2007-11-02 / Sports

St.Francis Runners Compete In Sectional Championships

Here is St. Francis de Sales Cross-Country's medal winning team. Here is St. Francis de Sales Cross-Country's medal winning team. On Sunday, October 21, the St. Francis de Sales Cross-Country team competed at Alley Pond Park in the CYO Sectional Championships with terrific results. For the CYO Sectional Championships, the twelve competing parishes were divided into two sections, Black and Yellow.

Competing in six age and gender divisions in the Yellow section, SFDS won one championship gold, four second place silver and one third place bronze. Running is an individual endeavor but cross-country is a team effort.

To determine the score, the places of the top three finishers from each team in a race are added, the team with the lowest total is champion; the next lowest score is second, etc. Also, individual medals were awarded to the top 15 runners in each race.

The SFDS runners focused on pacing themselves and pushing themselves to pass as many competitors as they could on their way to the finish line. In addition to team honors, twenty two St. Francis runners won individual medals.

The Junior Boys (ages 11 and 12) won the gold behind the efforts of Patrick Goldberg (second overall), Devin Rocks (third), Michael Castellano (seventh), Liam Lachner (eighth), Billy Dunn, James Leonard and Daniel Fay. The Junior girls team of Katy Windels (sixth), Emily Gifford (tenth) and Lorianna D'Alessandro (13th) placed third in their division.

The Senior boys (ages 13 and 14) earned second place silver with fine running by Conor Gallagher (2nd), John McCormack (7th) and 11-yearold Tommy Mercer (12th), a junior who volunteered to run the 1.1-mile senior race.

The Bantam boys (ages 9 and 10), running 2/3 of a mile, won second place silver with the strong running of Alex Goldberg (2nd overall), John Glynn (6th), Thomas Glynn (7th), Denis Murtagh (8th), Patrick Rocks (13th) and Andrew Gifford. With only Mary Ellen Woods and Cassie Moriarty running, the Bantam girls did not qualify for team competition.

The Novice boys team (ages 8 and under), running ½ a mile, were led to their second place silver by Matthew LaSorsa (4th), Gregory Henschel (8th) and Mattie Schonfeld. Peter Tuffey, Patrick Murtagh, James Lunny, Brendan Glynn, Andrew O'Sullivan, Bobby Dunn, Dylan Abernethy, James Mc- Fadden, Joseph Featherston, Robert McManus and Terence McFadden all ran well. The Novice girls also placed second in their division with Gwynivere McGee (4th), Kelsey Flynn (5th), Olivia Murray, Anna Hickey and Caroline Gifford running strong.

Congratulations to all the runners on their excellent performances. Next week's article will feature the results of the Diocesan Championship meet.

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