Cross Country

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2023 SI CYO Cross-Country Schedule
2023 Cross Country SJSTSJN Schedule

The St. Joseph-St. Thomas St. John Neumann cross-country team had its inaugural season in the Fall of 2001. The team competes in the Staten Island Catholic Charities Catholic Youth Organization league (SICYO). The meets are held at Clove Lake Park (on the Royal Oak Road side) on early Saturday afternoons from late September through early November. Each child competes in a single distance race each week depending on their age grade group. One meet is designated as the Staten Island CYO Championship meet in which there are individual and team awards. All children qualify for the meet who have been in two meets during the regular season. In addition, all children can compete in the Archdiocese of New York Cross-Country Championship meet, which is held in the world-famous Van Cortlandt Park in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Arrangements are made to rent a bus for those who do not choose to drive there.

The practices are held at Wolfe’s Pond Park off of Hylan Boulevard at Cornelia Street. The team meets at the Parks Department building at the end of the parking lots.

The distances that each group runs each week are the following:

Grade Distance Grade Distance
Grades 7-8 1.5 miles Grades 1-2 ¼ mile
Grades 5-6 1 mile Grades PK4-K 1/8 mile
Grades 3-4 ½ mile
Grade Distance
Grades PK4-K 1/8 mile
Grades 1-2 ¼ mile
Grades 3-4 ½ mile
Grades 5-6 1 mile
Grades 7-8 1.5 miles

Alumni of our cross-country team have gone onto compete for Moore Catholic High School, Msgr. Farrell High School, St. Joseph by the Sea High School, St. John Villa Academy, Notre Dame Academy, St. Joseph Hill Academy, Xavier High School, Xaverian High School, Staten Island Tech (MSIT), Tottenville High School, CSI/McCown High School and Kenneth High School (NH). In addition, some of them have gone onto run at the collegiate level earning full or partial scholarships at Virginia Commonwealth University, Oneonta State University, Lafayette College, Harvard University, LaSalle University, State University of New York at Oswego, Keystone College, Roberts Wesleyan University, Mt. St. Mary’s College (NY), College of Staten Island, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Alvernia University, Wagner College, and DeSales University.

If anyone is interested in joining the track and field team and/or cross-country, they can contact Robert Smith at 718-948-5026 or email him at terrier72@aol.com. The results of the track & field and cross-country meets are posted at www.sicyo.org or www.sicyo.net and www.sirunning.com in the past seasons. The parish web site is https://sjstsjn.org. The sports registration site is at http://www.sjstsjnsports.com.