WOOD RIVER JCT. — For Chariho High sophomore Abby Cole, this was the cross country season when it all came together.
Her potential appears limitless, but, for now, this is the starting point.
“Last year, she was on the team as a freshman and she was good,” Chariho coach Jackie Haberland said. “During the summer, she did the mileage and the work. But about halfway through the season, the light bulb went on and you could see she had it.
“When she runs it looks effortless. She started finishing races and realized she still had something left. When that happened, her performances kept getting better.”
Cole finished 10th at the state meet to earn second-team All-State honors. She was also first-team All-Class B after finishing fifth at the class meet and first team in the Southern Division. The Southern Division honor is based on a formula for league meets.
She ran a 19:49 at the Class B meet and a 19:48 at the state meet, 3:06 faster than her time at the Class B meet as a freshman on the same Ponaganset High course.
Chariho senior Elizabeth LaCroix was second-team All-State, second-team Class B and first team in the Southern Division.
LaCroix, who was injured most of her junior season, was 14th at the state meet and 10th in the Class B race.
LaCroix was third-team All-State as a sophomore, but the injury prevented her from earning similar or better honors as a junior.
“Last year she couldn’t get the awards so it was nice to see it happen this year,” Haberland said. “She just had another solid year. She hits her numbers and she is very knowledgeable.”
Freshman Anna LaCroix, Elizabeth’s younger sister, was second-team All-Southern Division and third team in Class B. LaCroix also finished second in the state freshman race and was 16th in the Class B race.
Chariho turned it one of its best seasons in a number of years, finishing 6-3 overall and in the Southern Division. The Chargers also qualified as a team for the state meet, a goal the group set in August, and sent three runners to New Englands.