Crusader Cross Country Track

On Saturday, November 14th, the Crusader Cross Country team ran in the City Championship. Our young men placed 3rd overall in the race. Our top 5 runners were:

Daniel Berhan           3rd overall       14:56.0

David Gaskey             5th overall       15:18.1

Stephen Barbaro       6th overall       15:24.2

Manny Ambroise       17th overall    15:59.4

Daniel Maher             55th overall    18:49.0


Our Alumni Team placed 6th overall in a field of close to 20 teams. A big thanks to Connor Gallagher, ’12, Liam Gallagher, ’14, and Tim Harfmann, ’10, for running the alumni race for us.

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Cross-Country Team Finishes in 3rd place at the BQ Championship

October 31, 2015

Van Cortlandt Park, NY

Congratulations to the Cathedral Prep cross-country team on winning 3rd place at the Brooklyn Queens Championship!


Also, congratulations to senior Stephen Barbaro, Cathedral’s new member of the sub 15 minute club.  Stephen ran 14:53 at Van Cortlandt Park, NY.



Seeds of Cathedral Track Program Being Planted

Seeds of Cathedral Track Program Being Planted

October 14, 2015
By Jim Mancari

The Tablet 

Building an athletic program at a high school often takes on the feel of a farmer sowing seeds in a field.

With the proper attention and care – while also allowing those seeds enough time to reach their full potential independently – a bountiful harvest is surely on the horizon.

As is the case, Larry Medina is off to a good start as a farmer!

After spending 15 years teaching and as head track coach at the now closed Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope, Medina is in his second year working at Cathedral Prep and Seminary, Elmhurst.

He joined the faculty last year as a physical education teacher but this year has taken on the roles of athletic director and head cross-country coach. In just a short time, he has implemented the system that led to much success at Bishop Ford both on the track and off.

Medina has remained active in recent years as a runner. He began racing competitively in high school at Bishop Ford and then at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights. Through his experience in forming a program with the Falcons, he knows that patience is essential for a high school program.

“Cross-country doesn’t happen overnight or in a week; it takes work,” Medina said. “That’s why you have to believe in my method and believe in the program. I’m really trying to build momentum this year for next year, this way they have a full year under me.”

In just a short time, there has already been a stark difference in the runners’ mentality from day one until now, and it all starts with work ethic, which Medina said his seniors have done a fine job in setting the tone.

“Before they looked at me crazy when I said do a three-mile warm-up to Forest Park,” Medina said. “And now they just go out and run and don’t even question it.”

This year’s roster is composed of 19 runners from all four years. Mondays and Wednesdays are the long-distance tempo runs, while Tuesdays and Thursdays are set aside for recovery runs in anticipation of track meets on Fridays and Saturdays.

The runners seem to have bought into the program and are thus already seeing results.

“I feel that this season we have more of a sense of determination,” said senior Stephen Barbaro. “In a model of men for greatness, we want to be a great track team. With Mr. Medina, we want to develop a new feel for the team.”

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Among the members of the Cathedral Prep cross-country track team are: back row, from left, Rasheed Kelly, David Gaskey, Fernando Ronocni, Stephen Barbaro, Brendan O’Leary, Paulo Salazar, Michael Bode, Kyle Frederick, Alexander Fitissov, Coach Larry Medina; front row, from left, Dyango Campoverde, Antoine Haran, Daniel Maher, Emmanuel Ambroise, and Daniel Berhan.