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Meet Preview: Reavis ‘Running Rams’ Invite

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Ishaan Patel | D228 | F/S – 3rd – 17:43

The Titans return to action this Saturday at Reavis High School (on campus) for the Running Rams Invitational. The meet begins at 9 AM.

Varsity will still be running without senior John Kennedy. Coming off a great varsity debut, Nick Martin will be leading the squad. He is the recipient of the season’s first Runner of the Week award!

On the frosh/soph level, look for Ryan Franklin and Nitthian Gopi to be leading the way. Freshman Latrell Lloyd is also coming off of a strong performance at the Hillcrest Invite.

Conference rival Oak Forest H.S. will be competing, too. Sophomore Mike Reif is off to a fast start this season. He took 2nd on varsity at the District 228 Quad with a 16:28.

Eisenhower, winners of last week’s Hillcrest Invite, will also be in attendance.

Lets go Titans!

Alumni Update: 9/6/17

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Joey Davies / Class of 2017

As the collegiate cross country season begins, a few Titan alumni have already competed.

Millikin University (Decatur, IL) opened up their season at the Illinois Weslyan Titan Opener. Three Titan alumni/collegiate freshmen represented Millikin in the race. Joey Davies was Millikin’s second finisher, covering the 5K course in 16:53. TJ Weglarz, the team’s fourth finisher, ran a 17:08 to open up the season. Luke Russo covered the course in 18:21. Millikin returns to action this Friday at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Moraine Valley Community College, featuring a pair of freshmen Titan alum, opened up their season at the Elmhurst College Earlybird Invite. Josh Boyland covered the 6K course in 22:20, placing 71st overall. Ettore Gaytan did not compete as he is battling plantar fasciitis. MVCC’s next meet is this Friday at Purdue Northwest University.

Jeremy Morgan (Tinley Park ’15/Moraine Valley ’17) will be representing University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at their alumni intrasquad 4-miler this Saturday.

Freshman Zak Dutkiewicz and the St. Xavier Cougars compete next at the Midwest Classic in Bourbonnais this Friday.

Runner of the Week (8/28-9/2): Nick Martin

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Nick Martin | 3rd pl Varsity | Hillcrest Invite

The season’s first runner of the week is none other than sophomore Nick Martin! Runners of the week win a Tinley Park XC duffle bag, frisbee, and other goodies.

Nick’s big week started with a win at the District 228 Quad on the frosh/soph level. He ran a 2:00 PR when he crossed the line in 17:13.

The week concluded with a third place finish on varsity at the Hillcrest Hawk Invite, his first ever varsity cross country race!

Congrats on a huge week, Nick! And enjoy the new swag.

Race Recap, Hawk Invite: Martin Paces Varsity, Franklin F/S

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Nick & Ishaan leading the way at D228

On a day with very slow times all across the meet, sophomore Nick Martin led the team by placing 3rd in his first ever varsity invite. His [unofficial] time of 18:46 is over 90 seconds slower than his season opener, but times don’t matter as much when you’re running at the Basin. Ishaan Patel, Josh Hartman, Nate Berrones, and Jay Pillai rounded out the top 5.

Frosh/Soph was led by Ryan Franklin who ran a great race. His time of 21:50 is a 40 second PR, which comes on a day where many runners ran 2 minutes slower than usual. His hard work over the summer is starting to pay off!

The team returns to action on Saturday, September 9 at Reavis High School for the Running Rams Invitational.

Meet Preview: Hillcrest Hawk Invite

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The Titans will be led by [junior] Josh Hartman on Saturday at the Hawk Invite.

The boys return to action this Saturday, September 2, at the Hillcrest Basin (171st St & Rockwell Ave). Races begin at 9:00 AM. Varsity will compete in a hilly 3-mile race, whereas all other races are only 2.5 miles.

Following a first meet full of personal records, the varsity squad looks to be a bit stronger. Sophomores Nick Martin and Ishaan Patel, whom are coming off a 1-3 finish at the district quad, will be promoted to varsity. They will be joining captains Josh Hartman and John Kennedy. Kennedy will be making his season debut if he feels ready to compete.

Sophomore Nate Berrones will be competing in his first ever varsity race as well. Berrones missed a personal record Tuesday by only 9 seconds.

Frosh/Soph will be led by [freshman] Nitthian Gopi and [sophomore] Ryan Franklin.

Race times: 
9:00 AM – Girls’ Frosh/Soph
9:30 AM – Boys’ Frosh/Soph
10:00 AM – Girls’ Varsity
10:30 AM – Boys’ Varsity
11:00 AM – Coed Pusher Race

Go Titans!

Race Recap, D228: Martin Wins F/S, Hartman Leads Varsity

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Nick Martin edges out Bremen’s Tony Jucik to win the F/S race with a time of 17:13.

The day started off with a bang, when sophomore Nick Martin won the frosh/soph race with a new PR of 17:13 — 2:00 faster than his freshman year best. He won the race after catching Bremen’s Tony Jucik with a great final 400m. Teammate Ishaan Patel made the exact same move, passing Bremen’s Lovrich the final meters of the race to take 3rd with a time of 17:43 in his first career cross country race!

Other great performances on frosh/soph came from sophomore Nate Berrones, missing his personal record by less than 10 seconds. Also, freshman Nitthian Gopi ran an incredible first race with a time of 20:42 after opening up his first mile in 6:12! Notable finish came from freshman Jake Mrofka who ran approximately 2:00 faster his final mile than either of the first two miles. Great job to all of the frosh/soph runners on a solid start to the season.

Varsity only ran with five runners after senior/captain John Kennedy was a late scratch for precautionary reasons. Junior/captain Josh Hartman led the way and showed the district what a solid off season can do. After breaking 21:00 only once as a sophomore, he took 6th on varsity with a new PR of 17:40! Josh has been one of the team’s hardest workers since cross country ended last fall. He started last season with a 25:47 at Midlothian Meadows.

The top five was rounded out by solid performances by Nick Marfoe, Jay Pillai, David Dilley, and Christian Johnson.

The boys return to action on Saturday when they head to the Hillcrest Basin (171st St & Rockwell Ave) for the Hillcrest Invite! The varsity race will feature the cross country debut of track standout [senior] Jason Ludtke. Go Titans!

Meet Preview: District 228 Quad

The Titans open up their fall season on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Conkey Woods. The course is located at approximately 135th St. and [just west of] Central Ave. Other competing schools are Bremen, Oak Forest, and Hillcrest. The meet is hosted by Oak Forest H.S.

Bremen will be defending the varsity championship after defeating Tinley Park on a tie-breaker last season. Bremen returns their entire conference championship squad and will be led by seniors Danny Meza and Javier Simental. Sophomore Tony Jucik will be among the favorites if he runs in the frosh/soph race.

Oak Forest will be led by sophomore Mike Reif who is coming off a strong freshman track season. He ran a 10:47 to take 2nd place in the frosh/soph 3200m at the conference meet this past spring.

Hillcrest’s strong sophomore duo of James Edgecombe and Michael Bell will be a formidable 1-2 punch whether they run on varsity or frosh/soph. Both runners had very strong middle distance performances during the track season. Edgecombe medaled in the varsity 800m at the conference meet.

The Titans will be full of new faces. After graduating 11 of our top 12 varsity runners from last fall, the team will be depending on a mix of youth and the state experience of senior captain John Kennedy. Kennedy and fellow captain [junior] Josh Hartman will lead the varsity squad. Frosh/soph will be led by the varsity caliber sophomore duo of Nick Martin and Ishaan Patel — both of whom are coming off strong freshman track campaigns. Other runners coming off strong summers are sophomore Ryan Franklin and junior Nick Marfoe.

Races begin at 4:30 PM. Go Titans!

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