2016-2017 Season Recap
Last year, the boys finished the season with several members of the team running their personal best.
The freshmen boys placed 4th in the Brooklyn and Queens Championship. Some key contributors were Max Demarchi (3rd place in the 800 meter), Alex Lomas (2nd in the 2 mile), Aaron Deleon (1st in the mile), and the 3200-meter relay team of Demarchi, Lomas, Deleon, and Elias Diaz came in 2nd overall.
Juniors Daniel Berhan and Emmanuel Ambroise, ended the season surpassing their personal best times at Icahn Stadium (Daniel Berhan – 1600 meter (1 mile) in 4:42 and Emmanuel Ambrose – 400 meter (quarter mile) in 54.64 seconds.) Sophomore Jonathan Desilvestri threw his best throw 33’6″ in the shot put.
This year will have a modified indoor track schedule to keep the student-athletes sharp for the upcoming outdoor season.
November 7, 2015
Sophomore Daniel Berhan takes off with the lead pack at the Sophomore cross country city championship.
On Saturday, October 31st at Van Cortlandt Park the young men on the Cross Country Team placed 3rd overall in the Brooklyn/Queens Championship. Below the team is pictured with their medals. Let’s Go Crusaders! This is the only the beginning!
Seeds of Cathedral Track Program Being Planted
October 14, 2015
By Jim Mancari
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.
Sophomore boys placed 3rd in the Brooklyn and Queens cross-country championship. Individual medal winners were Fernando Ronocni, Emmanuel Ambroise, and Brooklyn and Queens Champion Daniel Berhan was the first over-all finisher with a time of 15:41.
Congratulations to our men for greatness!