Striders to Host 2015 Jr Olympic Qualifiers
Sentinel Striders will host the USATF Jr Olympic Cross Country New England and Region I Races @ Deerfield Park in Smithfield, RI.
Sunday, November 15, 2015 - USATF Jr Olympic Cross Country - New England Race
Sunday, November 22, 2015 - USATF Jr Olympic Cross Country - Region I Race
(Top 5 Teams and Top 30 Individuals Qualify for Nationals)
2014 Cross Country National Championships
The Striders' ages 17-18 boys' team captured a bronze medal by narrowly earning a third-place finish. The Striders finished with 97 points, just two points ahead of fourth-place Peachtree City, Ga., and three ahead of fifth-place (and two-time defending national champion) O'Brien's Army of Arcadia, Calif.
The Striders had three runners earn All-American status, led by Adam Petti, who placed 11th in a time of over the 3.1-mile course. Cumberland High teammates Abdullah Kaba and David Agudelo also earned All-American status, as Kaba finished 18th in and Agudelo was 23rd in . Adam Courtemanche of Smithfield was also 41st in , and North Providence senior Noah Coogan was 61st in .
In the girls' 17-18 race, two Smithfield High teammates also earned All-American honors by finishing in the top 25. Smithfield's Stephanie Mattson achieved the honor for the second straight year, finishing 15th in , and Rebecca Meinertz needed a late charge to come up from 26th to 23rd place in a time of .
The Striders' top individual finish in the boys' 13-14 race was Sam Toolin, who placed fifth by covering the 2.5-mile course in , and in the process, earned All-American status for the fourth straight year. Toolin's finish helped lead the boys' 13-14 team to a ninth-place finish out of 37 teams in the race. Zack Bergeron was the next Strider to finish, placing 39th out of 405 runners in .
The 15-16 boys' team finished sixth, led by Scituate sophomore Matt Vinacco's 45th-place finish in . John Pagliaro of Smithfield placed 67th in a time of , and North Smithfield junior Oliver Hazard was 79th in .
The 11-12 boys' team also placed sixth with 227 points and was led by an All-American performance from Ashton Burnett, who placed 15th by covering the 1.8-mile course in . The Striders also got a 37th place finish from Tyler Chambers in .
In the 15-16 girls' race, Bay View sophomore Claire Hanlon earned All-American honors by placing 18th in a PR time of . Sydney Bagus finished 44th in , and Sarah Bain was 73rd.
The Striders' first All-American of the day was Blake Santos in the boys' 9-10 race. He moved up from 38th at the 1K mark to 25th at 2K before finishing the 3K race in 19th with a time of . Santos also helped the boys' team with an 11th-place finish.
In the 13-14 girls' race, the Striders placed 19th out of 33 teams. Katy Brayman led the way, taking 94th, and Julia D'Amico placed 139th out of 422 runners in the 11-12 girls' race to help the team finish 22nd.
In the first race of the day, Talia Cost placed 47th in the girls' 7-8 race, while in the boys' 7-8 race, Grady McGinnis was 159th.
Sentinel Striders Capture National
In the 33 year history of the Sentinel Striders, the club had earned almost every award possible at the USATF Cross Country Junior Olympics. They had won 81 New England Championships, brought over 800 runners to National Championships, seen 82 of those runners earn All-American honors, and even had 3 individuals win National titles. But, while there had been 2 teams that finished runner-up and and 11 teams finish 3rd, no Striders team had ever won a National Championship. Until now.
On Saturday at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, TX, the Striders 11-12 Boys team topped a field of 33 teams to capture the National Championship by a score of 81-101 over runner-up Indiana All-Star Running Club.
North Kingstown’s Sam Toolin led the field of 391 finishers through the 1st mile before finishing 2nd in a personal best time of 9:52 over the 3,000 meter (1.8 miles) course. Toolin, who finished 3rd two years ago as a 10 year-old, earned All-American honors for the third straight year.
Also earning All-American honors was teammate Max DiMuccio, who finished 17th in 10:29. Jack Perreault and Michael DelSesto were close behind in 26th (10:38) and 30th (10:43). However, despite putting 4 runners in the top 30, the Striders still trailed by 11 points with just the 5th runners left to score.
The Striders completed their scoring with Ashton Burnett crossing the line in 51st place (10:53). After teammates Jack Wilbur (63rd) and Reilly Johnston (73rd) crossed the line, and still no 5th finisher from the Indiana club, the title was clinched.
Other finishers on the national championship team included Tom Kilduff, Nick Capalbo, Tyler Chambers, Zach Magoon, Stephen Walsh, Jack Iannotti, and Zach DiMuccio.
After winning 5 team championships at the Region 1 meet in New York last month, the Striders took 67 runners and 10 teams to this year’s National Meet. Over 3,200 runners from across the country came to Texas after qualifying through two weeks of association and regional meets in late November.
The Striders also had an All-American (top 25) in the 17-18 Girls race, as Smithfield junior Stephanie Mattson finished 18th in 20:27 over the 3.1 mile course.
The 15-16 Girls team placed 4th with 148 points, led by Rebecca Meinertz in 56th place. Isabella Cournoyer finished 73rd, followed closely by Caitlin Paredes (80th) and Cassidy Bissitt (84th).
In the 17-18 Boys race, the Striders placed 6th with 130 points. Cumberland senior Kevin Seaver was the top finisher, placing 33rd in 17:00. Michael Dampier (43rd) and Braden Mungeam (46th) also finished in the top 50.
The 15-16 Boys team was 7th out of 19 teams with 206 points. They were led by Adam Petti, who finished 27th in 16:55, and Abdullah Kaba in 60th. In the largest field of the day, the 13-14 Boys were 10th out of 39 teams. Brandon Hall was 54th out of 444 finishers, while Matt Vinacco placed 90th.
The 7-8 Girls team finished 6th, led by Valerie Capalbo (101st) and Talia Cost (104th). The 7-8 Boys placed 8th, and were led by David Parenteau in 74th and James McCarron in 84th.
In the 13-14 Girls race, the Striders placed 14th. Ellie Lawler was 27th in 15:10 over the 2.4 mile course, and Katy Brayman finished 60th out of 377 runners. Erin Johnston placed 73rd in the 11-12 Girls race, as the team finished in 20th place.
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