9/13/2011 10:32:00 AM In the end, 'The Race' was an example of good sportsmanship
CYO official Mike Bergmann stands behind Simon Cooney and Philip Quinton, who had a finish almost too close to call.
In CYO circles, it's known as "The Race."
It was during the 800-meter run at the CYO track Meet of Champions this spring. In the fifth and sixth grade division, Simon Cooney of Cathedral School and Philip Quinton of the Madeleine dueled it out in two laps around the track. The crowd roared as the boys leaned toward the finish line with Quinton finishing upright and Cooney falling and scuffing himself as he came to a stop on the gritty synthetic track at Jesuit High School.
It was an epic battle amazingly close. Judges opted for Cooney, who was placed on the stand as the winner. But when the meet was completed, the photo finish got a review, showing that Quinton’s torso crossed the line four one hundreths of a second before Cooney.
The next day, CYO notified the coaches and the runners about the oversight. The solution was to get the boys together and give each a copy of the amazing photo finish to remember the race. Quinton improved his personal record by nearly eight seconds and Cooney improved his by nearly six seconds!
Michael Bergmann, involved in CYO track for 15 years, reviewed the matter. The boys shook hands and, with smiles on their faces, they trotted off. The mix up of the 800 results did not alter their focus for their finals on Sunday. Cooney went on to win the long jump and place third overall in the 200 to complete an amazing meet for a cub. Quinton had not finished with his work either, putting pressure on Logan Phillips who had dominated the 3,000 meters the day before, only to break Jean Tooley's Cub 1,500 record by nearly three seconds. Quinton’s time of 4:47.03 — to Phillips' time of 4:46.36 — also broke the CYO Record of Tooley.