Carnival kicks off cross country season

Contributing Writer

The Hendricken Harriers left no doubt that they intend to defend their State Championship this year.  The Hawks domination was on full display at they swept the top 8 places and 13 of the top 20.  Jack McMahon took the top spot with a time of 16:03, He was followed by Luke Henseler who finished just 4 seconds behind him. Hendricken had its top 5 runners across the line in a span of just 22 seconds and 8 runners broke 16:35.  

La Salle’s Max Dimuccio had the fastest time of the day in 15:56.  Dimuccio, a Junior was followed by Joe Dos Reis who finished in 16:19.  Dominic Campagna, Tyler Chambers and Jack McCloughlin rounded out the top 5 to complete the sweep for the Rams.. 

The Carnival results set the stage for what will no doubt be an exciting season between the two powerhouses. The Hawks have tremendous depth.  The average time of their top five scoring runner on Saturday was 16:13, 12 seconds faster than LaSalle’s 16:25. Many see Dimuccio as the favorite to win the individual championship and that appeared to be the case on Saturday as he was firmly in control over the last mile. As the leader of the squad he is thinking not only of himself.  

“I want to help my team win the  state championship. That is my goal. I think we can compete for the state championship and at the regional level” he said. 

In the girls races Portsmouth’s Nikki Merril posted the fastest time of the day in 18:22,  Teammate Elizabeth Sullivan was just 2 seconds back in 18:24 leading the victory over North Kingston by a score of 25-48.  

In other action East Greenwich Sophomore Leah Chase ran 20:11 to lead the host team to victory over South Kingston 35-38.  LaSalle’s Mackenzie Doyle ran 19:40 to lead her team to victory over Coventry,  Barrington’s Caroline Livingston won in 19:09 followed by Cumberland’s Adah Anderson in 20:15 which lead to a Clippers 29-32 victory.    

SK’s Anthony Capalbo took the top spot in the boys Freshman 4K race leading the South Kingston win over LaSalle 63-81,  in the girls event Lily Borin was the individual winner for LaSalle in 15:56.  The Rams finished runner ups to North Kingston 30-57 followed by South Kingston with 65 points.

 

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