March 19, 2009
By Anna Poulter-Hendrickson
Special to GoHolyCross.com
Head coach Jim Kavanagh and the Holy Cross men's track and field team returns to the outdoor track after a highly successful indoor season. This winter, the Crusaders had two IC4A qualifying relay teams, a New England Champion and multiple personal-best performances. The Crusaders return 29 and welcome 13 newcomers to the track.
The Crusaders will be led by senior captains, Sebastian Fidelus (Jersey City, N.J.), Andrew Maggio (Chelmsford, Mass.), Jonathan Medeiros (New Bedford, Mass.) and Brad Mish (Hadley, Mass.). "All four captains will be major contributors this season," states Kavanagh. "Sebastian's performance in the 800 inspired the 4x800 relay team to do well, Andrew will be a major contributor for Holy Cross in the 200 and 400, Jonathan threw excellent all indoor season and Brad is a great leader for the distance team."
"The sprinters look forward to the outdoor season where they can really flourish," comments Kavanagh. Maggio will be returning to the outdoor track as the top Holy Cross sprinter in the 200 and 400 events, as well as a leader in the 4x100 relay. Last outdoor season, Maggio ran a personal-best time of 22.16 in the 200 meter dash at Holy Cross and wrapped up the season with a top ten finish at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.22. Supporting Maggio in the sprint events will be junior Chase Kennedy (Marblehead, Mass.) and sophomore Richard Waldmann (Stony Brook, N.Y.). This indoor season, Kennedy has contributed to the sprint events in the 200 and 400, while Waldmann, who has been out with an injury, is looking to make a comeback and add much needed support in the 400.
The Holy Cross distance runners make up the core of the track and field team. In the indoor season, Mish led the Crusaders with a first place finish in the 5,000 with a time of 14:35.70 at the New England Indoor Championships. Mish is the first Crusader to win an event at the New England Indoor Championship since 1995, and is the first Holy Cross runner to ever claim the 5,000 meter title. "The distance runners have been inspired by Brad's accomplishments. He is a great leader for the distance team," states Kavanagh. "Brad is looking to make major headway in the 10,000 during the outdoor season." Mish will make the transition from the 5,000 to the 10,000 for the outdoor season.
Juniors Timothy Richard (Attleboro, Mass.) and Kyle Rougeot (Torrington, Conn.) will offer Holy Cross a strong 1-2 punch in the 5,000 in the outdoor season. Richard will compete in the 5,000 and 10,000, while Rougeot will compete in the 1,500 and 5,000. Freshman Cory Loftis (Branford, Conn.) will add strength to the distance team in the outdoor season. "Cory is in great shape, he had a personal-best at the Patriot League Championships and is following in the footsteps of the upperclassmen," remarks Kavanagh. Freshmen Ben Brink (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Jack Heinrich (Tulsa, Okla.) will both run the mile and are great back up support for the distance team.
Sophomore Doug Moringiello (Garden City, N.Y.) and freshman Dan Altenau (Eastchester, N.Y.) will lead Holy Cross in the hurdle events. Moringiello will help Holy Cross be more competitive by running in the 400 hurdles, while Altenau will lead the Crusaders in the steeplechase.
Medeiros and senior Stephen Mandravelis (Nashua, N.H.) return to lead the Crusaders in the field events. Medeiros has been throwing excellent all indoor season, with career-bests in the shot put (15.01 meters) and weight throw (13.84 meters). "The outdoor season is his (Medeiros) favorite; he gets to throw the discus," says Kavanagh. "I am looking for him to be a New England qualifier in the shot put and discus and do well in the weight throw." Mandravelis will primarily throw the hammer for the Crusaders, as well as the discus.
Joining the two seniors in the throwing events will be junior Nicholas LeBlanc (New Bedford, Mass.) in the shot put and sophomore Kenneth McKenna (Ossining, N.Y.) in the hammer throw and shot put. Clearing new heights for the Crusaders will be sophomore Gregory Liguori (Norwood, N.J.) and senior newcomer Andrew Sherwood (Unadilla, N.Y.). Liguori, who missed most of the indoor season due to an injury, is looking to come back healthy and compete in the high jump and long jump for Holy Cross, while Sherwood will be joining the team to compete in the pole vault.
Fidelus' personal performance in the 800 inspired the Holy Cross 4x800 relay team to run a season-best time of 7:48.92 at the New England Indoor Championships. Fidelus, together with senior Stephen Schoenberger (North Hampton, N.H.), combined to run season-best splits. "Sebastian and Stephen ran great splits, they pulled the freshmen along and stepped up to compete and qualify the relay for the IC4A's," states Kavanagh. Those freshmen, Brink and Stephen Madsen (New Providence, N.J.), will continue to support the 4x800 relay team in the outdoor season.
Holy Cross' distance medley relay team, ran by Richard, Maggio, Fidelus and Rougeot, ran an IC4A qualifying time of 10:18.27 at the Patriot League Indoor Championships and looks to make a successful transition to the outdoor track.
2009 Outdoor Schedule
The Crusaders are set to kick off the outdoor season on March 21 at the Husky Spring Invitational hosted by Northeastern University in Dedham, Mass. Holy Cross will use the early outdoor season to work out and eliminate issues and problems that accumulate during the indoor season. Kavanagh describes the beginning of the outdoor season as "a time to focus on gaining strength, so that we can set ourselves up for our best performances later in the season." Holy Cross will travel to Bryant on March 28, continue competition on the road at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by the University of New Hampshire on April 4 and travel to the Northeastern Invitational on April 11.
The outdoor season heats up when the Crusaders open the outdoor season at the Hart Track on April 15-16, hosting the Holy Cross Heptathlon/Decathlon. Holy Cross will then begin preparing for the Patriot League Championships when they host Central Connecticut, RPI, Colgate, Hartford, Maine and Vermont on Saturday, April 18. "Competing against Colgate at our home meet will allow us to extract dual meet scores and see where we are in the league," says Kavanagh. The Crusaders welcome Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Quinnipiac and Worcester State to the Hart Track on Tuesday, April 21. States Kavanagh, "Tuesday's meet is incredibly important. For some members of the team, this meet is the last opportunity to get a good run in before the Patriot League Championships."
Holy Cross will hit the road, traveling to Brown for the Springtime Invitational on Sunday, April 26 before competing in the Patriot League Outdoor Championships in West Point, N.Y. on Friday-Saturday, May 1-2. The Crusaders will compete in the New England outdoor Championships hosted by New Hampshire on Thursday-Saturday, May 7-9, and then conclude the season at the outdoor IC4As on Friday-Sunday, May 15-17, in Princeton, N.J.