Clippers’ Henderson Places Sixth At Manchester (Race Footage Added!)

In addition to their strong strong showing at Saturday’s 16th annual Ocean State Invitational at Goddard Memorial State Park, a few of our Rhode Island athletes and teams shared similar success from beyond the borders.

Bishop Hendricken and Cumberland High made their annual trek to New Hampshire for the always-competitive Manchester Invitational. The Clippers’ Sam Henderson continues to prove to us that he can’t be ignored at the State Meet just over a month away. Henderson was sixth overall in the Large School race where he covered the difficult five-kilometer terrain of Derryfield Park in 15 minutes, 41.6 seconds. Hendricken’s top finisher, Jack Moretta, was 21st overall a 16:25.6. He was just ahead of Cumberland’s Connor Magill, who placed 22nd with a time of 16:27.7. The Hawks, a perennial contender and winner at this meet, were third overall with 149 points. Philip Exeter Academy won the team title with 82 points. St. Johnsbury was second with 112 points. Cumberland was sixth among the 31 schools with 217 points.

With a 1-2-4-5-6 finish, Hendricken scored just 18 points to dominate the JV-B race. Sophomore Jacob Silva won the race, crossing the line in 16:58.4. He was followed by BJ Kerachsky (second, 17:07.1). Emmitt Rattey (fourth, 17:19.7), Brayden Seraichyk (fifth, 17:20.3) and Jake Greene (sixth, 17:21.8).

At the Bowdoin XC Classic at Wappinger Falls, N.Y., site to the Nike Cross Nationals NE Regionals, La Salle Academy sophomore Marshall Vernon was 29th overall in the Varsity 1 race on Saturday, covering the challenging 5K in 17:02.7. The Rams’ Mia Bettez was sixth in the girls’ race where she was timed in 20:19.2.

In the Freshmen race, La Salle came out on top in a close battle where four point separated the first three teams. The Rams edged Southern Regional (NJ), 75-76. Placing third was Ward Melville (NY) with 79 points. Noah DosReis led the Rams by placing fourth overall with a time of 10:46.6 for the 3K course. Teammate Matthew Lewis was seventh at 10:58.4.

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