2016 Hilltopper/Alumni Weekend
This year’s 39th annual St. Lawrence Seminary Hilltopper Cross Country Invitational was held on Saturday, September 17th. It was another successful meet as high schoolers from 20 schools across the area participated in the meet. The Hilltopper tradition started in 1977 by Capuchin Br. Dave Schwab, then coach of the cross country team, and the course, which spans roughly 3.1 miles, is infamous for its premier hill, nicknamed Big Bertha, and it is considered one of the most difficult courses among the race participants. The event took off at 10 a.m. with girls’ varsity race, followed by boys’ varsity, boys’ JV, and girls’ JV. During the meet, everybody was encouraged to join in festivities, such as the fun run or the food being served. This year’s cross country team, coached by Mr. Kevin Buelow and Mr. Dennis Holm, may not have taken the grand prize, but they admitted to still having fun. One of SLS’s runners, senior Alexander Pizaña, said, “Mr. Holm was right, I was definitely not going to finish first, but I enjoyed seeing everyone else have a good time!”
Following the race’s conclusion, St. Lawrence Seminary alumni remained on the Hill to enjoy a reunion. There was an alumni soccer game, a tradition that involved pitting this year’s varsity and junior varsity soccer teams against the alumni of soccer teams past. Afterwards, all alumni, including a large group from the Class of 1976 who were celebrating their 40th anniversary, were invited onto the Hill to share in tours of the campus, an evening cookout, Mass, and a social, provided and organized through the efforts of the staff, students, and benefactors of SLS. Based on the energy prevalent throughout the day, the Hilltopper has remained a significant display of Calvary spirit, community, and sportsmanship.