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                  Rain showers didn’t dampen the excitement for the Mount Mercy Academy track team as the team swept a tri-meet last week, defeating Mount Saint Mary 54-48 and Christian Central 65-10.  Coach Bob Walsh called the victories true team wins with every member of the team contributing to the victories.

                  Senior Grace Willert (West Seneca) won both the shot put and discus with throws of 28’6” and 81’9”, respectively.  Sophomore Gianna Lauciello (Orchard Park) won the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.75.  She also took third in the 200 meter.  Sophomore Megan Reilly (Buffalo) won the triple jump with a leap of 32’9.75”. Angelina Larivey (Lackawanna), also a sophomore, won the long jump with a jump of 13’11”. Both of the relay teams were victorious as well, which proved to be the difference in the meet against Mount Saint Mary.  Junior Katie Hughes (Orchard Park) and sophomores Reilly Angelina Larivey and Rheanna Welsh (Lackawanna) teamed up to win the 4 by 400 meter relay in a time of 4:32.17.   Reilly, Lauciello, Welsh and freshman Cassidy Reid (Gowanda) teamed up to win the 4 by 100 meter relay.  Welsh, also placed second in the 400 meter run, Reid finished second in the 100 meter dash and Hughes took second in the 1500 meter run.  Junior Grace Harrington (West Seneca) placed second in the 3000 meter run. Sophomore Megan Jozwiak (Springville) finished second in the 800 meter run.

                  The team also competed in the Lancer Invitational at Lewiston Porter High School last weekend.  The team finished fifth out of eight teams.  Reilly and Welsh won their signature events and qualified for the Catholic State Meet.  Reilly won the triple jump with a leap of 32’ 6.25” and Welsh won the 400 meter run in a time of 1:02.48.  Willert placed second in the discus and third in the shot put and met the qualifying standards for the state meet.  Larivey placed third in the long jump and Harrington took fourth in the 3000 meter run.

The team will compete in the All-Catholic Championships on May 18th and 19th at Saint Francis High School.




                  The Mount Mercy Lacrosse team continued to show improvement as its season came to an end.  The team battled Nardin to the end before losing 17-14 and fell to Buffalo Seminary 9-3.   Junior Sara Geiser (West Seneca) was a scoring machine against Nardin, amassing 12 goals.  Senior Mariah Rullan (Bufallo) added two goals and an assist.  Junior Tierney Ashe (Buffalo) added two assists.  The same three players each added a goal and an assist against Buffalo Seminary.  Coach Jodie Galluzzi was pleased with the team’s efforts in the last two games.

                  Geiser finished the season with 38 goals and Rullan notched 13 goals.  Lily Janik (Angola) and Brigid Burke (Buffalo) both had six goals.  Megan Quinn (Hamburg) had five goals, Ashe had three, Anna Schieber (Buffalo) had two goals and Olivia Larson had a goal.


Caption for picture:  Rheanna Welsh takes the handoff from Angelina Larivey as she begins the final leg of the victorious 4 by 400 relay.


"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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