WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High's Tim Champlin and James Penhallow both earned All-Southern Division first-team honors for the Chargers this season.
The distinction is based on a formula using results from the league meets and the runner's standing on the team.
Champlin, a senior, was also first-team Class B, which is based on his showing at the Class meet. He finished seventh.
"Tim's strength is his speed," Chariho coach Bill Haberek said. "But he really worked on his endurance this year and ran some great races."
Champlin was fourth overall in the Open division of the Nike Northeast Regionals in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., in November.
"He really was the leader of a young team," Haberek said.
Penhallow, a sophomore, is one of the young runners Haberek was alluding to. Penhallow was also second-team Class B after placing eighth at the meet, just one spot and a few seconds from first team.
"James and Tim were inseparable, and Tim played a big part in his development," Haberek said. "The big factor for James was he realized he does have the talent and he put the work in."
Haberek said Penhallow has also bought into the 21-3 philosophy espoused by former Brown University track and cross country coach Bob Rothenberg.
The approach is based on the belief that what an athlete does the 21 hours they are not practicing is just as important to their success as the three hours a day they are actively engaged in their sport.
"He made such a huge improvement this year," Haberek said.
Sophomore C.J. Elwell was named to the third team for Class B after finishing 19th in the race. Elwell was also All-Southern Division second team.
He was the team's third runner for most races.
Senior Luke Bouchard and freshman Joe Golas were named to the Southern Division third team.
Haberek said Bouchard worked hard all four seasons and put together a great senior season.
Golas was injured at the beginning of the season, but came on strong down the stretch. Golas finished seventh at the freshman state meet.
Chariho posted an 8-1 record in the dual-meet season, finishing second behind league champion North Kingstown.
The Chargers were fifth at the state meet and qualified for New Englands as a team, only one of four public schools in the state to do so.