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UC's Grammar School Track and Field Invitational was a huge success

By Jim Lambert

Union Catholic’s annual Grammar School Track and Field Invitational this past Sunday, which showcased great competition in a fun-filled environment, was once again one of the best events of the year.

The meet attracted 20 teams from four different counties, and approximately 700 athletes competed on the track and in the field.

Several members of the UC track and field teams and the UC community volunteered their time to help make the meet a great experience for everyone involved.

“It's always one of my favorite days of the year,’’ said Meet Director Mike McCabe, Union Catholic’s head track and field coach. “We had schools from a lot of different counties and there were lots of great performances and everyone had a great time. It was a great day.’’

Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange won the overall team title with 279 points. St. Thomas the Apostle of Bloomfield placed second with 251, and St. John the Apostle in Clark finished third with 237. The team title was decided by combining the scores from all three boys and girls grade divisions-3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th.
Full results of the meet are here. To watch the meet, go here.

Bob Burns, the head coach for Our Lady of Sorrows, was very impressed with how well the meet was run and the exceptional treatment that he and his team received from the Union Catholic staff.

“The key to any meet is organization and the attitude of the officials and staff,’’ said Burns. “They set the tone of the meet, and the crowd responds. The organization of the UC meet is outstanding and the officiating is very good, but the wonderful manner in which the team treats our little guys makes the difference! Many of the boys and girls had never been in a meet before, and the same could be true of the coaches and parents. I couldn't imagine a better reflection on the school.’’

Burns also complimented the patience and hard work of the Union Catholic staff.

“I have been attending meets since 1961 and I have seen exhausted Meet Directors and coaches explode often due to overwork and unanticipated problems,’’ said Burns. “That’s not the case here (at Union Catholic), which is amazing since it follows the pressure-packed Penn Relays. I can't say enough good things about the meet.’’

Burns said this is the biggest team Our Lady of Sorrows has had a in decade and he’s proud of how they competed and their great attitude.

“Our team is bigger than any team we have had in the last 10 years with forty girls and boys from the 3rd-8th grades, up from twenty-six the last 7-8 year or so. I have performance lists going back to 1998, and several of our kids made the list or moved up on the list, and three of our kids set class records. There were numerous personal bests and promising beginnings. The key is that as a team they have a wonderful attitude.’’
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