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Forest Park Invitational Cross Country Recap

What a difference a week makes in St Louis weather! Last Friday when we started the race it was 96, this Saturday it was 46 when the gun went for the JV race. The awesome running temperature produced some great times from the Priory squad, even though the ACT test pulled 17 seniors from our entry list.

JV: A huge field of 56 partial/full teams lined the start with over 400 athletes poised for the gun. Priory had the unlucky draw of lane 56 but we were able to spread our athletes out in the empty lanes 57-60. With hundreds of athletes crossing the open field from right to left in order to make the first sharp turn, Priory runners were easily pinched off. Trey Erbs and James Coyle did manage to beat out most of the horde and they were both in the top 25 by the 600-meter mark. Ian Steiner, Andrew Abad and Anthony O’Sullivan were bunched back in the pack around 60th. By the 1400-meter mark Trey had moved up to 16th and James was solid in 24th. Ian, Andrew and Anthony all managed to move into the top 50, with Andrew Evans, Nolan Kemna and Chris Hedlesky slowing inching up as they emerged from the mud pit. Smart racers pay attention to the course conditions, and that pit ‘ate’ a number of shoes during several of the races. Our athletes sought and found the ‘dry’ line on the left side as they gained places in this area. By the time the athletes had circled the inside loop and headed for the 2-mile marker Priory had 8 runners in the top 60 places. The race, however, was between Owasso (a team that had driven in from Oklahoma for the race) and Francis Howell North. Owasso had five runners packed into the top six places with a lone FHN runner breaking up their pack. The rest of the field was so spread out that it was hard to see who was contending for the other top five places. Sometimes the last mile of the race distinguishes the strong from the weak runners, and Priory athletes rose to the occasion. Andrew Evans surged over the final mile moving from 55th to 38th down the home stretch. Ian and Anthony went with him as he surged and they both crossed the line in the middle 40’s. Our top 10 generated 6 PR’s with Trey (19:22 and 16th) and James (19:28 and 23rd) medaling, while Andrew (19:53 and 38th), Anthony (20:00 and 43rd) and Ian (20:03 and 46th) rounded out our team score. A highlight was having four freshmen in our top 10 with two seniors (Trey and Ian) providing leadership. 46 athletes set new PR’s on this fast course. Posting of the team score surprised the coaches as the JV squad narrowly missed third place by five points. The top five (of 31 scoring teams) were: 1. Owasso (20) 2. FHN (47) 3. Liberty (132) 4. PRIORY (137) and 5. Mexico (207)

What a difference a week makes in St Louis weather! Last Friday when we started the race it was 96, this Saturday it was 46 when the gun went for the JV race. The awesome running temperature produced some great times from the Priory squad, even though the ACT test pulled 17 seniors from our entry list.

JV: A huge field of 56 partial/full teams lined the start with over 400 athletes poised for the gun. Priory had the unlucky draw of lane 56 but we were able to spread our athletes out in the empty lanes 57-60. With hundreds of athletes crossing the open field from right to left in order to make the first sharp turn, Priory runners were easily pinched off. Trey Erbs and James Coyle did manage to beat out most of the horde and they were both in the top 25 by the 600-meter mark. Ian Steiner, Andrew Abad and Anthony O’Sullivan were bunched back in the pack around 60th. By the 1400-meter mark Trey had moved up to 16th and James was solid in 24th. Ian, Andrew and Anthony all managed to move into the top 50, with Andrew Evans, Nolan Kemna and Chris Hedlesky slowing inching up as they emerged from the mud pit. Smart racers pay attention to the course conditions, and that pit ‘ate’ a number of shoes during several of the races. Our athletes sought and found the ‘dry’ line on the left side as they gained places in this area. By the time the athletes had circled the inside loop and headed for the 2-mile marker Priory had 8 runners in the top 60 places. The race, however, was between Owasso (a team that had driven in from Oklahoma for the race) and Francis Howell North. Owasso had five runners packed into the top six places with a lone FHN runner breaking up their pack. The rest of the field was so spread out that it was hard to see who was contending for the other top five places. Sometimes the last mile of the race distinguishes the strong from the weak runners, and Priory athletes rose to the occasion. Andrew Evans surged over the final mile moving from 55th to 38th down the home stretch. Ian and Anthony went with him as he surged and they both crossed the line in the middle 40’s. Our top 10 generated 6 PR’s with Trey (19:22 and 16th) and James (19:28 and 23rd) medaling, while Andrew (19:53 and 38th), Anthony (20:00 and 43rd) and Ian (20:03 and 46th) rounded out our team score. A highlight was having four freshmen in our top 10 with two seniors (Trey and Ian) providing leadership. 46 athletes set new PR’s on this fast course. Posting of the team score surprised the coaches as the JV squad narrowly missed third place by five points. The top five (of 31 scoring teams) were: 1. Owasso (20) 2. FHN (47) 3. Liberty (132) 4. PRIORY (137) and 5. Mexico (207)

Varsity: The chill and the heavy dew had lifted by the 11:45 start of the varsity race with the air temperature rising to 56—ideal running conditions. Our lane, however, was no better as we were stuck in lane 56. With a faster field of varsity runners our only hope to avoid getting cut off was to bolt from the line at the gun. Sneaking out into the empty lanes, both William Whaley and Jake Drysdale did just that. Our other runners, though, had a tough go of it as the huge field (> 300 runners) surged left to make the first turn. George O’Sullivan, Tommy Lowell and Luke Lissner had to make their way up from the middle of the pack. Not panicking in the fray, the Priory pack slowly moved up as it headed to the mile mark. Learning from the JV squad, they also took the inside line through the mud pit. By the mile marker Jake was in the top 20 at 5:15, while William and George were in the mid 50’s at 5:25. Following closely behind were Tommie (5:27) and Luke (5:30), with Alex Lowell (5:35) and Andy Swyers (5:40) not far off the pace. Tight packing made it hard to tell precise positions, but Priory had seven runners in the top 125 spots. The top positions were held by two Westminster runners, two Owasso runners, and individuals from Parkway North, Pembroke Hill, Whitfield and Poplar Bluff. The middle loop is a bit of a blur on this course as fast runners are lapping slower runners by the time they hit the mud pit for the second time. Jake fell back a little bit as did Westminster’s second runner, while George, Tommie and Luke all started to move over the open field just past the two mile. William struggled a bit with his breathing as Alex and Andy caught him. The final mile was a victory for the Priory squad as all of our athletes pressed the pace, moving up through the large field. Andy Swyers managed to avoid the runner in front of him who buried himself in the mud the final time through the pit, while Jake really turned up the heat moving back into the top 20 with 500 meters to go. Luke continued to hold onto Tommie rounding the oak tree and heading into the final straight. Putting the hammer down, the entire team raced under the arch to the finish pad. Jake took 16th (PR in 17:38) to medal for the team, while George was 45th (18:04), Tommie 54th (18:15) and Luke 62nd (18:22). William hit the gas pedaled to squeeze by Andy, and Alex, William and Andy came across in a pack (93rd in 18:46, 95th in 18:47 and 99th in 18:49). Both Luke and Andy had the races of their lives as they improved their PR’s by 90 seconds. It took forever to post the final results, though, as the athletes and the coaches impatiently waited to see the team scores. Expecting a 5th or 6th place finish the team was surprised to find us only 18 points out of third behind Westmister. Again, we proved that packing is everything in the big meets. Four new PR’s were set and without Bobby Onder and Parker Dow we still managed to finish 4th of 37 teams. The top five teams were: 1. Owasso (59) 2. Francis Howell North (148) 3. Westminster (218) 4. PRIORY and 5. Ft Zumwalt South (250). Our top seven guys finished within 71 seconds of each other.

The chill and the heavy dew had lifted by the 11:45 start of the varsity race with the air temperature rising to 56—ideal running conditions. Our lane, however, was no better as we were stuck in lane 56. With a faster field of varsity runners our only hope to avoid getting cut off was to bolt from the line at the gun. Sneaking out into the empty lanes, both William Whaley and Jake Drysdale did just that. Our other runners, though, had a tough go of it as the huge field (> 300 runners) surged left to make the first turn. George O’Sullivan, Tommy Lowell and Luke Lissner had to make their way up from the middle of the pack. Not panicking in the fray, the Priory pack slowly moved up as it headed to the mile mark. Learning from the JV squad, they also took the inside line through the mud pit. By the mile marker Jake was in the top 20 at 5:15, while William and George were in the mid 50’s at 5:25. Following closely behind were Tommie (5:27) and Luke (5:30), with Alex Lowell (5:35) and Andy Swyers (5:40) not far off the pace. Tight packing made it hard to tell precise positions, but Priory had seven runners in the top 125 spots. The top positions were held by two Westminster runners, two Owasso runners, and individuals from Parkway North, Pembroke Hill, Whitfield and Poplar Bluff. The middle loop is a bit of a blur on this course as fast runners are lapping slower runners by the time they hit the mud pit for the second time. Jake fell back a little bit as did Westminster’s second runner, while George, Tommie and Luke all started to move over the open field just past the two mile. William struggled a bit with his breathing as Alex and Andy caught him. The final mile was a victory for the Priory squad as all of our athletes pressed the pace, moving up through the large field. Andy Swyers managed to avoid the runner in front of him who buried himself in the mud the final time through the pit, while Jake really turned up the heat moving back into the top 20 with 500 meters to go. Luke continued to hold onto Tommie rounding the oak tree and heading into the final straight. Putting the hammer down, the entire team raced under the arch to the finish pad. Jake took 16th (PR in 17:38) to medal for the team, while George was 45th (18:04), Tommie 54th (18:15) and Luke 62nd (18:22). William hit the gas pedaled to squeeze by Andy, and Alex, William and Andy came across in a pack (93rd in 18:46, 95th in 18:47 and 99th in 18:49). Both Luke and Andy had the races of their lives as they improved their PR’s by 90 seconds. It took forever to post the final results, though, as the athletes and the coaches impatiently waited to see the team scores. Expecting a 5th or 6th place finish the team was surprised to find us only 18 points out of third behind Westmister. Again, we proved that packing is everything in the big meets. Four new PR’s were set and without Bobby Onder and Parker Dow we still managed to finish 4th of 37 teams. The top five teams were: 1. Owasso (59) 2. Francis Howell North (148) 3. Westminster (218) 4. PRIORY and 5. Ft Zumwalt South (250). Our top seven guys finished within 71 seconds of each other.

 

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4

 

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