The St. Thomas Aquinas Cross Country and Track & Field teams hosted its 2nd Annual Tribute Dinner on Sunday at the beautiful Patriot Hills Golf Club in Stony Point, NY. The evening was a huge success, as over 200 guests; including alumni, local coaches, college administrators, parents, families and friends of the program attended the festivities, which included a cocktail hour, sit down dinner and awards presentations.
Rockland County Track & Field Legends, Tom Doherty and Tom McTaggert were recognized for their contributions to the local community, as they each received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Doherty, the former longtime cross country and track coach, and athletic director at nearby Pearl River High School, now uses his very familiar and famous voice as a track & field announcer at many meets in the region, including the yearly Spartan Invitational and the East Coast Conference Championships. McTaggert, the former cross country and track coach himself, at Suffern High School, now serves as a track and field official, and has overseen meets locally, nationally and internationally, including world championships, Olympic games and even like Tom Doherty, the Spartan Invitational and ECC Championships.
In addition, former Cross Country and Track standout, Brian Crowley (Class of 1986) was honored for his achievements as a student-athlete with the Spartan Alumni Achievement Award, which was presented by his former coach at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Walter Johnson.
The Spartans are currently competing in their Indoor Season, and are looking to take home the East Coast Conference Indoor Track & Field crown for both their men's and women's squads, respectively. The ECC Championships will take place this Friday, February 23rd at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, NY, with events getting underway at 5pm.