Holy Child senior Rachel O’Driscoll won the Fairchester Athletic Association’s championship in a time of 19:45 November 9 at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Conn. Sophomore standout Kendra McNulty and senior Katelyn Racanelli saved their best performances of the year for last, running 21:45 and 22:46, good for ninth and 18th, respectively.
McNulty and O’Driscoll earned All-League Honors while Racanelli scored All-League Honorable Mention. Senior Kirsten Hantho and freshman Ellen Lautenbach also turned in season-best performances to round out the scoring for the squad. The Gryphons placed third out of seven in team competition – a tremendous improvement from last year’s sixth place finish.
O’Driscoll did not lose a race this season in the FAA, and also placed third in the NYSAIS State championship November 8 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. She finished the 3.5-mile run in 23:01.30, just 27 seconds back of first.
“Rachel has been a pleasure to have on the team and we are all very proud of what she has accomplished,” said head coach Declan Foley. “She has a love for the sport and a desire to succeed that drives her day in and day out. I believe her positive attitude towards running rubbed off on many of her teammates this season, undoubtedly helping the team enjoy its most successful season in school history.”
Up next for O’Driscoll is the New York State Federation Championships at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls November 21.
“She is one of the hardest working athletes I have coached and as she learns more about the sport and more about herself within the sport, I am certain that she will continue to improve,” said Foley.