2000-11-04 / Sports

STM CYO Cross Country: 2 Diocesan Champs; 2 Diocesan Team Titles

STM CYO Cross Country:
2 Diocesan Champs; 2 Diocesan Team Titles

One win was expected and one wasn’t.

Emma Devlin won her fourth consecutive CYO cross-country race leading her St. Thomas More novice team to the Diocesan Championship. The girls defended the sectional title they won last week. Emma’s gold medal time was three minutes and 37 seconds for the half-mile course. Kara Egan (3:55 7th), Katie Henderson (4:00 8th), Molly Tacopina (4:06 10th) and Lauren Katen (4:19 19th) completed our scorers. Other members of this championship team are: Erin Tacopina (4:22), Shannon Stevens (4:33), Rebecca McCarthy (4:42), Brittany Gresser (4:48), Brianne Kelly (5:10) and Brittany Schaeffer.

Last year nearly 90 boys and girls ran for St. Thomas More. This year CYO and travel soccer conflicts cut the team in half. The team needed to move runners up to older age divisions, over longer tougher courses to complete teams.

Matt Basmagy, a seventh grade junior, moved up with four other juniors to complete the senior level team. Matt ran an outstanding time of six minutes and 18 seconds to win the individual championship over the 1.2-mile course and led his senior team to the diocesan title. Matt’s time broke the STM senior record time of 6:55 set by Paul Hedderson last year.

Dylan Dombrowski, in sixth grade, led our other juniors with a sixth place finish (7:03) against mainly eighth and ninth grade runners. Burke Doran (7:19 9th), Allen MacSaveny (7:27 10th), Patrick Campbell (7:37 11th) and Kenny Jackson comprise the 2000 CYO diocesan senior championship team.

Suzie Jackson, a bantam moving up, led the STM junior team to a third place finish. Her seventh place finish with a time of 6:13 is the STM record for the new 1350-meter course. Diane MacSaveny (6:14 8th), Samantha Lee (6:27 14th), Brittany Dombrowski (6:55 18th) and Linda Maloney (7:20 25th) completed this bronze medal winning team.

Only five novice boys came to the starting line for St Thomas. Mark Caputo led the finishers with a time of three minutes and 59 seconds over the half-mile course. Matt Ferro (4:33), Partick Cusack (4:36), Brian Leary (4:37) and Steven Taikina (5:17) made up the rest of the novice team.

The coaching staff thanked the 30 runners and parents for supporting the team on such a cold and blustery championship day. "Congratulations on a fine season and job well done," said the coaches.

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