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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-07-2018

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 SRA harriers grab All-State honors Mongeau places seventh in RIIL girls' championship race; Medeiros, Johnston capture top-15 finishes in boys' event BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES St. Raphael Academy sophomore RACHAEL MONGEAU exits the woods and gets ready to run the final quarter mile of Sunday afternoon's girls' state champion- ship race at Ponaganset High's 3.1- mile course. Mongeau earned First- Team All- State honors by placing seventh in a personal- best time of 19:25.89. GLOCESTER – It's been a long time since the St. Raphael Academy cross country program had a runner achieve All-State honors at the RIIL Championships at Ponaganset High, but on Sunday afternoon, three standout runners were recognized during the post- event ceremony inside the school's gym- nasium for placing in the top 15 of their respective races. And the biggest honor went to one of the program's smallest runners, sopho- more Rachael Mongeau, who became the first female in nearly a quarter of a century to earn First-Team All-State honors by taking seventh place out of 146 runners in a personal-best time of 19:25.89. Mongeau, who took first place in the RIIL Class C meet the previous weekend in a time of 20:22.71, clearly brought out her very best on the state's biggest stage. It wasn't an easy race – in the woods, she admitted that she stum- bled in the mud and there was a bit of elbowing among the runners – but she did everything she could to crash the top 10 and make her move toward the top. "I kind of set my mind to getting top 15," said Mongeau. "I wasn't really expecting getting top seven, but I had a good feeling. When I started off, I got boxed out, but I was just able to push it, get into the top 10, and keep moving up." "The way she ran today was just guts," noted SRA head coach Chris Magill. "She laid it all on the line. She came in here ranked 18th in the state and she was seventh today. She went for broke and she had nothing left, and that was just an unbelievable race for her. She understands the training plan and this is the culmination of all her hard work. For a runner that wasn't highly touted com- ing out of middle school, she's gotten the job done." Two more runners who got the job done were the 1-2 punch on the boys' team, junior Nasavell Medeiros and senior Reilly Johnston, who respectively finished 14th and 15th in the 147-man field. Medeiros, who turned in a time of 16:31.98, claimed the final spot among the Second-Team All-State selections, while Johnston, who turned on the jets down the stretch to finish a fifth of a second behind Medeiros, earned Third- Team honors. Medeiros surprised a lot of folks by hanging with the lead pack through the first mile, but he started to drop back and eventually fell out of the top 10. Nevertheless, his time was more than a minute better than his showing at the sports@valleybreeze.com By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor See CROSS COUNTRY, Page 22 Braganca receives multiple Little East honors with RIC women's tennis team PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket native Katherine Braganca, who was the only senior on this season's Rhode Island College women's ten- nis team, capped her exceptional career by earning Second Team All-Little East Conference honors in singles and doubles and helping the Anchorwomen repeat as LEC regular- season and tournament champions. This marks the third straight sea- son Braganca has earned All-LEC honors. This season, she posted an 11-0 record in fourth singles and a 9-7 mark at first doubles. She will gradu- ate with a career record of 34-4 in singles and 33-17 in doubles. Five of Braganca's teammates also earned All-LEC honors, including North Smithfield sophomore Hailey Raskob, who was also named Second Team All-LEC in doubles. 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