As of now, St. Charles Preparatory School cross country coach Steve Kull does not see a runner on his team who can be counted on to set the pace for his teammates each meet and consistently be among the top finishers in meets.

As of now, St. Charles Preparatory School cross country coach Steve Kull does not see a runner on his team who can be counted on to set the pace for his teammates each meet and consistently be among the top finishers in meets.

As a result, the 11th-year coach wants his team to focus on running in a pack.

"At the end of the year, we might (have a pacesetter)," said Kull, whose team was second (47 points) to Liberty Union (44) in the opening six-team Whitehall Invitational last Saturday. "Right now we're emphasizing the pack attack rather than being spread out this year. We're going to depend on the pack attack.

"We want the guys to push each other. If someone starts to fall behind, the others can encourage him to keep up. That might slow a couple guys down at the beginning of the year, but that's not necessarily a bad thing."

St. Charles, which competes in the Westerville Classic on Saturday at Westerville North, returns eight letterwinners in seniors Alex Badgeley, Scott Irwin, Mark Schmidley, Michael Simmons, Corey Snyder and Sean Thon, junior Andrew Zaksheske and sophomore Chris Quinn. Quinn, Snyder and Zaksheske were among the top seven runners last year.

Also on the team are seniors Ben Luft and Luke Steenson.

St. Charles lost four of its top seven to graduation. The most notable loss was Jack Shannon, who was a Division I state qualifier in 2006 and won the CCL title the last two seasons.

"I think (the seniors this year) want to show that they can replace the seniors we lost," Kull said. "We held (graduates Sean Gartland and Brendan Quinn) out of a few meets last year because we knew they'd break down (physically) at the end of the season if we didn't, so we have guys back who got experience last year. Hopefully, we can repeat some of the goals we had last year."

The primary goal is to again win the CCL after scoring 22 points last year and finishing well ahead of runner-up DeSales (52), which had won the championship in 2006 to end the Cardinals' streak of seven titles. Hartley (81) was third last season, followed by Watterson (82), Ready (135) and Worthington Christian (173).

Chris Quinn was among the Cardinals who made first-team all-league last year by finishing in the top 11, as he placed sixth in 17:32.87. Snyder (14th, 18:11.98) and Zaksheske (15th, 18:13.08) both made second-team all-league.

"I definitely think this team is capable of winning the league," Kull said.

Last season St. Charles finished ninth (233) of 16 teams in the regional behind state-qualifiers Pickerington North (96), Hilliard Davidson (107), Reynoldsburg (115) and Sylvania Northview (167).

Shannon paced the Cardinals, finishing 18th (16:39) of 133 runners and falling two places shy of qualifying for state. Chris Quinn (96th, 17:44) and Snyder (119th, 18:13) were among the other Cardinals who competed at regional.

St. Charles was third (146) in the district 1 meet behind Reynoldsburg (67) and Pickerington North (86).

"When you get to regional, you're one step away from state," Kull said. "That's the way we look at it. And anything can happen at regional."

The football team opened with a 26-20 win over Walnut Ridge last Friday.

Shane Bauman threw two touchdowns passes. The first was an 85-yard pass to Vinnie Spahr in the first quarter and the second was an 18-yard completion to Michael Ryan in the second quarter.

The Cardinals, who led 26-6 in the second quarter, also got a touchdown from running back Jourdan Wickliffe on a 1-yard run and two field goals, covering 36 and 27 yards, from Brad Marchese.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the St. Charles golf and soccer teams:

GOLF

Aug. 18 -- Finished first (306) ahead of runner-up DeSales (316) in 15-team Columbus Academy Shootout at Columbus Country Club. Ryan Berg was second with a 2-over-par 74. Aug. 19 -- Finished second (308) in 12-team Warrior-Stallion Invitational at Medallion behind Dublin Jerome (289) Last Saturday -- Finished fourth (313) in Cincinnati Moeller Invitational at Walden Ponds behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (302). Alex Carpenter was second with an even-par 72. *Last Tuesday -- Competed against DeSales Saturday -- At St. Charles Invitational at Delaware Golf Club *Tuesday -- At High Lands vs. Watterson

SOCCER

Aug. 21 -- Defeated Olentangy 6-1 in opener Last Saturday -- Lost to Olentangy Orange 1-0 Today -- At Hilliard Darby *Tuesday -- Home vs. Worthington Christian *CCL contest