Shamrock Cross-Country Team Looks to Reclaim State Title

Blaise Williams '23
Led by Coach Anthony Magni and Seniors Brett Leidal and Joshua Aleva, Catholic Central’s top distance runners have continued to impress through the beginning of the 2021 MHSAA Cross Country season...

Having won their first Catholic League meet of the year over the U of D Cubs, the Shamrocks have used the momentum from their success to rank in the top five teams in their last four invitational meets thus far. 

Their success is due, in part, to the dedication of their seven varsity runners; Joshua Aleva, Matt Atkinson, Miles Buckley, Michael Ehresman, Jack Kelly, Josh Lassaline, and Brett Leidal. Moreover, the JV team includes quite a few standouts who could run on varsity if need be. This includes Junior runners Pablo Razny and Blake Bendon and Sophomore Ryan Ilikman, who continue to improve on their personal records.

The Cross Country team’s talent is not limited to the upperclassmen however, with the class of 2025 producing up-and-coming stars like Owen Ryan, Thomas Watson, and Eugene Haley IV. “The young guys are our future,” said Ehresman after Saturday’s meet in Holly, “it’s important that we set a good example for them so that they can succeed when we’ve gone off to college.”

With plenty of meets left in September, and many more to come in October, the Shamrocks will continue their march to the state championship Monday, September 20th when they take on the Warriors of Birmingham Brother Rice in a repeat of last year’s dual meet where Rice won by just three points. “It’s important that we set the tone for the rest of the season now,” stated Razny, “we can do that by beating Rice and avenging our loss from last year.”

Having hope for what’s to come, the Shamrock faithful have much to look forward to as their boys in blue look to bring home a state title this Fall.
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