Arrows’ athletes were put to the test this past Friday, November 1. Their athletic prowess shined while competing against challenging opponents. The varsity football and cross country teams came away with great accomplishments.
In a well-played back and forth game, touchdown receptions from Sam Frisoli ’21 and Kristian Rosario ’20 gave the Arrows' football team the lead until Belmont Hill scored with 1:16 left in the game to take a 16-14 lead. Despite the long odds, the Arrows, who have proven to be resilient all year long, remained confident in the face of adversity. Starting with the ball on their own 25 yard line with just over a minute left, huge completions from Michael Phelps ’21 to Zion Simmons ’23, Louis Hansen ’21, and Nick Vallace ’21 brought the ball all the way to the Belmont Hill 9 yard line. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, senior kicker Matty Joyce’s 26-yard field goal attempt sailed through the uprights to give St. Sebastian’s a thrilling 17-16 victory that all in attendance will remember for years to come.
On the same day, the varsity cross country team competed in the 2019 ISL Championships. The Arrows beat ten teams, finishing in 6th place overall. The Arrows finished with 188 points, the same score as 2018 ISL champion Tabor, who came in 5th by virtue of a tie-breaker. This was St. Sebastian’s best finish in many years. It was especially impressive given the fact they were competing against teams with rosters twice or three times as big.
Pat McDonald ’20 led the Arrows with a time of 18:18 to finish in 30th place overall. Sam Hinman ’22 and Tom Flatley ’20 followed closely at 18:24 and 18:25, 32nd and 33rd places respectively. Jack Connors ’24, running in his first varsity race, came in at 18:40, good for 44th place. Joey Pandit ’21, ran the best race of his career at 18:53, giving the Arrows five runners under 19 minutes. The rest of the team also ran well, with nine runners in total setting personal records despite windy conditions and a moderately hilly course.
Congratulations, Arrows, for your great athletic achievements!