Gryphons Set Three School Records at Glenn D. Loucks Meet

Holy Child came to compete and did not disappoint at the 43rd running of the Glenn D. Loucks Memorial Track & Field Games May 7 and 8 at White Plains High School. The Gryphons set three school records at the prestigious meet, which included top-level competition from up and down the East Coast, Canada and Bermuda.

Katelyn Racanelli

Senior Captain Katie Amodio lowered her own school record in the 800-meter run by four seconds on Friday afternoon, running 2:25.49 to place second in her heat and 28th overall. Saturday morning saw distance runners Kendra McNulty, Clara Bicher, Georgia Crane and Brianna McLoughlin wait through a 90-minute rain delay before teaming up to run 10:43.03 for the 4×800 meter relay. After the skies cleared, senior captain Katelyn Racanelli roared to a second place finish in the women’s 400-meter dash, running 55.83 seconds and claiming the Gryphons’ first-ever podium finish at the Loucks Games. Racanelli’s record time vaulted her to No. 4 in NY State, No. 56 in the nation, and qualified her for the New Balance Outdoor National Championships held June 17-19, in Greensboro, NC.

The Gryphons are in action May 15 for the Westchester County Track & Field Championships at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose.

“There have been many great moments in my four years at Holy Child, and Katelyn’s 400 Saturday afternoon is one of my proudest,” said head coach Declan Foley. “We knew going into the race she was going to run a personal record, and coming down the homestretch I knew for certain we were going to be under 57, but when the scoreboard showed 55.83 I was in disbelief.

He continued, “Katelyn and I have been together for 11 seasons and each year she’s been more focused, dedicated, and goal-oriented. That race was four years in the making. She’s broken through to a new level, and I can’t wait to see what’s up next for her.”

Racanelli followed up her great performance at the Loucks Games with a victory and second place finish in the 400- and 200-meter dashes at the Westchester County Track and Field Championships. She ran 56.05 en route to victory in her first event of the day. Fellow senior Chidera Amilo had a big day herself, breaking her own school shotput record by over one foot, throwing 30-feet and 3.5-inches to place 8th overall in the County. The Gryphons are next in action May 21 for the AAIS League Championships held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.

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