Cross Country

Saint Xavier High School

Freshman Cross Country Team


Athletics Event

Team Opponent Date Time Location Details Result Score Alerts
Cross Country
2 Mile Time Trial
Seneca Park Details
Cross Country vs.
Practice Meet, duPont Manual High School
Seneca Park Details
Cross Country
Tiger Run
River Road Country Club Details 3rd Place
Cross Country
North Oldham Invitational
Details 3rd Place
Cross Country
Franklin Co.
Kentucky Horse Park View Recap Varsity was 3rd and JV was 2nd
Cross Country
Trinity Invitational
All Day
E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park Details Seeded Varsity was 8th, Varsity was 4th, JR/SR JV was 9th, and Fr/So JV was 2nd
Cross Country
Palatine Invitational
Details Varsity was 15th and JV was 4th
Cross Country
Great American Festival
Details Varsity was 1st, Varsity 2 was 3rd, JV 1 was 2nd, and JV 2 was 8th
Cross Country
Greater Louisville Classic
E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park Details JV was 2nd
Cross Country
Oldham Co.
Details JV was 1st
Cross Country
Louisville JV Championship
Cross Country
KHSAA Regional
Cross Country
KHSAA State Meet
Kentucky Horse Park View Recap 2nd Place
Cross Country
Postal Nationals Two Mile
Collegiate School (VA) Details


Athletics Roster

Coach Info

Kyle Yochum - Head Coach

Kyle begins his first year as the head coach and leader of the cross country program at Saint Xavier High School. Kyle began coaching at St. X in 2000 under KHSAA Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Medley. During that time, the Tigers have been reliable championship contenders, winning sevenof the last ten KHSAAState Championships. They have also finished as the state runner-up on three other occasions. The team has ranked as high as fifth on national rankings, and took two separate teams to the prestigious Nike Team Nationals meet in Oregon, finishing 17th in 2005 and 14th in 2012. In addition to coaching cross country for the past nineteen years, Kyle also served as an assistant track coach from 2001-2008. Kyle currently teaches English and is the Head of the English Department.

Coach Yochum enjoys coaching because student athletes learn to enjoy hard work. In the words of Coach Yochum: “Our program wants to guide every runner to the best version of himself. By the time our runners are upperclassmen, they have learned to push one another beyond what they thought was possible, and they teach each rising class to do the same. Our runners understand the work together as a chance to become good men and great friends. Their dedication to the work and the program is the ongoing strength of our team.”

Kyle and his wife, Angela, have four children: Zachary, Isabella, Vincent, and Olivia. Zachary is a junior at St. X.


The Tigers return two racers from last year’s state runner-up effort in juniors Lincoln Williams and Peter Schoenbachler. Finishing 19th and 47th respectively, these two will look for support from fellow seniors Shawn Payne, John Paul Stegman, and Kaden Woo to lead a strong group of underclassmen back to the podium at the Horse Park this November. Juniors Nolan Hester, Noah Berger, and Connor Kessinger stand to improve on their great first efforts in varsity racing from last year, while sophomore Blake Whiteley and Nick Brooks will bring great momentum from their performances during last year’s track season. With over 65 other runners putting in hours of training through the summer and fall, the Tigers have a great opportunity to build on the team’s unrivaled tradition of success.

Coach Kyle Yochum and his staff are excited about their team’s potential to win invitationals and championships this season. Cross country at St. X relies on the hard work and supportive team atmosphere built by each young man on the team, which keeps the program at the top from year to year.

Fast Facts

Through The Years

  • The Saint Xavier Cross Country team earned its first state title in 1959 and established a benchmark for future Tigers to build upon for more than 50 years. During that time, the team has had its share of talented runners who were capable of capturing the individual state championship at the Kentucky High School State Meet, but the hallmark of the Tiger harriers has always been the incredible depth and teamwork that are the seeds of championship performances.
  • The 1959 squad coached by Brother Brennan became the first Saint Xavier Championship Cross Country team. The undefeated Tigers were led by individual state champion Joe Kroh who set a new school and state record at the state meet.
  • Coach Jerry Denny became the new head coach in 1960, and the Tigers promptly earned their second consecutive title. After a third-place finish at the regional meet, the harriers put together their best race of the season to capture the state crown.
  • The team returned to top form again in 1962 led by individual champion Blaine Better. By winning the title in both 1963 and 1964, the Tigers became the first team to capture three consecutive KHSAA Cross Country Championships.
  • Coach Joe Heitzman's runners earned the championship in 1971 by turning in a stellar performance a week after a second-place finish at the regional meet.
  • The 1973 and 1974 Tigers earned back-to-back titles in dominate fashion. Only a second-place finish at the Covington Catholic Invitational kept the '73 squad from an undefeated season, and the '74 team found individual champion David Buechler leading Paul Kinny (2nd) and Mark Grundy (4th) across the line.
  • The 1979 squad was one of the best in Kentucky history and established the record for lowest point total ever (20) at the KHSAA state meet. Coach Frank Cooper's undefeated squad was led by individual champion Joe Buechler who returned the following year to capture his second title and lead the Tigers to the 1980 team championship.
  • Team depth was on display in 1983 and 1984 as the harriers earned the school's 11th and 12th titles. For the second time in Coach Cooper's tenure, the Tigers won the championship in consecutive years.
  • After a decade of close calls, including a runner-up finish in 1993, the Tigers returned to the winner's circle by winning the title in 1994.
  • In 1999 with Coach Chuck Medley at the helm, the Tigers earned the title led by the second-place finish of freshman Bobby Curtis. Bobby would become one of the greatest cross country runners in the history of the sport in Kentucky, following up his second-place finish in 1999 with three consecutive individual crowns and another team title in 2001.
  • The next two cross country championships were earned in completely different fashions. The 2005 crown was one of the closest championship meets in KHSAA history as the Tigers prevailed by a mere 15 points. In 2009 the 77-point margin was the third largest ever.
  • Recent spectacular team performances demonstrate the depth of talented runners in the program. Individual champion Conner Sheryak and second-place finisher Sam Lewis led five Tigers in the top 11 to a 31-point total and the 2011 title.
  • The 2012 squad became the second St. X team to score a record 20 points in winning the championship. Five Tigers finished in a pack less than 11 seconds apart in dominating the field.
  • In 2013, the harriers earned their third consecutive crown and record 20th KHSAA championship.
  • 2015 saw the Tiger Cross Country team bring home its 21st state championship. Spencer Hayden led the Tigers to the championship with a third-place individual time of 15:33:56 while St. X placed five runners in the top 11 spots. The Tigers top five finishers were Hayden, Matthew Thomas, Ryan Guenthner, Patrick Schaefer and Zachary Larkin.
  • 2016 saw the Tiger Cross Country team bring home its 22nd state championship. Patrick Schaefer, Ryan Guenthner and Cooper Marchal led the Tigers to the championship, finishing third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Zach Larkin finished 8th giving St. X four finishers in the top 10. Grady Shiflet finished 14th to round out the scoring and Thomas Knepshield finished 15th. The time difference between the first and sixth finishers was a mere 29 seconds.
  • In 2017, the Tiger runners finished with 66 points to out-distance the 84 points recorded by runner-up Trinity, giving St. X its third KHSAA State Championship in a row and its 23rd overall. The Tigers were led by senior Patrick Schaefer, who finished second with a time of 15:46:56, while Zach Larkin finished 10th and Grady Shiflet 17th. With another strong season, the Tigers were once again ranked nationally and finished as high as 10th in the country in one poll.
  • In 2018 the cross country program finished as the state runner-up and witnessed the end of an era as Head Coach Chuck Medley retired after twenty-one years as the leader of the program. Under his tenure the Tigers won ten state championships and gained prominence nationally as one of the elite programs in the country. With the thirteen combined state championships, Medley retired as the third most decorated head coach in Tiger history. Only Marty O'Toole '57 (swimming and diving) and Joe Kroh '61 (tennis) have more won more championships at St. X.