Tough one for Eagles at Brown Invite

Even some of the best teams can have their off days.

Barrington High had its mulligan on Saturday.

The Eagles, the two-time defending state titlists and the favorite for this year’s crown, finished a somewhat-disappointing fourth overall in the Championship race of the Brown HS Northeast Invitational at Goddard Memorial State Park. Only sophomore teammates Emma McMillan and Julianna Portelli were among the top 20 in a race that most anticipated the Eagles would be battling for a possible team title.

McMillian ran close to a personal best with a fourth-place time of 18 minutes, 10.8 seconds for the fast five-kilometer course. Portelli ran her fastest clocking this season, placing 20th overall in 19:19.1.

“I didn’t feel very good, like rundown,” McMillian admitted. “I’m worn down. Our whole team feels that way. We’ve had a tough week.”

Senior Abby Livingston, normally the Eagles’ No. 2 runner, suffered cramps midway into the race and finished 36th overall in 19:59.1, nearly two minutes slower than her PB of 18:16.3, set at the Great American Cross-Country Festival in N.C., on Oct. 5. Barrington’s scorers consisted of McMillan, Portelli , sophomore Julia Zitzmann (27th, 19:39.9), senior Kelsey Maxwell (28th, 19:40.5) and senior Megan Verner Crist (30th, 19:45.4).

Although she was displeased with her team’s overall finish, Barrington head coach Ann Marie Marino concentrated on the positives that her Eagles demonstrated on a crisp, fall afternoon.

“You’ve got to look at the bright things,” said Marino, whose squad was 11-0 in the Metropolitan Division. “Julianna Portelli ran the best race of her season and she’s normally our number five. You know those other girls are going to be back where they belong. Abby had a couple of things going on. She got a cramp early on and it affected her. She was doubled over in pain when I saw her at two (miles). Megan has had some alignment things going on. We were a little afraid of the sand (at the beach area of the course) today. She ended up holding back with Abby at one point and she was running with her.”

“It wasn’t there best outing, but on the brighter side, Emma ran a good time being tired,” the Eagles’ coach continued. “Julianna ran her best time of the season. Julia Zitzmann and Kelsey Maxwell had their best times of the season. You walk away with your eighth girl today that ran 19:50, and you say not bad. With Abby running better, we might have been upfront and winning. You walk away feeling really miserable, but if you take away from us personally, you take away the positives points which you have to do. Are we happy with our overall performance? No, who would be? They can’t be. Individually, I saw some bright spots that will help us down the road. Athletes that are strong and successful and work hard don’t give up. They are not going to lay down now.”

Senior Denise Branch of Benjamin Cardozo in New York, captured the individual title with a time of 17:52.2.  She was followed across the line by Miller Place (N.Y.) senior Tiana Guevera in second (17:53.8) and Northport (N.Y.) senior Brigid Brennan in third (18:04.0). Northport defeated runner-up Miller Place, 69-75, to take the team plaque. Tyngsborough (Mass.) was third with 92 points, while Barrington had 96 for its placement.

Cumberland, the only other R.I. team in the Championship race, was eighth with 177 points. Sophomore Amy Laverty paced the Clippers by taking 16th overall with a time of 19:07.8.

“Amy is disappointed. She wanted to break 19 (minutes) today,” Cumberland coach Joyce Bonner said.  “But it is a PR for the season so she really shouldn’t be disappointed. She is right on course for (the Nov. 2 state meet). She ran a great race.”

Cumberland sophomore Meaghan Scullin also dipped under 20 minutes, placing 26th with a time of 19:33.6. Junior Nichole Barger took 40th overall in 20:07.7, senior Hannah Tavares was 51st at 21:15.0 and senior Kerry Connolly placed 58th in 21:33.2 to complete the scoring.

In a meet where only a handful of R.I. squads made the short trip to Goddard Park, Cumberland was the lone school from the Ocean State in the boys’ Championship race. The Clippers were seventh overall with 177 points. Cambridge Rindge & Latin of Massachusetts took the hardware by defeating second place and last year’s champion St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 65-85.

Alex Southiere, a senior, was the top finisher for the Clippers. He was 22nd overall in 16:16.3. Also running strong was sophomore Sean Laverty (24th, 16:20.1) and senior Kevin Seaver (34th, 16:39.2). All three runners hit the opening mile between 4:59 and 5:01.

“At the state meet there is going to be twenty kids under five minutes so you got to be able to get out quick and be used to it,” Cumberland coach Tom Kenwood said. “We ran several meets this season where they ran five minutes or maybe a little faster so that’s good.”

Overall, Kenwood was satisfied with his squad’s effort. During the league season, the Clippers were 11-0 in the Northern Division.

“We knew they could run some fast times and I wanted to run in a competitive race with some room to run,” he said. “That’s what we got.”

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(Local results courtesy of Bob Leddy, R.I. Track & Field Foundation)

 

                                              R.I. GIRLS’ RESULTS
Championship Division
R.I. team scores

     4, Barrington 96; 8, Cumberland 177. 
Top R.I. finishers (w/overall place)
     1 (4) Emma Mc Millan, Batt. 18:10; 2 (16) Amy Laverty, Cumb. 19:07; 3 (17) Jess Elliott, Prout 19:10; 4 (20) Julianna Portelli, Barr. 19:19; 5 (26) Meaghan Sciullin, Cumb. 19:33; 6 (27) Julia Zitzman, Barr. 19:39; 7 (28) Kelsey Maxwell, Barr. 19:40; 8 (Megan Verner-Crist, Barr. 19:45; 9 (36) Abby Livingston, Barr. 19:59; 10 (40) Nichole Barger, Cumb. 20:07; 11 (51) Hannah Tavares, Cumb. 21:15; 12 (58) Kerry Connelly, Cumb. 21:33; 13 (61) Ashley Bricault, Cumb. 21:37; 14 (65) Cailey Johnson, Cumb. 22:21. Dist. 3.1.
Varsity A-1
R.I. team scores

     15, Westerly 375; 27, Prout 612.
Top R.I. finishers (w/overall place)
     1 (24) Katie Millar, Ex./W. Greenwich 20:05; 2 (41) Sarah Garvey, West. 20:43; 3 (52) Maddy Mc Laughlin, West. 21:01; 4 (75) Caitlin Gosiminski, Prout 21:41; 5 (76) Carrie Sisco, West. 21:42; 6 (91) Kayla Harrington, Prout 22:12; 7 (93) Serenity Chen, West. 22:13. Dist. - 3.1.
Varsity A-II
R.I. team score

     19, Portsmouth 532.
Top R.I. finisher (w/overall place)
     1 (67) Sophie Ford, Ports. 21:06.
JV-I
R.I. team score

     13, Prout 333.
Top R.I. finishers
     37, Liz Orr, West. 23:33; 55, Kyra Mc Cormick, West. 24:39; 61, Alex Beardwood, Prout 25:09; 65, Aisla Lehrach, Prout 25:26; 73, Cate Montalto, West. 25:41; 95, Michaela Muto, Prout 26:44. Dist. - 3.1.
JV-II
R.I. team scores

     16, Barrington 349; 16, Portsmouth 489.
Top R.I. finishers
     51, Maddy Soutter, Barr. 22:08; 73, Annie Priolo, Barr. 22:51; 96, Chloe Mehring, Barr. 23:35; 104, Anne Aggerholm, Barr. 23:52. Dist. - 3.1.
Freshman race
Top 5 R.I. finishers

     38, Mira DeSilvestro, Prout 18:34; 46, Abby Tutt, Barr. 19:04; 66, Erin Yabroudy, Prout 20:34; 79, Skyla Strickland, West. 21:23; 85, Caeles Garvey, West. 22:11.
 
                                             R.I. BOYS’ RESULTS
Championship Division
R.I. team score

     7, Cumberland 171.
Top R.I. finishers (w/overall place)
     1 (22) Alex Southiere, Cumb. 16:16; 2 (24) Sean Laverty, Cumb.16:20; 3 (34) Kevin Seaver, Cumb. 16:39; 4 (43) Luke Emby, Prout 16:50; 5 (52) Dave Agudelo, Cumb. 17:04; 6 (56) Abdullah Kaba, Cumb. 17:10; 7 (62) Jim Haupt, Cumb. 17:23; 8 (76) Matt Smith, Cumb. 17:49.
Varsity A-I
R.I. team scores

     17, Prout 435; 19, Ex,.W. Greenwich 457; 22, Middletown 621.
Top R.I. finishers (w/overall place)
     1 (30) Matt Dampier, EWG 16:58; 2 (70) Adam Sowden, EWG 17:51; 3 (80) Jacob Mc Connell, Prout 18:06; 4 (81), Ryan Donovan, Prout 18:09; 5 (90) Matt Matrullo, Prout 18:30. Dist. - 3.1.
Varsity A-II
R.I. team scores

     8, Barrington 242; 19, Portsmouth 438; 23, Cr. West 662.
Top R.I. finishers (w/overall place)
     1 (27) Sam Somera, Barr. 17:00; 2 (36), Sean Blythe, Ports., 17:06; 3 (43) Luke Bledsoe, Barr. 17:11; 4 (46) Travis Soares, Barr. 17:13; 5 (60) Marc Sefranek, Barr. 17:28; 6 (66) Grant Auber, Barr. 17:38; 7 (79) Kieran Mc Gartoll, Barr. 17:54; 8 (80) Nate Zacarro, CW 17:56; 9 (88) Jack Reaper, Ports. 18:04. Dist. - 3.1.
JV-I
R.I. team score

     6, Prout 152.
Top R.I. finishers
     23, Nick Curci, Prout 18:41; 31, Connor King, Prout 19:13; 39, John Pelosi, Prout 19:40; 56, Chris Joseph, Prout 20:11; 63, Ian O’Donnell, Prout 20:33; 64, Tyler Kumes, Prout 20:37. Dist. - 3.1.
JV-II
R.I. team score

     8, Barrington 278.
Top R.I. finishers
     42, Will Connelly, Barr. 18:12; 85, Cassidy Laidlaw, Barr. 18:58; 99, Collin Travassos, Barr. 19:16. Dist. - 3.1.
Freshman race
R.I. team scores

     7, Prout 254; 19, Portsmouth 454.
Top 5 R.I. finishers 
     4, John Eckel, Prout 13:59; 27, Cam Doherty, Prout 14:49; 72, Jack Page, Ports. 16:13; 84, Jack Conway, Prout 16:26; 88, Bob Scola, Prout 16:30
 
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