Strides were made in 2021 – significant ones.
A young Cathedral High School boys cross-country team improved as the season continued during the fall of 2021, adjusting to a new coach – and some new approaches.
Most importantly, a foundation was laid for the future.
All of which meant Irish boys cross-country coach Jason Moyars – in his first season in the position after 22 seasons as an assistant – liked how he felt about a young, improving program when the ’21 season ended.
“We got better as the year went ...
Cathedral High School is excited to welcome Jason Moyars as the new boys cross country coach. Moyars has been coaching at Cathedral for 22 years and has been a key contributor to the school's outstanding cross country program. He's helped coach some of Cathedral's most elite runners, including two-time IHSAA state champion and University of Oregon standout Cole Hocker '19.
"I want to provide our athletes with a stable environment in which to mold them into young men and future coaches, husbands, and fathers," says Moy...
This was a season for new faces – and for those faces achieving big things.
Cathedral High School’s boys cross-country team wasn’t young, exactly, in 2020 – but the team was an inexperienced group. It also was a group that dealt with adversity.
The Irish ran well through it all, with the result being a strong postseason performance – with three individuals advancing to the semi-state meet and the team maturing as the season continued.
And Irish cross-country coach Jim Nohl said that made the fall a success.
Experience is needed.
The good news for Cathedral High School’s boys cross-country team is that that experience is attainable – and that’s why Jim Nohl feels good about the 2019 season.
Nohl, the Irish boys cross-country coach, said this season’s Irish are talented and capable.
Once they get experience, the results should follow.
“We’ve got the talent,” Nohl said. “We just have to get the experience in terms of races.”
The Irish, who finished a program-best second at the 2018 Indi...
Congratulations to Cole Hocker on being named the Gatorade Indiana Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year! Hocker was selected among the nation's most elite high school athletes for his athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. This award was established in 1985 and includes past winners such as Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach, Karl-Anthony Towns and Derek Jeter. For his achievements, Hocker will receive a $1,000 donation to be given to the sports-based organization of his choosing.
Congratulations to Boys' Cross Country Head Coach Jim Nohl for being named a 2018 Class AAA Coach of the Year Nominee! Coach Nohl is one of eight coaches to be nominated for the Coach of the Year by the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches. This is Coach Nohl's second consecutive season being nominated for this award.
Cole Hocker won the 2018 State Championship with a time of 15:21.4. He averaged 4:58 per mile. The second place finisher was 16 seconds behind Hocker.
The boys cross country team finished second in the state meet 146 points. Carmel finished first with 136. Ryan Pehlman finished with a time of 16:35 and Nick Hruskoci finished at 16:36. The Irish top 5 averaged 16:26.
The Irish were very good, and they could have been better.
That was the story of the 2017 Cathedral High School boys cross-country season – and coach Jim Nohl said that says a lot of good things about the Irish program.
Yes, the Irish finished fifth in the state – their highest finish in more than 50 seasons and the program’s best finish in the modern era. But the potential was there for more, and Nohl said that says much about the state of the program.
“I was angry, to be truthful,” Nohl said with a laugh shortly...