Crusaders Cross Solid Finish Line in 2016

The Cross Country Team ended the 2016 season as follows:
#14 in New Jersey (Star Ledger)
#4 in North Jersey (Record)
Senior Division Champions – Bernie Magee Class Meet
2nd Place – Manhattan Invitational
2nd Place – Xavier Invitational
2nd Place – Big North Conference United Division
2nd Place – Bergen County Group “E”
4th Place – Bergen Meet of Champions
4th  Place – NJSIAA Non-Public “A”
Caleb Shaia – First Team All-County, First Team All-Big North United
Braedon Fiume – Second Team All-County, First Team All-Big North United
Connor Secora – Third Team All-County
Peter Theuerkauf – Second Team All-Big North United
Will O’Connell – Second Team All-Big North United
Will Lenz - Second Team All-Big North United
Justin Greenberg - Second Team All-Big North United

Record Setting Day at Bergen Meet of Champs

It was a record-breaking day for the Crusaders at the Bergen Meet of Champions. Senor Caleb Shaia broke his own school record at the Darlington course and became the first BC runner to break 16 minutes there, finishing 9
th in 15:51. He was followed by senior Connor Secora and sophomore Braedon Fiume. Senior Peter Theuerkauf was our fourth finisher, and senior Will O’Connell stepped up to be our fifth man. The team recorded the fastest 5-man average ever by a BC team at Darlington, finishing 27 seconds ahead of any previous Bergen team. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, it wasn’t enough to overcome state powerhouses Indian Hills, Ridgewood, and Don Bosco, as BC finished fourth with 105 points.

Crusaders Place Second

The BC varsity, for the fourth straight time, placed second as a team in a championship-level meet. This time is was the County Group Championships, qualifying the Crusaders for a trip to next week's Bergen Meet of Champions. The biggest story of the meet was senior Caleb Shaia, who broke the school record at the Darlington course by finishing third in 16:01. Sophomore Braedon Fiume was fifth in 16:17, followed by seniors Connor Secora (coming back from injury), Peter Theuerkauf, and Billy Rabah.

Crusaders Place Second

The BC cross country team completed their Big North Conference season with a second place finish at the Conference Championship meet at Darlington Park on Saturday, 10/15. The Crusaders were led by senior Caleb Shaia, who matched his #2 BC all-time clocking at the county course. The supporting crew was missing a few key members, as seniors Connor Secora and Billy Rabah were temporarily on the sidelines. Stepping up with a 5
th place finish was sophomore Braedon Fiume. He was followed by senior Peter Theuerkauf in 8th place. Moving up into scoring position were seniors Will O’Connell and Justin Greenberg. The Junior Varsity and Freshman teams enjoyed good days on Saturday, as well, with both finishing third in their races.

Bosco Bumps Bergen

The BC Cross Country squad suffered their first conference loss of the season on Tuesday, falling to NJ #3 Don Bosco, 22-33. In a losing cause, senior Caleb Shaia ran the second-fastest time ever by a BC runner at the Darlington Park course. Also running BC all-time top ten times were sophomore Braedon Fiume (#5) and senior Connor Secora (#7). As a team, the Crusader harriers destroyed the all-time BC team record at Darlington by an astounding 18 seconds, suggesting that there are great things ahead in end-of-season championship competitions.

Next race for the Crusaders is the Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park on October 8th.

Successful September Saturday

The  BC Cross Country team enjoyed another good day at the Xavier Invitational on Saturday, 9/24 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The varsity squad took second behind the host team, led by senior Caleb Shaia, who finished 3
rd in an impressive time of 13:15.7 for the famous 2.5 mile course. Caleb’s time makes him the 13th fastest BC runner ever at Van Cortlandt. Also posting top times were senior Connor Secora (5th in the race) and sophomore Braedon Fiume (7th). Rounding out the BC top five were seniors Peter Theuerkauf (15th) and Billy Rabah (25th). The team’s 5-man average was the 7th best ever for a BC team at Van Cortlandt. The JV squad, led by senior Matt Lyons (5th) was third in their race. Connor Haney (9th) was tops in the sophomore race for BC, where we placed fourth overall. The freshman team, led by Nick Martinez, placed fifth.
Next challenge for the Crusaders is a dual meet against Don Bosco on Tuesday, 9/27 at Darlington.

BC Jumps Joes

The Crusader cross country squad moved to 3-0 on the season with another shutout win over St. Joe’s, 15-49. With senior team leader Caleb Shaia taking a break, the Bergen team didn’t miss a beat. Leading the BC crew was senior Connor Secora, who finished a step ahead of sophomore Braedon Fiume, with senior Peter Theuerkauf close behind. Seniors Billy Rabah, Will O’Connell, and Will Lenz all finished ahead of St. Joe’s first finisher.
Next up for BC is the Xavier Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday, September 24th.
NOTE: The early season success of the BC harriers has been noticed by the pollsters at Bergen this week received what is likely its first state top-ten vote in the last 25 years.

Record-Setting Saturday for BCXC

The BC cross country team enjoyed a very productive day at the Bernie Magee Class Meet on Saturday, 9/17. The Crusaders won the senior class race over state top ten Westfield, with senior Caleb Shaia leading the way in 3
rd in 16:16 (a new BC school record). Following Caleb were seniors Connor Secora (12th), Peter Theuerkauf (17th), Billy Rabah (26th), Will O’Connell (31st), Justin Greenberg (32nd), and Will Lenz (34th). In the sophomore race, Braedon Fiume took second in 16:47 in his first major cross country race for BC. In the merged results (all classes combined), Bergen finished third in the very competitive field.

Bergen Blitzes Past Paladins 15-50

The BC cross country team scored their second straight shutout victory (15-50) in dual meet action against Paramus Catholic on Tuesday, 9/13. The Crusaders again demonstrated tremendous pack running, with the top four running and crossing the line together. Senior Caleb Shaia got the victory this time, followed by senior Connor Secora and sophomore Braedon Fiume. Right behind was senior Peter Theuerkauf.

Leonard's Striders Smoke Spartans 15-50

The Bill Leonard era started as well as possible on Thursday as BC runners placed 1-5 in its first Big North United meet of the 2017 season vs. DePaul Catholic HS.  Finishing together at the front of the pack were sophomore Braedon Fiume, senior Caleb Shaia, and senior Peter Theuerkauf, with seniors Connor Secora and Billy Rabah right behind.
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