Cross Country

2021 season preview

Head coach: Mike Meistering 

Key runners lost to graduation: Elliot Puckett, Antonio Camacho, John Horgan, and Jack DeLeo

Key returnees: Seniors James Corbett and Joseph Smith; junior Ciaran Chambers

2021 season outlook: Following the departure of head coach Mark Staudenmeier (who took a cross-country coaching position closer to his home at Central Bucks East High School), the Holy Ghost Prep cross-country program welcomes back a familiar face as its head coach in Mike Meistering. Meistering, who retired from teaching at Holy Ghost Prep in the spring of 2016, has coached HGP runners for the past 34 years (either as a head coach or as an assistant to Staudenmeier the past few seasons). Meistering's return as the program's head coach ensures that the Firebirds should remain one of the top cross-country programs in District 1 this fall. The Firebirds won the 2020 PIAA District 1 Class 2A title, powered by a first-place finish by Elliot Puckett, a fifth-place finish by James Corbett, and a ninth-place finish by Antonio Camacho. Puckett, who is now running collegiately at Rider University, then won a state medal with his 15th place individual finish at 2020 state championships last November, where the Firebirds finished eighth as a team. Led by two of the area’s best returning runners in seniors James Corbett and Joe Smith (12th place finish in the 2020 district championships), the Firebirds figure to be a force on the district and state levels once again. Like Puckett, Corbett, a natural leader with a tireless work ethic, has a goal of running collegiately and should be one of the state’s best cross-country runners. In addition to Corbett and Smith (pictured above), the Firebirds’ deep stable of runners include gifted junior Ciaran Chambers, an 11th place finisher at the 2020 district meet.

 

Cross Country - 2021

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