September 2: (Horlick Rebel Invitational@UW-Parkside, Racine, Wisconsin)A first meet for many at the high school level in these two races. Our freshmen raced a 4k and showed a lot of poise and maturity in their first high school race experience, especially considering the Parkside course. We finished with 2 in the top 7 and a 3rd place team finish improving greatly on last years 6th place finish. Excellent job with so much more to come.
Our Varsity group looked good together with room to improve in some areas but a good place to be on a challenging, hilly course. It was good to see the positive attitudes, fun spirit, and great support for each other and the rest of the team. Things wrapped up with 6 in the top 25 and a 36 second top 5 split. Lets keep the fun times going. Great work.
In our JV Race, we proved once again how strong and rich we are in ability finishing with 16 points, one off a perfect score. We ended up with 6 in the top 8 and showed strong team commitment and communication. Everything we talk about trying to do happened in this race. Great team work and resilience to stick together no matter what. Keep enjoying the process and keep the pressure high for the rest of the team. -PDT
September 9: (Joliet Steelman Invite @ Channahon Community Park)-Race week 2 gave all of us a chance to compete at 3 miles and the opportunity was not wasted. Across the board we were moving through the race and staying consistently aggressive throughout. In both races we challenged for position and competed from beginning to end. The FroshSoph race saw 4 individual medalists in the top 20 and the JV race put 5 individuals in the top 9! Impressive show of depth and support.
In the Varsity race, we saw one big change from last year. We did not settle but instead continued to drive through the race. Where last year we got comfortable, this year we continued to push. Even though the outcome was not the same as last year, the lessons learned are the bigger victory today. Not being intimidated by someone else's history or reputation and constantly pushing through the race, getting closer and more driven toward the top. This was the most gratifying 3rd place finish I have had as a coach because we are applying what we have talked about and learning from our own history. Well done. Peoria Week coming up next. Let's keep having fun!
Enjoy the moment and set our sights on Peoria. PDT
September 16: (Peoria Notre Dame Invite@ Detweiller Park, Peoria, IL )-
We were all thinking better than 10th place with the Varsity race but to match last years finish was solid considering the fight we once again are showing. Consistently pushing through the race and staying hungry, racing with fire, things are continuing to look up. We finished 2 individuals with medals but more importantly, we are staying pretty tight through the race with a top 5 split of 36 seconds and a top 7 split of 53 seconds. The great news is that there is room to grow and we all know it! Stay hungry, keep the fire hot, and turn our attention to how we can show our strength in the coming week. Keep learning from what we've done and growing with every opportunity.
On the Frosh/Soph race, we saw 7 guys run great times but we weren't as solid team wise as last week which cost us several places in the results. There were tough efforts and excellent finishes but one take-away from this week is that when we get seperated in the crowd, it is hard to get back together. That happened today and it cost us but it is a great lesson and an even better experience to have gone through and now know what it is like. We have felt both sides of that and know the strength of the group as well as the harshness of trying to find them again. Keep working hard and learning from the process. Great things will keep coming our way.
The Open race was in the heat of the day and we saw the same thing happen in the first 4 hundred meters. Our 1-3 got separated from 4 on and our strength was taken away from us. We worked very hard throughout and some great times came from it and in the end finished 3rd here which is outstanding. But a stronger start in a more unified way holds us together and keeps our top pack strong. With that we finish 2nd. Learn from it and work to next week. Great weekend everybody. -PDT
September 23: (Macnider Invitational@ Harper College, Palatine, IL )-
After coming into the meet on a pretty strong note, the we raced average and ended up being victims to the early autumn heat wave. The pack was broken up after the first mile and was exploited by a much more unified Hunltey team that raced the way we usually do. When the dust settled, we also got beat out by Minooka, a team who now thinks they can touch us at the Conference meet. We'll see what comes next but now with 2 weeks before the next meet, we need to continue to focus on that we are a great team and we will do what we set out to do.
Individually, there were some great performances where some of us took advantage of opportunities and raced up to the level of competition. Continue to embrace that mentality and let it permeate the attitude of us all. -PDT
October 7: (Sterling Invite@ Hoover Park, Sterling)-
All race groups looked great and improved at Sterling showing an aggressiveness that we need this time of year. There was a hunger to compete and a drive to succeed with the JV race seeing our Top 6 earning top 30 recognition led by a 1, 2, 3 finish and some great stepping up to cap off the team score and the victory.
Our Frosh/Soph team earned 4 of the Top 30 spots finishing 4th as a team with some great teamwork and individual improvements. Going into Conference week, we are looking strong.
The Varsity race so 4 more of our individuals earning Top 30 medals and the team earning 2nd place. We saw some of us finding ourselves and some of us needing a chance to be reminded of who we need to be. We are primed to strike next week. Take advantage of any opportunity to be great! -PDT
October 14: (SPC Conference Meet@ Channahon Community Park )-
October 21: (IHSA AAA Regional@ Stuart Sports Complex, Montgomery)
Another great step forward today. Everything we needed to do, we are doing. 6 lifetime prs and 1 season best with our Top 5/7 splits right at the best of the season. We have had to deal with a lot of adversity both as individuals and as a team and we are finding ways to succeed none the less. Excellent work today with a very tight 4th place finish. The place does not dictate the process and you are all taking control and confidently racing the complete 3 miles. Take the next step. Great work! -PDT
October 28: (IHSA AAA Sectional@ Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora)
This is the closest we've come. 13 points difference between qualifying and not. Soggy, muddy, cold conditions did not get in the way the effort put out today. We didn't quite have the tight split we've worked hard to get back these last weeks and that was enough to make the difference. We had a 37 second top 5 split at Regionals and a 53 second top 5 split at Sectionals. A split in the mid 40's would have done it but none the less, the resilience and positive attitudes of this team has created a truth that this is possible. It can happen and it will eventually happen. Individually, we dominated the individual qualifier results with 3 guys finishing 11, 13,and 18 in Brandon Nelson, Mitch Bradford, and Joe Fioresi making this the most successful Sectional in this era of Oswego Cross Country. Congratulations and a great team Sectional Meet. -PDT
November 4: (IHSA AAA State Finals@ Detweiller Park, Peoria, IL )-
Boys AAA Finals- 2:00pm
ROHO Athlete of the Meet.
IHSA AAA Sectional
IHSA AAA Regional
SPC Conf. Championship
PND Richard Spriing Invite
Joliet Central Steelman Invite
Horlick Rebel Invitational
Team Pasta Party Hosts:
September 1: Jacob Sefranek
September 8: Noah Vanderhei
September 15: Noah Beck
September 22: Mitch Bradford
October 6: Brandon Guernsey
October 13: Nathan Miller
Oct 20: Brandon Nelson (top 12 only)
Oct 27: Joe Fioresi (top 12 only)
Thank you for your support!
What do I need on race day?
Race Uniform (singlet & shorts)
Team Warm-ups (jacket & pants)
Team Issued Bag
Racing Spikes (cleaned, sharp)
Team Long Sleeve
Team Winter Hat
Navy Warm-up Shorts
Extra Dry Clothing
Pre Race Tips:
2 Nights before a race is great for extra sleep
Carbohydrate rich dinner the night before
Stay on top of your water hydration
Make sure gear is checked the night before
Simple breakfast for Saturday mornings: