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Cross Country - Boys

About our Program

The Bishop Blanchet Boy’s Cross Country team has a long tradition of providing our young men with a non-cut sport that creates opportunities to set and achieve personal goals, to compete and succeed, and to build close friends while having a great time.

All Bishop Blanchet students are welcome to join our team. The boy's cross country program fields a team of over eighty young men each season committed to each other and the task of self-improvement in both life and running.  Our weekly and seasonal awards are based on personal improvement.

As an individual, you will compete every week.

As a team, we will compete every week.

The Bishop Blanchet Boy’s Cross Country team has a rich tradition within the Metro League and Washington State. The boy’s cross country team has won (27) League Championships (24-Metro & 3-Wesco), qualified for the State Cross Country Championships for a State Record (55) times and won (9) State Championships.

Boys XC 2023 State Runners

boys cross country team at state

2023 Results

The Bears continued their tradition of excellence with a fantastic 2023 cross country season. The team finished 6th in state, with junior Vince Recupero finishing 2nd in state. We are so proud of their effort and grit! Go Bears!

Vince R junior runner

State Results




2023 Results and Wrap Up

At the Metro Championships the boys team placed four runners in the top 20 (Vince Recupero ‘25 placed 1st, Will Sandnes ‘24 placed 10th, Nicolas Padilla Bond ‘26 placed 17th, and Ryker Demick ‘24 placed 18th) earning the team a 2nd place finish. Junior Vince Recupero finished the race with a time of 15:36 which was 16 seconds faster than his finish last year earning him back to back Metro Individual Championships.  

At the District Championship, the Bears placed 3rd as a team with three runners placing in the top 20 - Vince Recupero placed 2nd, Will Sandnes placed 15th and Ryker Demick placed 18th.

Finally, at the 3A State Championship in Pasco, the Bears had three runners finish in the top 40 - Vince Recupero finished 2nd, Declan Weber finished 33rd and Will Sandnes finished 37th. The team finished 6th overall out of 20 teams.

cross country boys running

Meet our Staff

Head Coach
John O'Leary

Assistant Coaches:
Ian Turner
Matt Reisenauer
Spencer Walsh
Stephen Russell
Wayne Higgins
Anthony Galvan
Gavin LaMotte 
Nate Garberich, Videographer

Forms and Resources

Blanchet 5k

A great morning on the classic Lower Woodland course for the 13th Annual Blanchet 5k. Runners, walkers, fans and supporters came out to be together, build community and benefit the cross country program. Well done Bears! Check out the results!

Intrasquad Race

Thank you to all the students and alums who ran in the fall classic - the intrasquad! Results are in!