Our Lady of Sorrows cross-country runners impress at Mount Carmel

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Our Lady of Sorrows cross-country team enjoyed a solid performance at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Invitational held at Greystone Park in Morris Plains.

For the first time this season, bad weather threatened to ruin a cross-country meet, but the rain passed and the course, though muddy, could not stop 13 area grammar school teams from competing.

OLS stepped up to the challenge immediately when Anouk Lomuscio grabbed 13th in the 3rd grade girls’ race and Giancarlo Ravano took seventh in the boys’ race. The boys’ race for 5th & 6th graders saw Marcus Williams place 14th, a little less than what he had hoped, while Sam Chalk ran a solid 20th. An improving Christopher Schmidt and Lorenzo Tomasso filled out the team.

The core of the team comprises seventh graders, and they shone in the 7th & 8th grade divisions. Millie Williams and Nora D’Andrea locked into a furious final kick in the 1.65 miles race and finished 11th and 13th. However, the real fireworks occurred in the boys’ race, when Alfonso Dunmeyer repeated his breakthrough performance of last week with another fourth place, followed by his brother Rafael in sixth — his best performance — while Joe Schmidt took ninth.

Caleb Dean and Alessandro Ravano continued their rampage through the fun run, placing first and third, with London Lubomski a few steps behind. Isabel Williams ran a strong race, representing the OLS girls.

The season closes next week with the Saint John the Apostle Championshipst Oak Ridge Park.