Sports

Cross country places high at season-opening meets

Team seeks title behind leaders Firth, Williams

By Michael Moroney ’13
THE ROUNDUP

The Brophy cross country runners arrive on campus two mornings a week bleary-eyed and sleep deprived as early as 6 a.m. to run on Central Avenue.

For the first few weeks of school these athletes must wake up at such an early hour to get in a practice session before the 100 degree plus Arizona heat hits.

The hard work has evidently paid off because this year the Brophy varsity squad looks to be one of the top teams in the state.

“We’re looking really good and we’ve been training really hard because we want to win the state title,” said Tommy Williams ’11, one of the team’s top runners.

The tough training has helped the team in both their meets so far this season.

In the first meet on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Sole Sports Cross Country Festival in Scottsdale, Brophy finished first as a team with Will Firth ’11 and Williams placing first and second individually.

“They both possess potential to be the two best distance runners in state of Arizona for the 2010 season,” said varsity assistant coach Mr. Ted Skowron about Firth and Williams.

Skowron went on to say Patrick Wolf ’11 has greatly impressed the coaches so far as well.

On Sept. 11, at the Ray Wherley Invitational in Prescott, Brophy had another strong finish from Firth who once again finished first overall, beating two-time state champion Jorge Martinez from Alhambra.

Overall, the team placed second behind state champion Alhambra.

There were also strong finishes from Williams, Wolf and Brock Ghelfi ’12.

“Alhambra is our biggest competitor, and they have a fantastic program,” said Mr. Skowron. “It was no surprise to see Brophy and Alhambra competing for the No. 1 spot.”

The Brophy team will continue to fight this season with the upcoming George Young Invitation that was slated for Sept. 18, after The Roundup’s print deadline.

“If the Brophy team can stay focused throughout the whole season, we definitely have a chance to win the championship,” said runner John Medici ’12.