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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-21-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOV. 21-27, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 15 Sentinel Striders rule N.E. Junior Olympic meet Several local cross country runners advance to Sunday morning's Region 1 Championships in New York SMITHFIELD – The Sentinel Striders youth running club felt right at home in Sunday's USATF New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships at Deerfield Park, as the boys' ages 15-18 and 13-14 squads took second place in the team standings and the girls' ages 11-12 and boys' ages 7-8 teams placed third. One of the club's runners also won their race, Cumberland's Kiley DeFusco, who claimed the girls' 11-12 race in a time of 10:48. DeFusco, who topped a field of 110 runners, broke the 1.86-mile course record with her time; Caroline Fischer, who was this year's New Hampshire state high school champion, set the original record of 10:58 in 2013. Also turning in top 10 finishes were Smithfield's Colin Smith in the boys' 7-8 race, as he placed third by cover- ing the 2,000-meter course in a time of 7:50, and Smithfield High junior Ethan Maione, who took fifth place in the boys' 15-18 race by touring the 3.1-mile route in 16:38. The boys' 15-18 team also saw Smithfield's Chris Olean (20th, 17:41) and Aidan Sayles (22nd, 17:52) place in the top 25, and the boys' 13-14 team saw its five scorers finish in the top 35 of its 2.48-mile race: Smithfield's Reilly Bennett (14th, 13:40), David Parenteau (24th, 13:47), Grady McGinnis (27th, 13:51), Elijah Saddlemire (31st, 13:55), and Camden Maione (32rd, 13:56). The girls' 11-12 squad, meanwhile, was led by DeFusco, Smithfield's Alyssa Parenteau (28th, 12:13), Scituate's Jaicee Downs (32nd, 12:25), and Smithfield's Charlotte Lally (37th, 12:33) and Annabella Lally (47th, 12:46), and Smithfield's Will Lally turned in a 12th-place finish for the boys' 7-8 team in a time of 8:20. Adding a fifth place was the boys' 9-10 group, which saw Scituate's Andrew Bettez take 11th place in the 1.86-mile race in 12:08 and Foster's Trevor Harris finish 38th in 13:03. Also placing in the top 25 of their races were Smithfield's Meaghan Bennett (girls' 9-10, 17th place, 13:29) and Alexandra Cournoyer (girls' 7-8, 21st, 10:14), Scituate's Mia Bettez (girls' 13-14, 24th, 15:49), and St. Philip School's Emmy Belvin (girls' 13-14, 25th, 15:50). Other top individual placements Jenkins wraps up superb soccer career at Vermont with America East honor BOSTON – Smithfield's Brooke Jenkins, who is the captain of the University of Vermont women's soc- cer team, recently wrapped up her superb collegiate career by earning her second straight berth on the America East Conference's All- Academic Team. Jenkins, who is a public administra- tion major, accumulated a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a gradu- ate student. Last season, she earned United Soccer Coaches Scholar Third-Team All-East Region honors as an undergraduate senior, and she is also a three-time America East Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. On the field, Jenkins, who is also a two-time America East All- Conference Second-Team selection, exits the program with 13 goals, six of them game-winning scores, and six assists in 71 games. Jenkins graduated from Smithfield High in 2014 after enjoying an out- standing high school career with the Sentinels and graduating in the top 10 of her class. She earned Second-Team All-State honors and helped Smithfield capture the state championship in 2012 and reach the finals in 2011. See STRIDERS, Page 16 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 www.RhodyRug.com Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. VISIT OUR FACTORY OUTLET STORE! W inter B all Solstice Ball • Company Party 2044 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 231-2370 • www.ourplacetux.com Tis the Season to be Jolly & Smart... Why buy when you can rent? $45 Your Choice Tuxedo or Suit

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