SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - With almost 400 runners and their families on hand in South Orange, NJ to open the Catholic Grammar Schools cross country season, 8-year-old Berkeley Heights resident and fourth grader, Isabella Rogers and sixth grader Laura Baeyens from Stirling took first place in their respective races to help St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School (SVDP) capture second place at the 14th Annual Our Lady of Sorrow Fall Festival Meet. The SVDP Knights defeated Saint Patrick’s of Chatham who were the defending champions last year but placed third this year. Assumption of Morristown took first place honors. Overall, 15 schools from northern New Jersey participated.  

While both Laura and Isabella were added to the OLS Champion Hall of Fame for their first place finish, several other SVDP students placed in the Top 15 in their respective races, earning medals points and helping their team to victory. They included:

Emily Dolan, 8th grade – 7th  place
Matteo Baeyens, 8th grade – 13th  place
Tommy Garno , 7th grade – 4th  place
Mary Theoclitus, 6th grade – 7th  place
Emma Baeyens, 5th grade – 12th  place
Nate Gallic, 5th grade –  5th place
Isabelle Tamburri, 4th grade – 10th  place
Richie Mistichelli, 4th grade – 3rd  place 

Head Coach David Theoclitus summed it up this way, "Overall, SVDP had 19 students representing the school at this meet and everyone worked very hard and showed excellent sportsmanship. This was indeed a team victory and everyone should applaud the efforts of our children".    

For more information please visit St. Vincent DePaul Website.