Bishop Kearney Four Capture Silver At Penn Relays
Bishop Kearney's fearsome foursome, Kerri Gallagher (Belle Harbor), Tara Mullen (Belle Harbor) Mary Gallagher (Belle Harbor) and Meghan Hayes (Breezy Point) were awarded silver medals for their second place track and field finish at the Penn Relays.
The competition was held at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania Campus, which hosts the oldest and most prestigious track meet in the country.
Tara Mullen led off the relay and ran a smart and tactile race with a flawless baton exchange with freshman teammate Meghan Hayes.
Meghan didn't show any signs of freshmen jitters as she passed two competitors in the first 50 meters. Sophomore Mary Gallagher was the 3rd leg and was determined to give big sister Kerri (better known as the "Rockaway Glider") a chance to capture one of the most coveted medals in all of high school track, a Penn Relay medal.
The sister act of Gallagher to Gallagher's baton exchange was breathless. Kerri grabbed the baton from Mary and proceeded to put on a stellar performance on the anchor leg. Kerri blasted by two runners and never looked back as she gained on the front runner. Kerri ran an astonishing 59.6 seconds for the quarter mile split and captured the silver medal.
This was truly a team effort for the Bishop Kearney fearsome foursome and now can be proudly associated with the luminous history and tradition of the Penn Relays. Coach John Lovett (Rockaway Park) said, "It is an honor for the team to participate in the Penn Relays but it is an accomplishment to achieve a Penn Relay medal."