Jays Fly High During Storm, Grab 1st Place at XC District Meet

Posted October 30, 2020 / Last updated November 10, 2020

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A pandemic and a category two hurricane cannot keep Jesuit Cross Country down. The Jays rose to said challenges and did not disappoint at the District 9-5A championship on Thursday, Oct. 29, with 6 out of 7 runners finishing in the top 10 and claiming the district championship. Leading Jesuit to victory was break-out runner, sophomore Jack DesRoches, who took home a first-place finish with a spectacular time of 16:00.70. The Jesuit team won with a total of 18 points, and finished ahead of Holy Cross (54 points) and Brother Martin (78 points).

DesRoches was not the only high-achieving Blue Jay. Senior Jack Wallace placed 2nd with a time of 16:02.98 and junior Morgan Hebert placed 4th with a time of 16:17.48. The other top 10 finishers where freshmen Lucas Sampedro, Michael Vocke, and sophomore Patrick Dowd who landed 5th, 6th, and 9th-place, respectively.

Through the Lens…

Sophomore Jack DesRoches, dashes down the final 100-yard stretch to nab first-place finish at the cross country district meet.

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In His Words…

“These guys, and really the whole team, have been putting in some extra mileage. They have been antsy during COVID and we just wanted to come back this year and prove to people that Jesuit Cross Country is still alive and very well. They ran fantastic today. Everything went as planned. We went out under control. Then around mile n’ a half, two mile we started making our moves. You could see in the race we slowly started passing people and you know the rest is history.” –Coach Rudy Horvath ’86

By the Numbers…

Each team ran its top seven runners. The first five runners from each team to cross the finish line receive the points that correspond to their place. The first place runner receives one point, the second place runner two, and so on. The team receiving the lowest score wins. The sixth and seventh runners on a team, although they don’t receive a score, can also be important, in that they can “displace” scoring runners from the other team.

Individual Results

3Mile 1 Jack DesRoches 10 16:00.07
3Mile 4 Jack Wallace
12 16:02.98
3Mile 9 Morgan Hebert 11 16:17.48
3Mile 17 Lucas Sampedro
9 16:19.96
3Mile 18 Michael Vocke
9 16:25.03
3Mile 20 Patrick Dowd 10 16:45.35
3Mile 27 Sam Hunter
12 18:28.40

Team Results

          R-1 R-2 R-3 R-4 R-5 R-6* R-7*
1 Jesuit 1:24:34.18 16:13 18 1 2 4 5 6 9 30
2 Brother Martin 1:25:17.59 16:47 54 3 10 11 14 16 17 25
3 Holy Cross 1:26:35.10 17:06 78 7 12 18 19 22 26 32
4 Archbishop Rummel 1:27:44.92 17:40 101 8 13 23 24 33 36 38
5 Archbishop Shaw 1:33:30.79 18:06 129 20 21 28 29 31 35 39
6 John Curtis 1:31:47.65 19:14 153 15 27 34 37 40    

[* denotes not included in overall team score]

On the Horizon…

Next up for the Jays is the Regional Meet on Friday, Nov. 6. at City Park.

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