Bishop Kearney Wins Brooklyn/Queens Cross Country Championship
The park was a perfect setting for the cross country meet with an overcast sky and autumn chill in the air.
The Kearney team was ready and prepared for the challenge ahead of them. The race would decide who will be crowned the best team from Brooklyn and Queens. A last minute pep talk from Coach John Lovett (Rockaway Park) reminded the team of all the hard work and sacrifice they put in over the past few months to prepare them for this race.
He told the runners, "You deserve to win this because you earned it."
Coach Johnny Edwards (Belle Harbor)
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As the teams lined up on the starting line, Bishop Kearney's was between their two toughest competitors, St. Francis Prep and Archbishop Molloy High Schools. Team captains, Mary Gallagher (Belle Harbor) and Sarah Donahue (Belle Harbor) gathered the team for a last minute prayer as they began their endeavor for the team title.
With the sound of the starter's pistol, Junior sensation Meghan "Hollywood" Hayes darted to the front of the pack with Queen Mary and Sarah "The Seaside Breeze" in close pursuit.
Coach Peter Lovett was strategically positioned at the bridge before the girls entered the woods where the toughest part of the race begins. Lovett was delighted to see Hayes, Gallagher, and Donahue in the lead pack of runners as they crossed the bridge. He knew there was a lot of race to go. As the Kearney runners entered the final straight away, Hayes, Gallagher, and Donahue had dug down deep to capture the fourth, fifth and sixth place medals but that would not be enough to win the team title.
With St. Francis, Molloy, Mary Louis, and Bishop Loughlin securing the next few places the team title appeared to be on the line. Senior Kaitlyn (The Jet) Touhey (Belle Harbor), who was surrounded by a sea of blue and white uniforms from St. Francis and Molloy, began to sprint to the finish line passing a runner from each team and securing a medal for her 20th place finish, bringing the team closer to the title.
Sophomore, Jacqueline Nwabueze, making her Van Cortlandt debut, showed she was up to the challenge securing 31st place and the team title by beating St. Francis by a mere two points. Other noteworthy performances were run by Junior Katie Fonseca and Sophomore Kirra Whipple who ran a season best in the championship race and received a team medal for their performances in winning the Brooklyn/Queens Championship.
This was a tremendous team effort by the Bishop Kearney team and a well deserved honor being crowned the Best of Brooklyn/Queens. Good luck to the entire team in the upcoming City Championships.