CYO cross-country runners set a winning pace

The CYO cross-country teams have racked up both team wins and personal best records so far this season.

By Dan Kaufman

After seven meets so far this season, the boys cross-country varsity record is 63-24 and the junior varsity 23-4. The girls varsity is 64-26 and junior varsity 12-4. Unfortunately, there was a partial cancellation at Prairie Heights and a total cancellation at Huntington Catholic due to some stormy weather.

On the weekend  of Sept. 17-18 the teams competed at the New Haven Classic, where the boys finished fourth in the large school division, while the girls finished sixth. The boys were led by Atticus Wiseman, who finished 10th, and the girls by Aileen Delaney, who came in 6th.There were over 300 runners in each race.

The preceding weekend runners participated in a varsity-only meet, the 46th West Noble Invitational in Ligonier. In that very competitive meet the Cardegles boys finished eighth among 28 teams, and the girls ninth among 29 teams. Aileen Delaney was the top Cardegle girl finisher, at sixth place, and Atticus Wiseman, at ninth place, was the top male finisher for the Cardegles.

In a meet hosted by the Lutheran Schools on Sept. 20, the boys came out on top in the seven team meet while the girls finished third, again led by Aileen Delaney who was the overall winner.

Earlier in the season the team competed at Prairie Heights in a storm-shortened meet and where the girls ran an incorrectly marked course. Both the girls and boys placed fourth. At the Norwell Invitational the girls placed seventh and the boys had a solid, fourth-place finish. At this meet the boys also ran with just five runners in the JV meet and finished an outstanding second lead by Oscar Lopez, fourth overall finish.

At Indian Springs, another large and competitive meet, the girls were third of 23 teams in their best performance of the year, while the boys finished ninth.

So far the top runners have been, girls: Aileen Delaney, Karly Ewing, Natalee Vogan, Julia Broerman, Elise Huhn, Katie Wood and Alexa Patrick. Boys: Atticus Wiseman, Joe Schipper, Pablo Sutter, Brenden Nix, Daniel Cava, Noah Maskal, Oscar Lopez, Trevor Englehaupt and Noah Thurber. Atticus Wiseman cracked the all-time top runner list with a 10:43 time this year at West Noble to rank 10th overall. Aileen is currently third on the girls all-time list, and Natalee Vogan, sixth.

The teams recently participated in the Carroll Middle School Invite on Oct. 1. The girls finished third as a team overall, the boys varsity was fourth and the girls JV team was also third overall. The boys JV race was called mid-race due to lightning. The varsity girls were led by Aileen Delaney, second-place finisher, and Natalee Vogan, fifth overall. The boys were led by Atticus Wiseman, fifth overall, and Joe Schipper, 15th. Aileen’s time of 11:44 is the third fastest Cardegle time ever, while Atticus’s time of 10:35 was the seventh fastest time.

The Cardegle Invitational was also Oct. 6, at Shoaff Park.

Posted on October 4, 2016, to: