The Standard: Cross Country Competing at State


By Eddie Maloney ‘24

While the cross country season wrapped up for the team with sectionals on Oct. 28, two runners remained to fight for the Crusaders, competing as individuals. Junior Gavin O’Connor and sophomore Andrew Straley each ran in the cross country state championship on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Straley placed 86th overall in the race, running his personal best, and O’Connor placed 55th overall.

The future certainly looks bright for the cross country team. Only one senior, Dan Macis, will be graduating and leaving the running Crusaders to continue on their crusade.

Reflecting on his senior season, Macis said, “I think the season went […]

The Standard: Cross Country Competing at State2023-11-16T18:14:36-06:00

The Standard: Cross Country Sectional Recap


By Charley Duggan ‘24

On Oct. 28, the cross country team competed in the IHSA 2A Sectional Championship at Geneseo. The team placed 10th overall. It was a great team race for the Crusaders. They were hoping to make it to state, but still had great performances.

Gavin O’Connor was the top runner placing 4th, qualifying as an individual for the state meet. Andrew Straley posted a big performance finishing 19th and qualified for state, too. Aiden Leary, Dylan Cody, and Eamon Roche all ran lifetime bests. Sophomore Aiden Leary ran a personal best by over 30 seconds.

Leary said, “Coming into sectionals I […]

The Standard: Cross Country Sectional Recap2023-11-09T22:09:06-06:00

The Standard: The Running Uglies Do It Again


By Kevin Worthy ‘24

The Running Uglies placed second at regionals last weekend qualifying for the IHSA sectionals at Geneseo next week. The meet had great competition, but nobody knew who Gavin O’Connor was.

Junior Gavin O’Connor said, “Even though there were great runners, I had a goal in mind and nobody was going to stop me.”

The Uglies came into the meet with a plan and all they had to do was execute. Many other runners needed to perform the plan in order to qualify.

Brother Rice had many runners place under 20th, allowing for them to qualify. This race had a total of […]

The Standard: The Running Uglies Do It Again2023-10-27T20:08:19-05:00

The Standard: Peoria High School Invite


By Charley Duggan ‘24

On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Brother Rice cross country team competed in the Peoria High School Invite. The race was at the state course at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

The top runners consisted of Gavin O’Connor, Andrew Straley, Danny Macis, Brian Sheehan, Brian Biondo, Dylan Cody, and Aiden Leary. The team placed 19th overall.

Junior Gavin O’Connor had a great performance. O’Connor placed ninth overall and set a personal best by 25 seconds. Gavin also ranks on the Top 10 fastest juniors with a 15:13.

O’Connor said, “It was a great experience being able to go to Peoria again. The race […]

The Standard: Peoria High School Invite2023-10-12T18:32:47-05:00

The Standard: Making History


By Charlie Walsh ‘23

The 2022-23 cross country team made history.

We are the 7th team in school history to qualify for state and regional champions for the fourth time in five years.

Sophomore Gavin O’Connor said, “As a team we had some ups and downs, but we were able to achieve what we wanted both individually and as a team.”

There were some rough patches, but I always knew we were capable of something big. The tipping point was the Peoria High Invite at Detweiller Park. We had an amazing day with six out of seven personal bests. Junior Danny Macis said, “The season […]

The Standard: Making History2022-12-17T16:36:27-06:00

The Standard: We’re Not Done Yet


By Charlie Walsh ‘23

It’s always a great day when you have the opportunity to race at Detweiller Park.

On Saturday, the cross country team finished 12th place out of 41 teams at Detweiller Park in Peoria Ill. Personally, I think we could have done better as a team, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

The meet day was different than usual. The team went out for a steak dinner on Friday night and stayed in a hotel. Although this is a fun team bonding exercise, sometimes getting thrown out of your routine before competing can result in a poor […]

The Standard: We’re Not Done Yet2022-10-13T19:05:13-05:00

The Standard: Cross Country State Series


By Sean Deane ‘21

The past three weeks have been very exciting for the cross country team as they competed in a very unconventional state series.

October 24 marked the regional championship held at the Ag School.  In the days leading up to this race, the coaches devised a plan for the team to beat an equally matched Richard’s squad.  Our top two runners were to stick with their first, and our third through sixth were to stay with their fourth man.

The plan went better than expected.  Eddie Burke and Mikey Corcoran both beat Richard’s David Olmos convincingly.  Connor Melean beat Richard’s fourth […]

The Standard: Cross Country State Series2020-11-19T18:09:29-06:00

The Standard: Cross Country Senior Night


By Sean Deane ‘21

On Friday, Oct. 10, the cross-country team hosted its first ever Senior Night.  It was their second race on their new home course and the weather conditions were perfect.  Parents, coaches and runners alike experienced an event to remember.

After the gun went off to start the girls’ varsity race, the Brother Rice seniors and their parents walked out to the football field to begin the Senior Night Ceremony.  Each Crusader brought an orange rose out to their mother and was congratulated by Mr. Alberts, Mr. Donahue, and Mr. Prunty.

Senior Eddie Burke said that he really appreciated the event […]

The Standard: Cross Country Senior Night2020-10-15T23:00:09-05:00

The Standard: The Saturday Morning Showdown


By Daniel Zapata ‘21

August, September, and October. Every Rice student knows that the fall season is arguably the most anticipated of the school year when it comes to sports. You have football, soccer, golf, and cross country, with each athlete working hard to improve themselves for personal fulfillment and for the sake of their team.

However, things are slightly different this year.

Slightly is an understatement; things are very different this season. For starters, half of the fall sports technically aren’t even fall sports anymore. Football and soccer have joined the spring sports, while golf and cross country remain.

As if it couldn’t be […]

The Standard: The Saturday Morning Showdown2020-10-01T12:12:43-05:00

The Standard: The Crusader Cross Country Club – Winter Running


By Declan McGuire ‘20

As a cross country runner or distance runner in track, one of the hardest things to do is stay in shape in the offseason. Especially during the cold and snowy winter, it may seem nearly impossible to train how you do during the fall, spring, and summer.

But thanks to The Crusader Cross Country Club, or C4 for short, you no longer have to worry! The C4 club is open to all who are interested in staying or getting in shape for a sport, or anyone interested in distance running.

Run by Coach Wazio, Coach Swynenburg, and Coach Muth, this […]

The Standard: The Crusader Cross Country Club – Winter Running2019-12-15T17:59:24-06:00


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