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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-11-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 27 Venable claims Arnold Mills victory Runners answer the starter's gun at last Thursday morning's 51st annual Arnold Mills Road Race in Cumberland. The winner was Warwick's BRONSON VENABLE (center, #378), who won the race in a time of 20:07.74. Former winners and Cumberland natives CHRIS MAGILL (left, #617) and TREVOR CRAWLEY (center, #351) were also among the field, as were former Cumberland High and current collegiate runners WILL MARDO (right, #170) and BEN DREZEK (right, #61). BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU The women's winner was Cumberland native CAITLIN MARINO, who placed 28th overall in a time of 23:44.88. The 24-year-old runner was a former state champion on the North Cumberland Middle School girls' cross coun- try team who went on to continue her running career at La Salle Academy. CUMBERLAND – It was a humid Fourth of July last Thursday morning, but that didn't prevent Warwick road racing standout and Bishop Hendricken alum Bronson Venable from capturing his sec- ond Arnold Mills Road Race championship, doing so in a time of 20:07.74 that topped a field of 525 finishers. The victory gave Venable, who last won the race during his Hendricken days in 2008, his third win at a Rhode Island road race in the past 26 days – he also claimed Cranston's Gaspee Days 5K on June 8 and North Kingstown's Matty's Run 5K the following weekend – fourth if you count his first-place finish at the Ice Cream 5K on June 22 in Norwood, Mass. As for last Thursday's race, "I ran a little slower than I wanted to," Venable said. "I know I went through three miles at a 4:55 pace, but that last little hill (on the fourth mile) kind of put a hurting on me." Last year's winner, former Cumberland High All-Stater and Providence College runner Trevor Crawley, ended up in fifth place in fifth with a time of 20:52.36, and finishing between Venable and Crawley were another former CHS standout, Bobby Hartnett (20:42.91), St. Raphael Academy senior-to-be Nasavell Medeiros (20:49.71) and veteran Warwick standout Matt Pelletier (20:50.91). There was plenty of elite competition, so that added to the excitement of the race. "In the run- ning community, everyone knows everyone, so you get here and see everyone's faces," said Venable. "They're joking and laughing. Obviously, we're good friends, but as soon as that gun goes off, it's all seri- ousness. And then afterward, like now, we're all joking. But it's definitely good to win." He was cooling down as a friendly runner poured a bottle of water over his head. But Venable's day was not over, as he went back to pace a few miles. He said he started with a three-mile warmup and knew it was going to be a hot race with everyone sweating. "I knew everyone was going to take it easy, so I had to go quick," added Venable, who completed this year's Boston Marathon in a time of 2:39:36 and plans to run in the Hartford Marathon in October. "As soon as I got to the top of the hill, I kind of tried to put in a surge to try and break everyone up and see how everyone felt." Three more former CHS standouts were able to cross the finish line in under 22 minutes and crack the top 10: UMass- Lowell steeplechaser Ben Drezek (8th place, 21:24.99), Assumption College's Will Mardo (9th, 21:35.54), and Boston Marathon veteran Jason Reilly (10th, 21:42.28). Cumberland native and La Salle Academy runner Jack Casey also placed 15th in a time of 22:30.85, and Cumberland's Chris Magill, a six-time winner of the race who is the head cross country and track and field coach at St. Raphael Academy, placed 16th in 22:46.02. Placing 28th overall, but Warwick runner tops field of 525 with 20:07.74 time; Marino returns to Cumberland to win women's title By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com VENABLE See ARNOLD MILLS, Page 29 We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Our philosophy: (401) 762-2400 • nriah.com We're attentive, grateful, well-behaved (mostly), and always happy to see you. Visit our full-service animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. Linda Farrington, DVM • Laura Roman, DVM Amy Kasprzycki, DVM Richard Coates, DVM • Holly Brown, DVM 1509 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 401-333-7911 www.ccvcri.com Small Mammals Walk-in Emergencies Hospitalization Facilities Routine Exams EMERGENCY CARE FOR PETS We're Here To Provide Quality, Compassionate Care When Pets Need It Most. OPEN 7 DAYS Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic 333-7911 Progressive Medicine in a Family Practice Atmosphere Open 7 days a week 1509

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