Preview: Westerly girls cross country

Preview: Westerly girls cross country



Head coach:

Adam DeCoste (3rd season).

Last year:

Westerly put together a 7-3 season in the Southern Division, placing 12th at the state meet. Randi Burr was first-team All-State and All-New England.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Kata Cummings, Hedy Goodman, Olivia Harris, Isabel Huckel, Helena Hall-Thomsen.

Junior:

Abby Turano.

Sophomores:

Madison Lorello, Anna Nyberg.

New to varsity:

Sophomore:

Jenna Burke.

Freshmen:

Hannah-Jo Diego, Khushi Patel, Emma Turano, Mia Woycik.

Outlook:

Westerly will be without one of the program’s top performers in Burr, who is now at the University of Connecticut.

She was among the elite runners in the state for the past four season and the top runner for the Bulldogs all four years.

Cummings was second-team All-Southern Division last season; Hall-Thomsen, a sprinter on the state championship track team, was third team. Cummings also plays lacrosse, where she was one of the top players in the division.

Hall-Thomsen ran cross country for the first time last season, and despite her sprinting background was a solid contributor throughout the season.

Hall-Thomsen was 49th at the state meet; Cummings, 51st. Cummings is in her fourth year of cross country. She was second-team All-State as a sophomore.

Lorello, Nyberg and Burke will likely round out the top five. Lorello was Westerly’s fourth scorer at the state meet last season.

Nyberg scored for Westerly at the Class B meet and was the team’s No. 6 runner at the state meet.

Burke, an accomplished swimmer, did not run cross country last season, but was on the outdoor track team.

As usual, North Kingstown will be the team to beat in the Southern Division. After that, Westerly could compete with most of the other teams in the division, provided the Bulldogs meet one criteria: “We have to show up on race day,” DeCoste said.

Coach’s take:

“We are looking for good seasons from Kata and Helena, and working our younger students, creating stepping stones for their cross country and track and field careers.”

— Keith Kimberlin


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