The Barrington High School boys’ cross country team will meet LaSalle Tuesday afternoon at Colt State Park in what the squad’s coach and co-captains recently described as one of the season’s biggest meet thus far.
Both teams will enter the race with a 7-0 dual meet record in the state’s Metro Division. Senior co-captain Tom Barry said he expected Barrington to be undefeated at this point in the season and the string of victories has given the team confidence heading towards class and state meets. He also said this year’s team has been working together, pushing each other and cooperating, something that has attributed to its success.
“We’ve had a lot of competition amongst the team, so that’s really helped us get better but I really think that next week will be our first in-state test heading into the rest of the season,” Barry said.
“There are a lot of proven runners on the team. I think we have a chance against LaSalle. It will be a good sign as to where we are now.”
Barry’s fellow co-captain, Connor Rowley, wasn’t so optimistic. He said Bishop Hendricken is clearly the state’s best and he doesn’t foresee Barrington defeating LaSalle. Rowley said his hope is that Barrington ends up as the state’s top public school, earning at least a top sixth finish and a trip to New Englands.
The two also had different takes on whether Barrington High School’s student body is aware of the team’s solid showing this season. Unlike football or lacrosse, which tend to be popular spectator sports, cross-country meets are often see smaller crowds.
“We have a morning show that goes over sports and it a always includes us,” Rowley said.
“We haven’t gotten many kids that come out to watch our meets but if I wasn’t on the team I probably wouldn’t come either. So I can understand it.”
“We definitely are one of the better teams in the school,” Tom said.
“I think we could get more recognition but I think kids know we are very good.”
Team coach Mike Katz said the Metro Division has been a race between Barrington and LaSalle over the last decade. He also praised this year’s squad, echoing the remarks of his captains.
“They work very hard,” Katz said.
“They’re a really good bunch to work with, not only do they work hard, they listen to instruction … Their attitude is very good as well.”
Katz said his team has some strong runners in its top seven but not much depth. The squad’s top runners include the two captains along senior Will Casazza, Lucas Bledose, Anteneh T. Kutenplon-Rayess and Marcus Sefranke. Katz said his seventh position is still up for grabs.
As for Tuesday, Katz said his team is facing a tough challenge.
“We’ll have our work cut our for us,” he said.
“But who knows. We’ll see what we can do.”
While other fall sports move into the mid-way point of their season, cross-country is entering the home stretch. After Tuesday, the JV runners are scheduled to take part in a Columbus Day race in Providence. The team will then run in an invitational at Brown University later in October followed by class and JV championships in late October and states in early November.