Winning the Class C boys’ title, not to mention producing two individual class champions. Don’t forget about those three all-state performers, two of whom ended up landing on the first team.
Make way for a new wave of plaudits following Saturday’s New England Cross-Country Championship meet, as the St. Raphael Academy program can now claim to having two All-New England runners.
Needless to say, it’s been a banner fall for the Saints.
Competing at the challenging Wickham Park course in Manchester, Conn., SRA junior Rachael Mongeau followed up her third-place finish at the state meet with a very strong 16th place showing against a New England field that featured 263 finishers. Mongeau completed the course in 19 minutes flat. She was the second-fastest finisher among R.I. participants.
A year ago, Mongeau placed 59th in the regional meet. As SRA head coach Chris Magill remarked following Saturday’s meet, Mongeau has settled in as one of the region’s top runners.
“I don’t know what to say. Rachael just doesn’t run a bad race. She ran fantastic,” said Magill. “(On Saturday), her starting box was way on the outside so I was a little nervous for her. She started out strong and hovered between 10th and 15th place for much of the race. She just grinded it out and I’m super proud of her. She’s had a superb season.”
In the SRA boys’ camp, junior Darius Kipyego earned All-New England status after placing 16th with a time of 16:14. Kipyego capped off his successful cross-country season as the fifth-fastest Rhode Island finisher at the New Englands.
SRA senior Nasavell Medeiros ran a tough race and ended up coming in 29th place (16:25). In the team standings, the SRA boys placed 21st out of 30 schools.
“To finish in the Top-30 in what was a very competitive field, that’s pretty good,” said Magill about Medeiros.
Per Magill, Kipyego became the first SRA boy to earn All-New England honors since 2001. On the girls’ side, you have to go back to 1994 to find the last time a St. Raphael female runner finished high enough to be called an All-New England runner.
Just like at the state meet, the Cumberland boys stood tall and managed to hold their own at the New England. Finishing 12th in the team standings was aided by sophomore teammates Ethan Carpenter (36th, 16:32) and Henry Dennen (65th, 16:48).
For the Cumberland girls who placed 26th overall, junior Olivia Belt led the way with a solid showing (56th place, 19:48).
Also of local note Saturday, Burrillville senior Mitchell Dailey charged his way to placing 75th in the boys’ race with a time of 16:54. La Salle’s ability to repeat as New England champs on the boys’ side was aided by Cumberland native Adam Thibodeau, who was the Rams’ fifth and final scorer after coming in No. 42 (16:34). Right behind Thibodeau was fellow Cumberland native/La Salle sophomore Jack Casey (No. 43, 16:35).
NEW ENGLAND CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
At Wickham Park – Manchester, Conn.
(30 teams competed)
12. Cumberland 356; 21. St. Raphael 515
16. Darius Kipyego (St. Raphael) 16:14; 29. Nasavell Medeiros (St. Raphael) 16:25; 36. Ethan Carpenter (Cumberland) 16:32; 65. Henry Dennen (Cumberland) 16:48; 75. Mitchell Dailey (Burrillville) 16:54; 118. Owen Molis (Cumberland) 17:15; 140. Pedro Mayol (St. Raphael) 17:25; 153. John Walker (Cumberland) 17:30; 155. Cole McCue (Cumberland) 17:30; 165. Jorge Rocha (Cumberland) 17:37; 169. Jake Gilson (Cumberland) 17:38; 248. Colby Luiz (St. Raphael) 19:09; 250. C.J. Magill (St. Raphael) 19:11; 254. Andrew Worden (St. Raphael) 19:22.
(30 teams competed)
26. Cumberland 557
16. Rachael Mongeau (St. Raphael) 19:00; 58. Olivia Belt (Cumberland) 19:48; 163. Baliee Brown (Cumberland) 21:10; 174. Shakira DePina (Cumberland) 21:23; 175. Grace Carr 21:23; (Cumberland); 239. Chloe Jacinto (Cumberland) 22:52; 247. Adah Anderson (Cumberland) 23:14; 248. Elizabeth Pickering (Cumberland) 23:14.