Coach: Mike Meistering (13th season at HGP as Head Coach, 34th year overall)
2017 record: 6-2
2017 award winners (all-league guys): Tony Carbino (1st team All-BAL), Antonio Camacho (1st team All-BAL), Elliott Puckett (1st team All-BAL), Nicholas Polidoro (2nd team All-BAL), John Horgan (2nd team All-BAL), Killian Brennan (2nd team All-BAL), Paul Watkins (2nd team All-BAL)
Key players lost to graduation: John O'Connell
Key returnees: Tony Carbino, Antonio Camacho, Elliott Puckett, Nicholas Polidoro, John Horgan. Paul Watkins
2018 season outlook: Reigning BAL Coach of the Year Mike Meistering welcomes back a strong stable of runners from the 2017 Independence Division Bicentennial Athletic League championship team, led by 2017 first-team All-BAL performers Tony Carbino, Antonio Camacho and Elliott Puckett. In addition, the Firebirds return four second-team all-BAL performers, ensuring that the present and the future of the program looks bright.
- 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!
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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.