Connelly Polka Invitational

Former Ignatius Coach Jim Connelly, with his son, Montini coach Pete Connelly, and the Saint Ignatius boys cross country team at the inaugural Connelly Polka Invitational in 2011

A cross country festival brought to you by Saint Ignatius College Prep and Fenwick High School, with special thanks to Run Chicago!


Saturday, September 20, 2014 Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve, 155th and Pulaski, Midlothian, IL


Girls:  Catalyst Maria, Chicago Bulls, Christ the King, Comer, Cristo Rey, Curie, DRW Trading, Fenwick, Golder, Hancock, Jones, Maine South, Mother McAuley, Muchin, Nobel Street, Pritzker, Rauner, Saint Ignatius, South Land, Trinity, University, UIC, Uno Garcia, Whitney Young,


Boys:  Fenwick, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Hope, Christ the King, Cristo Rey, Comer, DRW Trading, Golder, Hancock, Jones, Naperville Central, Noble Street, Mt. Carmel, Muchin, Oswego East, Pritzker, Rauner, Saint Ignatius, South Land, University, UIC, Uno Garcia



Please register for a free cross country coach account on if you do not have one.  Add our meet to your schedule:  Login to using your email address and password.  Click on your team's name in the left navigation bar.  Click "Add Meet" above your calendar box.  Where it says "Meet ID:" enter 94063 and click Add.  Then register your athletes.  Deadline:  Wednesday, September 17 at 9 PM.



8:00 Midlothian Meadows course opens and course is available for inspection

8:30  3rd and 4th Grade Boys and Girls -  1-mile race

8:55 5th and 6th Grade Boys and Girls  - 1-Mile Race

9:20 7th -8th  Grade - 2-Mile Race
9:45  Grade School Awards

10:15 F/S Boys - 3 mile race (unlimited)

10:45 Varsity Girls - 3 mile race (unlimited)

11:15 Varsity Boys - 3 mile race (unlimited)

11:45 F/S Girls  - 3 mile race (unlimited)


12:30  High School Awards



We will again have “non-traditional” awards—meet t-shirts and other running gear items provided by one of our sponsors, Run Chicago running store of River Forest.  Individuals:  Prizes for first 20 runners in each high school race.  Team:  Top team in each high school race will receive special awards.


Parking and team camps

Midlothian Meadows has lots of parking close to the course.  Team camps should be set up in the area across the parking lot from the finish line.  Please keep tents and camps well off the course.



Please contact Matt Haffner ( or Ed Ernst ( , 773-407-5220) for questions about the high school race.  Contact Erin Luby ( ) about the elementary school race.