Supporters pour out for 2nd Annual Dan Kelley Mile

More that 60 former St. Joseph by the Sea track alumni and hundreds of athletes and spectators took on the heat Saturday to honor a former teammate, coach and friend in the second annual Daniel Kelley Twilight Mile.

Dan Lewis, who competed at Monsignor Farrell and later Villanova, won the elite men’s race in 4:24.40 while Victoria Pontecorvo, a Tottenville grad who is now a junior at Rutgers, won the women’s race in 5:18.40.  The event saw more than 500 competitors and spectators despite the track reaching temperatures of 106 degrees.

Daniel Kelley was a special education teacher at P.S. 16 and a former runner at modified coach at St. Joseph’s by the Sea. He died last year after being stuck by an intoxicated driver while on a training run down Hylan Blvd.

Last year, the event posted more than 500 entrees and had 14 heats of the mile.