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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-19-2020

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14 SPORTS & RECREATION NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION 14 0.77 of a second, "especially with my team right behind me, and we won (the state championship) as well. It feels great." McLoughlin, who 24 hours earlier, had signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his running and academic career at Georgetown University, was locked in a three-way duel for the lead through the first two miles with Reynolds and Leach, with plenty of real estate separating them from the eventual fourth-place finisher, St. Raphael Academy senior Darius Kipyego. McLoughlin tried to break away from Reynolds and Leach at the two- mile mark, "but Evan and Chase are such good athletes that they kind of stuck with me," he recalled. "Under the (covered) bridge with (0.62 of a mile) to go, I said to myself, 'I have to do it now or else I'm not going to be able to win this race,' so I put down a little surge." "I came around (toward the finish line) with about 150-200 (yards) to go, and my coach was screaming at me that I'd been here before and I'd been so close," continued McLoughlin, who was the 2019 Gatorade R.I. Boys' Cross Country Runner of the Year. "I just wanted to put it away at that point." After Kipyego crossed the finish line, La Salle sewed up its state title by grabbing three of the next five spots, and among that group was junior Jack Casey, a Cumberland native, who took sixth place in a time of 16:08.08 to join McLaughlin among the First- Team All-State selections. "Casey works hard," said McLoughlin. "He's one of the most hardest working guys on this team. He had an injury his freshman year, and to see him come back from that and get First-Team All-State is awe- some." Two more Cumberland natives sporting the singlets of private schools also earned Second-Team All- State honors. La Salle junior Adam Thibodeau nailed down his team's championship by taking ninth place in 16:15.50, and Mount Saint Charles Academy senior Ryan Slaney placed 13th in 16:22.49. Cumberland High's top finisher was junior Henry Dennen, who earned Third-Team All-State honors by grab- bing 16th place in 16:29.64, and two of his teammates were also able to fin- ish among the top 35, as junior Ethan Carpenter took 28th place in 16:47.55 and sophomore Cole McCue placed 32nd in 16:49.50. Also placing in the top 70 were Lincoln native and St. Raphael Academy junior Pedro Mayol (33th, 16:53.14), Cumberland seniors Jake Gilson (44th place, 17:11.63) and Owen Molis (59th, 17:51.42), and Lincoln High junior Ben Martins (69th, 18:00.85) and sophomore Nathan Evans (18:01.34). The Clippers, who took third place and was the top public school team in last year's state meet, was hoping to duplicate that performance, but North Kingstown took that spot by scoring 152 points. The Clippers and Chariho tied for fourth with 166, but Cumberland was awarded fourth place because its number five runner, Molis, finished four places better than the Chargers' fifth finisher. Unfortunately for the Clippers, one of their runners, junior John Walker, suffered a spill at the start of the race and was unable to finish it. Walker, who finished the Class A meet with a time of 17:00.13, would have probably cracked the top 40 had he not fallen and come close to duplicating that performance. "We didn't meet our goal," said Cumberland boys' head coach Kerrie Carpenter. "We had our number four guy get knocked down in the first 200 (yards). He was dealing with an Achilles issue, so I think that was a little too much strain and trauma for him to have to recover from. One guy goes down, it's tough to recover from that. We did enough to get the tiebreaker, but our goal is always to be that number one public school and the best team that we can be." In the girls' race, the top local fin- CROSS COUNTRY From Page 13 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES JACK CASEY, a Cumberland native and a La Salle Academy junior, earned First- Team All-State honors at last Saturday's state championship meet by taking sixth place in a time of 16:08.08. Continues on next page Is your will or trust over 5 years old? Call for a review JOSEPH J. ROSZKOWSKI Attorney at Law Serving the people & businesses of Northern R.I. for over 50 years. Estate Planning | Wills | Trusts | Probate & Estate Litigation Real Estate & Title Closings 2178 Mendon Road, Suite 300, Cumberland, RI 02864 • 769-3447 Get Back IN tHe GaMe! We offer rehabilitation and therapy services for patients of all ages. cUMBeRLaND, RI 2295 DIAMOND HILL ROAD ROUTE 114 (off Exit 11, Route 295) CUMBERLAND, RI 401-305-3858 Learn why Chapel Hill Senior Living is the right choice for right now — and the right choice for tomorrow. 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