Mount Runners Finish Third in the DMR at Essex Relays, Fifth in the 4x800 at CTC Meet—All in One Day

Members of the Mount Saint Dominic Academy track team (see cut line in story). Credits: W. L. Bill Allen, Jr.

CALDWELL, NJ - The first Sunday of the new year found the winter track and field contingent from Mount Saint Dominic Academy taking part in not just one—but two championship meets, as the Lightnin' Lady Lions competed in the Essex County Relays at the Jersey City Armory in the morning, before heading into NYC to take part in the NJ Catholic Track Conference Relays at the 168th Street Armory in Washington Heights in the afternoon on Jan. 3.

In the a.m. outing, the best performance by the locals came in the distance medley relay, where the foursome of Katie Sause, a senior from Bloomfield who ran the 1,200 meter leg, Colette Murphy, a junior from Florham Park who ran the 400 meter portion, Emily Sartori, a ninth-grader from Bloomfield who ran 800-meters, and Katie Onello, a sophomore from Montville who closed things out by running 1600-meters, totaled a third place time of 13:59.1—their best showing so far this season.

After crossing the Hudson, the Lightnin' Lady Lions' 4 x 800-meter quartet of Sause, Onello, Sartori and Melissa Julian, a junior from Caldwell, finished fifth in the state championship level meet by turning in a time of 10:51.8—also a season's best.

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In addition, the Mount sprint medley contingent of West Orange resident senior Tyller Moorer (200-meters), sophomore Kaylin Ranges (Woodland Park, 200-meters), fellow 10th-grader Mackenzi Patterson (West Orange, 400-meters) and Murphy (800 meters) finished ninth, via a time of 4:46.9 at the CTC Relays.

“To tell you the truth, it wasn't until I was speaking with (MSDA assistant coach) Rich O'Connor on Saturday, that we realized that the county and Catholic Conference Relays were on the same day,” said a laughing Mount head track mentor Mike Vigil. “But, once we realized that, we got things 'back on track,' so to speak and quickly made a plan to go to two meets in two different states all in one day on Sunday.”

Today, Friday, Jan. 8, and tomorrow, Saturday, the 9th should see Vigil's valiants competing in the Hispanic Games at the 168th Street Armory in Washington Heights.

Photo Caption

The Winter of Their Content: Among the key performers for the winter track contingent from Mount Saint Dominic Academy are, from left, Julia Serafini, a junior from Whippany, Carly Rafferty, a sophomore from Montclair, Melissa Julian, a junior from Roseland, Katie Sause, a senior from Bloomfield, Emily Sartori, a ninth-grader from Bloomfield, and Bridget Murphy a ninth-grader from Florham Park. Photo by Bill Allen-NJSportAction.NET

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