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Sentinel Striders Capture National Championship
Sam Toolin leads 11-12 Boys team finishing 2nd individually


 

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.


National title for Sentinel Striders
(from RI Mile Split)


The Sentinels Striders earned a bit of history at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championships in Texas.

For the first time in the club’s history, one of its teams captured a national title. Led by a runner-up effort from Wickford native Sam Toolin, the Striders’ age 11-12 squad took first-place honors by defeating the Indiana All-Stars, 81-101. Toolin crossed the line in 9 minutes, 52.17 seconds for the three-kilometer course at San Antonio’s National Shooting Complex. He was less than 11 seconds behind individual winner, Joseph Waskom of Speed Unlimited (Wash.), who was timed in 9:41.49.

Like Toolin, the Striders’ Maxwell DiMuccio also received All-American status by taking 17th overall in 10:29.48. The winning team’s remaining members included Jack Perrault (26th, 10:38.37), Mike Del Sesto (30th, 10:43.75) and Ashton Burnett (51st, 10:53.79).

The Smithfield-based Striders had one other All American at the national meet. Stephanie Mattson finished 18th overall in the 17-18 race......

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Striders heat it up at JO Region 1 meet

(from RI Mile Split)



 

The weather was frigid for Sunday’s Region 1 Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championships in Wappinger Falls, New York with a howling wind and the temperature in the low 20s.

But that didn’t stop a plethora of runners from the Sentinel Striders from heating up on the trails at Bowdoin Park. The Smithfield-based running club had 81 of its members and 10 of its teams qualify for the nationals next month in Texas.

Rising star Sam Toolin of North Kingstown was ........


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Smithfield honors Ewart at Junior Olympics
(from RI Mile Split)



Forty-three years is a long time coaching. Fifty-four middle school state titles in that span is even more impressive.

For his dedictated service to youth cross-country and track in the town of Smithfield, longtime coach Bruce Ewart was honored during a break on Sunday at the USATF-NE Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championships at Deerfield Park. Smithfield boys' cross-country and track coach Joe Bennett, who was one of the first athletes that Ewart coached in his four-plus decade career, spoke proudly about his former mentor, who was surrounded by past and present members of the Sentinel Striders, a thriving club formed by the legendary coach in the mid-1970s. 

Bennett estimates Ewart has coached more than 4,000 kids over the years. He is still involved with the middle school program and also has coached at the high school level and with his Striders.

"He was just an instrumental person to so many kids," Bennett said. "If you have run cross country in this town, Bruce has touched your life. Obviously, his state championships speak for themselves. He's an old school coach and kids have performed very well for him and have gone on to great success in high school and the college level. The thing with Bruce is he's a guy that tells it like it is. If you are not doing what you are suppose to do, he tells you, even when you are doing well. When he compliments you, everything is right in the world because you earned it."

As part of the ceremony, the trail at Deerfield Park, which is now the site for high school and middle school cross country in the town, was named in honor of Ewart. It's now called the R. Bruce Ewart Cross Country and Walking Trails.






Striders make presence known at NE Junior Olympic meet
(from RI Mile Split)

It was a banner day for the Sentinel Striders at Sunday’s USATF-NE Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championships at Deerfield Park. The Smithfield-based youth running club had 101 of its athletes qualify for this weekend’s Region I meet in New York.

Seventh-grader Sam Toolin, of Wickford Middle School, defeated Striders’ teammate Max DiMuccio by 11 seconds in the 11-12 boys’ 3K event, running a fast time of 10:11. The Striders had three other victors in the boys’ competition with Matt Vinacco taking the age 13-14 category with time of 13:39 for the 4K distance, Adam Petti winning the 15-16 division with a 17:07 clocking for 5K and Mike Dampier running 17:06 to break the tape in the 17-18 race.

The Striders’ Ellie Lawler was third in the 13-14 division for girls where she was timed in 14:59. In the 17-18 category, Exeter/West Greenwich’s Katie Millar was second with a big-time personal best of 18:54. Entering the race, Millar’s best was a 19:47 effort at the R.I. state meet on Nov. 3.

The New England meet attracted teams and athletes from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. A record 900 runners competed at Deerfield Park. The top five teams and other individuals among the first 30 advance to Sunday’s Region I meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., the same site for the Northeast Regionals of the Nike Cross-Country Nationals on Nov. 30.  The nationals will be held in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 14.

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