Kipyego Wins New England’s In Dominating Fashion




Devan Kipyego toed the line at Ponaganset for the third weekend in a row. From the moment the gun went off, everyone knew that the same result would occur. Kipyego was already alone by the mile, putting a 2-second gap on the field, running 4:45.44. It expanded to 7 seconds with a 12:19.05 4k, and by the finish was 13 seconds in 15:24.58. The weather was not on Kipyego's side as he aimed to take down the course record held by DJ Principe. The hot and humid weather along with an injury to Aidan Cox of Coe-Brown meant that Kipyego would be alone the whole race. He was, however, able to finish strong and fly the Rhode Island flag to begin the new tradition of the winner holding the state's flag. Kipyego now looks to NXR Northeast to keep his undefeated streak alive.  

Troy Silvestri of Hendricken took 11th in 15:57.97 while Nick Martin of East Greenwich and Jackson Borge of North Kingstown placed 14th and 15th in 16:13 each. Rounding out the All-New England runners is sophomore Cole Francis in 19th with a 16:20.36. The team battle saw Bishop Hendricken placing 2nd overall thanks to putting 5 in the top 48 with Andrew Frezza and Keegan Tierney placing 28th and 32nd. They missed Hall High school by just 8 points 89-97. Cumberland placed 7th with 299 points.  

On the girls' side, Reese Fahys and Caroline Cummings represented Rhode Island's best at New England's. Sophia Gorriaran did not end up racing so there would be a new top runner compared to last week. Fahys and Cummings both ran 5:42 in the opening mile before Fahys opened the gap at 4k to 3 seconds. Fahys would go on to place 7th in 18:57.35 while Cummings took 11th in 19:03.81. Rory Sullivan of Saint Raphael's took 18th in 19:12.73 while freshman Jessica Deal took 25th to get the last All-New England spot in 19:25.06.  

The team battle saw Glastonbury, Connecticut beat Champlain Valley, Vermont 116-133. Cumberland placed 11th overall with 324 points thanks to a strong performance from Kiley DeFusco in 19:49.43 for 39th.  

Next weekend is Champs Northeast where many top runners will attempt to qualify for the national meets held in Oregon and California respectively as well as attending Running Lane in Alabama.