Coach: Mark Staudenmeier, first season as HGP cross-country coach
2018 award winners: Tony Carbino ’19 (first team All-BAL), Elliott Puckett ’21 (first team All-BAL), Nicholas Polidoro ’19 (first team All-BAL), Mitchell Feyl ’20 (first team All-BAL), Jarett Zelinsky ’19 (second team All-BAL), and John Horgan ’20 (second team All-BAL)
Key runners lost to graduation: Tony Carbino (will run indoor/outdoor track at Duquesne University), Jarett Zelinsky (will run indoor/outdoor track at West Chester University), Nicholas Polidoro
Key returnees: Elliott Puckett, Mitchell Feyl, John Horgan, Paul Watkins, and Antonio Camacho
2019 season outlook: Mark Staudenmeier, who became Holy Ghost Prep’s track and cross-country head coach in the middle of last school year, inherits a perennial BAL cross-country power from 2018 Bicentennial Athletic League Coach of the Year Mike Meistering. Expect the Firebirds, who have won 23 consecutive league titles, to stay near the top of the BAL charts, thanks to return of string stable of runners—led by a troika of all-league performers in Elliott Puckett, Mitchell Feyl, and John Horgan.
2019 Fall Sports Information!
Please read the Fall Sports Information Letter so that you are eligible to participate.
- Summer Info
- Meet Info
- Team Rules
- History and Records
- Useful Info
Optional Team Summer runs begin after Jul 4th at Tyler State Park's Boathouse. New members welcome!
The optional team running schedule is Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00pm, Saturdays at 9:00am, all at Tyler State Park's Boathouse Area, for each of these days following the 4th of July Holiday until the start of official practice in mid-August.
The most important thing you can do to develop yourself is to run every day. Ideally you learn how to not feel every stride, but how to sight-see on your feet while enjoying the camaraderie of others or just a commune with nature.
Athletes increase their general fitness, endurance, and strength through daily training efforts. During the summer, participation in other sports (avoiding injury, please!) is encouraged to improve your physical fitness and stamina, but also running every day. There is no substitute for running!
Hopefully each of you wants to improve yourself and your physical condition to maximize your and the team's success. It is easier to train with teammates or with other runners to help you enjoy your runs more.
Running should be something you look forward to every day.
Fall Sports Information from the Athletic Director
Know the requirements to participate!
2017 Letter from Head Coach Meistering
Understand what is expected! Read and ask questions!
- Registration Night PowerPoint Presentation
- Understand what is expected! Read and ask questions!
- Advanced Training
ONLY for the most advanced mature athletes!
True for ALL participants! Run to achieve!
Experience your sport in greater depth!
Organized Summer Runs
Prepare to achieve! Be ready to excel!
Other Summer Learning Opportunities
Educate yourself! Learn about your sport!
Follow HGP Cross Country and Track on Twitter - twitter.com/HGPTrackXC
Practice/Meet Facilities: The Holy Ghost Prep Cross Country runs their home meets at Tyler State Park in Newtown, PA. The team also practices usually twice per week at Tyler in the afternoons after dismissal. About two days per week the team runs in the local area: on neighborhood roads, at Neshaminy State Park, and sometimes even Pennypack Park. The team travels for invitationals to local schools, such as Abington HS or William Tenennt HS, but also travels to Carlisle HS, HersheyPark, DeSales University, and Lehigh University. In varying years, the team will compete at Van Cortlandt Park in New York or Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia
TEAM RULES REVIEW: Team members come to team practice. Athletes who aren't on the team don't come to team practice. Athletes who are on the team come to team practice. If you are on the team, then be at practice! Clearly choosing to not be at practice is choosing not to be part of the team! Those who think they are on the team will not be on the team if they miss three team practices or more during the entire season BECAUSE....TEAM MEMBERS COME TO TEAM PRACTICE! Check the meet and practice schedule and DON'T SCHEDULE OTHER ACTIVITIES DURING TEAM PRACTICE!
Students may be removed from the team for having a negative attitude, missing practices or declining opportunities to compete. If you don't want to practice or you don't want to compete, please remove yourself! If you want to be an athlete on our team, meet your athletic responsibilities!
To get better, you have to want the best competition you can find! Everyone needs to train! Continue your development! Work hard, compete well, run fast.