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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-09-2019

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NORTH SCITUATE – A week after competing against some of the world's top high school duathletes at the ITU Multisport World Championship Festival in Pontevedra, Spain, Ponaganset High juniors Seth and Allie Drexler were "back home" last Saturday morning, running in the 9th annual Chieftain Challenge 5K. And neither twin sibling showed any signs of wear and tear from their duath- lon, as they captured their respective 3.1-mile races with ease. Seth Drexler ran away with the overall championship, as he topped a field of 126 participants in a time of 17:38 that not only shattered Robert Corsi's six-year-old race record by 48 seconds, but also established another mark when he ended up with the race's most lopsided victory by topping the runner-up finisher, Jeremy Roe, by two minutes and 28 seconds. Allie Drexler, meanwhile, repeated as the women's champion by placing fourth overall in 21:54. Her time was 38 seconds off the clocking she record- ed last spring, but she was still able to outdistance the second-place runner, Mikayla Printer, by three minutes and 12 seconds. That marked the third time in the race's last four years that there was more than a three-minute difference between the first and second female finishers. The challenging 3.1-mile race started at Ponaganset High School on Anan Wade Road, took a left onto the rolling hills of Snake Hill Road, and made a sharp right onto Chopmist Hill Road (Route 102) for a difficult quarter-mile climb before ending in the back of Ponaganset Middle School on Rustic Hill Road. While the Drexler siblings, who are members of the Northern R.I. High School Triathlon Club, cruised through the course, so did a handful of stu- dents from Ponaganset Middle School, including Roe, a 7th-grader who placed second in this race for the second straight year. In 2017, he also finished sixth. David Tammaro, Roe's classmate, took third place in 20:56, and after 6th- grader Giorgio Bachini finished fifth in 21:59, another 7th-grader, Nicholas Olszewski, crossed the finish line in sixth in 22:30. Taking seventh place, and winning the men's 60-plus age division, was Cranston's Jim Ferns, the cousin of SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MAY 9-15, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 13 Drexler siblings rule Chieftain Challenge By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com PHS junior shatters six-year-old course record by 48 seconds Beaton earns First-Team NE-10 recognition with Assumption softball team WORCESTER, Mass. – Smithfield's Alyssa Beaton, who is a sophomore shortstop on the Assumption College softball team, was recently named one of the Northeast-10 Conference's First-Team selections after putting together an exceptional season for the Greyhounds. Beaton played in all 43 games for the Greyhounds, who finished their season with a 22-21 record, and led the team with a .389 batting average. She was the only player in the confer- ence who was ranked in the top five in runs batted in (second with 35), average (fourth), hits (fourth with 51), and on-base percentage (fifth at .457). Defensively, Beaton shined with her glove, as she recorded 57 putouts, 106 assists, and 10 double plays and had a fielding percentage of .942. Beaton graduated from Smithfield High in 2017 and was a four-time First-Team All-State and All-Division selection for the Sentinels' softball team. Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are. See CHALLENGE, Page 14 Ponaganset High juniors ALLIE DREXLER, left, and SETH DREXLER show off their awards after capturing their respec- tive races at last Saturday's Chieftain Challenge 5K. Seth Drexler won the race in a course- record time of 17:36, and Allie Drexler repeated as the women's cham- pion in 21:54. BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES SERVING SMITHFIELD, GLOCESTER & SURROUNDING TOWNS • 2-8 yards. for Commercial Service • Dumpsters, 4-30 yds. Recycling Available • Bulk Pick Up • Curbside Trash Removal Family Owned Since 1955 508-883-2980 Mention this ad and receive $ 15 OFF Roll Off Customers Only. Not valid with other offers. Expires 5/31/2019. RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL

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