Borin earns Second-Team All-State honors

Borin earns Second-Team All-State honors

Ponaganset senior Seth Drexler races through the woods during the first mile of last Saturday afternoon’s RIIL Championships on the Chieftains’ campus. Drexler was the top local finisher in the boys’ race, as he took 23rd place in a time of 16:38.02. (Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)
Scituate resident, La Salle sophomore claims ninth place at RIIL cross country meet; PHS’s Drexler highlights boys’ race by taking 23rd place

NORTH SCITUATE – A year after placing 61st at the RIIL Championships, Scituate resident and La Salle Academy sophomore Lily Borin earned Second-Team All-State honors at last Saturday afternoon’s state championship meet on Ponaganset High’s 3.1-mile course by taking ninth place out of 141 runners in a time of 19:34.05.

Borin, who edged the 10th-place finisher, North Kingstown junior Olivia Joly, by 0.54 of a second, was the second La Salle runner to cross the finish line, behind the eventual state champion, junior Kaylie Armitage. Borin’s strong performance also helped the Rams place fourth in the team standings and earn a berth in Saturday’s New England Championships at Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn.

While the news was very good for Borin, it was the complete opposite for the Smithfield High girls’ team, which surprisingly didn’t place any runners in the top 75 and ended up finishing 16th out of 18 teams. Senior Ashlyn Maio, who had earned Second-Team All-State honors in the past two state meets, was the Sentinels’ top finisher, but in 79th place with a time of 22:08.97.

In the boys’ meet, the top local finisher was Ponaganset senior Seth Drexler, who was five seconds away from landing Third-Team All-State honors. He finished 23rd out of 148 runners in a time of 16:38.02. Nevertheless, Drexler, who finished 26th in last year’s meet to miss qualifying for the New England meet by one place, will be heading to Connecticut for this weekend’s New Englands.

Placing 25th in a time of 16:43.18 was Smithfield resident and La Salle senior Allen Currie, who will join his teammates at the New Englands. The Rams handily captured the state title by taking six of the top 10 places.

Scituate senior Colin Maher also capped his high school career in style by placing 43rd in 17:13.56.

As for the Smithfield High boys’ team, the Sentinels placed 11th out of 19 schools and had just two runners place among the top 70. Smithfield junior Ethan Maione took 50th place in 17:19.31 and senior Tim Ferron was 69th in 17:35.21.