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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-18-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | OCTOBER 18-24, 2018 SPORTS & RECREATION 21 FOSTER – It rained last Saturday morning, and the temperature was a touch below 40 degrees, but that didn't stop Dawn Marshall from rolling out of bed and taking a short drive from her Glocester residence to the fairgrounds in Foster for the South Foster Volunteer Fire Company's 7th annual Fall Foliage 5K and 10K. As a matter of fact, the unfavorable weather did very little to dampen anyone's spirits or dissuade runners and walkers from turning out for both events. The 5K drew a record 100 participants, topping last year's mark by four, while the 10K attracted 116, which broke the record of 87 that was established in the event's inaugural year. "This is a great event," said Marshall, who won the women's 10K championship in a time of 45:53. "I love running in the Foster/Glocester area, and (the proceeds) go to a good cause, (the South Foster Volunteer Fire Company)." Marshall, an accomplished triath- lete who is the head coach of the Northern R.I. High School Triathlon Club, was the only local runner to win one of the specially-crafted cham- pionship plates. Scott Grandfield of Rehoboth, Mass., who had coached the St. Raphael Academy cross coun- try and track and field teams the past two seasons, claimed the 10K in a time of 40:37. Warwick's Frank Main won the 5K in a time of 21:01, and taking second place was the women's winner, Pawtucket's Kari Shoolbraid (21:25). Both races took participants down paved and smooth gravel roads and past historic sites and houses, pastoral meadows, and picturesque farmland. The 10K's course also featured its share of rolling hills, including a dif- ficult dirt hill after the first mile on Central Pike that also featured the state's only true public road covered bridge, the Swamp Meadow Bridge, at the bottom of it. But Grandfield experienced no problems in navigating the course and topping the runner-up finisher, Eric Ciocca of Northampton, Mass., by 26 seconds, and neither did Marshall, who also placed fifth overall and was able to hold off the second- place women's finisher, Warwick's Lauren Leslie, by 15 seconds. In the 5K, West Greenwich's Michael Vadney placed third in 21:58, and Attleboro's Roger Gosciminski was fourth in 22:05. Gosciminski, who won the 3.1-mile race in 2016, placed in the top four in this race for the fourth straight year. Among the local age division win- ners were North Smithfield's Sarah Castaneda, who won the women's 30-39 age group title in the 10K in 53:02, Foster's Mark DiFranco, who captured the men's 60-69 title in the 5K in a 23:30, and North Scituate's Milton Schumacher, who took the men's 70-plus title in the 5K in 28:49. Record turnout highlights Fall Foliage races By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Editor Despite rain, South Foster Volunteer Fire Company's 7th annual event attracts 216 participants DAWN MARSHALL, left, and SCOTT GRANDFIELD show off their champion- ship plates after winning the 10K at last Saturday morn- ing's Fall Foliage road races. The 7th annu- al event, which is hosted by the South Foster Volunteer Fire Company, drew a record 216 partici- pants. BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES The head coach highlighted McGill, who plans to attend Wagner University in Staten Island and play Division I soccer next season, and he noted that a few other seniors are also looking to play collegiate soccer after they graduate. Last Wednesday, the Chieftains hosted the 1-6-3 Townies and won, 3-1. They scored two goals in the first half and one in the second, while senior keeper Kassidy Sousa ended up with 12 saves. Sousa also had a huge game in the loss to EWG, as she stopped 18 of the 19 shots she faced. "Kassidy is a four-year player as well, and I think she's been a starter for three," Bigwood added. "She's having a really, really good season. We wouldn't be where we are if we didn't have her. I give her a lot of credit." PONAGANSET From Page 18 See CHIEFTAINS, Page 22 AGING WITH YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW Join us for a presentation on Wednesday, October 24th 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Cortland Place 20 Austin Avenue, Greenville Rl Presented by, Laura Pickering, Esq. Ball Law Associates, P.C 501 Centerville Road #lOSA Warwick, Rl 02886 Elder law attorney Laura Pickering of Ball Law Associates, P.C. will discuss how to get your ducks in a row with effective advanced directives and other important estate planning documents. RSVP By October 19th Karen Lee Casale, Admission Director 949-3880 x148 O U R FA M I LY C A R I N G F O R YO U R S

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