Cross Country

George Stroia-Head Coach

Coach Stroia became the Head Coach of the Cross Country team in 1994. He had been a coach in the Track & Field program since the 1977 season.

Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
Tuesday 9/1 League Meet @ East Palestine 4:45
Tuesday 9/8 League Meet @ Brookfield 4:45
Tuesday 9/15 League Meet @ Girard 4:45
Saturday 9/19 Spartan Invitational @ Boardman High School TBD
Wednesday 9/23 Suburban Laegue @ Canfield Fairgrounds 4:45
Tuesday 9/29 Mahoning County @ Austintown 4:45
Saturday 10/3 Columbiana @ Columbiana High School 11:30
Saturday 10/10 The Legends Invitational at Trumbull County Fairgrounds TBD
Saturday 10/17 Canton Central Catholic @ Canton Central Catholic TBD
Saturday 10/24 District Meet @ Trumbull County Fairgrounds TBD
Saturday 10/31 Regional Meet @ Boardman High School TBD
Saturday 11/7 State Meet @ Columbus TBD

*Denotes League Meets in which boys run first

 


THE HISTORY OF CROSS COUNTRY

During the 1960s, the Cross Country Team maintained a “club status” as there was no organized league in which to compete. In the early 1970s, Ursuline had joined the Steel Valley Conference. At this time, Cross Country became an official sport of the school, and Tony Costarella became the first official coach. Both young men and young women competed for the Irish in their respective divisions. In 1976, Bob Jenkins took over the helm and coached the team through the 1985 season. In 1986, Miss Karen Lane took over the program. The 1987 team was coached by Gill Hess. In 1988, Mrs. Karen (Lane) Pavlansky returned as the coach. She held the position through the 1993 season. In 1994, George Stroia became the coach of the team.

1989 was the first year in which Ursuline won a team championship. The 1989 Girls’ Team won its first Steel Valley Championship. It was also the first Girls’ Cross Country Team to advance to the Regional Meet. The 2004 Girls’ Team also won the Steel Valley Championship. The 1990 Boys’ Team was the District Runner-up. Miss Wilma DePiore has proven to be the most successful runner to date. She was the State Runner-up in both 1983 and 1984. Wilma was named to the All Ohio Cross Country in each of her four years at Ursuline (1983-1986). In 1992, she became the first Cross Country athlete to be inducted into the Ursuline Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2006, Geoff Hulme was also inducted.

In 2005, the Academic Excellence Award presented to the senior boy and senior girl with the highest Grade Point Average was renamed the Geoff Hulme Award for Academic Excellence. Geoff Hulme is a 1983 graduate who excelled in both Cross Country and Track. He has made significant contributions to both programs since his graduation.

 

WINNERS OF THE GEOFF HULME AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

This award is presented annually to the Cross Country Senior girl and boy with the highest Grade Point Average. Geoff Hulme was a 1983 graduate who excelled in both Cross Country and Track & Field. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Villanova University and is presently working on Wall Street in New York City. He has made significant contributions to the Cross Country and Track & Field programs.

Year Recipient(s)
2005 Mary Sauline / Nick Szugye
2006 Mary Hendricks / Mike Smith
2007 Mary Schmalzried / Tim Smith
2008 Ben Belgrad
2009 Rachel Warren / Brian Trinckes
2010 Ciara Clarke
2011 Hannah Gerdes / Joe Belgrad
2012 Mary O'Donnell
2013 Jerica Day / Zach Peaslee
2014 – 2015 – 2016 No seniors on the team
2017 Isabella Jones / Ethan Courtney