The Bellarmine Cross Country season promises once again to be chock-full of excitement. Coaches Jimmy Kniffin, John Maloney ’81, Chris Cozort, Tony Ferrari ’10, Kasey Monaco, 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.
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!
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 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.
Patrick McCrystle is beginning his 22nd year as head coach of the Bellarmine Cross Country Program. Each year, Patrick and his amazing co-coaches guide up to 190 Bells through an amazing season: the Varsity have won 13 of the last 15WCAL league titles, the JV have won 14 in a row, the Sophs 13 in a row, and the Frosh 14 in a row!! The Varsity have been to the State meet every year since 2006, finishing in the top 10 every year from 2010 to 2019. During that span the Varsity have won 7 CCS titles and earned 7 second place trophies. The high point of his career was when the Varsity team broke the all-time team time record at Crystal Springs in 2019…a moment only surpassed by the explosion of chaotic joy as the Varsity’s 180 teammates celebrated the amazing, historic achievement!
Assistant Coaches: Chris Cozort, Tony Ferrari '11, Jimmy Kniffin, John Maloney '81, Kasey Monaco