The Catholic Transcript | Catholic school cross-country
Created 2-Nov-12
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About 150 junior high school students from five Catholic schools competed Sept. 29 in a rare, Catholic-school-only cross-country running competition at Veteran’s Park in Watertown. When the cheering was over and the dust had settled, Colleen Iannone of St. John the Evangelist School, Watertown, was the winner in the girls’ race, and Eric Prates of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Waterbury, took first place in the boys’ race. Miss Iannone ran the 1.86-mile track in 13:58, and Mr. Prates ran it in 12:11. Both are eighth-graders. Other schools competing were Blessed Sacrament and St. Mary’s, Waterbury, and St. Mary Magdalen, Oakville. Denis O’Sullivan, boys’ coach for St. John’s, said he started the cross-country running program there about 15 years ago in an attempt to give all students an opportunity to compete in sports.(Photos by Jack Sheedy)
A runner from St. Mary Magdalen in Oakville momentarily loses his footing as he crosses the finish line.Colleen Iannone, of St. John's in Waterbury, and Eric Prates, of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Waterbury, congratulate each other on winning their respective races.Runners from St. John's in Watertown finish a dry run before the race.Boy from St. John's School in Watertown pets a dog. The Latin on his shirt translates to "time flies."The race is on.Colleen Iannone, at center in white shirt, is sheer concentration as she emerges from the center of the pack near the start of the race. Margaret Flaherty from St. Mary's is to her right.Colleen Iannone, wearing blue with white shirt, keeps her eyes on what's ahead. St. Mary's runner Lisa Prajer is at far right.Two Our Lady of Mount Carmel runners approach the halfway mark.Miranda Scott from St. Mary's hoofs it.A runner from Blessed Sacrament in Waterbury runs down the chute toward the finish line.A runner from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Waterbury accepts a place stick at the finish line from St. John's alumnus Peter Barber.Two runners from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Waterbury vie for a place at the finish line.Young children eat apples while awaiting the start of the boys' race.The boys' pack at the start of the race.Emilio Santiago, eighth-grade student at St. John's in Watertown, nears the halfway mark.A boy from St. John's in Watertown leads two other runners near the halfway mark.An unofficial finisher from St. John's School in Watertown approaches the finish line after running half the course.A runner from St. John's in Watertown seems to be sliding toward the finish line.

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