SOUTH KINGSTOWN — The Chariho High girls’ cross country team entered its Southern Division final regular season meet with an undefeated record and the regular season championship on the line.
But the Chargers ran in esteemed company Monday as North Kingstown, Southern Division regular season titlists in 11 of the previous 13 years coming in, and South Kingstown also entered the meet undefeated.
And even though Chariho finished a distant third Monday, it made history in its own right. Chariho’s 6-2 final regular season record is its best mark since posting an 8-1 mark in 1981.
North Kingstown (8-0, 8-0 Southern Division) added another title, beating Chariho 16-45, and South Kingstown 15-46. South Kingstown (7-1, 7-1 Southern Division) beat Chariho 22-39.
“It was Senior Day at South Kingstown, and North Kingstown is so perennially strong,” Chariho coach Diane Leith-Doucette said. “Even though it was a meet of undefeated teams, it was a pretty unlikely shot that we could knock them off. But this has been our best year since 1981, so we finished the regular season on a high note.”
Alanah Gaudreau of North Kingstown finished first along the 3.1 mile course in 21:34. Chariho junior Caroline Duksta was impressive, finishing fifth overall and first among the Chargers in 21:58.
Isabel Baker (10th overall, 22:29), Paige Ross (21st, 23:41), Natalie Keefe (25th, 24:10) and Delaney Silvestri (26th, 24:12) rounded out Chariho’s top five finishers.
“It was a great race by Duksta,” Leith-Doucette said. “She’s usually our second runner.”
Chariho finished third in the nine-team league — its highest finish second back-to-back seconds to South Kingstown in 1980 and 1981.
The Chargers also had consecutive winning dual-meet records for the first time since a string of five straight (1980-84). Chariho finished 5-3 last season.
Chariho competes Saturday at the Manhattan College Invitational in the varsity race at a time to be announced.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — For the fourth year in a row, the final regular season meet between Chariho, North Kingstown and South Kingstown decided the Southern Division regular season crown. And for the fourth year in a row, an undefeated record was needed to claim the title.
North Kingstown swept Chariho and South Kingstown for the second straight season, this time in convincing fashion to capture the Southern regular season title Monday afternoon.
The Skippers beat the Chargers 17-43 and topped South Kingstown 15-47, to finish 8-0, 8-0 Southern Division. Chariho beat South Kingstown 18-42 to finish second at 7-1 overall, 7-1 Southern Division. South Kingstown wound up 5-3, 5-3 Southern Division.
Chariho swept these showdowns in 2010 and 2011 to finish as undefeated regular season champions before North Kingstown dethroned the Chargers last season. Information pertaining to the previous showdowns was inaccurate in Wednesday’s edition.
North Kingstown’s Robbie Rocchio won the 3.1-mile race in 17:59. The Skippers placed the first four runners across the finish line.
Jung Kim was Chariho’s first finisher taking fifth overall at 18:24.
Mitch Carrier (6th overall, 18:35), Alden Andrea (9th, 18:56), Andrew Sardelli (12th, 19:26) and Matt Drummond (13th, 19:36) completed the Charger scoring as top five team finishers.
Chariho competes Saturday at the Manhattan College Invitational. The varsity race is 2 p.m.
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EAST PROVIDENCE — Maddy Cusumano led the way with 15 digs but it was not enough for Chariho as East Providence swept a Division I crossover match Monday.
The Townies (7-4, 6-4 Division I-North) won by scores of 25-11, 25-23 and 25-11. They are Division I-North’s second-place team behind Classical.
Chariho fell to 4-6 overall and 3-6 in Division I-South.
Haley Duscha had six digs, three kills and one service ace for the Chargers. Rhiannon Wilson made seven digs and two kills; Abby Cuddy had six kills and Jill Rios contributed nine assists.
Chariho hosts Classical 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho and Fitch played another close nonleague game Monday.
The Chargers defeated the Falcons 1-0 on Sept. 16. In this one, the teams played a sudden death overtime period of 10 minutes.
“Both teams had ample scoring opportunites but just couldn’t put the ball in the net,” said Chariho coach Joahnnah LaFountain.
Fitch (3-5-1) had five shots and eight penalty corners. Chariho (4-3-2) had four shots and four corners. Both goalies made five saves — Maddie Powers of Chariho and Emma Nolan of Fitch.
Chariho came into the game having lost three straight after starting the season 4-0-1.
The Chargers have not scored since a 3-2 overtime loss to Burrillville on Sept. 26.
The Falcons have come away without a goal in six of their nine games.
Chariho returns to Division II play on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. home game against Classical (4-3-1 Divison II-North). All five teams in the North have winning records, while none of the five in the South have one.