There’s no blood relation, but, the talented running ability of Benjamin Cardozo High School’s Chamique Francis and Claudia Francis are as similar as their shared surname.
Together, the sophomores led Benjamin Cardozo’s impressive showing at the 55th Annual Bishop Loughlin Games at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York, NY on Saturday.
Chamique Francis posted the fastest time in the nation in the early track season by winning the finals of the 300-meter dash in just 38.88 seconds (in just her second time running the event), and was part of a team that won the 4 x 400 relay with the country’s fastest time of 3:56.73, well ahead of second-place Pennwood’s 4:02.78.
Claudio Francis meanwhile, won the 1,000-meter run in a national-best time of 2:53:16, rallying late in the race to barely edge out Garden City’s Emily Menges by just 0.26 seconds.
In the professional ranks of team sports, the best players on a team are often called “franchise players.” Well, with performances such as those witnessed this year’s Bishop Loughlin Games, Cardozo is very happy to have not only one, but two fast, young runners who are just one letter short of “franchise” athletes in its two Francises.