The 2019 Jerome Men’s Cross Country team qualified at least one runner for the state meet for the 7th time in 8 years. Furthermore, 31 runners ran under 20 minutes this year and 15 ran 18:40 or faster at least once. Jerome’s home cross country invitational under the lights, the Celtic Clash, continues to grow. This year 81 teams came to the event – up from 27 teams in 2018.
There were many great individual performances throughout the season. This year, many athletes harnessed the power of “pack-racing” and saw how working together is not only maximally gratifying but can also take the team to new heights. This mentality carried the team to a 2nd place finish in the OCC conference, the highest since 2013.
The pinnacle of the season occurred at the state meet, where senior Elliott Cook finished 4th in the state, earning All-Ohio honors. Cook qualified for the state meet all four years of his tenure at Jerome finishing: 48th, 43th, 11th, and 4th respectively.
- 2nd place team finish at the OCC meet
- 4th place finish at the District meet (qualified for Regionals)
- 13th place finish at the Regional meet
- All OCC: Elliott Cook (12th grade), Carson Smith (10th grade), Josh Razor (9th grade), Rishi Makineni (10th grade)
- All-District: Elliott Cook, Carson Smith
- All-State: Elliott Cook – 4th place in the state of Ohio