Fourth-year coach Damien Brandon is happy with the early showing from his cross country team.

Fourth-year coach Damien Brandon is happy with the early showing from his cross country team.

On Aug. 18, the Cardinals finished 12th (321) of 25 teams in the OHSAA Preseason Invitational at National Trail Raceway behind champion Hilliard Davidson (59).

Senior Brian Vetter led St. Charles by finishing 33rd in 16 minutes, 52.49 seconds. He was followed by sophomore Nick Marino (41st, 17:04.52), sophomore Brendan Harty (63rd, 17:25.48), sophomore Nathan Herriman (93rd, 17:53.44), junior Anthony Schneider (108th, 18:09.09), senior Tom Krajnak (115th, 18:19.72) and senior Will Herriman (122nd, 18:30.33).

"That was as good of a first meet as we have run since I came here and we were running without two of our better runners," Brandon said. "Senior Connor Bowman has had an Achilles problem and Chris Mitchell, a freshman, was out of town with his family."

On Aug. 25 in the Pickerington Invitational at Pickerington North, the Cardinals finished fifth (158) in the 12-team Panther division race behind champion Kings Mills Kings (74). Marino (15th, 17:25.7) led the Cardinals followed by Vetter (21st, 17:44.1), Hardy (22nd, 17:44.2), Nathan Herriman (45th, 18:15.6), Krajnak (59th, 18:36.3), Will Herriman (60th, 18:37.1) and Schneider (62nd, 18:39.3).

"Our kids are really competitive, and that brings out the best in them," Brandon said. "If our varsity guys have an off day, they know that they might not only fall out of the top seven, but fall into the middle of the j.v. team. And our j.v. runners know that if they run well, they have a chance to run varsity."

Last season, the Cardinals advanced to their second consecutive Division I regional at Pickerington North and finished 13th (299) of 16 teams, behind state-qualifiers Olentangy Liberty (91), Dublin Coffman (100), Davidson (115) and Westerville North (153).

Bowman (57th, 17:33.39), Vetter (68th, 17:45.31), Marino (86th, 18:12.86) and Will Herriman (104th, 18:37.97) competed.

In the district 2 race at Watkins Memorial, the Cardinals finished fifth (136) of 14 teams as New Albany (64), Hilliard Bradley (72), Pickerington North (74) and Westerville Central (80) also advanced to regional.

St. Charles also won its 12th CCL title in 13 seasons, scoring 25 points in the league meet at Otterbein to outpace DeSales (49), Watterson (57), Hartley (128) and Ready (135).

Football team to face Eastmoor

The football team will try for its first win of the season on Friday, Aug. 31, at Eastmoor Academy. The Cardinals lost their opener to Pickerington North 50-22 on Aug. 24.

Eastmoor defeated Northland 27-6 in its opener. Devon Edwards caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Davion Burrows, who also scored on a 26-yard run. Cameron Jackson had a 7-yard touchdown run for the Warriors, and Derrick Wilson added a 1-yard scoring run.

Last season, Eastmoor won 14-6.

The Cardinals totaled 383 yards, including 258 rushing, but surrendered 490 total yards to Pickerington North.

Jon Radney had 123 yards rushing with touchdowns of 53 and 10 yards on 12 carries. Ryan Bailey was 5-for-11 passing for 127 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The junior quarterback connected on a 71-yard touchdown pass to Sean Fitzmartin.