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Cross Country Caps Stellar Season by Sending 4 to Federation Championships

It's been a season of accolades for the cross-country team. Coming off a Sophomore State Intersectional Championship, the first in school history, the Gaels finished second at the Westchester Country Championships and then qualified for the Federation Championships for the first time in nearly 20 years.

There have been only three other times that the Gaels have sent runners to the Federation Championships: 1983, 1997 and 1998. On Nov. 18, Pedro Bravo '20 and Brendan Mulvany '20 finished as the fifth and sixth sophomores, respectively; Bravo with the second-best time in Iona Prep history and Mulvany with the third, at 17:11 and 17:12, respectively (the record is 17:01).

Just a week earlier, the Gaels finished fifth at the 91st annual Catholic State Varsity Intersectional Championships with a total of 169 points behind Regis, St. Peter's, Saint Anthony's and Xavier. That made Iona Prep the only Westchester school to qualify for the Federation Championships. Bravo finished eighth, senior Tyler Dorsainvil 12th and Mulvany 20th as the top three finishers for the Gaels.

The latter three were also among only 25 runners selected to this year's All-County Team by the coaches association. Bravo was a First-Team selection, while Dorsainvil and Mulvany were named to the Second Team.

The Gaels also finished second at the Westchester County Championships at Croton Point Park. Incredibly, to a man, each harrier at the varsity and JV levels ran a personal best for the 5,000-meter course. The scoring was led by Bravo (7th), Mulvany (11th), Dorsainvil (13th), Michael DeStasio '20 (52nd) and Aiden McDermott '20 (59th). The JV finished fourth behind senior Gibran Mourani's eighth-place run in the A Race and sophomore George Russon's 16th-place finish in the B Race. The freshmen also finished fourth on the strength of 13th and 17th-place finishers Dylan Nelson and Matt D'Ambrosio, respectively.

All of that comes on the heels of winning its first ever Sophomore State Intersectional Championship on Nov. 4, with Bravo taking the overall title and Mulvany finishing fifth. Ronan Cypher came in 11th place, while Michael DeStasio and Michael Martire finished in 17th and 21st place, respectively. The freshmen placed ninth in a field of 32, and Iona Prep won the meet handily by 20 points over runner-up Monsignor Farrell.

All in all, it was an incredible season and quite a November for Iona Prep's Gael harriers. The cross-country team's season official hits the finish line Nov. 25 at Van Cortlandt Park for the Footlocker Northeast Championships.


Source: Mr. Jan Mitchell