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NORTH SCITUATE â€” The exuberant feeling that the members of the Chariho cross country team had last June when they helped the outdoor track team clinch its first state championship is still alive and well following Saturdayâ€™s Class A Championship meet.
Mainly because the Chargers know theyâ€™re close to pulling off another thriller and making this fall trump the tremendous accomplishments the program had last year.
The final tune-up for the RIIL Cross Country State Championship meet for Chariho resulted in a second-place finish as a team with 69 points Saturday morning at Ponaganset High School. Bishop Hendricken, the reigning state champions from the last three seasons and owners of 19 overall titles, took the top spot with 34 points.
Even prior to the school year commencing, Chariho â€“ which finished third overall in the state cross country meet last season â€“ has been working diligently to be on the better end of the standing sheet over the perennial Hawks for a second time in less than six months.
Now, the Chargers have made at least a partial statement to everyone in the state in having three runners finish in the top three on Saturday and that they have the confidence to overtake Hendricken again.
â€śWe definitely have a shot next week,â€ť said Mike Marsella, who won the Class A meet as an individual with an impressive time of 15 minutes 37.59 seconds. â€śWe know what weâ€™ve got to do. All of our top seven (runners) know what theyâ€™ve got to do and thatâ€™s what weâ€™re going to do.â€ť
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