The Saints cross country teams opened their season Friday in the Beach Blast at Olsen Park in Wilmington, which also will be the site of the NCISAA 2A state meet in late October. A pair of 16th-place individual finishes highlighted the day for JPII in a very competitive race. The top four boys ran a tight pack for most of the race before Alex Peterson pulled away to take 16th in 23:33, less than 45 seconds off a top-10 showing. Tyler Moore took 25th in 24:18, followed by Johnallen King (43rd, 26:24), Finn Grimes (45th, 26:49), and Davis Walsh (63rd, 31:56). For the girls, Emma Anderson had an outstanding freshman debut, taking 16th in 30:48. Kathryn Kaoud was 41st in 43:02. More than 20 schools were in attendance.