JACK SAINT CLAIR MEMORIAL
CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS

The Jack Saint Clair Memorial was first held in 2008 and created by former Temple University cross country runner, Dave Thomas, as a way to remember his former coach. Jack Saint Clair Jr. was a long time athlete, coach (Cardinal Dougherty HS & Temple University) and also one of the designers of the cross country courses at Belmont Plateau.
"The Saint" often boasted that he created one of the toughest CC courses in the country and he believed the course should be challenging but fair to the runner and truly test his overall speed and conditioning.   Since 2008,  the race has grown into one of the most popular races during cross country season at Belmont Plateau as it is one of the few races that is open to college as well as open post collegiate runners and clubs.   The 2008-2010 men's race used the orginal 5.18 Classic Course that "Saint" designed in the 2960s , but a severe strom has wiped out the Surekill Hill access and forced a new design and 8000 meter  course without Saint Clair's Surekill Hill.  We hope to bring back the original Classic Course for this race in the future.  Open runners competed in the race the first few years, but it has grown to about 20 men and women teams competing each year from open clubs, NCAA College and college club teams competeting.  The women's race is the only 6,000 meter race run at Belmont Plateau.

LISTING OF MEN'S CHAMPIONS/ MEET WAS STARTED IN 2008
YEAR                  TEAM CHAMPION                                COACH                                     INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION                                       SCHOOL/CLUB                      TIME    
2008                  NO TEAM SCORE                                   NA                                              MALCOLM RICHARDS                                            UNNATACHED                       26:51*     
2009                  NO TEAM SCORE                                   NA                                              DON LETTS                                                                UNNATACHED                       28:41       
2010                  NO TEAM SCORE                                   NA                                              SHAWN D'ANDREA                                                  UNNATACHED                      28:01        
2011                  VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY                    MARCUS O'SULLIVAN        ROBERT DENNAULT                                               UNNATACHED                      26:22**   
2012                  PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CLUB      NA                                              TAYLOR TRUBETTI                                                  FELICIAN COLLEGE            27:38         
2013                  PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY            DAVE THOMAS                      ERIC LACY                                                                   PHILADELPHIA UNIV.        27:19       
2014                  PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY            DAVE THOMAS                      ERIC LACY                                                                   PHILADELPHIA UNIV.       27:12      
2015                  WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY               KEITH JONES                        BOORAY ADAM NOUR                                            DOMINICAN COLLEGE      27:30  
2016                  KEYSTONE TRACK CLUB                    NA                                              DYLAN MOUNTAIN                                                  KEYSTONE TC                      26:12#
2017                  PHILADELPHIA RUNNER TC            KEVIN BRANDON                  DAVID FITZGERALD                                                 TEMPLE UNIVERSITY       26:53                      
      * MEET RECORD FOR CLASSIC 5.18 COURSE                  **MEET RECORD FOR LIBERTY 5 MILE COURSE       #MEET RECORD FOR LIBERTY BELL 8,000 METER COURSE
              JSC course was the Classic 5.1 mile course from 2008 to 2010 (Surekill Hill).  The JSC course was 5 miles (for 2011 and 2012) and has been using the 8000 meter Liberty Bell Course from  2013 to the present.                                                                                                     

LISTING OF THE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS /MEET WAS STARTED IN 2008
YEAR                 TEAM CHAMPION                               COACH                                        INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION                                  SCHOOL/CLUB                     TIME   
2008                  NO TEAM SCORE                                 NA                                                 MARY FANELLI LUND                                      GREATER PHILADELPHIA TC    30:28  MR
2009                  NO TEAM SCORE                                 NA                                                 SUSANNA GROSSO                                          UNNATACHED                                27:17   MR
2010                  NO TEAM SCORE                                 NA                                                  ANNICK LAMAR                                                 NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB      23:59  MR
2011                  BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY           BERNARD EPIE                         VICKI DAVIS                                                         BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY     22:30  MR
2012                  BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY           BERNARD EPIE                         VICKI DAVIS                                                         BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY     22:27  MR
2013                  PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY          DAVE THOMAS                          KAITLYN JOHNSON                                         GEORGETOWN RC                         23:24
2014                  SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS               NICOLE BALLOU                       MARGARET DIACONT                                      GREATER PHILADELPHIA TC    23:01
2015                  PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY          DAVE THOMAS                          ERIN DONAHUE                                                 UNNATACHED                               21:31.80 CR/MR
2016                  PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY          DAVE THOMAS                          MARGARET VIDO                                               PHILADELPHIA RUNNER TC    21:57
2017                  JEFFERSON (Formerly PhilaU)    DAVE THOMAS                          CHRISTINE EISENBERG                                  PHILADELPHIA RUNNER TC    23:45

DISTANCE OF COURSE IS 6,000 METER FROM 2008-PRESENT        CR= BELMONT PLATEAU COURSE RECORD FOR 6,000 METERS       MR= MEET RECORD                             


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Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame
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