Tommy Murphy of Corpus Christi Parish, Piedmont, won the 6th-8th grade boys division.
Hundreds participate in annual
CYO Cross Country season
Eight hundred young athletes from around the diocese recently ran at Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, for the annual Diocesan Meet, concluding a season of CYO Cross Country.
This was the final meet of a five-week season that featured runs in a variety of locales with teams participating from 34 parishes and Catholic schools with runners in kindergarten through eight-grade.
The weekly, Friday afternoon meets were held in parks that included hilly wooded courses, flat grassy fields and sandy beaches for the mile-long runs. All runners were invited to participate in the Diocesan Meet on Oct. 17, that began with a prayer with the runners and families, featured six races by age group and concluded with an awards presentation.
John Costagliola, a parent from St. Theresa School, Oakland, commented: "The meets were once again incredibly successful and exciting. The spirit of Church was definitely present at each of the meets. As a parent taking pictures of the competitors you could hear the cheering for every runner regardless of ability. I witnessed multiple schools cheering on kids from schools other than their own."
Individual race winners, with their parish and times over the mile course, were:
3rd-5th Grade Girls: First, Sofia Tavella, St. Joan of Arc, 7:03.7; second, Sasha Piper, St. Michael, 7:09.1; third, Kaylie MacArthur, St. Edward, 7:22.6.
3rd-5th Grade Boys: First, Aidan Sunbury, St. John Vianney, 6:46.6; second, William Pierotti, St. Isidore, 6:51.0; third, Dillon Maheshwari, St. Michael, 6:52.8.
6th-8th Grade Girls: First, Emma Tavella, St. Joan of Arc, 6:21.1; second, Kate Tavella, St. Joan of Arc, 6:23.4; third, Cassy Haskell, Santa Maria, 6:27.1.
6th-8th Grade Boys: First, Tommy Murphy, Corpus Christi, Piedmont, 6:12.0; second, Jacob Renaghan, St. Mary, 6:14.7; third, Cole Edgren, St. Joan of Arc, 6:21.3.
There was a separate event, with a ½-mile run, for boys and girls in kindergarten through second grade. Individual awards were presented but no team awards.
K-2nd Grade Girls: First, Mikaela Beeler, St. Michael, 3:48.7; second, Tatiana Wilsom, St. Lawrence O'Toole, 4:04.5; third, Lauren Saxton, St. Philip Neri, 4:16.7.
K-2nd Grade Boys: First, Nicolai Barron, St. Michael, 3:34.9; second, Connor Snow, St. Joan of Arc, 3:42.3; third, Jacob Ford, Catholic Community of Pleasanton, 3:45.1.
Team Award winners, with overall points, were:
3rd-5th Grade Girls: First, St. Michael (26); second, Assumption (35); third, St. Joan of Arc (38).
3rd-5th Grade Boys: First, St. John Vianney (15); second, School of the Madeleine (26); third, St. Michael (27).
6th-8th Grade Girls: First, St. Joan of Arc (22); second, St. Edward (47); third, St. Mary (52).
6th-8th Grade Boys: First, St. Mary (20); second, St. Isidore (57); third, St. Michael (65).
For complete meet results or for more information on CYO Cross Country, visit the Cross Country page of the CYO Website: www.oaklandcyo.org.
(Bill Ford is CYO director for the Diocese of Oakland.)
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