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Almost 900 young athletes participated in the CYO Cross Country championship.

900 youths take part in CYO Cross Country championship

As parents and families cheered, almost 900 young athletes from around the diocese crossed the finish line, completing the uphill and wooded, mile-long course at Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, in the annual Diocesan CYO Cross Country Championship Meet.

CYO runners from left: Jessica Uyehara (Eighth Grade, St. Joseph, Fremont); Isabel Atendido (Eighth Grade, St. Patrick, Rodeo); Emily Dotson (Seventh Grade, St. Lawrence O'Toole, Oakland).

This was the final meet in the five-week CYO Cross Country season. It featured runs in a variety of locales around the East Bay. In addition to Joaquin Miller Park, teams ran in Crown Beach, Alameda; Oak Hill Park, Danville; Garin Park, Hayward; and Shadow Cliffs Park, Pleasanton. Runners from Kindergarten through eighth grades, boys and girls, from 38 parish teams participated on Friday afternoons on courses that included hilly wooded paths, flat grassy fields and sandy beaches for mile-long runs.

All runners were invited to participate in the diocesan meet on Oct. 16. The meet began with a prayer with the runners and families, followed by six races in individual age groups. As darkness fell, the meet and another CYO Cross country season ended with a concluding prayer and the awards presentation.

CYO Cross Country continues to grow in numbers with four new parishes participating this year. CYO Cross County is marked by excited runners, challenging courses, dedicated coaches and supportive parents. At the meets, all runners, fast ones as well as those who finish further back in the pack, are greeted at the finish line and along the course by cheering, enthusiastic family members.

Individual race winners, with parish and times over the mile course, were:

Grades 3-5 girls: first, Amelia Sanchez, St. Michael, 7:14.9; second, Sasha Piper, St. Michael, 7:21.2; third, Skylar Bennett, St. Bonaventure, 7:22.1.

Grades 3-5 boys: first, Justin Peterson, St. Michael, 6:38.5; second, Alexander Pawlo, St. John Vianney, 6:52.6; third, Leighton Sproul, Madeleine, 6:54.3.

Grades 6-8 girls: first, Sofia Tavella, St. Joan of Arc, 6:35.0; second, Sierra Ranswiler, St Joan of Arc, 6:40.3; third, Madeline Liem, Most Holy Rosary, 6:41.8.

Grades 6-8 boys: first, Nico Melendres, All Saints, 6:02.6; second, Ethan Pendergraft, St. Isidore, 6:09.6; third, Charlie Kisylia, St. Mary, 6:14.1.

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. There were no times recorded.

Grades K-2 girls: first, Analise Riebli, St. Michael; Kate Snow, St. Joan of Arc; Lauren Saxton, St. Philip Neri.

Grades K-2 boys: first, Nicolai Barron, St. Michael; second, Zachary Lininger, St. Michael; Lex Greenwood, Queen of All Saints.

Team award winners, with overall points, were:

Grades 3-5 girls: first, St. Michael (7); second, St. Theresa (51); St. Felicitas (66).

Grades 3-5 boys: first, St. Michael (12); second, St John Vianney (28); third, St. Joan of Arc (41).

Grades 6-8 girls: first, St. Joan of Arc (23); second, Most Holy Rosary (24); third, St. Michael (53).

Grades 6-8 boys: first, St. Mary (35); second, St. John Vianney (48); third, St. Isidore (52).

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 the director of the Catholic Youth Organization in the Diocese of Oakland.)

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