XC runners make state run

Matteucci finishes 7th overall

XC runners make state run

Sam Paupore, reporter


The Lancer Boys Cross Country team had a great end to their season with a final dash at the Division III state race hosted by Onalaska High School in West Salem

After an amazing performance at the sectional meet, the Lancers were ready to take on the challenge of competing against some of the best schools that Wisconsin has to offer. The chosen lineup for the meet were seniors Rocco Matteuci, Joseph Istvanek, Giancarlo Smith, Daniel San Nicholas, Hayden Dippel and Junior Ethan Espostito along with Aidan Mullen, a sophomore. 

For individual results, coming in seventh out of 100 was St. Joseph’s powerhouse runner and captain, Rocco Matteucci. This accomplishment was very well earned and there is no one else that was more deserving than Matteucci.  Since he began this four-year journey it was always a dream of his to medal at the state race and it’s great to see that his hard work and dedication paid off.

“I was happy that I was able to accomplish my high school cross country goal. I would like to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me to get to this point, I had a great time,” said Matteucci.

However, his running career is not quite over. With track and field in the near future, Matteucci will be sure to dominate once again once spring rolls around.

As a collective effort, the Lancers took 12 out of 12 teams in their division. Although this is not the result they had hoped for, they should be proud of their performance through this bumpy season. 

“It wasn’t what we hoped for or expected but it was a great opportunity nonetheless,” said  Joseph Istvanek.

Giancarlo Smith added, “It’s always fun running with some of your closest friends. This will be a great memory to look back on.”

The 2020 season for cross country couldn’t have ended in any better way than closing on the state finals. Much work by the coaches and the athletes were put in this season in hopes of making this happen and that’s just what they did. Best of luck to the seniors and all that life has in store for them!