East Providence High cross country squads seek improved results

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EAST PROVIDENCE — As their roster sizes have rebounded, so, too, have the aspirations of the East Providence High School cross country teams this fall.

The Townies have struggled to maintain meaningful numbers in recent years, but that has changed for the better in 2012 as some 20 boys and a dozen girls came out for the teams this time around.

Both East Providence squads opened their respective Metropolitan Division season-opening meets last week, each losing to traditional power Barrington while beating host St. Raphael at Slater Park.

The Townies were slated to return to action Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 19, in Bristol’s Colt State Park opposite another of the Metro powers, LaSalle, as well as host Mt. Hope. Meet time is 4 p.m.

Sophomore Mike Monagle and junior Ryan Vieira pace the EPHS boys’ contingent. Seniors Eric Greaves and Kevin Hubbard are the team captains. Also in the scoring mix for the Townies are juniors Josh Letendre, Danny Castillo and Mike Christian along with sophomore Erik Glowacki.

“I like this team a lot,” said EPHS head coach Bob Duarte. “We have a lot of young kids. They’re committed. They’re working very hard. They’re a really good group of kids. They like and support each other. They get along well. We had a lot of participation in our workouts over the summer. The goal is to get as many of these kids to states as well can and hopefully qualify as a team.”

Track standout Sierra Cunningham along with Emily St. Hilaire, both juniors, lead the EPHS girls’ squad. Freshmen Sarah Botelho, Brynne Costa, Angela Leonardo and Megan St. Hilaire are also among the expected scorers for the Townies.

“We’re a young team that I think is just going to keep getting better over the course of the season,” said EPHS girls’ head coach Leslie Eastwood. “With Bay View, Barrington and LaSalle all in our division, we’re probably going to have to do well at the Class A Meet to qualify for states. But we’re not looking that far ahead. All I want from the girls is to keep running better times. I’d like to get there (states), but I understand it’s going to be tough with such a young team.”

East Providence returns to Colt State Park for its meets next week when the Townies take on Portsmouth and Bay View Monday afternoon, Sept. 24, at 4 o’clock.

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