SFDS Cross-Country Competes in Diocesan Run
Over fifty runners from St. Francis de Sales postponed their Halloween trick-or-treat rounds to run in the final cross-country meet on Sunday, October 31 with a fabulous showing at the Diocesan Championships.
Out of eight age and gender divisions, SFDS won five team championship medals: Bantam Boys – Diocesan Champs. Second place silver medals for Senior and Bantam Girls, and Novice Boys. Third place bronze medals for Novice Girls.
Living by the Kenyan motto “Chungni Kimiyi,” which translates as “Standing still does not pay!”, the Bantam Boys juggernaut captured eight of the top eleven places in their .6 mile race. They were led by: speedy newcomer Conor Gallagher (2nd, 4:03), veterans Danny Donahue (3rd, 4:07) and Patrick Kilgallen (4th, 4:10), who won the Diocesan Championship.
Patrick Goldberg (5th, 4:11), John McCormack (6th, 4:12), Devin Rocks (7th, 4:17), Billy Dunn (9th, 4:27), and Jimmy Buckley (11th, 4:40) earned individual medals. Ryan Kilgallen , Raymond Henry , and Tommy Mercer rounded out the championship team. Perhaps in 2020, these runners will give the Kenyans a run for their money in the New York Marathon.
Lisa Pulkoski (4th, 4:37), Patti O’Rourke (6th, 4:46), Kathleen Woods (7th, 4:55), Marissa Scotto (8th, 5:02), Patricia Buell , (10th, 5:03), Anna Pastina (11th, 5:04), and Katlyn Sluyk (15th, 5:11) winning individual medals and Katy Windels , Jessica Caiazzo , Marlene Macron and Christina Gallo running strong, SFDS placed second in the Bantam Girls championship.
The Novice Boys team won championship silver medal honors led by Chris Ray , running a season best 3:11 for 2nd place overall in the half-mile race, Christopher Cole (7th, 3:32) and Alex Goldberg (14th, 3:35) winning individual medals and strong running by Liam Gallagher , Denis Murtagh , Liam Lahner , Andrew Gifford , Kenneth McGowan , Patrick Rocks , and Ian Richter .
Mary Ellen Woods (5th, 3:37) and Theresa Gallagher (15th, 4:03) won individual medals as Kim Sluyk , Jacqueline Gallagher , and Nicole Thurgood helped the Novice Girls team capture third place in their division.
The Senior Girls team of Sarah Donahue (3rd, 7:37), Kathryn Edwards (4th, 7:54), a junior moved up to run the 1.1-mile race, Susan Richter (10th, 8:43) and Alanna Macron won silver Diocesan Championship honors.
Despite the strong efforts of Adam Hansen (8th, 6:43), junior Kilby Featherston (9th, 6:50) and Matthew Windels , the Senior Boys placed fifth in their championship race.
Also, fine efforts by Elizabeth Cholakis (13th, 6:14), bantam Emily Gifford (15th, 6:16) and Kelly McGowan were not enough to place in the highly competitive Junior Girls division.