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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-07-2019

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CUMBERLAND – When Blackstone Valley Prep head coach Tom Leger found out on Jan. 21 that his fledging boys' indoor track and field team finally captured its first Northern Division meet, he didn't pop open any champagne bottles or joyously parade around the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house in celebration. Defeating not only Ponaganset, 39-24, but also Tolman, 38-13, was a nice way for his Pride to end their inaugural dual-meet season, but in Leger's view, wins and losses haven't dictated the overall success he's seen his first-year program enjoy this winter. "I honestly do not even check the scores," he admitted last Friday afternoon after a workout on the second floor of the school. "When I was told that the boys won, I was like, 'Oh, did we?' That's not at all what I'm looking at or paying atten- tion to as a coach. I know which of my kids ran well, and I know every PR and when it happened and by how much it happened, and that's all I care about." "I don't want us to look at our season and say, 'Oh, we went 2-8 this season,' because that doesn't tell the whole story," he continued. "This season has been a really posi- tive experience, and we have had little success stories throughout it. When one of my guys runs a 3:30 in the 1,000 (meters) and gets last place and then the next week runs a 3:20 and still finishes last, but gets a big improvement, that's what we're looking for." Leger saw plenty of little success stories last spring when BVP rolled out its inaugural boys' and girls' outdoor track and field teams, and the program became such a hit with the athletes that most of them have made up this season's 33-member program, with 16 on the boys' squad and 17 on the girls. Like the outdoor squads, which competed solely in the running and relay events, the Pride are eschew- ing most of the field events, such as the weight throw and the high jump, and while Leger has a set of hurdles at his disposal, he doesn't plan to introduce them to his pro- gram until the spring season. One reason is because of a lack of training space. While BVP's high and middle school basketball teams operate in the gymnasium, the Pride can be found working out either in the school's cafeteria, sometimes on a taped-off circle that resembles a track, the carpeted lobby on the second floor for exer- cising, or outdoors and on the bike path when the weather cooperates. "I have a really excellent, responsible group of kids," Leger remarked. "They really embrace our workouts, and whatever we're doing is a lot better than nothing. This sport didn't exist here until this season, and a lot of them just hadn't been athletes before, and just the idea of doing this and being part of a team is really cool to them." One of the Pride's athletes will be competing at the RIIL Championships on Feb. 16 at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house, freshman standout Lucy Noris, who at last Saturday afternoon's Small Schools championship meet, made history by becoming the first BVP athlete to win a class title, as she took first place in the 1,500 meters in a time of 5:06.82. "Lucy runs like five miles every morning on her own," Leger said with a laugh. "I've really been working with her one-on-one a lot, setting a plan and recommend- ing different workouts for her. She really wants to go for it, so we plan on what her weekend workouts and morning runs look like." Joining Noris at the class meet was her classmate, Folake Olagundoye, who competed in the girls' 55-meter dash and finished 11th in 7.92 seconds, and junior Patrick Pires, a star player on the boys' soccer team, who took 13th CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 23 Indoor track program takes Pride in 'little success stories' Noris makes BVP history by winning Small Schools title in 1,500 By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Blackstone Valley Prep freshman LUCY NORIS, shown in action during a cross country meet last fall in Burrillville, claimed the 1,500 meters at last Saturday's Small Schools championship meet in a time of 5:06.82. Lincoln's Scahill excels at GNAC Championships for Colby-Sawyer swim team BOSTON, Mass. – Garrett Scahill, a 2017 graduate of Lincoln High and a sophomore on the Colby- Sawyer College men's swim team, recently grabbed three top-four places with season-best times at the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) Championships that were held last weekend at Simmons University. Scahill, who helped the Lions claim the Division II dual-meet title and Division III championship his senior season, grabbed second place in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:06.07, third in the 100-yard back- stroke in 58.24 seconds, and fourth in the 50-yard backstroke in 27.92 seconds. He also placed eighth in the pre- liminaries of the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 5:32.07, but chose to not swim in the finals to save his energy for the 200-yard backstroke. Scahill will next compete at the NEISDA (New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association) Championships from Feb. 21-24 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's pool in Cambridge, Mass. At last year's NEISDA Championships, Scahill was named to the All-New England Team and All-Sportsmanship Team. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fi ll 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com See INDOOR TRACK, Page 24 the Villa at Saint Antoine 401.767.2574 Saint Antoine Residence 401.767.3500 We serve the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of older adults and their families New Rehab Center "Easy Street", the road to independence Located in a beautiful campus in North Smithfield Offering daily mass and rosary. A health care ministry of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. 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