O’Dea Cross Country

The O’Dea High School Cross Country Team is a non-cut Fall sport that welcomes runners of all abilities.  The XC squad features a unique community with all grade levels, Freshman through Senior, competing and training together.   With a focus on hard work and personal accountability, our athletes set out to achieve both individual and team goals in the spirit of a proud tradition of accomplished O’Dea distance runners.

In 2014 Andy Slatt, former O’Dea cross country coach, was inducted into the Washington State Cross Country Hall of Fame having already been inducted into the O’Dea Athletic Wall of Honor in 2010.  Slatt’s former runner, David Bazzi (class of ’96) now coaches the team and looks to continue Coach Slatt’s focus on competition and teamwork.

Racing from 2 miles to 5km in the highly competitive Metro League, the Fighting Irish look forward to new challenges and successes in the year to come.

Day Date Opponent Location Time/Result
Friday September 15 Blanchet/Roosevelt/Lakeside/Eastside Lower Woodland 4:10 PM
Wednesday September 20 Garfield/Blanchet Magnuson Park 4:10 PM
Wednesday September 27 Roosevelt/W. Seattle/Chief Sealth Lower Woodland 4:10 PM
Saturday September 30 Nike Twilight Invitational Cedarcrest Golf Course TBD
Saturday October 7 Hole in the Wall Invitational Lakewood HS TBD
Thursday October 12 Multiple Lower Woodland 4:10 PM
Thursday October 19 Metro Championship Lower Woodland 1:40 PM
Coach's Corner

rsz_track_bazziA 1996 O’Dea graduate, Coach David Bazzi returned to O’Dea in 2010 to take over the program from retiring O’Dea and Washington State Hall of Fame Coach, Andy Slatt.  In his six years, Coach Bazzi has coached numerous state qualifiers while continuing Coach Slatt’s legacy of guiding his athletes into the collegiate ranks with athletes competing at West Point, University of Portland, University of Chicago, PLU and Xavier.

While at O’Dea as an athlete, Bazzi competed at the state meet six times in cross country and track & field, was a member of the 1995 State champion track team and was runner-up in the 1996 state 3200m race prior to earning All-American honors in the 2 mile race later that season.  Bazzi went on to compete at the University of Washington, earning 2 collegiate All-American honors, breaking 3 UW School records (Outdoor: 10k,5k. Indoor: 5k), and winning a Pac-10 Championship in the 2001 10,000m race.  He was also selected as a member of US National Team for the 2001 World University games in Beijing, China where he competed in the half-marathon event. In 2016 Bazzi was inducted into O’Dea’s esteemed Wall of Honor.

David and his wife Kara live in North Seattle with their two daughters, Sophia and Hannah.

For more information about Irish Cross Country please contact O’Dea Athletic Director, Monte Kohler, at (206) 624-2068 or odad@odea.org

Metro League Champions
Academic State Champions