Cross Country Season a Success
The college Cross Country season came to a close this past weekend with the NCAA championships. It was a very successful season for Rockaway Gliders/ St. Francis de Sales CYO alumni.
Patrick Goldberg earned Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year and first team All-Conference honors at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, highlighted by a 4th place finish in the conference championship meet, and then posting a P.R. of 28:25 at the NCAA Atlantic Regional as the 2nd Skyline runner to cross the line. Older brother and team captain James Goldberg also P.R.’d at the NCAA’s as the 13th Skyline runner, and was named to the All-Sportsmanship team for the Skyline Conference. Kevin Magee also scored for Mount Saint Vincent at the Skyline championships. Jimmy Buckley had an outstanding debut for the University of Scranton notching a 27:20 at the NCAA Mideast Regional as the second finisher for Scranton. Conor Gallagher gained a 13th place finish at the East Coast Conference Championships to help Molloy College to a 2nd place team finish, and then followed with a strong showing at the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Runners at the Division 1 level battled an assortment of injuries this year but still managed to compete well. Kathleen Woods hit the trails for Fairfield and finished strong in the IC4A championships and Devin Rocks highlighted his freshman season at Fordham with a 26:34 at the prestigious Princeton Invitational.
The High School season ended the week before with the New York State Federation Championships which brought together the top teams and individual runners from the CHSAA, PSAL, AIS and NYSPHSAA. The Gallagher dynasty continued with Liam running for Cathedral Prep, and sisters, Therese and Jacqueline, for Bishop Kearney. The Gallagher’s qualified on the strength of their strong showing in the CHSAA Intersectional championships where Liam placed 21st for the boys in 13:36, Therese placed 17th for the girls (16:42) and Jacqueline placed 26th (16:55). Alex Goldberg of Molloy just missed the cut as 2nd alternate for boys after hitting a 14:01.
Also running strong for Molloy were Patrick Cashin in 14:10 and Ray Henry (14:04 in BQ championships). Mary Ellen Woods placed 10th in the BQ champs for Molloy with Kayla Rayder also running well for Molloy. Carolyn Crocker of Molloy and St. Camillus-Virgilius placed 8th in the CHSAA Intersectional Sophomore championships in 17:24. Chris Cole continued to provide depth to a powerhouse Xavier squad as Frank McVeigh and Peter Tuffey had impressive freshman campaigns. Brendan Gallagher teamed with cousin, Liam, to fortify the Cathedral Prep team. On the PSAL side, James Mc- Manus notched tree top 10 finishes for Scholars Academy as a freshman.
These runners all look forward to coming back to distinguish themselves again next fall, and are an inspiration to the current crop of CYO runners who will someday join them. They all credit their CYO and Rockaway Glider coaches and mentors including John Edwards, John Lovett, Kevin Kearney, Steve Gifford, Paul Richter, Joe Featherston, Jim McVeigh, Jim Lunny and Jonathan Walters. The Indoor Track season is up next with CYO meets beginning in January at St. Anthony’s High School, and high school and college meets beginning in December, as sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, vaulters and throwers join their distance running teammates in action. And don’t forget the Rockaway Santa Shuffle on December 21st!