Boys Cross Country off to a Strong Start at Centerville Night Invite
August 25, 2014By Chris Davis of Bishop Brossart High School
With the Alumni race behind them, the boys cross country team started the invitational stretch of the season this Saturday night at Centerville High School in Dayton, Ohio. Since the 1st time since 2002 the team enters the campaign as the defending state champions.
In Class A in the past 15 years, unless you have ran for St. Henry or for Bishop Brossart, you have not won a state championship. The two have combined for 15 straight titles and are once again odds on favorite to be 1-2 in some form this season. Being so close in proximity the two teams will be squaring off early and often this season, and it got started this Saturday under the lights.
Senior Chris Loos led the way for the Mustangs with a solid 12th place finish out of 200 plus runners. Ross Klocke, breaking into the 17’s for the first time in his career, backed up Loos’ performance with a top 20 finish. Nick Schuler and Adam Hartig were close behind just missing cracking into the 17’s, and just barely missed putting 4 runners ahead of St. Henry’s 1st runner. Ronny Smith rounded out the top 5 with an 18:40.
Although, St. Henry did not have a front runner up with Loos their pack was very solid, as they had their scoring 5 in between 18:20 and 18:35. The Mustangs will have their hands full this year trying to stay a head of the Crusaders tight pack.
Despite the solid pack running mentality the Crusaders displayed on Saturday night, the Mustangs were able to edge them for 5th place, distancing themselves by 48 points. Brossart finished behind Class 2A defending champion North Oldham, and 3 other strong Ohio programs. It was a solid start with room for improvements. The team will be back in action this Saturday at Ryle High School, once again squaring off with their familiar foe the Crusaders.