If Chariho is going to win its second consecutive boys outdoor track title Sunday then it is going to have to do it without senior All-State star Mike Marsella.
“Mike is not entered in the meet today,” said Chariho coach Bill Haberek said prior to Sunday's RIIL Boys and Girls State Championship Meet at Brown University. “… He basically hasn’t been running since the 19th [of May].”
At the Class A Championships on May 19 Marsella competed in the 3,000 and was noticeably not himself. He finished in seventh place.
In the following days he went to get an MRI and later found out he had a ganglion cyst in the arch of his foot.
Since the class meet Marsella has continued to stay in shape by riding a bike and working out in the pool, but given the location of the cyst has not been able to run.
Even without their star runner the Chargers remain optimistic that they can compete with the rest of the state today at 12:30 p.m. at Brown University.
“Our job today is just a little more difficult, but the guys still believe they can do this,” Haberek said. “We’re going to give it our best.”