Kearney students make tracks

Six Bishop Kearney High School students participated in the 2015 Penn Relays which took place April 23-25.

The event is the oldest, largest and longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country. The Kearney team of Lisa Fajardo, Jackie Gallagher, Tessy Gallagher and Kelsey Michalak competed against hundreds of girls from around the country and finished in sixth place in the 4×400 race. Not to be outdone, Tiara Elcock, Colleen Gallagher, Jackie Gallagher and Kelsey Michalak finished seventh in the 4×100.

The same week, five Kearney students, Jackie Gallagher, Tessy Gallagher, Lisa Fajardo, Kelsey Michalak and Jillian Villa ran in the Marine Corp “Semper Fi” 5k race in Bay Ridge. The team came across the finish line in first, second, third and fourth place with three of the five students running a personal best. Kearney alumna, Mary Gallagher, also ran with her sisters, Jackie and Tessy, wearing a Kearney singlet.

Competing at such a high level is not new for Bishop Kearney’s track team. Kearney alumna Kerri Gallagher competed in the 2015 Penn Relays for the 11th time and won the gold medal in the Olympic Development Women’s Mile.

She topped an average speed of 13 miles per hour for the race, crossing the finish line at 4:34, a full three seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Kerri is currently focusing on her next race, the 2015 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships which will be take place in Eugene, Oregon at the end of June.

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