November 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Triple Crown Winning Cross-Country Team Enters AHA Hall of Fame

Demarest, NJ: Ten years ago, a group of athletes from the Academy of Holy Angels enjoyed incredible success, earning a triple crown and cementing their reputation as one of Bergen County’s top five all-time cross-country teams. This month, this special team entered the AHA Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the AHA Parents’ Athletic Association’s November 2nd Beefsteak Dinner.

Members of the 2009 cross-country team include Kaleigh Kenny, Katie Sylvester Huy, Heather Fuhrman, all members of the Class of 2010; Maureen Crimmins, Emily Dunne, Erin Ennis, Kelly Hayes, Maura Keane, Jennifer Molke Shanok, and Maura Quinn, all members of the Class of 2011; Shannon Glynn, Class of 2012; and Briana Martinotti, Class of 2013. Their coaches were Jim McCarthy and Howard Schuman.

On the road to winning AHA’s second triple crown, the 2009 Angels set individual and team records. The young athletes demonstrated their strength by winning AHA’s first North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League Championship. They followed up by winning AHA’s second consecutive Bergen County Championship, recording the fastest team time for the Darlington Park course with an average of 19:15 per runner. Emily Dunne finished the course in 18:38, the fastest time for an AHA athlete at Darlington. At the State Meet of Champions in Holmdel, the Angels won the Non-Public A State title. Jen Molke set the school record for the course with her time of 19:07, and the team finished third in the overall final state rankings. The Angels then competed in the Nike Northeast Regional Championships in New York, where they finished 11th among all the teams in the northeastern United States. The girls wrapped up their season by being named Bergen County Team of the Year.

This year’s Beefsteak was organized by event co-chairs Janette Busetto and Joanne Romano. Parents’ Athletic Association officers also include President Kerry Ann Flahive, Treasurer Dayna Hess, Secretary Suzanne Amato, and Sports Dinner Chairpersons Marikate Robbins and Bernadette Geraghty.

Proceeds from the dinner will be dedicated to the AHA auditorium renovation project. The “paddle raise” held during the live auction will benefit the PAA Scholarship Fund. Once again, AHA Athletic Director Patti Gorsuch stepped into her role as auctioneer.

The PAA supports AHA athletics in many ways. Over the years, the group’s contributions have included (but are not limited to) equipment purchases, renovation projects, and scholarships. This group funds the Angel Award, two Salvatore J. Zisa Memorial Scholarships, sports photographers, and the senior video.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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