Riverside hosts fellow East Bay sides in middle school cross country meet

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The reconstituted Riverside Middle School cross country program hosted its lone East Division dual meet of the 2013 regular season Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, on the 1.7-mile course at the Rec Field grounds, the Vikings sweeping four girls’ duals and losing three boys’ decisions.

Riverside, which went through a year’s hiatus last fall due to budgetary cuts, defeated Portsmouth, Bay View, Tiverton and Kickemuit (Bristol-Warren) in the girls’ event. The Kickemuit boys were the run-away winners on the boys’ side, sweeping its outings against Riverside, Tiverton and Kickemuit.

Portsmouth's Elizabeth Sullivan, Kickemuit's Meg O'Brien and Riverside's Christy Long (left to right) placed first, second and third in Tuesday's girls' race.

Portsmouth’s Elizabeth Sullivan, Kickemuit’s Meg O’Brien and Riverside’s Christy Long (left to right) placed first, second and third in Tuesday’s girls’ race.

Portsmouth seventh grader Elizabeth Sullivan stayed with the lead pack for much of the girls’ race before taking over the top spot during the second foray through the woods and pulling away for the victory. She clocked a winning time of approximately 9 minutes, 30 seconds.

Kickemuit seventh grader Cameron Rancourt, of Warren, sprinted away from the lead group over the final 200 yards of the course en route to the victory on the boys’ side in a time of 8:56.

“It’s a great day for Riverside to be back running and competing against other schools,” said RMS head coach Brian Petsch, who directed an in-house program last year with no funding available.

“The kids have already made tremendous strides considering we started school late, started after Labor Day,” he continued. “They’re working extremely hard in practice. They’ve trimmed anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes off their times in just the last week. They’re dedicated kids. I have a great bunch of eighth grade leaders. They’re just excited to compete and represent their school again.”

More race notes

Kickemuit’s Meg O’Brien (9:45) and Avery Deschenes (9:59) finished second and fourth, respectively, in the girls’ race with Riverside’s Christy Long placing in between in third place (9:51).

Kickemuit’s Ella Hanley (fifth, 10:05) was fifth overall. Emily Kane (sixth, 10:06) led the Bay View contingent. Rylie Mutton was the first Tiverton runner to finish.

Kickemuit's Cameron Rancourt sprints to the victory in Tuesday's boys' middle school race.

Kickemuit’s Cameron Rancourt sprints to the victory in Tuesday’s boys’ middle school race.

Caroline Feeley led the rest of the Riverside squad, placing eighth overall in a time of 10:30. Teammate Brooke Martins rounded out the top 10 with her time of 10:35.

Noah Braga placed fifth overall (9:18) to pace the rest of the Kickemuit club. Ryder Ferris followed in sixth (9:27), Nick Januario was seventh (9:28), Gabe Randall was ninth (9:30) and Ben Jarvis 10th (9:35).

Garrett Nolan was second overall with fellow eighth-grader Dylan Clarke third to lead the Tiverton team. Seventh grader Tommy McSparren placed eighth overall to lead Portsmouth. Eighth grader Dan Forsythe was the top Riverside runner, placing 15th overall in 9:44.

Team results

As noted Riverside, which lost to Kickemuit last week, edged the same side 28-29 Tuesday. The Vikings won their other three outings by the scores of 18-37 over Tiverton, 19-40 over Bay View and 25-32 over Portsmouth. Kickemuit finished the day 3-1, Portsmouth was 2-2, Tiverton 1-3 and Bay View 0-4.

Kickemuit won the boys meet with a 3-0 sweep. Tiverton went 2-1, Portsmouth 1-2 and Riverside 0-3.

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