BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO
Friends, family members and alumni gathered at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood on Sunday to participate in the school’s annual Andrew Harvey Memorial 5K Fun Run. The race, now in its 28th year, was renamed in honor of Molloy student and athlete Andrew Harvey who lost his life in a tragic accident during his junior year in 1997.
Harvey’s parents, siblings and other family members participated in the 5K race around the school alongside current Molly students, faculty members, alumni and friends. In addition to the big 5K race, other events included a 1-mile race and a “little one’s dash” for young children and families on the school’s track. Religion teacher and guidance counselor Brother Patrick Hogan kicked off the race.
“Andrew was such a nice kid, and the family is a wonderful family,” Hogan said. “He was a good kid and everybody liked him. He was a long distance runner, so this race is the perfect way to honor him.”
Plaques and medals were awarded to the top three male and female winners of the race, as well as the winners in each age group, by track coach, teacher and race coordinator Frank Gambino, followed by a reception in the school auditorium. In addition to the race, the Harvey family also established a scholarship in Andrew’s name.