Written By: Jackson Cronin
Many of you may have noticed a handful of students leaving school early this past Friday, and boarding a coach bus with luggage in tow. These students are part of the East Greenwich Cross Country team and they were traveling to a race where they hoped to achieve success. For the past seven years it has been a tradition for the East Greenwich High School Cross Country team to venture up to Thetford, Vermont for the Woods Trail Run. It is by far one of, if not, the most difficult courses in the Northeast. Its combination of steep hills and precarious terrain makes it a challenge, yet something different to look forward to on a yearly basis. Both the Girl’s and Guy’s teams make the trip to compete against some of the best teams in New England.
After spending the night at the Lake Morey resort everyone woke, eager and ready to run, at 9:00 am. Once breakfast was finished everyone loaded onto the bus to be taken to the course.
When we arrived there was music blaring and races going off every 30 minutes. However, it would be a few hours before the final race of the day.
The first East Greenwich boys to run were Stuart Hallagan, Kyle Martinez, Roman Gloria, John Marshall, and Ronan Madden. They all performed well, finishing in the top third of their race and beating other Rhode Island counterparts from Barrington High School.
In the final race of the day the remaining ten boys ran in the championship race. Out of 829 runners and 55 teams the East Greenwich boys all finished within the top 50 percent of all finishers. The varsity boys team also placed third, and East Greenwich’s top finisher was Jackson Cronin who placed fifth with a time of 16:40
On the girls team they were also spread out into multiple different races where they all performed in the top 60 percent of all competitors. In the girls championship race the East Greenwich team was lead by Sophomores Kalie Bremer and Emma MacDonald who finished 28th and 35th respectively. Overall the girls team placed fifth out 48 teams.
Now the team will be shifting their focus on championship season. East Greenwich has won the class meet (comparable to the division state championships that the football team won) for the past six years and plans to continue the streak. East Greenwich also has their eyes on the overall state meet, where they have finished 3rd for the past three years. As always, they are hoping to top the powerhouses of Hendricken and LaSalle for the championship title. After this meet they will focus on showing their merit against teams from across New England at the New England Championships.