Did you know, at least one person in every grade currently at our school can say, “I won a cross country freshmen states championship”? In 2013, the Class of 2017 boys won the Freshmen Boys Cross Country State Championships in Burrillville. In 2014, the Class of 2018 boys repeated the feat at Goddard Park. Last season, the Class of 2019 girls won, again at Goddard. This year on October 24, 2016, the freshmen state meet was held on our home course here at EG, the same four-kilometer loop that the state’s freshmen ran back in September at the Injury Fund Carnival. The freshmen, once again, did not disappoint, as our girls (Class of 2020) won a thriller over runners-up Smithfield, Cumberland, and La Salle.
Over four kilometers (a 4k is approximately 2.5 miles), the Avenger’s top five scorers totalled 66 points—13 points ahead of second place Smithfield. Bryn Shunney took third in 15:58, only a fraction of a second behind second place Kyle Fish of SK; Leah Chace placed seventh in 16:46; Ana Caliri finished ninth in 16:52; Morgan Prior took twenty-sixth in 17:33; and Laurel Koehler placed forty-sixth with a time of 18:46. Carly Stange and Eva Bianco rounded the sixth and seventh spots off by placing seventy-second, and eighty-fourth, respectively.
On the freshmen boys side, Josh Aronow was the first EG runner to finish in 15:06, followed by Codey Therault, Roman Gloria, David Evron, Alex Sack, Andre Gianfranco, Phil Roos, Sunny Sait, and Oscar Clement, respectively. The boys placed eighth with an average time of 15:46.76 among the top five.
Both the boys and the girls teams have worked hard as a team throughout the season, overcoming injuries and obstacles to finish with many personal records. The freshmen girls also won their race at the Injury Fund Carnival, and placed second at the Wickham Invitational. However, the action isn’t over as the next cross country meet takes place this Saturday, October 29, in Ponaganset, where EG looks to win and perform well in the Class C and JV State races. The following weekend, the Varsity State Championships take place on Sunday, November 6, also in Ponaganset. Click here to see the full results of Monday’s Freshmen State Championships.