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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield High boys' and girls' cross country teams were happy to be back at Deerfield Park last Saturday for their Northern Division home openers, and that happiness showed in some of the times that the Sentinels clocked on their 3.1-mile course. Both teams improved to 6-0 by sweeping Lincoln, Ponaganset, and Davies. The boys swept the first seven spots, and 11 of the top 12 places, to blank their three opponents by 15-50 scores, and the girls grabbed seven of the top 11 spots in their race to top Ponaganset by a 21-37 score and also shut out Lincoln and Davies. In their season openers seven days earlier at Scituate's Manning Field, the boys' and girls' teams downed North Smithfield, Woonsocket, and the host Spartans, but did so on a course that most coaches through- out the division regard as one of the tougher trails in northern Rhode Island. When the Sentinels returned to Deerfield last Saturday, the boys' team saw their top 10 runners shave at least 10 seconds off the times they produced in Scituate – and eight chop off more than 20 – and the top four girls were able to better their times from the previous week by at least 31 seconds. "It was good to be back here," added Smithfield girls' coach John Marchand. "We ran a team road race that was measured at 3.4 (miles) two weeks ago, and then we ran at Scituate, which has a very challeng- ing course that's going to affect your times." The girls' race kicked off the day's festivities, and as they did in their season opener, the freshmen led the charge for the Sentinels. Julia Cavanaugh claimed the race in a time of 22:41 to top the second-place finisher, Lincoln freshman Sequoia Drolet, by 15 seconds; Caroline Bosco took third place in a time of 23:14, and Sadie DeMaggio placed seventh in 24:21. The Chieftains, who came into the meet with a 3-1 record, made things interesting by grabbing the fourth and fifth places behind senior Liana Nerbonne (23:41) and Courtney Carlson (23:51), but the Sentinels clinched their victories when DeMaggio, sophomore Lillie McCormick (24:41), and freshman Talia Cost (24:59) swept the seventh through ninth places. Also placing in the top 15 were Ponaganset junior Megan Gray (24:59), Smithfield junior Alana Urizar (26:26), Ponaganset senior Sophie Tirrell (27:03), Smithfield Smithfield squads storm out to 6-0 start Cross country teams return to Deerfield Park to top Lincoln, Ponaganset, Davies By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com Left, Smithfield senior ETHAN MAIONE, #64, makes his move on teammate JASON PADULA as they sprint toward the finish line during last Saturday's Northern Division meet at Deerfield Park. Maione won the boys' race in a time of 17:07 that was four seconds faster than Padula. Center, Smithfield freshman JULIA CAVANAUGH won the girls' race in a time of 22:41, and right, classmate CAROLINE BOSCO placed third in 23:14. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES See CROSS COUNTRY, Page 19 470 Central Avenue | Pawtucket, RI 02861 HannasColor.com Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit Our New Store of the Future COLOR STUDIO Tel. 401-725-6096 Fax 401-725-6135 Avoid the Crowds! We're Open with all your Home Improvement Needs!

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