2019 In-Season Update
The Firebirds won the final regular season league meet, beating five other teams on Sept. 23. Junior Elliott Puckett recorded his first career win that day on the Rose Tree Park course in Media. Fellow junior Antonio Camacho was second for the team, followed by senior Mitchell Feyl, sophomore Joe Smith, and senior Paul Watkins to complete the scoring.
Holy Ghost Prep, coached by Mark Staudenmeier, finished the regular season with an impressive record of 9-1 in Bicentennial Athletic League competition.
The team then traveled to the Six Flags Invitational in New Jersey on Sept. 28 and competed against teams from four different states. Thanks to a strong team effort, the Firebirds placed third out of 24 teams in their respective race. Junior Elliot Puckett led the way with a third-place finish, recording a very quick 16:18 on the 5k course. Junior Antonio Camacho, junior John Horgan, senior Mitchell Feyl, and senior Paul Watkins completed the scoring for the Firebirds at Six Flags. Sophomore Joe Smith and freshman Ciaran Chambers rounded out the varsity seven. Puckett, Camacho and Horgan also earned individual medals. The JV team placed eighth in their Six Flags race, led by senior Alex Borda who was an individual medal winner with an eighth overall finish.
The Firebirds competed in their final invitational of the season at the Salesianum Invitational in Delaware on Oct. 5. The team handled the very challenging course at Brandywine Creek State Park quite well, finishing third in the race and again earning a team award. This invitational also featured teams from several different states. Elliot Puckett placed second, Antonio Camacho 13th, and Mitchell Feyl 15th to lead the team. Each earned individual medals as well. John Horgan and Paul Watkins scored, followed by Joe Smith and Ciaran Chambers.
Next up for the Firebirds is the BAL league championship race on Oct. 16 at Tyler State Park, and then the PIAA District 1 championship race at Lehigh University on Oct. 25.