Madeleine O'Neill Edges Mia Bettez For Freshman State Title

Photos from Dylan Manning

Freshman Photos JV Photos

With a lot of unknown with the 2020 cross country season athletes, parents and the RIIL were hopeful to get through a season of dual meets in hopes the RIIL Championship series could be run.

With the regular season going well, the RIIL proceeded with the three weeks of championship cross country action which started with the Freshman and JV State Championships yesterday at East Greenwich HS.  Of course, it was a year that New England had snowfall at the end of October, so athletes would run over a partially snow-covered course on a cold Halloween day

The girl's battle was a good one, with Rory Sullivan (North Kingstown) putting a lead on the field with Madeleine O'Neill (Narragansett) and Mia Bettez (La Salle) trying to chase her down.  

Eventually, the pair would be able to get to the lead, but there wasn't much separation between the two over the 4000m race.  As they approached the finish line, O'Neill was able to pull just ahead of Bettez to take the freshman girls' state title in 14:59.32 to 15:00.55! 

Ava Peters (East Greenwich) would finish 3rd in 15:24 with Sullivan taking the fourth place spot in 15:40. 

1Madeleine O'Neill9Narragansett High School14:59.320
2Mia Bettez9La Salle Academy15:00.551
3Ava Peters9East Greenwich High School15:24.132
4Rory Sullivan9North Kingstown High School15:40.853
5Katie Yalanis9Portsmouth High School15:50.250
6Mia Barrus9Lincoln School16:02.680
7Erin von Housen9Chariho Regional High School16:03.934
8Emmy Belvin9Mount Saint Charles Academy16:09.410
9Eva Mermin9Moses Brown School16:10.830
10Jessica Mastrandrea9The Prout School16:33.210

Lead by a 14th place finish from Grace Belt, Cumberland was able to show off their depth with a 34 second gap between Belt and fifth girl Anna Kalafut to score 54 points and edge La Salle Academy and East Greenwich who score 64 points and 94 points respectively.  

La Salle and East Greenwich had 2 girls finish before Cumberland's first, however having a strong 3,4,5 proved to be the key to this years freshman class championship.  Cumberland's 5th girl was 23rd overall, 17 spots ahead of La Salle's third.

Cumberland Girls Results