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The St. Francis Track & Field team completed the task of winning both the regular season and All Catholic of MMHSAAA Sunday outlasting 2 time defending All Catholic Champion St. Joe’s in team scoring 150 to 145.  St. Francis won their first All Catholic Title since 2012.  Senior Bo Sirieka set a St. Francis Individual record scoring 38 points over the two days and eclipsing the old record set last year by Jeff Walter who scored 36 points in the 2017 All Catholic.  Ben Pinkowski also took home All Catholic honors as he claimed the triple jump title Sunday.  St. Francis displayed depth and resiliency throughout the two days as they fought off St. Joe’s who had the lead after first day of the All Catholic.

Highlights included

  1. 4×800 earns a hard earned 2nd place with Charlie Rath, Dan Spencer, Sam Attea and Mike Spencer running 8:51.50

  2. Chandler Edbauer throws a career best 40’8 to earn a 6th place in the shotput.

  3. Bo Sirieka jumps a career mark 21’9 to win the long jump. Ben Pinkowski jumps a career mark on 21’6.75 to get 2nd, while Brett Curtin also sets a career mark of 20’4.5 to earn 4th  Xzavier Janczylik earns a 6th place point with his career best jump of 19’5.5.  23 points are scored in the event by St. Francis.

  4. Sam Attea is all out to earn a 6th place finish in the 3200m running 11:06.06 in a rain storm. After the event the High Jump is suspended due to conditions.  Francis is down 9 points after 4 events.

  5. High Jump is the turning point as Bo Sirieka wins his 2nd event clearing 6’2 followed by Ben Pinkowski who finished 2nd clearing 5’8. Tom Moore clears 5’4 to finish 4th while Dan Busha and Justin Poumpey clear 5’2 to finish 5th and 6th.  Francis High jumpers all score and earn 25pts.  St. Francis is up 16 points after 5 events.

  6. Bo Sirieka finishes 2nd in the 800m running 2:04.10. His rally comes up short and after the race appears to have injured his leg.  Mike Spencer runs 2:10.72 to grab 5th  Sirieka is questionable for the 400 final.

  7. Josh Gabalski finishes 3rd in the 100m with a time of 11.61 into the wind. Xzavier Janczylik finishes 5th with a time of 11.95.  Francis leads by 9 points after 7 events.

  8. In the 400m, Bo Sirieka shows St. Francis the way by digging down deep to out finish fellow teammate senior Jon smith winning the 400m in a time of 52.36 with Smith running 52.83. Tom Moore grabs another valuable point with his 6th place finish in a time of 54.38.  Francis extends lead to 18 points.  Sirieka sets All Catholic point mark for a St. Francis Track and Field Athlete with 38 points and is the 2nd Athlete to win 3 open events at the All Catholic (Jeff Walter 2017).

  9. Sophomore Patrick Connolly runs a career mark of 4:49.71 in the mile and finishes 4th. Francis lead is cut to 15 points.

  10. Nolan Thomas throws 117’7 to finish 4th in the Discus. Eric Schon throws 111’7 to finish 5th.  Joe’s finishes 1-2-3 in the event.  St. Francis is down 3 points after 10 events.

  11. Josh Gabalski runs 23.31 in the 200m and finishes 3rd. Dominik Thomas runs 24.31 in the finals and finishes 6th.  Joe’s extends their lead to 10 points with 3 events left.

  12. Ben Pinkowski leads a St. Francis surge in the triple jump as he finishes 1st in the event jumping 42’1. Senior Brett Curtin jumps 40’9.75 to finish 2nd.  Junior Dominik Thomas grabs 4th place in the event jump 38’9 to give St. Francis 22 points in the event.  Francis regains the lead going into the final relays up by 9 points.

  13. 4×400 finishes 2nd running 3:39.74 in a race that was back and forth before St. Joe’s prevailed. Ryan Bowen, Mike Spencer, Tom Moore and Jon Smith ran strong legs and their efforts allow St. Francis to hold a 7 point lead with one event left.

  14. 4×100 of Ian Snyder, Xzavier Janczylik, Dominik Thomas and Josh Gabalski run 45.07 avoid a disaster with their 2nd pass of the baton and finish 2nd in the event behind St. Joe’s.

  15. Francis wins the All Catholic with a total of 150 points beating the 2 time defending all catholic Champion St. Joe’s who finished with 145 points.

  16. Francis Also had the following Athletes earn All Catholic at the Frosh-Soph Level.

  17. Charlie Rath 800m

  18. Ben Sheehan Long Jump

  19. Aidan Reichenberg Sprint Medley

  20. Jacob Sacilowski Sprint Medley

  21. Tyler Piwowarski Sprint Medley

  22. Kyle English Sprint Medley

  23. Nick Giglio 4×100 relay

  24. James Hoffman 4×100 relay

  25. Mario Moretti 4 x 100 relay

  26. David Hayes 4×100 relay.

St. Francis competes at the CHSAA Federation Qualifier at Icahn Stadium NYC Saturday May 26th.

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