Gallagher girls place third at RIPCOA state championships

Gallagher girls place third at RIPCOA state championships

Smithfield’s McGinnis finishes second in boys’ cross country race; Bosco, Roe take 10th places

EAST GREENWICH – The Gallagher Middle School girls’ cross country team delighted its retiring head coach, Bruce Ewart, at Sunday afternoon’s RIPCOA state championship meet at East Greenwich High’s two-mile course by finishing as high as third place in the varsity team standings for the first time since 2015.

Caroline Bosco led the way for Gallagher by taking 10th place in a time of 12:40.3. Kam Lynch (29th place, 13:27.1) and Julia Cavanaugh (30th, 13:27.4) cracked the top 30, and Ashley Gagner (51st, 13:44.9), Sadie DeMaggio (54th, 13:48.3), Brianna Walsh (56th, 13:52.4), and Rita Howard (65th, 13:58.8) also finished the race in under 14 minutes.

Scituate, which took 15th place in the standings, also saw Mia Bettez (18th place, 13:00.7), Ava Gregory (47th, 13:40.1), and Jaicee Downs (50th, 13:43.8) place in the top 50.

In the boys’ varsity race, the top local finisher was Smithfield’s Grady McGinnis, who attends De La Salle Middle School. He took second place in a time of 10:59.5 that was 37.8 seconds behind the winner, St. Philomena’s James McCarron.

Also placing in the top 10 was Ponaganset’s Jeremy Roe, who took 10th place in a time of 11:19.

The top local school was Gallagher, which finished 15th in the standings. Ryan Cavanagh was Gallagher’s top finisher, as he took 41st place in 12:19.3, and right behind him was teammate Parker Boyd (53rd, 12:26.8).