Bishop Luers Cross Country Heads to Semi-State!

Update! The Knights have advanced to Semi-State and will compete Saturday, October 23, at Huntington University! Go Knights!

For the first time since 2016, the Bishop Luers boys’ Cross Country team advances to regionals with a 2nd place finish at the Bellmont Sectional. Tommy McComb led the way with a 4th place finish along with Brandon Busch finishing 6th, and Cody Rabideau finishing 16th. Henry Steele finished in 27th and Jacob Stetzel 38th to round out the top five finishers.

Sophomore Tommy McComb entered the season with a goal of achieving a new personal record time, a goal he hopes to achieve this weekend at Regionals. Tommy, who began running in middle school, describes the team as "positive and hard-working- I knew we'd be strong this season! We've had growth in size and experience." Freshman Brandon Busch agrees, and said of the team, "Everybody is friends, and we push each other." Brandon, who has run Cross Country since 3rd grade, maintains his goal is to beat older brother Stephen's ('19) Cross Country record. Sophomore Cody Rabideau ramped up his preparation for the season by running six days a week and beginning weight training over the summer. He achieved a new personal record this season, and continues to work to increase his performance. Cody describes the team as "close", and credits the team cohesiveness as a big part of their success.

The Girls’ Cross Country team finished their season with a 9th place finish. Sophomore Lou Paris will move onto regionals as an individual after placing 35th overall at the Bellmont Sectionals. Lou is prepping for Regionals by hydrating and eating healthy. She credits the "close-knit" team atmosphere as a key to her success commenting, "I achieved a better mental attitude by being closer with the team. I was more excited to go to practice and improvement followed."

First year Head Coach Randy Hawkins ran Cross Country in high school and for a year in college. He believes "the sky's the limit" for the teams' success, citing a mix of "talent, confidence and training- the runners buy in to what we are teaching them, and they believe in themselves. They are hard working, positive and coachable." Coach Hawkins also credits new Assistant Coach Father Matthew Coonan's conditioning program as another component in the teams' success. Coach Hawkins' goal for Regionals is a top 5 finish, stating the runners simply need to remember to "run your race" and "stick to the race plan".

The boys’ team and Lou Paris will run this Saturday, October 16 at the Marion Regional at Indiana Wesleyan. Go Knights!