Triangle area Catholic schools held their 2nd Annual Catholic Cross Country Championship on October 13 at Bond Park in Cary. The championship race was 1.8 miles on trails throughout Bond Park, with the runners competing both as individuals and as teams. The middle school participants were from St. Mary Magdalene, Apex; St. Michael, Cary; The Franciscan School, Raleigh; Our Lady of Lourdes, Raleigh; and Cathedral School in Raleigh.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge began the event by blessing the 200+ runners. Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Superintendent of Catholic Formation and Education, served as the race official, signaling the start of each of the two heats, first the girls and then the boys.
“This is the only sport where all students can compete,” said Bob Cadran, Principal of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School. “Anyone can be a championship runner, which differs from other sports where height and specific skill sets are the most important factors.”
Bishop Burbidge presented the winning individuals and teams with medals and trophies. The boys’ team from St. Mary Magdalene and the girls’ team from St. Michael were overall winners. Boys’ individual winners for first, second and third place, respectively, were Jordan Kokoska, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School; Joey DiSerafino, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School; and Sam Grelck, St. Michael Catholic School. In the girl’s event, first, second and third place winners were Nevada Mareno, The Franciscan School; Sarah Comstock, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School; and Jordan Mareno, The Franciscan School.
Cross Country is currently a club sport. The coaches are hoping to vote it in as a league sport, which will make it eligible for inclusion in the Triangle Catholic School Athletic Conference next year.
Above: St. Michael Catholic School girls’ team with Principal Dr. Sarah Wannemuehler.
Below: St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School boys’ team with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Principal Robert Cadran.