Preview: Chariho boys cross country

Preview: Chariho boys cross country



Head coach:

Bill Haberek (28th season).

Last year:

Chariho finished 10-0 in the Southern Division, capturing the league title. The Chargers won the Class B crown and placed fourth at the state meet.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Luke Bouchard, Tim Champlin (captain), Matt Dickerman (captain).

Juniors:

Brayden Birrell, Simon Manlove, Kyle Merritt, Connor Montague, Dan Nimiroski (captain), Josh Smithey, Sam Steere.

Sophomores:

Nate Barrette, Sullivan Cummins, C.J. Elwell, Nick McCarthy, Logan McCue, James Penhallow, Finn Weeden.

New to varsity:

Junior:

Luke Gillett.

Freshmen:

Kyle Ackroyd, Matt Beaudry, Joe Golas, Nicholas Keegan, Luke Mead, Cole Rinne, Mike Sheehan, Riley Thayer.

Outlook:

Chariho surged to the Southern Division title last fall with a tight pack of four runners. Things might be a bit different this year, but the results could be the same.

“There is going to be some separation among our guys, especially from last year,” Haberek said. “How big that gap is will be the test. The guy who comes in fifth could be the most important guy on the team.”

The top five runners for each team score in cross country.

Champlin looks to be the leader right now, but Penhallow and Elwell are not far behind. Champlin was the No. 3 runner on last year’s team, but the top two runners graduated.

Penhallow was the team’s fifth runner last season before a cold slowed him during the season. He had solid indoor and outdoor track seasons as a freshman and put in “decent work” over the summer, Haberek said.

Bouchard, Golas, Dickermann and Nimiroski will also be in the mix. Nimiroski scored at both the Class B, state and New England meets last season.

Coach’s take:

“I think we can be in the hunt [for the Southern Division title]. The meet with North Kingstown will allow us to get a good handle on that. Our goals are usually the same — qualify for the state meet, preferably out of the division, and make a little noise in the Southern Division.”

— Keith Kimberlin


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