NCMS harriers dominate Northern Division meets

NCMS harriers dominate Northern Division meets

North Cumberland's Emily Haviland races past the crowd on her way to winning the girls' Northern Division championship race in a 12:15 time. (Valley Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)
Next up: Saturday's state championships

CUMBERLAND - After going undefeated during the dual-meet season and proceeding to rule its opponents again at this past weekend's Northern Division Middle School Championship on its home 1.86-mile course, the North Cumberland Middle School boys' and girls' cross country squads are ready to take on the very best that the state has to offer.

And they will do so on Saturday morning at the state championship meet when they bus to Goddard Park, the scene of their second-place finishes from a season ago.

Last season, the boys' team fell to Cole, while the girls came up short in its state title bid to Barrington. While both schools expect to be in the hunt for championships again, along with Wickford, head coach Kerrie Carpenter admitted that the only team she's focused on is the one she greets in practice every afternoon.

"It's all about us," said Carpenter, who is in her ninth season as the boys' and girls' coach. "My runners are trying to achieve their best, and whenever you can accomplish that, then success usually follows. I truthfully take that approach and I don't focus on what everybody else is doing. I feel these kids can take on any task in front of them, and Saturday is another task."

Carpenter's teams enjoyed a fantastic regular season that saw each team produce a 9-0 record and hold off second-place Gallagher along the way.

Speaking of Gallagher, the Smithfield school was absent from Saturday's meet, choosing to use that morning for the second straight year to focus on the state meet, but that didn't stop NCMS from bringing out its best against the rest of the division.

The girls' team, which went undefeated for the second straight season, swept the top five spots behind Emily Haviland's first-place finish of 12:15. Adah Anderson finished second in 12:23, Elise Curren and Olivia Belt tied for third in 12:28, and Gabrielle Abramek took fifth in 12:51.

Lincoln's Katie Nolan was the sixth-place finisher in 12:57, but NCMS came back to take the seventh and ninth places behind Lauren Nigri (13:01) and Kate Votta (13:21).

The boys' team, which was guided by Nathan Rogers' first-place finish of 10:54, swept the fourth through ninth places to score 19 points in the team standings. After North Smithfield's Jack Wilbur (10:58) and Mount St. Charles' Tristan Cox (11:02) finished on Rogers' heels, the hosts secured the next six finishes behind Jack Casey (11:08), Dan Collard (11:14), Alex DeGroot (11:31), Evan Marcet (11:43), Addison Kopack (11:47), and C.J. Davock (11:49).

McCourt also received a 10th place from Aidan Faria (11:51) and a 15th from Ryan Slaney (12:00), and Lincoln's Boyd Foster and Zach Magoon also tied for 16th place with 12:10 times.

NCMS also seized the boys' junior varsity title by sweeping the top 15 places and watching Joe Molis (11:59) and Owen Molis (12:06) lead the parade across the finish line/

The girls then followed suit in their junior varsity race by taking the top six places and seven of the top nine. NCMS's top two finishers were Casey Farrell (13:16) and Katie Coughlin (13:25).

North Cumberland's Nathan Rogers had an excellent meet on Saturday morning as he won the boys' Northern Division championship race in a 10:54 time. (Valley Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)