Borin repeats as Second-Team All-Stater at RIIL cross country meet

Borin repeats as Second-Team All-Stater at RIIL cross country meet

Scituate natives and La Salle Academy runners Mia Bettez, #125, and Lily Borin, #126, and Glocester native and Mount Saint Charles Academy runner Emmy Belvin, #157, run with the lead pack at the start of last Saturday afternoon’s girls’ race at Ponaganset High. The three runners placed in the top 25, with Borin, a junior, earning Second-Team All-State honors with her 10th-place finish. (Breeze photos by Eric Benevides)
Smithfield boys’ team places seventh for best showing in a decade; Maione, Bettez, Belvin grab top-25 finishes

GLOCESTER – Scituate resident and La Salle Academy junior Lily Borin became a two-time Second-Team All-State cross country runner at last Saturday afternoon’s state championship meet at Ponaganset High, as she placed 10th out of 142 runners in a time of 19:23.44.

Borin was 10.61 seconds better in last weekend’s 3.1-mile race that she was in last season’s meet, which saw her take ninth place. But this year’s field was faster, with the top two runners, East Greenwich High sophomore Reese Fahys (17:43.51) and La Salle senior Kaylie Armitage (17:58.53) shattering 18 minutes, and five more runners breaking 19.

Two local freshmen who also run for private schools also placed in the top 25. Scituate native Mia Bettez landed Third-Team All-State honors by finishing 16th in 19:35.41 to help La Salle win the state team title, and Glocester native and Mount Saint Charles Academy student Emmy Belvin placed 24th in a personal-best time of 20:00.91.

Sharing the spotlight with those runners was the Smithfield High boys’ team, which finished seventh out of 17 schools in its race with 189 points. It was the Sentinels’ best showing in this meet since they placed sixth in 2010.

Leading the Sentinels, who won the Class C crown a weekend earlier at Deerfield Park, was senior Ethan Maione, who shined in his final high school cross country race by claiming 24th place out of 134 runners in 16:40:96. Maione had placed 50th in last year’s meet.

Freshman Jason Padula (17:06.26) and sophomore Elijah Saddlemire (17:08.59) took the 38th and 39th places. Sophomore Reilly Bennett also cracked the top 50 by finishing 49th in 17:29.67, and senior Aidan Sayles placed 55th in 17:38.88.

In the girls’ meet, Smithfield, which boasted the youngest team at the meet, with five freshmen among its seven runners, placed 16th and was led by freshman Caroline Bosco’s 82nd-place finish of 22:09.03. Senior Liana Nerbonne was Ponaganset’s top runner, placing 89th in 22:39.56.

Smithfield senior Ethan Maione gets ready to exit the woods and head toward the finish line during last Saturday’s boys’ race. Maione took 24th place in a time of 16:40.96.