Middle School State Championships: It's A Clean Sweep For North Cumberland!

North Cumberland Middle School put on a dominating performance at Saturday's Middle School State Meet, held at Goddard Memorial State Park.

North Cumberland not only swept the team titles (junior varsity, varsity), but also claimed the individual crowns, too. Ethan Carpenter led the boys, breaking the tape with a winning time of 10 minutes, 5 seconds for the 3,000-meter course. Carpenter, who is just a seventh-grader, was 25 meters ahead of runner-up, Alexander Maxwell of Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, who was timed in 10:11.7. De La Salle's Jack Casey, a Cumberland resident, was third in 10:22.5. 

With all five of its scoring runners among the top 12, North Cumberland defeated second-place Cole, 34-87, for the team crown. Smithfield's Gallagher was third with 118 points.

In the girls' competition, Olivia Belt, an eighth-grader, posted a five-second victory, crossing the line at 11:32.6. Finishing second was Tess Gagliano of Barrington in 11:37.9. Lily Borin of Scituate was third at 11:58.2.  Megan Huntley, a sixth-grader from Cole, placed fourth in 12:00.8.

North Cumberland defeated Cole, 56-118 for the team title.

John Walker and Grace Leonard led the JV squads.