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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-06-2019

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ NOVEMBER 6-12, 2019 NORTH SCITUATE – Twenty minutes after the boys' race at last Saturday afternoon's RIIL Championships was in the books, St. Raphael Academy head cross country coach Chris Magill made the long, anxious walk around the outside of Ponaganset High's track and toward the concession stand at the 50-yard line of the football field, where the results of the boys' meet were taped to the front of the stand. Midway through his walk, Magill received a call on his cell phone from an SRA supporter who beat him to the concession stand. The conversa- tion was brief, but Magill hung on every word of it before hanging up his phone and jubilantly pumping his fist in the air. "Sixth!" he yelled. "We took sixth! We're going to New Englands!" On a day in which a lot of things went very well for the Saints, from juniors Rachael Mongeau and Darius Kipyego earning First-Team All-State honors to senior Nasavell Medeiros landing a spot among the Second- Team All-State runners for the second straight year, the news of the boys' team clinching its first berth in the New England Championships since 2001 clearly put an exclamation point on an amazing afternoon. As expected, La Salle Academy, which took six of the top 10 places to win the state championship with 26 points, and Bishop Hendricken, which took three of the top nine to end up with 65, led the way in the team standings, with Chariho (143), Cumberland (154), and Classical (183) leading the way for the public schools. But the Saints captured sixth place, and the state's final berth in Saturday's New England meet at Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn., by scoring 195 points, just seven fewer than 7th-place Westerly, and it took a team effort, as well as SRA's num- ber seven runner, freshman Andrew Worden, to seal the deal. "We're very, very excited," Magill admitted. "I knew it was going to be close and I knew it was going to take seven guys. And our seventh guy, Andrew Worden, was our fifth man. I can't say enough about his perfor- mance. We know about Darius and Nas, but with our (numbers) four or five guys not running well, Andrew saved the day today. He's going to get a free lunch!" Worden took 95th place in a time of 18:09.78, and that finish was sorely needed because the Bulldogs placed their top five runners among the top BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Above, St. Raphael Academy junior RACHAEL MONGEAU, right, runs side by side with Barrington High senior CAROLINE LIVINGSTON, left, and La Salle Academy junior KAYLIE ARMITAGE in the woods during the first mile of the girls' race at last Saturday afternoon's RIIL Championships at Ponaganset High. Armitage captured the race in a time of 18:24.03 that was 4.03 seconds quicker than Livingston and seven seconds faster than Mongeau. Left, St. Raphael Academy junior DARIUS KIPYEGO, left, gets ready to outkick ALEX MAXWELL during the final 50 yards of the boys' race. Kipyego took sixth place in a time of 15:56.43 that edged Maxwell by 0.01 of a second. All Saints Day SRA boys' cross country team grab first trip to New Englands since 2001; Mongeau, Kipyego cop First-Team All-State honors By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See CROSS COUNTRY, Page 21 2044 Smith St., North Providence, RI (401) 231-2370 fax (401) 232-9220 www.ourplacetux.com Congratulations! You're Engaged! Come see the largest selection of tuxedos and accessories in RI for all your formal wear needs! Ask about our Wedding Specials Ask about our Wedding Specials Ask about our Wedding Specials Don's Luncheonette 169 Benefit Street, Pawtucket, RI 725-2530 Hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Saturday 6 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.-12 p.m. Homemade Hash $4.00 PORTUGUESE WESTERN OMELET Home Fries, Toast (Linguica, Peppers, Onion) $ 7.50! Park Place Congregational Church Worship Each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Pastors Bill McMillan & Wayne Patenaude THRIFT SHOP OPEN WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. www.parkplaceucc.com 401-726-2800 71 Park Place (exit 27 off I-95), Pawtucket, Rhode Island Holy Communion the first Sunday of each month

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