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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-18-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 18-24, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION 15 15 first time I talked (with Iowa State head coach Martin Smith), I could tell that I was really comfortable with this coach." One of the most sought-after high school track stars in the country, Kipyego received countless offers from some of the nation's elite programs. After doing his homework, leaving no stones unturned, and narrowing his choices to four, he admitted that he finally made up his mind on Sept. 27 and kept his decision private until last Friday. "It was hard for me to bring it down to four schools, to be honest," said Kipyego, who is the state record holder in the outdoor 800 meters (1:48.82) and indoor 600 (1:19.65) and 800 (1:52.55). "Just to get it down to one was very difficult." Because of the COVID-19 pandem- ic, Kipyego was unable to take any official visits, and he admitted that he never stepped foot in Iowa, noting with a smile that "I heard it's very flat with corn fields." "But the coach did give me a personal virtual tour and brought me around the campus," he continued. "I want to study engineering and he took me through everything there and it was good to see that aspect. I actually got to see the guys on the team too, so that was pretty cool." Four hours before Kipyego announced his decision, Tetreault took center stage at La Salle for a 15-minute ceremony. One of 16 student-athletes from the Providence private school to ink an NLI, Tetreault admitted in September that she was interested in URI, Miami University of Ohio, the University of Delaware, Cornell University, and Drexel University, but in the end, the Kingston school won out. "After talking to a lot of coaches and schools, URI started making its way up the list," added Tetreault, who is a three-time state champion in the 500-yard freestyle. "I started thinking, 'This may actually be where I want to go.' After I looked at all the pros and cons of the other schools, it helped make it an easier decision on where I wanted to go." Tetreault, who also competes for the Bluefish Swim Club in Attleboro, also noted that the members of the Rams' coaching staff have a good relationship with her club coaches, and while she wasn't able to visit any of the other schools on her wish list, she did visit the Rams' campus last year and take part in a few Zoom calls with the coaches and swimmers. Back at SRA, Mongeau, who is regarded as one of the greatest cross country runners in the Saints' history, took a weight off her shoulders by picking Monmouth over the other school that was very high on her radar, Iona College. Magill ironically ran at Iona after he graduated from SRA and enjoyed a superb career there during the mid-'90s. "I was definitely stuck between those schools," added Mongeau, who earned First-Team All-State cross country honors for the third time in her career at last Saturday's state meet. "Both are amazing, but I feel like I will fit in more at Monmouth and be more of a part of that team. Right now, they have a really strong building process and a new coach who's been working very hard on the cross country team, so I'm really excited to be part of that process." While Mongeau's decision was a tough one, Dowdy's was easier, as she chose the first school to reach out to her and whose head coach, Tom Garrick, is a native of Warwick who went on to play at URI and spend four seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Los Angeles Clippers. "After these other coaches heard that I accepted (UMass-Lowell's) offer, they were trying to make me change my mind," admitted Dowdy, "but UMass-Lowell was the first school to make me an offer. They really wanted me and they talked to me a lot." Last season, the two-time First- Team All-State center averaged 15.5 points and a dozen rebounds per game, reached the 1,000-point mark in her career midway through the season, and helped the Saints win the Division I-C regular-season championship. "It's close to home, and I'm just happy everyone can come and see me play," noted Dowdy. "I've been playing basketball since I was 7, and all the AAU tournaments and all the work I put in finally paid off." 17:33.12) and Kaydn Reilly (74th, 18:17.57). "My fifth guy came through big," Magill noted of Reilly. "His time was 18-low, and his previous best was 18:37, and all those seconds count in a tight race like this." In the girls' race, Mongeau didn't follow Kipyego's strategy from his race, as she stayed on the heels of the top three runners, East Greenwich sophomore Reese Fahys, who won the race in 17:43.51, La Salle senior Kaylie Armitage, who placed second in 17:58.53, and Moses Brown sophomore Sophia Gorriaran, who took third in 18:14.07. But just when it looked like the Monmouth University-bound Mongeau was going to end up in fourth place, East Greenwich sophomore Rylee Shunney managed to catch up to Mongeau in the final quarter mile and grab that spot in a time of 18:25.97. "Right when the gun went off, I was looking for Kaylie and them so I could stick with them for a little bit and see how it felt, what they were planning on doing," recalled Mongeau. "I kind of fell back a little bit, just to not kill myself, and I ran alone for a good mile-and-a-half. Right toward the end, (Shunney) caught me, and I kind of stayed on her back until the end, and she just kicked it in." "St. Ray's has never had a girl finish First-Team All-State three times," added Magill, who also doubles as the program's unofficial historian. "In some respect, she's the best cross country runner in St. Ray's history. If you look at the full body of work over four years – a two-time Class C champion, a two-time runner-up, and what she's done (at the state meet) – it's just amazing." "She always sticks her nose in there, and today was no different," continued Magill. "She wanted to run with the top runners, and I said, 'Go for it. You're a senior.' Could she have run for fourth (place)? Sure, but she wanted more than that, and at the end of the day, she hung on for fifth." D-I SIGNEES From Page 13 SAINTS From Page 12 ACROSS 1. Autonomic ner- vous system 4. At or near the stern 7. Adenosine triphos- phate 10. Polynesian gar- land of flowers 11. Chinese revolu- tionary 12. Green veggie 13. Large group 15. Swiss river 16. Semiaquatic mammal 19. Wrongdoers 21. Home to Disney World 23. 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