Rhode Island Track and Field Coaches Association

Rams Sweep Team Titles; McMillan, Principe Champs

“Around the Course’’

La Salle becomes 5th school to win both crowns

By BOB LEDDY (TAFWA)

R.I. Track & Field Foundation

2 Nov. - - This season’s three coaches polls, conducted by the R.I. Track & Field Foundation, consistently predicted that the La Salle Academy girls’ and boys’ cross country teams would emerge from the 2014 State Championship as standard-bearers. On a blustery and wintry Sunday afternoon at Ponaganset High on its “Covered Bridge’’ 3.1-mile course, the nationally-ranked Rams decisively validated that prophecy by winning titles in both races. The girls were 39-95 victors over second-place Barrington, while the La Salle boys bested defending state champs Hendricken, 25-47. The Rams took six of the first 10 finishing positions.

Both races were also slanted toward youth in those earning first and second-team All-State merits. The girls’ championship featured 11 underclassmen in the top 14. Only half of the boys’ top 14 field were seniors.

Individually, La Salle’s DJ Principe and Barrington High’s Emma Mc Millan won gold medals; Mc Millan for the third straight year. Mc Millan clocked 17:47.8. Principe hit the tape in 15:37.1.

The Rams emerged as the fifth school since the inception of girls’ cross country in 1971 to cop both championships. North Kingstown was the last school to pull off a double; that was in 2006.

GIRLS: Mc Millan again in the winners’ circle; SK freshman Lawler excels

The Eagles’ rangy junior had been bothered by a quad muscle injury during the season, and as such eschewed the Oct. 18 Class Championships. The rest evidently did the trick, as Mc Millan toed the line on Sunday looking strong and feeling better. She had keen competition, with a pack of talented La Salle runners in close during the early stages of the race. “I wanted to be a hundred percent [for the States],’’Mc Millan said. “Winning [for third time] is exciting. I felt good right after the first mile.’’ Mc Millan is only the second runner to gain the state crown in three successive years. La Salle’s Molly Keating (now at PC) win titles in 2009, ’10 and ’11. (Coventry’s Nancy Krolewski also captured the championship three times, sandwiched around Karen St. Pierre’s victory in 1981.

On Sunday, Mc Millan fought off challenges from Ram juniors Karina Tavares and Eliza Rego, and South Kigstown freshman Ellie Lawler early one, finally pulling ahead near the second mile. Tavares finished second in 17:59, while Lawler crossed the line in 18:03 for third spot. Rounding out the top seven finishers were Rego (4th in 18:30), followed by two more impressive freshmen. Barrington’s Grace Connolly was fifth in 18:40, and Westerly frosh Randi Burr clocked 18:55 for seventh place.

“I’m very glad,’’said Lawler, this year’s Freshman State champ. “I came into this expecting to be in the top 30. This is a wonderful surprise.’’ Lawler swims during the winter season, but will join the Rebel outdoor track program next spring.

BOYS: It’s D.J., wire-to-wire; Hawks’ Grizzetti crosses line second

Principe, the first sophomore to win the state boys’ title since Cumberland’s Jerry Bonner did it in 1998, got off the gun in super-charged fashion, and never relinquished his lead. The cold temperatures, he said, “Wasn’t easy. But my strategy was to hold on. The course was fine, and we were lucky there were no [wind] gusts. I wanted to take control of the race.’’

“This was all about team,’’ said Ram senior Dan Paiva, who finished third (15:55). “That’s all we were thinking about. We had a plan to kick it in.’’

Hendricken senior Tom Grizzetti was second in 15:51 in front of Paiva. Ram junior Matt Bouthillette placed fourth in 16 minutes, with Hawk junior Dom Parlato hitting the tape in fifth spot (16:02). Completing the top seven places were Cumberland junior Sean Laverty (6th, 16:03), and Noah Barreto, an East Greenwich senior finishing seventh in 16:15.

Course Notes: This was the seventh cross country championship run under the auspicious of the Bill Falk Fund/R.I. Track and Field Foundation . . . Wheeler School senior Lily Foulkes on Friday won the SENE prep league girls’ cross country championship. Her time over 3.1 miles on a fairly flat course at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, was 19 minutes, 16 seconds; better than two minutes ahead of the next finisher. On Oct. 18, Foulkes was the top Rhode Islander over the line in the girls’ Championship Division race at the Brown University Invitational. She clocked 18:28 on the Goddard Park course, good for sixth place overall . . . The 80th annual New England Cross Country Championsips will be held next Saturday in Manchester, Conn. The boys’ race goes off at 11:30 a.m., with the girls’ stat an hour later. At the 2013 event in New Hampshire, Barrington was the top R.I. girls’ team, finishing second. The La Salle boys enter this Saturday’s meet as defending regional champs. The Eagles’ Emma Mc Millan placed sixth overall as the first local finisher (17:55). Hendricken senior Colin Tierney was fifth in the boys’ race, while La Salle sophomore Jack Salisbury was No. 7 over the line at Derryfield Park.

 

GIRLS’ RESULTS

Team scores

1, La Salle 39; 2, Barrington 95; 3, N. Kingstown 115; 4, Cumberland 115; 5, S. Kingstown 122; 6, Smithfield 184; 7, E. Greenwich 186; 8, Westerly 242; 9, Chariho 266; 10, Burrillville 275; 11, Coventry 280 12, Bay View 320; 13, Portsmouth 344; 14, Moses Brown 401; 15, Lincoln 4-5; 16, Scituate 4-6; 17, Mt. St. Charles 468; 18, Classical 488.

Top 50 finishers

1, Emma Mc Millan, Barr. 17:47.8; 2, Karina Tavares, LS 17:59; 3, Ellie Lawler, SK 18:03; 4, Eliza Rego, LS 18:30; 5, Grace Connolly, Barr. 18:40; 6, Beth Nunnery, NK 18:47; 7, Randi Burr, West. 18:55; 8, Sheridan Wilbur, LS 19:00; 9, Nichole Barger, Cumb. 19:08; 10, Marissa Mc Phillips, Narr. 19:12; 11, Amy Laverty, Cumb. 19:22; 12, Jess Bellows, Cov. 19:26; 13, Elise Papazian, LS 19:27.1; 14, Audrey O’Neill, LS 19:27.4; 15, Katy Brayman, NK 19:29; 16, Margaret Mc Caffrey, EG 19:32; 17, Isabel Baker, Char. 19:36; 18, Meaghan Scullin, Cumb. 19:38; 19, Una Treanor, SK 19:39; 20, Cianna Lynch, LS 19:42; 21, Claire Hanlon, BV 1943; 22, Michele Renzi, LS 19:46; 23, Erika Pena, TG 19:57; 24, Kate Zitzmann, Barr. 20:01; 25, Betsy Dumais, Burr. 20:07; 26, Sydney Bagus, Smith. 20:17; 27, Julia Zitzmann, Barr. 20:23.2; 28, Thedita Pederson, EG 20:23.7; 29, Julia Dempsey, Cumb. 20:25; 30, Alanah Gaudreau, NK 20:27; 31, Allie Reilly, NK 20:28; 32, Courtney Moffitt, Prout 20:30; 33, Naomi Fastovsky, SK 20:35; 34, Rachel Berman, EG 20:36; 35, Kaidy Cornell, Burr. 20:37; 36, Alizee Ballarin, MB 20:38; 37, Byrana Mullin, Pil. 20:44; 38, Alexis Charpentier, SK 20:45; 39, Stephanie Mattson, Smith. 20:48; 40, Rebecca Meinertz, Smith. 20:52; 41, Abby Cobb, SK 20:55; 42, Hannah Niebel, NK 20:56; 43, Danika Wayss, Pil. 20:59; 44, Caroline Rocchio, NK 21:00; 45, Emma Sammartino, NK 21:01; 46, Hnanah Southwick, SK 21:03; 47, Lusine Gazeryan, Barr. 21:05; 48, Cassie Bissitt, Smith. 21;09; 49, Amanda L’Esperance, Linc. 21:15; 50, Sophie Cooke, EG 21:17. Dist. – 3.1.

BOYS’ RESULTS

Team scores

1, La Salle 25; 2, Hendricken 47; 3, E. Greenwich 102; 4, Cumberland 129; 5, Barrington 129; 6, Chariho 168; 7, N. Kingstown 231; 8, Scituate 258; 9, Prout 263; 10, Smithfield 273; 11, Ponaganset 3-6; 12, Mt. St. Charles 353; 13, Lincoln 355; 14, Toll Gate 366; 15, S. Kingstown 410; 16, Coventry 439; 17, Portsmouth 449; 18, Tolman 546.

Top 50 finishers

1, DJ Principe, LS 15:37.1; 2, Tom Grizzetti, BH 15:51; 3, Dan Paiva, LS 15:55; 4, Matt Bouthilette, LS 16:00; 5, Dom Parlato, BH 16:02; 6, Sean Laverty, Cumb. 16:03; 7, Noah Barreto, EG 16;15; 8, Jake Grundy, LS 16:18; 9, Jack Salisbury, LS 16:29; 10, Jim Placco, LS 16:31.4; 11, Chris Notarianni, LS 16:31.8; 12, Tom McMahon, BH 16:38; 13, Wally Fitzhugh, BH 16:43.1; 14, CJ Berg, MSC 16:43.3; 15, Mike Potter, BH 16:43.5; 16, Joe Murphy, Class. 16:50; 17, Sam Somea, Barr. 16:51; 18, Abdullah Kaba, Comb. 16:52.5; 19, Dylan DePriest, EG 16:52.8; 20, Ian Gould, Scit. 16:54; 21, Jack Cronin, EG 16:56; 22, Mars Bishop, Barr. 17:02.1; 23, Al Greenleaf, Pon. 17:02.7; 24, Gerald Guerrieri, Barr. 17:03; 25, Matt Vinacco, Scit. 17:05; 26, Mitch Carrier, Char. 17:10; 27, Jung Kim, Char. 17:11; 28, Nate Claire, Char. 17:12; 29, Oliver Hazard, NS 17:13; 30, Joe Higgins, EG 17:15; 31, Jack Sommer, EG 17:17.6; 32, Kyle Keefe, Char. 17:17.9; 33, Grant Auber, Barr. 17:18; 34, Ryan King, Prout 17:20; 35, Dave Agudelo, Cumb. 17:21; 36, Pat Hook, Ports. 17:22; 37, John Pagliaro, Smith. 17:24; 38, Jim Haupt, Cumb. 17:26; 39, Matt Fownes, Cumb. 17:27; 40, Luke Bledsoe, Barr. 17:28; 41, Noah Coogan, NP 17:29; 42, Nick Musumeci, NK 17:30; 43, Zach Durand, Burr. 17:32; 44, Nick Ryan, Linc. 17:33; 45, Tommy Sommer, EG 17:34; 46, Avery Ingegneri, BH 17:39; 47, Mike toolin, NK 17:42; 48, Harry Travers, Cumb. 17:44; 49, Ethan Wyllie, NK 17:46.0; 50, Grant Gauthier, BH 17:46.8. Dist. – 3.1.
 

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