The 2019 Bellarmine Cross Country season promises once again to be chock-full of excitement. Coaches Jimmy Kniffin, John Maloney ’81, Chris Cozort, Tony Ferrari ’10, and Patrick McCrystle expect more than 180 Bells to come out for Cross Country this year. The coaching staff will impress upon their charges a definition of success comprised of the themes of competition, dedication, teamwork, and respect for one’s competitors, one’s body, and the sport of running itself. Once again, BCP will compete in one of Northern California’s most competitive leagues, the WCAL, as we try to win all four League titles! With returning veterans and energetic newcomers, the Bell harriers certainly expect to achieve great individual and team success.
2018 was, once again, a championship year for the Bells on the lower levels, leading to great optimism for 2019: The program won the frosh title for the 12th straight year, soph title for the 11th, and the JV championship for the 12th straight year as well! Tristan Lalonde and Michael Macias led the freshman to victory against a deep freshman league, and look to lead the sophs again this Fall. The JV team will once again be a powerhouse, led this year by a host of talented Juniors and Seniors who don’t end up in the Varsity Top Seven. Look for Seniors like James Cuff Alvarado, Weston Raynak, Holden Duflock, Matthew Nazari, Lukas Snycerski and Luke Meyercord, among many others, to join Juniors like Christian Yarwood, Daniel Vaca and Jack Boennighausen in fighting for JV Top Seven spots—if they aren’t in the Varsity!
Bellarmine’s 2018 Varsity campaign was an enormous success: CCS champs for a sixth straight year, a 13th straight State Meet berth, and a ninth straight top 9 finish in the CIF State Championships. The 2019 squad will rely heavily on four State Meet veterans, all Juniors: Colin Peattie, Galen and Nolan Topper, and Clem Welsh. They will be joined by Casper Aliaga, Aiden Theocheung, Ben Callon and most of those named above as they fight to retain the Bell’s position of dominance in Northern California. In WCAL competition, Saint Francis will once again be our primary rival. In CCS Division I competition, top challenges will come from Los Altos, Evergreen Valley, Homestead, and Menlo-Atherton, but the Bells have their sights set on defending their title against this incredibly deep field.
Coach Patrick McCrystle has been the head coach of the cross country program since fall 2001. During his tenure, the Bells have won 13 freshman, 11 sophomore, 12 junior varsity, and 10 varsity West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) titles, seven CCS titles, and finished in the top 9 at the DI State finals for nine straight years. Mr. McCrystle teaches in Bellarmine's Social Sciences department.
Assistant Coaches: Chris Cozort, Tony Ferrari '11, Jimmy Kniffin, John Maloney '81