2009-11-13 / Sports

St. Francis Runners Compete In Diocesan Championships

The Novice girls team of Kelsey Flynn, Catherine Lunny, Emily Richter, Paige McDade, Sydney Urban, Katie Roventini, Kathleen Walker, Mollie Abernethy, Anna Hickey, Molly Murtagh, Fallon Brackley, Portia Brackley and Bridget Donnelly. The Novice girls team of Kelsey Flynn, Catherine Lunny, Emily Richter, Paige McDade, Sydney Urban, Katie Roventini, Kathleen Walker, Mollie Abernethy, Anna Hickey, Molly Murtagh, Fallon Brackley, Portia Brackley and Bridget Donnelly. While the rest of New York was focused on the Marathon on Sunday, November 1, the St. Francis de Sales Cross Country team was focused on running their best in the Diocesan Championships.

And run their best they did. Competing against eleven other parishes in eight age and gender divisions, the SFDS runners won two championships, two second place and two third place finishes.

The bantam boys (ages 9 and 10), and novice boys (ages 8 and under) teams were first place gold medal winners. Second place silver was won by the junior boys (ages 11 and 12) and novice girls. Third place bronze was won by the senior boys (ages 13 and 14) and the bantam girls. The junior girls placed sixth.

Three runners are required for team scoring and the senior girls team, decimated by injuries (soccer!), had only Anna Charles, placing 10th in the 1.1 mile race, competing. The senior boys team, also lacking runners, needed junior John Glynn, placing 14th, to join Chris Cole (10th) and Liam Lachner (12th) to win the bronze.

The junior boys team with Bard Featherston (2nd), Alex Goldberg 4th) and Denis Murtagh (10th) scored 16 points. They tied with Holy Spirit/St. Anne's (1st, 7th and 8th place), but lost the gold with the tie broken by the higher position of Holy Spirit's third finisher. Thomas Glynn (14th), Chris Thuilot (25th), Patrick Rocks and Bobby Dunn made up the rest of the silver medal winning team.

Despite the efforts of Francesca Castellano (17th), Kelly Davan (19th) and bantam Erin Charles the junior girls could not score enough points to win a trophy, placing sixth in the highly competitive division.

The Bantam boys team of James McManus (3rd), Joey Morelli (5th) and Aiden Donahue (6th) scored 14 points, also tied Holy Spirit (1st, 2nd and 11th) but won the championship with the higher third place finisher. Greg Henschel (14th), James Lunny (17th), Griffin Brackley, Robert McManus and Patrick Connelly rounded out the team. The bantam girls team of Cara Melchiorri (7th), Colleen Gallagher (8th), Gwyn McGee (9th), Gabriella Grzegorski (20th), Kayla McHenry and Fiona Brackley won the bronze.

Kelsey Flynn placed first overall in the novice girls' race, followed by Catherine Lunny (5th), Emily Richter (17th), Paige McDade (18th), Sydney Urban (24th), Katie Roventini (25th), Kathleen Walker, Mollie Abernethy, Anna Hickey, Molly Murtagh, Fallon Brackley, Portia Brackley and Bridget Donnelly running strong to capture the silver.

For the novice boys race it was an SFDS blue wave of runners with Joseph Alessandro, Matthew McDade, Kyle Cornish and Jack McDade nailing down the first four places, followed by Liam McIvor (6th), Terence Moriarty (9th), Kiernan Smith (11th), Dylan Abernethy (12th), Brendan Glynn (14th), Joseph Featherston (16th), James Carson (20th), Shawn O'Keefe (22nd), Danny Cornish, Kevin Connolly, Terence McFadden, Sean Peter Mullen, Owen Mullen, Michael Breslin, Michael Light, Brendan McFadden, Timothy Mehta, Dominick Maiorano, Joseph Mortellaro and Nico Allen crushing the competition to win the novice division championship.

The post-race party was followed by the exciting announcements of the results and presentations of the trophies and medals. Congratulations to all the runners on an excellent performance and a great season! They all ran fantastically. Thanks to all the coaches and parents for their help. Keep running!

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