For a several Rhode Island teams and individuals, the cross-country season continues this weekend in New York. And for a few, it could extend even further.
Ocean Staters will be split up at two different meets on Saturday with the Foot Locker Northeast Regionals at historic Van Cortlandt Park and the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast (NXN-NE) Regionals at Bowdoin Park in Wappinger Falls, N.Y.
The NXN-NE meet will feature a good portion of our R.I. athletes. Among some of the top schools scheduled to compete in the boys' race are recent state champion and runner-up Bishop Hendricken and La Salle Academy. East Greenwich and individual state titlist Jeffrey Pedersen are also entered. The Hawks are ranked No. 9 as a team, while the Rams are No. 13. The top two teams earn a trip to Oregon for the Nike Cross Nationals. La Salle's Max DiMuccio, who was the top R.I. finisher at the New England Championships, placing fourth overall, is listed as a dark horse to secure one of the five individual spots (not on a qualifying team) for the national meet. In the girls' race, Portsmouth and La Salle, 1-2 finishers at the State Meet, will test their mettle against the top teams in the northeast. The Patriots' Nikki Merrill and the Rams' Grace Connolly and Emily Kane, are among the dark horses for a top-five individual placement.
The Foot Locker meet will include three-time state champion Eleanor Lawler of South Kingstown. Lawler was eighth at the regionals two years ago and earned All-American status by taking 14th overall at the national meet.
Nike Cross Nationals Northeast/New York Regionals
at Bowdoin Park, Wappinger Falls, NY
9 a.m. - Boys Open NY
9:30 a.m. - Girls Open NY and NE combined
10:05 a.m. - Boys Open Northeast Green Race
10:35 a.m. - Boys Open Northeast Black Race
11 a.m. Anthem and Introductions
11:10 a.m. - Open Awards
11:30 a.m. - Boys NY Championship Race
12:05 a.m. - Girls NY Championship Race
12:40 a.m. - Boys NE Championship Race
1:15 a.m. - Girls NE Championship Race
1:40 a.m. - Championship Awards and Nationals Registration
Foot Locker Northeast Regionals
Van Cortlandt Park, New York
9:45 a.m. - Open Race
10:10 a.m. - Freshmen/Sophomore Race Boys
10:35 a..m. - Freshmen/Sophomore Race Girls
11 a.m. - Marty Lewis Championship Boys
11:30 a.m. - Championship Girls
12 p.m. - Junior/Senior Boys
12:25 p.m. - Junior/Senior Girls
12:50 p.m. - 13-14 Girls/Boys
1:15 p.m. - 11-12 Girls/Boys
1:40 p.m. - 10 & Under Girls/Boys