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October 28th, 2010
SMA finishes cross country season with medals


San Marcos Academy eighth grader Carl Rindahl races to a first-place finish in the CALSA district cross country meet in San Antonio.


The high school and the middle school divisions of San Marcos Academy’s (SMA) cross county team each finished their season with medalists.

At the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Class 3-A state meet on Oct. 1 in Waco, junior John Nealon took sixth place and qualified for All-State honors, repeating his All-State success last year. Zack Middleton, Alec Patton and Sean Korzeniewski rounded out the SMA team at the meet.

SMA eighth-grader Carl Rindahl led the middle school runners to a first place finish at the Christian League of San Antonio (CALSA) meet at River City Christian School on Oct. 18. Rindahl posted his best-ever time at the meet. He has medaled in all of the SMA Bears middle school cross country meets this year.

Other SMA students competing at the meet include seventh graders Brendan Christensen and Daniel Torres.

In the CALSA middle school girl’s division, seventh-grader Kelsey Chandler also medaled at the meet, taking tenth place.

The cross country teams, led by first-year coach Adrien Thom, took part in four other meets earlier in the season.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Thom. “One thing that stood out in my mind was their good sportsmanship. They represented the Academy well at all the meets. They were supportive not only of each other but of the other teams as well — they would stay until the last runner finished so they could congratulate the other athletes. Across the board, it was a very successful season, with several of the runners posting personal bests in practices or at meets.”


John Nealon wearing his sixth place medal.

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  1. Unfortunately the name of one middle school runner – Matthew Rindahl was omitted from the publication. Matthew finished the CALSA meet in 11th place with his best time for the season.

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