Valley Breeze

The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-01-2021

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 23 of 47

ning," Slaney added. "His wife (Kerrie Carpenter) had a 5th-grade running club, the Flyers, and I basically started there. I also began to run with my dad (Bill Slaney) when I was nine or 10." Slaney's name popped up in road race results during the summer of 2013, as he recorded a time of 24:21 at the Foxboro Against Diabetes 5K and 30:34 on the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Road Race's four-mile course. In middle school, Slaney ran for the McCourt Middle School cross country team, and when the RIPCOA season ended, he rejoined his Flyers' coach on the North Cumberland Surge, an advanced youth running club that competes on the USATF Junior Olympic level. Slaney helped the Surge not only capture New England and Region 1 championships, but also a national title in 2017. Running for the Surge's ages 13-14 team at the USATF meet in Tallahassee, Fla., he placed 30th out of 402 runners by touring the 2.48-mile course in a time of 13:16.8. Prior to that season with the Surge, Slaney was kicking off his high school career with Mount's cross country team, and he wrapped up his rookie season at the Class C champion- ship meet at Ponaganset High's 3.1- mile course by taking 25th place in 18:14.24. But little didn't anyone know that this season wasn't an easy one for him, especially since he had to miss a bit of time. "In the second dual meet, which was at Ponaganset, I knew that some- thing was wrong," he noted. "I had a pre-stress fracture in my fibula, but after coming back (for the freshman state and Class C meets), I finished the entire indoor season and then I played baseball that spring." Slaney, who capped that indoor season by finishing third in the 3,000 meters in a time of 9:41.30 at the Class C meet, was looking forward to trading in his cleats for his running shoes as he awaited his sophomore season on the cross country squad. But stress fractures in his tibia not only erased that season, but another fracture prevented him from com- peting in outdoor track and field "because toward the end of (the indoor) season, it started hurting again," said Slaney. "I was going to run outdoor, but the fracture wasn't healed, and I was going to run cross country my junior year, but I had another fracture in my tibia." Slaney's entire junior year was even- tually put on the shelf, as the COVID- 19 pandemic and the RIIL shutting down last spring's season ended any small hopes of his return to action. But Slaney wisely used the time off to rest his legs and stay in shape for the upcoming cross country season. And with the exception of a minor injury that he suffered after the dual- meet season, Slaney was healthy enough to put together a season to treasure. He took first place in his first three Northern Division dual meets before taking second place to Cumberland High junior Henry Dennen (by seven seconds) in Mount's finale against the even- tual division champion Clippers and Smithfield High. More importantly, Slaney helped the Mounties finish the dual-meet season with a 10-2 mark that was their best record since 2012, and he also helped MSC place third at the Class C meet at Deerfield Park by taking third place in 16:30.81. "I took two weeks off (after the dual- meet finale) before I ran in the class race," he admitted. "My body wasn't really ready for it." Slaney was certainly ready for the state championship meet at Ponaganset, as he helped the Mounties crack the top 10 in the boys' standings for the first time in eight seasons by grabbing 13th place in 16:22.49 and earning Second-Team All-State honors for his fantastic finish. However, Slaney wasn't ready to wrap up his season. He joined the Smithfield-based Sentinel Striders' youth running club at the USATF New England Championships that took place last Nov. 22 in Nashua, N.H., and he helped the boys' 15-18 team earn runner-up honors by taking fifth place in 15:42. When 2020 rolled into 2021, Slaney elected not to return to the Mounties' indoor track team. With the RIIL season being a short one, he used his time to rest his legs a bit and train on his own, with his sights set on his first outdoor season and what he hopes will be a magnificent finish to his high school career. "I'd like to run in the 3,000 because that's my number one event," he added. "And I'd like to run in the 4x800 relay, which I've never done before." 24 SPORTS & RECREATION APRIL 1-7, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Lincoln's Leal, Thibaudeau land Little East's Winter All-Academic honors PROVIDENCE – Former Lincoln High track and field standouts Allison Leal and Matt Thibaudeau were among the student-athletes who were named to the Little East Conference's Winter All-Academic team by the league's office last Thursday. Leal is a senior middle distance runner on the UMass-Dartmouth women's indoor track and field team, and Thibaudeau is a thrower on the Rhode Island College men's indoor team. Both have earned this honor on multiple occasions. Student-athletes earned recognition on the all-academic teams by being at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing and holding a mini- mum cumulative grade point average of a 3.3. Above, Cumberland's RYAN SLANEY signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and running career at Bryant University during an NLI ceremony on Wednesday, March 24, at Mount Saint Charles Academy. Right, Slaney's final two meets with the Mount Saint Charles Academy boys' cross country team saw him place third at the Class C meet at Deerfield Park in a time of 16:30.81 and earn Second-Team All-State honors by taking 13th place at the state championship meet at Ponaganset High in 16:22.49. SLANEY From Page 23 Lincoln High School Student Athletes of the Month Casey Weaver, Freshman - Girls Volleyball Casey, a freshman is currently starting as a middle hitter for the girls volleyball team and continues to grow as a player each practice and game. In the first two games versus West Warwick & Chariho, Casey had a total of 18 kills, 3 blocks, and 4 service aces. Casey has a great attitude, a great work ethic, and is a true team player. We look forward to seeing how Casey will flourish as a player in the next four years here at Lincoln Dylan Balon, Senior - Football Dylan, a senior captain on the football team has emerged as one of the leaders as the Lions kick of their 2021 season in the difficult Division II North subdivision. Dylan is a true leader both on and off the field/ court. He is a four sport student-athlete competing in football, soccer, basketball, and volleyball. He is captain of the football, basketball, and volleyball teams as well as the Student Government Class President. In addition to his commitments to student government and athletics, Dylan has also been actively involved in FBLA for the past four years, serving as Parliamentarian, he currently ranks 3rd in his class and he was inducted into the National Honor Society. He is a leader and role model in the classroom, the athletic arena, and in the community and we look forward to seeing Dylan continue to excel on the football field. Casey Weaver Dylan Balon Congratulations Casey & Dylan

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Valley Breeze - The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-01-2021