The St. Francis Red Raiders finished in second place at this year's All-Catholic meet at Knox Farms. While coming up short against Canisius, St. Francis edged out rival and perennial contender St.Joes for 2nd in a competitive race.
This year was the first year St. Francis has beaten St. Joes in the regular season dual meet and the All-Catholic meet in 20 years. It was a gutsy performance on a difficult day, with snow on the ground and not a dry foot be found. Senior Zach Brydalski finished 7th overall and was 1st team All Catholic, followed by juniors Matt Vilardo and Dmitri Naudjuns who earned 2nd team honors. Junior Ryan Baker capped off an amazing season and was the 4th Red Raider across the line followed by a clearly under-the-weather Joe Pivarunas, who battled as the final point scorer for the Varsity team.
The overall Junior Varsity winner was St. Francis' own Chris Jozwiak, with Andrew Sovinski, Kyle English and Liam Smith all finishing in the top 10. Senior Aiden Reichenberg rounded out the scoring securing the second place team finish for St. Francis.
The Red Raiders also took first in the Freshmen race with a huge effort from Eric Lanning, whose older brother Jake won that same race in 2014. Anthony Giardina, who led the race for the 1st mile finished 5th overall, followed by Devon Shepherd and Nick Brokx who also made the top ten. Joey Morcelle and Anthony Campanella turned in solid performances solidifying the overall team victory in the Freshman race.
Coaches Kiefer, Hoak and Schaffstall were impressed by the determination the team showed all season. Nothing came easy for this team, and they earned every point they got. With only 1 senior in the top 5, and the largest (and fastest) freshmen team in over a decade, the future looks bright and the coaches are counting the days until next season. As always a special thanks goes to the parents for their sacrifice and the support of the school for making it all happen.