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The 2017 High School and College Cross Country seasons are nearly complete now after last Saturday’s NY Federation, NCAA, and ECAC/IC4A championships.

Aidan Donohue continued a late season surge to place 12th at the Federation Championships in 16:29 for the 5k at Bowdoin, pacing Xavier to a 2nd place finish in the team championship. This came on the heels of an amazing 2nd place finish the week before in the CHSAA Intersectional Championships at Van Cortland Park in a blazing 12:50 4k as Xavier defended their CHSAA title.

The Nike Regionals (and hopefully, Nationals) are still ahead for Donohue and his teammates. Other boys with strong performances at the CHSAA’s were Xavier’s Dylan Abernethy in 14:28, Michael Tuffey 15:00, Ryan Fitzgerald 15:03, Terence Moriarty 15:39, Connor Bradwisch 15:39, and Xaverian’s John Conroy in 15:11. Anthony Markle of Xaverian turned in his best time in the BQ championships with a 14:08. Others with strong seasons included Ryan Meade of Regis, Michael Lynch of McClancy, Kennedy Kirk, Jack McDade and Matt McDade of Molloy, Xavier’s Jack Bambury and Brendan Watters, and Xaverian’s Joseph Featherston and Brendan Glynn.

On the freshman circuit, Tuffey showed he will be a force in the next few years with a blistering 8:54 2.5k in the Intersectional Freshman Championships. Chaminade’s Timmy Mills in 9:19, and Xaverian’s Shane Howard in 9:47 also showed a lot of promise.

On the Girls’ side, Jackie Thompson of Notre Dame Academy (NDA) placed 10th in 16:32 at the CHSAA Intersectionals, with NDA taking the team title, and qualifying for the Federation Championships where she ran 20:58 for 5k as NDA placed 7th. She was joined at the Federation Championships by Molloy’s Paige McDade (17:55 at CHSAA) and Mary Louis’ Catherine Lunny (18:28 CHSAA) who qualified after great finishes at the Intersectionals. Margaret Tolan of JFK Catholic just missed the cut but turned in a 17:51 in an earlier meet at Van Cortland. Also performing well were Molloy’s Kaleigh Gilroy, and Fontbonne’s Kate Wrynn. Freshman stars include Caroline Gifford of Fontbonne in 11:00 and Casey Gilroy of Molloy in 11:47 for the 2.5k.

On the collegiate side, Tess Gallagher of St. John’s finished an outstanding season for the Red Storm by taking the individual title of the Coach’s Division at the ECA/IC4A championships on Saturday in 19:10. Her sister, Jackie Gallagher, placed 21st in 20:43. Their brother, Liam ran 28:21 in the East Coast Conference championship for Molloy College, while oldest sister, Kerri in her second year as head coach at Manhattan College, guided the Jaspers to 2nd place in the MAAC championships, 19th in the NCAA Northeast Regional, and 5th at the ECAC/IC4A championships. Her Lady Jaspers, led by Lisa Fajardo, placed 4th in MAAC, 30th in NCAA and 11th at ECAC. John Lovett has added to the Rockaway flavor as Kerri’s assistant and together they have Manhattan moving up in the ranks.

Also moving up on the Division 3 level is St. Joseph’s College led by first year head coach Patrick Goldberg and assistant Kevin D’Emic. The Bears were competitive in the Skyline Conference, and with their first chance to recruit, are looking forward to moving up the ladder next year. Goldberg also led Molloy to the CHSAA Alumni team title while Conor Gallagher took the individual title.

It was another great XC season for Rockaway. Indoor is up next!

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