13x State Cross Country Champions

Teresa Martinez | Director of Communications
The Varsity Cross Country team won the Class 3A State Championship on November 12 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee. This marks the 5th consecutive State Title for Belen Jesuit and 13th overall. “I am so proud of all the runners on this team,” said Principal José Roca ‘84. “These young men push each other on a weekly basis to do their very best. I was happy to be able to witness this win first hand in Tallahassee.”  

Joshua Ruiz ‘24 secured the runner-up spot with a time of 15:37.4 and Adam Magoulas ‘22, who is recovering from an injury, placed ninth with a time of 16:16.1. Teammates Evan Torres ‘24 (16:16.9) and Alec Torrecilla  ‘24 (16:19.5) placed 10th and 14th respectively. Roberto Leon ‘23 (16:24.2) and Julian Rodriguez ‘22 (16:25.2) finished 17th and 19th respectively. Joey Diaz-Quintero ‘25 (16:37.7) finished 27 out of 234 runners. 

“The 2021 team is a young and driven one,” said Head Coach Frankie Ruiz ‘96. “What they did on Friday morning in Tallahassee is probably just a preview of greater things to come. They make it look easy on race morning but the thousands of miles they put in together leading up to that start line is where the magic happens. I congratulate the seniors on the team and I thank them for leaving their mark. Now onto the next one.”

Magoulas, who has been a member of the five consecutive championships, will continue running cross country at the University of Florida. 

Click here to read Fr. Willie’s column, “To The Band of Brothers” dedicated to the state champions. 

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Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain.  The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline.  In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty.  The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow.  Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.