Cross Country

2021 season preview

Head coach: TBD

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: Despite the departure of head coach Mark Staudenmeier (who took a cross-country coaching position closer to his home at Central Bucks East High School), Holy Ghost Prep 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 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.

 

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