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Boys Cross Country Team Wins Two More City Championships

Varsity team takes home their third City Title while the JV team wins for the seventh year in a row.

Taking home their twenty-third and twenty-fourth City Championship in the last nine years (across all four levels), the boys cross-country team won both the varsity and JV titles at this past weekend's Chicago Public League Championships in Washington Park.

It was the third title for the boys varsity team, who are currently ranked #15 in the state. Leading the Eagles were All-City runners: Anthony Maida (5th), AJ Fundator (6th), Ryan DeSantis (7th), Ian Bacon (9th), Aaron Hou (11th) and Michael Villa (15th). Junior Baito Sarkiss also placed in the top-twenty, finishing nineteenth.

With their streak still in tact, the JV boys were led by Jeremy Yakes' runner-up finish and Eric Hinch's top-five finish to take home the championship for the seventh year in a row. Also earning All-City honors were: Antony Rizk (6th), Eddie DeKoven (7th), Colin Greiner (9th), Joaquin Ramirez (12th), Leor Weber (14th) and Gabe Kosmacher (15th). Diego Medina, Jonathan Garcia, Matthew Lagges and Jason Mei also all held on to finish in the top-twenty.

At the frosh-soph level, the Eagles also took home their eighth straight plaque, as they finished in the runner-up spot. Luke Benes led the way with a second place finish, barely missing the individual title, while Michael Sommese, Andy Niser and Drew Blackledge also took home All-City recognition. Sophomores Ned Wojcik, Ryan San Juan and Michael Rizk rounded out the scoring for Jones.

Running in their first ever City Championship, the freshmen team just missed finishing in the top-two by a point, marking the end of their eight year streak of championships. Alexander Papadopoulos led the way with a sixth place finish on the day, while fellow newcomers Alan Menninger, Peter Flynn and Leo Necheles also made the All-City team. Joey Scalise was the final scorer for the Eagles with a breakout performance to finish twenty-fifth.

The boys cross country team will return to action this weekend as they start the IHSA State Series where they will race for a Regional Championship on Saturday morning at Washington Park

Posted on October 18, 2018