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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-11-2019

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ JULY 11-17, 2019 GLOCESTER – Matt Rene did his homework. Before running in last Thursday morning's 46th annual Glocester 5.5-Mile Road Race, the Chepachet resident and recent Bishop Hendricken High graduate logged onto 3craceproductions. com, perused the race's results from the past couple of years, and figured out what he'd need to do if he wanted to win the race. "I knew that if I ran around a 5:50 pace (per mile), I could pos- sibly win it," he admitted. "As long as there wasn't anyone exception- ally good in this race, I could win it." On a hot, humid morning, with temperatures sitting in the mid- 80s, Rene wasn't able to maintain a 5:50 pace, but his time of 32:28, which came out to a 5:55 pace, was still good enough to capture the race by 94 seconds. Rene, who claimed third place in the 2017 race in 33:40 and fifth place in 2016, topped Ponaganset High senior-to-be Seth Drexler, who settled for runner-up honors for the second straight year and finished in the top eight for the fourth year in a row. In last summer's race, Drexler turned in a time of 32:24, only to lose to former PHS All-State run- ner Mike Macedo, who captured his sixth Fourth of July champion- ship in the past eight years. But last week, Macedo went to New Hampshire to serve as a groomsman at a friend's wedding, which meant that all eyes were on Rene, who will be continuing his running career at Quinnipiac University in the fall, and Drexler, who is a member of the Northern R.I. High School Triathlon Club, as the favorites to capture the race. Rene and Drexler were among four runners that broke away from the field a half mile into the race, but right after the first-mile mark, "I took the lead on the (first) hill and I dropped some of the other runners – one of them was Seth – and then I pretty much ran alone for the rest (of the race)," Rene recalled. "I just kept making the gap bigger." As for the course, which includes a 2½-mile stretch down sun- drenched Route 44 and toward the finish line next to Chepachet Union Church, "it's very hilly," Rene reported. "After the one-mile (mark) all the way to four (miles), there are a bunch of hills, and the last mile is downhill, but on a day like today that's really hot – it's like 85 degrees now – you can't really push it." Greenville's David Barrett seized third place in a 34:15 time, and Rene captures Glocester Fourth of July 5.5M race Quinnipiac-bound runner braves heat to post 32:28 time; Ponaganset's Drexler takes second place again By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Chepachet resident and recent Bishop Hendricken High graduate MATT RENE shows off his first-place trophy after capturing last Thursday's 46th annual Glocester 5.5-Mile Road Race in a time of 32:28. Rene will continue his running career at Quinnipiac University in the fall. See GLOCESTER, Page 22 Good news, bad news for Smithfield L.L. all-star teams Major Division ages 8-10 squad reaches Saturday's District IV title game; 11-12 ballclub suffers early exit SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Little League's Major Division (ages 11-12) all-star baseball team suffered an early exit from the District IV double-elimination playoffs by losing twice to teams from Cumberland. After beginning the tournament on June 29 with a 10-1 loss at home to Cumberland National, Smithfield was dealt a 10-2 defeat to Cumberland American in their losers' bracket opener on Sunday night back at Whipple Field. While that was the bad news for the town, the good news was that Smithfield's ages 8-10 and 10-11 all- star teams were still alive in their respective District IV tournaments. Prior to the Smithfield-Cumberland American contest at Whipple Field, the 8-10 all-star team opened its tournament with a 1-0 victory over Lincoln that saw three pitchers com- bine on a no-hitter. That win put Smithfield in the winners' bracket final against Woonsocket, and on Monday night, the all-stars punched their tickets to Saturday afternoon's championship game at Lincoln's Hien Field by roll- ing to a 10-0 victory over Woonsocket. And the 10-11 all-stars also reached the winners' bracket final of its tour- nament by posting a 9-1 victory over Lincoln in its opening game. 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