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Jul 19, 2022

RBC’s Cate DeSousa Captures Non Public A Title

By Les Pierce

Cate DeSousa – NJSIAA Non Public A 3,200-meter champion

Red Bank Catholic’s Cate DeSousa has been enjoying a highly successful spring track season. On June 10, she collected her fifth major title of the season, the NJSIAA Non Public A 3,200-meter championship.

The Casey junior posted a 10:30.97 clocking for a comfortable advantage over second-place finisher Lindsay Hausman (10:35.39) of Kent Place School (Summit). Oak Knoll’s Lillian Murphy (10:39.50) came across the line in third place.

DeSousa began her streak of wins at the Holmdel Twilight Series – Night of the 3,200s on May 6. This meet attracted 105 runners from all over the state competing in a series of heats. She stopped the timer in victory at 10:25.54, a personal best.

On May 11, she moved down to the 1,600-meter race at the Monmouth County Championships and won with a time of 4:53.26.  

This meet was a two-day affair and was resumed on May 13.  DeSousa demonstrated her significant versatility here, now moving further down to the 800-meter run; she took the gold medal with a 2:12.88 effort. In this race, she turned away 800-meter specialist Caroline Donohoe of Shore Regional, the 2021 Shore Conference, Group I CJ State Sectional and overall NJSIAA Group I 800-meter champion.

On May 19, she entered the Holmdel Twilight Series – Royal Rumble meet. Here, she topped a field of 272 participants. The high level of competition pushed her to a personal best of 4:49.06 for 1,600 meters.  

DeSousa also made her mark during the winter track indoor season. She won the NJSIAA 1,600-meter Group Championship (4:58.17) and the Millrose Games Trials Mile (5:04:04). Ironically, her proudest moment of the indoor season may not have been associated with a victory. Her third-place finish in the Meet of Champions 1,600 meters firmly established her as the third best miler in the state. She will be back as a senior in 2023; perhaps she can advance to that No. 1 ranking.