EG takes off strong. Credit: Missy Sommer
The Freshman Boys Cross Country team blew the competition off the course last week during the Freshman States meet at Goddard Park, with 5 in the top 13 finishers for a total score of 34. Second place Barrington scored 98. In another strong show, both the boys and girls teams won their Class C Championships.
“They absolutely dominated. It was actually one of the more impressive things I’ve seen while I’ve been in high school,” said senior team co-captain Tommy Sommer of the freshman boys. “They’ve been running well all year. They were projected to win their state meet, but they put on a show last week and it was pretty much unprecedented by any team.”
Freshman Boys at the start. Credit: Missy Sommer
The top finisher for EG was Dante Prosseda, who came in second. Matt Plympton placed fourth, Jeffery Pedersen came in eighth, Cebastian Gentil place twelfth and Alex DeLong came in thirteenth. Only the top five finishers of the team earn scores, but Andrew Blessing was right behind Delong placing fourteenth.
“Dante is our Number 1 freshman,” said Sommer. “But, really, they have so much depth. There are guys who consistently do a little better but any of them on any day could be a top-five runner.”
EGHS Freshman Boys Cross Country team after they won the state championship. Credit: Carolyn Blackman
Last weekend, the EGHS Boys and Girls teams won the Class C meet at Ponaganset High School. The boys scored 32 points with Smithfield coming in second with 86 points. The girls scored 46 with the second place team, Burrillville, scoring 64.
Seniors Margaret McCaffery and Noah Barreto both placed first in their Class C meets.
For the girls, coming in behind McCaffery was senior Thedita Pedersen in 5th place, freshman Rachel Berman in 6th, senior Sophie Cooke in 16th place and senior Caroline Blessing in 18th place.
In the boys race, following Barreto was junior Dylan DePriest in 4th place, junior Joe Higgins in 5th place, sophomore Jackson Cronin in 10th place, sophomore Jack Sommer in 12th and Tommy Sommer in 14th.
This weekend they will compete in states (against all the schools) and Sommer played the optimistic realist.
“Honestly, our team is a little banged up this year, but I’m excited,” he said. “Feeling like I’m in better shape than last year.”
Meanwhile, the Cole Boys Cross Country team earned their state title at Goddard Park over last week. Can you say “dynasty”?
Congratulations to all the teams and good luck this weekend!