2010-11-05 / Sports

SFDS Competes In Sectional Championships

The St. Francis de Sales cross-country team with their sectional medals. The St. Francis de Sales cross-country team with their sectional medals. On Sunday, October 24, 74 St. Francis de Sales runners competed at Alley Pond Park in the CYO Sectional Championships with outstanding results.

For the CYO Sectional Championships, the 15 parishes were divided into two sections (yellow and black). SFDS competed in the Black section against Blessed Trinity, St. Anne/Holy Spirit, Monastery, Our Lady of Snows, Resurrection, Sacred Heart and St. Matthias.

Competing in seven age and gender divisions, SFDS won three championships. Running may be 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.

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, 36 St. Francis runners won individual medals.

The junior girls team of Colleen Gallagher (4th), Gwyn McGee (6th), Erin Charles (10th) and Fiona Brackley (18th) placed second in their division. The bantam girls also placed second in their division behind the strong running of Olivia Murray (9th), Emily Richter (15th), Paige McDade (19th), Anna Hickey, Kayla McHenry and Bridget Shaughnessy. The novice girls won their division with excellent racing by Catherine Lunny (1st), Caroline Gifford (2nd), Beth Dunn (5th), Shaun Smith (8th), Kaylie Walsh (9th), Mollie Abernethy (14th), Katie Roventina (15th), Molly Murtagh, Fallon Brackley, Shannon Tuffey, Margaret McIvor, Maggie McHenry, Fionia Mullen, Kathleen Schmitt, Mia Shaughnessy, Camille Kelly, Amy Ayrovainen and Alexa Giambra.

Needing three runners for a team, juniors Denis Murtagh (4th) and Peter Tuffey (6th) moved up to join Bard Featherston (2nd) to capture second place in the senior division. The junior boys placed second behind the efforts of Alex Goldberg (2nd), Patrick Rocks (7th), Jimmy Lunny (10th), Greg Henschel (12th) and Bobby Dunn (16th). The bantam boys scored a perfect 6 to win their division with James Mc- Manus, Joseph Alessandro and Matt McDade coming in first, second and third, followed by Terence Moriarty (4th), Patrick Murtagh (7th), Danny Paparelli (8th), Jack McDade (9th), Griffin Brackley (11th), Terence Mc- Fadden (19th) and Patrick Connelly (22nd).

The novice boys team was led to their first place gold by Michael Tuffey (1st), Kiernan Smith (3rd), and Kyle Cornish (4th), with Liam McIvor (5th), Christian Zirino-Rodriguez (6th), Shawn O’Keefe (7th), Joseph Featherston (8th), Darrin LaMantia (10th), Gerard McManus (11th), Danny Cornish (13th), Nico Allen (14th) and Cooper Nagel (15th).

Thomas Charles, Matt Glynn, Mark Mehta, Dominick Maiorano, Patrick Ayrovainen, Peter Maiorano, Brian Charles, Matthew Schmitt, Brendan McFadden, Lenny, Mannino, Michael O’Sullivan, Joseph Mortellaro, Sean Peter Mullen, Aiden Keane, Andrew Diviney, Charlie DeGrechie, Sean Richter, Charlie Smith and Thomas Burke each ran strong.

Congratulations to all the runners on their excellent performances.

Good luck to all local runners in Sunday’s New York Marathon, especially Peter Tuffey, our assistant coaches Steve Gifford (running his 21st NY Marathon) and Jim Lunny, coach emeritus John Edwards, and former SFDS cross-country runners Brendan Lunny, and Meghan and Mary Edwards.

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