The Holy Ghost Prep cross-country team, led by head coach Mark Staudenmeier, is in its first year as an independent after years of competing in the Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL).
The Firebirds’ 2020 schedule will include some large invitational meets as well as five smaller cross-country meets against a combination of old BAL foes (Dock Mennonite, Bristol, Jenkintown) as well as La Salle, St. Joseph’s Prep, and Devon Prep, three like-minded Catholic independent schools that Ghost will compete against this fall in all sports.
Staudenmeier welcomes back a string stable of runners, led by seniors Elliot Puckett, John Horgan and Antonio Camacho, juniors James Corbett and Joseph Smith, and sophomore Ciaran Chambers.
In the team’s 2020 season-opening meet on Sept. 14, the Firebirds bested both Dock Mennonite and Devon Prep. Puckett, Horgan, and Corbett finished first, second, and third respectively in the race, while Smith (eighth) and Chambers (ninth) also notched top-10 finishes.