The walls of Fontbonne Hall Academy‘s gym are adorned with many Catholic High Schools Athletic Association championship plaques. Volleyball (37), Tennis (4), Swimming (4), Softball (29), Cheerleading (23), Basketball (32) and Soccer (20) all have CHSAA championship plaques. All except Track. Up in the far corner of the gym, the space designated for Track is empty. That changed on Saturday, October 28, when Fontbonne’s Freshman team competed in the Brooklyn/Queens – New York Sectional Cross-Country Championships and won the second place BQ plaque.
Running is an individual endeavor but cross-country is a team sport. Five runners make up a team and scoring is based on the total of each runner’s finishing place. Competing in the 2500 meter race through the fields and hills of Van Cortlandt Park, Evelyn Smargiassi (9th place) led the Fontbonne Freshman team, followed by Scarlett Shin (13th), Carina DiToro (16th), Charlie Varbero (28th) and Ava DiMaggio (31st) for a score of 97 points. This left them in second place behind St. Francis Prep (60 points) but ahead of Mary Louis Academy (123 points), Monsignor McClancey (167 points), Xaverian (200 points), Bishop Loughlin (227 points) and St. Edmund Prep (236 points).
Congratulations to the Freshman team for making Fontbonne Hall Academy history.