end of Navy Pier
    Shorter: 6 miles, end of Navy Pier
    Pre:  5 miles, Navy Pier Ferris
    Floreani: 6 miles, end of Navy Pier
    Mills: 2-3 miles, Yacht clubs
    Post:  Strides, Core.
     
    Wednesday, August 31
    3:15-5:15 practice
    O’Hara, Keelan:  Harrison loop w/up.
    Others:  Halsted w/up.
    Tempo 800, dynamic, strides.
    O’Hara:  12x400 at 75 with 1 min rest. 
    Keelan:  12x400 at 78 with 1 min rest. 
    Patton:  10 x400 at 85 with 1 min rest. 
    Shorter: 8x400 at 90.
    Prefontaine: 8x400 at 95.
    Floreani:  10x400 at 80. 
    Santino:  8x400 at 85.
    Mills:  6x400 at 1:45
    Post:  Stretch, Core.
     
    Thursday, September 1
    3:15-5:15 practice
    O’Hara, Keelan:  Run to Agora, Michigan and Roosevelt.
    Others:  Bus to Agora sculpture,
    O’Hara:  5 miles to 25th Street 7:30
    Keelan:  4 miles, past McCormick 7:45
    Patton, Shorter, Floreani: 6 miles, 31st
    Prefontaine:  5 miles, 25th Street
    Mills: 2-3 miles, McCormick
    Post:  Strides, Core.
     
    Friday, September 2
    Early practice:  12:30 bus to Bemis Woods in LaGrange.  Practice 1:30-3:30.  Then pasta party at Fitspatricks’ 4:00-6:00. Return to school at 7:00.
    O’Hara:  5 miles 7:30
    Keelan:  5 miles 7:30
    Patton: 4 miles
    Shorter, Pre, Floreani, Shorter: 3 miles
    Mills: 2 miles
    Post:  Sprints. Stretch. 
     
    Saturday, September 3
    Saint Ignatius Jim Connelly Invitational at Lewis University
    Meet at Ignatius 7:15 AM for bus.  Or be there at 8:30 AM.
    All:  1-2 mile warm up run on course.
    800 tempo.  Pre-race stretching and build ups.
    Frosh soph:  3 mile race at 9:30.
    Varsity:  3 mile race at 10:30.
    Post: Jog 1-2 miles on course.
    Return to Ignatius at 1:00.
     
    Sunday, September 4
    Monday, September 5 Labor Day
    No practice but run on your own O’Hara/Keelan:  16-20 miles total for two days.
    Patton:  12 miles total for two days.
    Others: 5-6 miles total for two days, with one day off..
     
    Next Week:  First to the Finish Invitational, Peoria!  Overnight bus trip:  September 9-10.
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  • Week 3 Practice Plans

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    Saint Ignatius Cross Country 2022
    Week 3 – August 22-28
     
    Monday, August 22
    3:15-5:30 practice
    All:  Bus Agora/Legs on Michigan Ave.
    Run north to Navy Pier, Yacht Clubs
    O’Hara: Run 8 miles
    Keelan: Run 6 miles
    Patton: Run 6 miles
    Shorter:  4-5 miles
    Prefontaine: Run 3-4 miles
    Floreani: Run 4-5 miles
    Santino:  Run 2-3 miles
    Post:  Sprints. Stretch. Core.
     
    Tuesday, August 23
    3:15-5:30 practice
    All:  Bus Agora/Legs on Michigan Ave.
    Run south to 31st Street and McCormick
    O’Hara: Run 8 miles
    Keelan: Run 6 miles
    Patton: Run 6 miles
    Shorter:  4-5 miles
    Prefontaine: Run 3-4 miles
    Floreani: Run 4-5 miles
    Santino:  Run 2-3 miles
    Post:  Sprints. Stretch. Core.
     
    Wednesday, August 24
    3:15-5:30 practice
    All:  Bus to Agora at Michigan
    1 mile warm up.  Dynamic, Strides.
    O’Hara, Keelan:  5 mile tempo, Michigan Ave bridge
    Floreani, Patton, Shorter, Prefontaine: 3 miles tempo, LSD bridge
    Santino: 2 mile tempo, LSD bridge
    Post:  Core
     
    Thursday, August 25
    3:15-5:30 practice
    All:  Bus Agora/Legs on Michigan Ave.
    Run north to Navy Pier, Yacht Clubs
    O’Hara: Run 8 miles
    Keelan: Run 5-6 miles
    Patton: Run 5-6 miles
    Shorter:  4-5 miles
    Prefontaine: Run 3-4 miles
    Floreani: Run 4-5 miles
    Santino:  Run 2-3 miles
    Post:  Sprints. Stretch. Core.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Friday, August 26
    3:15-5:15 practice
    All:  Bus Agora/Legs on Michigan Ave.
    Run south to 31st Street and McCormick
    O’Hara: Run 8 miles
    Keelan: Run 6 miles
    Patton: Run 6 miles
    Shorter:  4-5 miles
    Prefontaine: Run 3-4 miles
    Floreani: Run 4-5 miles
    Santino:  Run 2-3 miles
    Post:  Sprints. Stretch. Core.
     
    Saturday, August 27
    Wolfpack Howl Practice Meet
    Meet at Ignatius 8:00AM for bus ride to Washington Park 
    Or be there at 8:30 AM.
    All:  2 mile warm up run around Washington Park.
    Pre-race stretching and build ups.
    2 mile race at 9:45.
    Post: Jog 2 mile run
    Then to picnic, at Coach Ernst’s home:  9830 S Prospect Ave, Chicago. 11:00-12:30.  Bus returns to Ignatius at 1:00.
     
    Sunday, August 28
    O’Hara and Keelan, long run, 8-10
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  • First Day of Practice

    Our first practice is Monday, August 8, at 8:00 am. 

    First day of practice starts with a short meeting at 8:00 AM at the Ignatius track behind the school. 

    In order to practice, all upperclass boys must have submitted a completed IHSA medical form an Athletico information form, and a participation form to the school’s Blackbaud site.  These forms are available on Blackbaud under “Checklist(s) to review.”  A boy cannot join the team for practice until these forms are submitted to the athletics department. 

    This will be a practice with a bus to the lakefront and then a run there, ending around 10:30 AM back at the school.  Practice week ahead:  Tuesday, 8-9 at 8:00-10.  Wednesday, 8-10 at 8-10.  Thursday, 8-11 at 8:00-10.  Friday, 8-12 at 8:00-10.  Saturday, 8-13 at 8:00-4:00 PM.  Monday, 8-15 at 8:00-10:00 AM.  Tuesday, 8-16 at 3:00-5:00 pm.  Wednesday, 8-17 at 3:00-5:00 pm. 
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Connelly Invite at Lewis University

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Peoria First to the Finish

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Palatine Invite

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Pat Savage Invite

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Loyola Invite

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CCL Championships at Lewis University

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Bud James Invite

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IHSA Regional at Legion Park

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IHSA Sectional at Lake Park

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IHSA State Finals at Peoria

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News

List of 7 news stories.

  • Pack Take 3rd at IHSA Regional

    The Wolfpack placed 3rd at the IHSA Regional on Saturday hosted by Jones.
  • CCL Champions!!!

    For the first time in ten years the Wolfpack is champion of the Chicago Catholic League. The Wolfpack won the CCL varsity championship on Saturday over the three-mile course at Lewis University, scoring 40 points to defeat the closest contenders, DePaul with 68 points and Fenwick with 80. Low score wins in cross country. Junior Matthew Conroy was the top finisher for the Wolfpack in second place, running 15 minutes and 21.8 seconds. Also winning all-conference honors, senior Luke Turner finished fifth (15:50.2), senior Thomas Fitzpatrick was eighth (16:00.9), senior Chris Turner 13th (16:07.1), senior Duncan DeProfio 14th (16:07.6), and junior Henry Fink 16th (16:18.3). Junior Brandon Mendoza finished 24th(16:45.2). It was even a bigger day for the Wolfpack, as the team swept all four races on the day, winning the freshman, sophomore, and open races. "As far as anyone knows or remembers, it was the first time Ignatius has won all four races at the CCL championship," said coach Ed Ernst. "This group worked hard since last year to get here. If you had asked anyone in the summer before the season, no one would have picked us to win." The Wolfpack open runners (same as junior varsity) won the Chicago Catholic League Championship race on Saturday. Senior Henry Wright finished first overall, running 16 minutes and 49.5 seconds, and he was followed by senior Sean Burke in second place (17:25.9). Senior Gabe Garino took 6th (17:44.9), junior Matthew Mangan 8th (17:54.7), and senior Ronan Barron 12th (18:39.1) to complete the five-man scoring team. The Wolfpack scored 26 points to win over closest contenders Marmion (41) and Loyola (70).
  • Wolfpack Grab 2nd at Loyola Flight Night

    For the second week, the Wolfpack took second place, this week behind a powerful run by Lake Zurich at Loyola Flight Night. Lake Zurich scored 35, Ignatius 70, Highland Park 109, New Trier (B) 139, and Loyola 140, for the top 5 spots. Junior Matthew Conroy was top runner for the Wolfpack with his second place finish, running 15 minutes and 28.5 seconds on the three-mile course around Loyola’s Munz athletic complex. Senior Thomas Fitzpatrick was 13th (16:02.9), senior Luke Turner 14th (16:03.7), junior Henry Fink 16th (16:04.4), and junior Brandon Mendoza 25th (16:24.7) to complete the five-man scoring team for the Wolfpack. “We beat Lake Zurich two weeks ago, but they got a lot better really quickly,” said Coach Ed Ernst. “We have some big races ahead of us at the CCL championships and in the state series, and so now maybe it is our turn to get better.” The Wolfpack race next at the Chicago Catholic League Championships at Lewis University on Saturday, October 15.
  • Conroy Takes Second for Second Place Wolfpack

    The Wolfpack took second place at the Pat Savage Invite held at Niles West on Saturday, losing to Oswego East but defeating 33 other teams, including Loyola and DePaul. Junior Matthew Conroy finished second place overall for the Wolfpack with an outstanding time of 15 minutes and 15.25 seconds on the 3-mile course around the Niles West athletic fields. ,Senior Thomas Fitzpatrick placed seventh with another strong race, running 15:40. Senior Luke Turner (16th in 15:54), junior Henry Fink (38th in 16:15) , and senior Christian Turner (39th in 16:15) completed the five-man scoring team for the Wolfpack. Ignatius scored 100 points just behind Oswego East’s low score of 94. DePaul was third (133), New Trier fourth (176), Oswego fifth (184), and Loyola sixth (195).
  • Wolfpack 7th at Palatine Invite

    The Wolfpack had strong day at the Palatine Invite on Saturday, finishing 7th against 18 ranked teams. Junior Matthew Conroy medaled with his 19th-place finish, running a big personal best time of 15 minutes and 15 seconds on the fast course at Deer Grove East Park. Senior Thomas Fitzpatrick placed 35th in 15:32, another personal best, with senior Luke Turner 62nd in 15:57, his first race under the 16:00-barrier. Junior Brandon Mendoza was 77th in 16:02 (another PB), and senior Duncan DeProfio placed 81st in 16:03. Senior Christian Turner ran 16:13 in 93rd and junior Henry Fink 16:31 for 124th, two more personal bests, to round out the Wolfpack top seven. The unranked Wolfpack scored 271 points behind champion and state number 1 Plainfield South (35), #10 Maine South (163), #18 Barrington (175), #3 Oak Park-River Forest (175), #16 New Trier (184), and #15 Hersey (214)—but ahead of ranked teams #6 Palatine, #9 Lake Zurich, #11 Plainfield North, #14 Oswego East, #17 York, #21 Prospect, and the top-ranked 2A team Grayslake Central. The Wolfpack also beat neighborhood rival #23 Jones, as well as conference rivals Loyola, Fenwick, and Marmion. “It was a good day for us,” said Coach Ed Ernst. “We ran a smart race. The scores at the halfway mark put us in 11th—and together the guys moved up 84 points in the second half. If we stay healthy, our prospects look good for the Chicago Catholic League and the state series ahead.”
  • Pack 9th at First to the Finish

    The Wolfpack ran a good but not great race at the First to the Finish Invitational on Saturday, taking ninth place in a field of 37 3A teams—including 14 teams that show up in various state rankings. Junior Matthew Conroy was the top Wolfpack finisher in 32nd place, running a personal best time of 15 minutes and 34.2 seconds on the state course at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Senior Duncan DeProfio was number two for the Wolfpack in 60th (16:04.1), with junior Brandon Mendoza close behind in 72nd (16:11.2 PB), senior Thomas Fitzpatrick 79th (16:14.3), and senior Luke Turner 89th (16:20 PB) to round out the Wolfpack top five scoring runners. Plainfield South won First to the Finish with 48 points, as the Wolfpack scored 327 points behind Downers Grove North (71), Neuqua Valley (139), Plainfield North (153), Lyons Township (172), New Trier (224), Naperville Central (231), and Jacobs (317). “We were ranked as the ninth best team in the race on the start line, and we finished ninth,” said Coach Ed Ernst. “These are some of the biggest and best cross country teams in the state. But we honestly hoped for a better result. We will see a bunch of the teams who finished ahead of us again at Palatine in two weeks.”
  • Pack Win Connelly Invite at Lewis University

    The Wolfpack started season strong with win at their own James Connelly Invitational held at Lewis University. Senior Thomas Fitzpatrick and junior Matthew Conroy took over the lead pack after the first of three miles on the course, with Fitzpatrick eventually taking the win in a time of 15 minutes and 39 seconds and Conroy taking second place (15:47). Senior Duncan DeProfio finished fourth (16:02), with junior Brandon Mendoza seventh (16:18) and senior Luke Turner 11th (16:35). All five top scorers set personal best times on the three-mile course. The Wolfpack scored 25 points to beat Whitney Young (54), Loyola (77), Lockport (77), Montini (137), St. Viator (174), St. Patrick (182), and Mt. Carmel (239). “Fitzpatrick, Conroy, Mendoza, and Turner made a lot of progress last track season, and that has translated to success in cross country,” said Coach Ed Erst. “And DeProfio has really developed as a swimmer—and that has translated to cross country. They ran really fast times—especially for the first race of the season. It’s early, but this race shows they are ready for real success in the Chicago Catholic League and state competition as the season develops.”
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