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Holy Child Track Star Finishes Among State’s Best

March 11, 2011

Isabelle Despins with head coach Declan Foley


Holy Child junior Isabelle Despins represented the Gryphons at the New York State Federation Track and Field Championships March 5 and 6 at Cornell University, running the 300-meter dash in 45.48 seconds. She finished in 27th place.

Despins qualified for the meet two weeks ago by winning the NYSAIS Championship 300 in a personal best time of 44.42, edging out her nearest competitor by just over a half-second. This was her first individual appearance at a State Meet. Despins was also the recipient of the NYSAIS Girls Sportsmanship Award for the 2010-2011 Indoor Track and Field season.

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Racanelli Continues to Break School Records

March 26, 2010

Holy Child senior Katelyn Racanelli participated in the Nike Indoor National Track & Field Championships in Boston over the weekend of March 13-14. Racanelli, a captain for the Gryphons, was entered in three events: the 60-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. In her first event of the weekend, the 400, she broke her own school record, running 57.74 seconds to place 14th out of 56. She later competed in the 200 and 60, setting yet another school record in the latter, with a time of 8.23 seconds.

Katelyn Racanelli

The Nike Nationals marked the final indoor competition for Racanelli, who now holds nine indoor school records: six individual and three as a relay member. She will take some well-deserved rest before returning to the track for her final tseason with the Gryphons.

Gryphon Relay Team Takes Silver at MSG’s Millrose Games

February 4, 2010

School of the Holy Child’s indoor track team sent four members to the renowned Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden January 29. Head coach Declan Foley wrote the following recap of the Athletic Association of Independent Schools 4×400-meter relay race.

Declan Foley, Coach, Georgia Crane '12, Katelyn Racanelli '10, Isabelle Despins '12, Rachel O'Driscoll '10, Brianna McLoughlin '11, and Chris Mills, Assistant Coach

The foursome of Rachel O’Driscoll, Isabelle Despins, Brianna McLoughlin and Katelyn Racanelli put forth a great effort at MSG and showed why SHC runs with a “never-give-up” attitude.

Rachel led off our relay, battling with the other five teams for position upfront. The race went out fast, and she was on the inside in second place midway through her leg. On the final lap Fieldston started pulling away. Rachel handed off to Isabelle, who proceeded to run a personal-best 400 meters as she took the team from fifth to third place, behind Fieldston and Sacred Heart. Brianna took over next, getting out fast and running a solid third leg as she kept us in medal contention. Upfront it appeared to be a battle between Fieldston and Sacred Heart as they had the rest of the field beaten by about four to five seconds.

Katelyn took the baton at the anchor position and over the next 400 meters showed everyone why she is one of the fastest runners in New York State. She flew around the track and began to close the 40-meter gap. Fieldston would hang on for the victory, but with incredible effort Katelyn came out of the last turn and passed Sacred Heart with less than ten meters to go. The team earned a silver medal, and set a new school record of 4:22.60.

Gryphons Poised to Soar at MSG’s Millrose Games

January 22, 2010

It’s Madison Square Garden or bust for Holy Child’s winter track team. The Gryphons’ fantastic foursome – seniors Rachel O’Driscoll and Katelyn Racanelli, junior Brianna McLoughlin and sophomore Isabelle Despins – won the Independent School section of the 4×400-meter relay at the Millrose Games trials January 13 at the New Balance Armory in Washington Heights. In winning, the girls set a new school record of 4:23.8 and punched their ticket for the Millrose Games at MSG January 29.

Head coach Declan Foley, Isabelle Despins, Rachel O’Driscoll, Brianna McLoughlin, Katelyn Racanelli, alternate Georgia Crane, and assistant coach Chris Mills

“In my four years with the program there have been numerous individual accomplishments to speak of, but this is by far the biggest thing to happen to the team as a whole,” said head coach Declan Foley. “Coach Chris Mills and I have been very vocal about how good this group could be, and now I think they are starting to see it and believe it. Qualifying for the Millrose Games is a pretty special thing for a high school athlete; running inside MSG will be a memory they will never forget.”

The Athletic Association of Independent Schools race takes place at 4 p.m.

Morning Round-up: Mundinger Scores 100th Point

January 14, 2010

Paul Mundinger scored his 100th career pointl for the Rye ice hockey team Wednesday at the Ice Casino, as the Garnets routed Somers 11-0. The victory snapped a three-game streak without a win, and improved Rye’s record to 6-3-1. Mundinger finished with four goals in the win. Up next for the Garnets are a pair of non-region games this weekend against upstate opponents. Both games — versus Homer-Cortland and Whitesboro — will be at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon.

Rye’s wrestling team dropped a 68-7 decision to Pleasantville at home. Graham Zahringer and Jesse Trumm were both victorious for the Garnets.

Holy Child’s track team won the Independent School section of the 4×400 meter relay at the Millrose Games trials at the New Balance Armory in Washington Heights, N.Y. Rachel O’Driscoll, Isabelle Despins, Brianna McLoughlin, and Katelyn Racanelli set a new school record of 4:23.8 en route to victory. The girls will compete in the 103rd running of the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden January 29.

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