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Barrington High defends girls’ harrier title; Eagles’ McMillan wins solo crown

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NORTH SCIUTATE — The Barrington High School girls’ harriers defended their crown while the Hendricken Hawks copped their fifth consecutive boys’ state team title Sunday, Nov. 3, at the 2012 State Cross Country Championships, held in perfect weather conditions at Ponaganset High’s Covered Bridge Trail.

Hendricken, which has collected a total of 21 team prizes in the sport’s 66-year history, began its recent string of wins in ‘08. Hawk harriers also went five straight from 1978-82. Hendricken scored 44 points at today’s event, to 64 for runner-up LaSalle. East Greenwich finished third (93).

For unbeaten Barrington, Sunday put an exclamation point on what has been a dominant fall. The Eagles totaled 31 points to LaSalle’s 71 for second spot. Coventry came in third (150).

More girls’ notes

Photos by Rich Dionne
Barrington freshman Emma McMillan runs through the wooded portion of the Ponaganset High School track during the Girls Cross Country State Championship.

Alice Burgess hugs a teammate after finishing the race.

The Eagles pose with the first place trophy.

Barrington freshman Emma McMillan poses with the individual first place trophy.

, a year-’round swimmer, has clearly made an impact in a ground-based sport. She won last weekend’s Class A race over Ram sophomore Sheridan Wilbur, and finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of the LaSalle runner Sunday with a time of 18 minutes, 22 seconds over the 3.1-mile layout.

“I felt pretty good,” said McMillan after the race. “I just hope my team wins.”
McMillan was out front from the gun, and went through the first mile in 5:34. She improved her finish time by 13 seconds over her Class A performance. “I was a little nervous,” she said. “But I ran as hard as I could.”

Wilbur was timed in 18:31 for second. Finishing a strong third was Westerly junior Jackie Burr (18:49). The Bulldog standout placed 11th here last year.

Barrington parleyed its depth in winning state crown No. 2. Junior Megan Verner-Crist came in fourth (18:54). Senior Fiona Paine and junior Julianna Portelli hit the line 8 and 9, respectively, and junior Abby Livingston placed 12th.

Karina Tavares, a Mt. Hope freshman, finished fifth (19 minutes), followed in the chute by East Greenwich sophomore Margaret Mc Caffrey (19:02). Rounding out the first All-State team is Cumberland freshman Amy Laverty, who finished seventh in 19:04.

The Eagles’ Paine and Portelli headed the second All-State squad. Coventry sophomore Jessica Bellows placed 10th, followed by Liz Hansen, of Chariho, Livingston, Allison Bellows, of Coventry and LaSalle junior Rachael Renzi in 14th place.

More boys’ notes

Cross country wags predicted this would be Trevor Crawley’s year to capture the state individual title. And the fleet-of-foot Cumberland senior didn’t disappoint; though the competition was formidable.

Cawley, who placed third here last fall, went out with a purpose, posted a mile split of 4:55 and cross the finish line triumphant in 15 minutes, 39 seconds. Chariho seniors Bryce Kelley and Jake Kilcoyne went 2-3 respectively: 16:01 and 16:05.

“I wanted to get out faster than I did last week,” said Cawley, referring to his 15:52 winning time at the Class A meet here last week. “The weather was better than last week,” she said. “The course was ideal.”

Cawley said the thought of his being the race favorite was not on his mind. “I didn’t think about it. I knew [Kelley and Kilcoyne] would do well. I made more time after the first mile. I felt that when I came down to the finish I’d had a good race.”

“Trevor ran very well,” said Charger coach Bill Habarek. “We knew what he was capable of. We know it would be a race, with those three guys in there.”
For his part, Kelley simply ran his race.

“I didn’t know what to expect [from Crawley],” said Kelley, who was part of the “Four Horsemen” national-record indoor mile relay last winter. “He made a move, and I was playing catch-up the whole race. It was a fast first mile, and Jake and I were playing catch-up.”

The Hawks’ depth came through today, as Connor Doyle and Colin Tierney were 4 and 5 over the line, respectively; Doyle in 16:06, and Tierney in 16:11. Hawk senior Tyler Henesler finished seventh (16:15), and Hendricken got points from placing four more runners among the top 19 finishers.

Jake Grundy, a LaSalle sophomore, came in sixth (16:13), while teammate Mike Stephens finished eighth. After Stephens, Prout’s Vic Ricci, East Greenwich’s Garrett Scanlon, LaSalle’s Shane Watterson, Avenger Scott Kulm, Hendricken’s Alex Doherty and Barrington senior Tom Barry completed the second All-State team; nine through 14 respectively.

Course Notes

The 78th New England Cross Country Championships will go off next Saturday at the Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland, Maine (roughly 10 miles north of Portland). The boys’ race is scheduled for 11:30, with the girls going off an hour later.

RIIL STATE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ponaganset High School, Covered Bridge Trail, 3.1 miles
GIRLS RESULTS
Team scores
1,  Barrington 31; 2, LaSalle 71; 3, Coventry 150; 4, N. Kingstown 159; 5, Cumberland 167; 6, Smithfield 177; 7. S. Kingstown 183; 8, Cr. West 236; 9, Westerly 265; 10, Bay View 267; 11, Burrillville 303; 12, E. Greenwich 304; 13, Chariho 318; 14, Prout 367; 15, Lincoln 401; 16, Toll Gate 403; 17, Narragansett 449; 18, Mt. St. Charles 539.
Top 35 individuals
1, Emma McMillan, Barr. 18:22; 2, Sheridan Wilbur, LS 18:31; 3, Jackie Burr, West. 18:49; 4, Megan Verner-Crist, Barr. 18:54; 5, Karina Tavares, MH 19:00; 6, Margaret McCaffrey, EG 19:02; 7, Amy Laverty, Cumb. 19:04; 8, Fiona Paine, Barr. 19:13; 9, Julianna Portelli, Barr. 19:17; 10, Jess Bellows, Cov. 19:20.1; 11, Liz Hansen, Char. 19:20.8; 12, Abby Livingston, Barr. 19:22; 13, Allison Bellows, Cov. 19:23; 14, Eachael Renzi, LS 19:24; 15, Caitlin Marino, LS 19:29; 16, Kendall Feaster, SK 19:32; 17, Beth Nunnery, NK 19:43; 18, Betsy Dumais, Burr. 19:37; 19, Aisha Mc Adams, NK 19:41; 20, Mary Kate Coogan, Barr. 19:42; 21, Evie Jansen, LS 19:46; 22, Mei-Ling Feng, Cumb. 19:49; 23, Caroline Falvey, LS 19:52; 24, Britt Laraway, SK 19:53; 25, Vicky Varone, LS 19:54; 26, Alice Burgess, Barr. 20:1; 27, Alex Hackett, CW 20:04; 28, Emily Meinertz, Smith. 20:09; 29, Marissa Mc Phillips, Narr. 20:10.2; 30, Elise Papazian, LS 20:10.5; 31, Stephanie Mattson, Smith. 20:15; 32, Maddy Mc Laughlin, West. 20:21; 33, Ashley Jackson, SRA 20:22; 34, Jaxine Wolfe, NK 20:28; 35, Erica Johnson, BV 20:30. Dist. – 3.1.
BOYS RESULTS
Team scores
1, Hendricken 44; 2, LaSalle 64; 3, E. Greenwich 93; 4, Chariho 156; 5, Cumberland 161; 6, Barrington 162; 7, N. Kingstown 173; 8, Mt. St. Charles 215; 9, Prout 233; 10, Scituate 273; 11, Coventry 346; 12, Cr. West 346; 13, Smithfield 361; 14, Lincoln 368; 15, Portsmouth 410; 16, S. Kingstown 413; 17,Toll Gate 477; 18, E/ Providence 518.
Top 35 individuals
1, Trevor Crawley, Cumb. 15:39; 2, Bryce Kelley, Char. 16:01; 3, Jake Kilcoyne, Char. 16:05; 4, Connor Doyle, BH 16:11; 5, Colin Tierney, BH 16:12; 6, Jake Grundy, LS 16:13; 7, Tyler Henesler, BH 16:15; 8, Mike Stephens, LS 16:19; 9, Vic Ricci, Prout 16:21; 10, Garrett Scanlon, EG 16:22; 11, Shane Watterson, LS 16:25; 12, Scott Kulm, EG 16:32; 13, Alex Doherty, BH 16:34; 14, Tom Barr, Barr. 16:36; 15, Collin Manning, BH 16:37; 16, Greg Beaudette, BH 16:38; 17, Will Casazza, Barr. 16:40; 18, Adam Rego, LS 16:40; 19, Mike Potter, BH 16:42; 20, Ben Fazio, EG 16:44.5; 21, Matt Bouthillette, LS 16:44.7; 22, Connor Royley, Barr. 16:53; 23, Mike Nadeau, LS 16:55; 24, Luke Emby, Prout 16:57; 25, Mike Dampier, EWG 17:02; 26, Jon Contreras, EG 17:04; 27, Tom Sommer, EG 17:08; 28, Zach Szymkowicz, Cov. 17:11.4; 29, Dallin Smith, NK 17:11.7; 30, Nate Stromberg, EWG 17:12; 31, Bob Rocchio,m NK 17:13; 32, Elijah Tousignant, MSC 17:14.2; 33, Ken Vinacco, Scit. 17:14.9; 34, Ben Stewart, NK 17:17; 35, Jon Carney, NK 17:18. Dist. – 3.1.

By Bob Leddy, RITFF Correspondent

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