By James Ninneman
Purple Post Communications Director and Sports Writer
PONAGANSET — The 2019 RIIL (Rhode Island Interscholastic League) state championships have come and gone, with both the girls and boys teams more than holding their own against tough competition. The girls, who fought all season to qualify, placed 13th, which is the best Classical has ever done at the event. Their top runner finished 40th out of 140 people.
“We did great!” said senior Grace Jordan. “Most of us had [personal records] today. It’s tough because this race tends to go out fast, so I think we did a good job of settling in and not going out too fast for our pace.”
The boys team, meanwhile, finished 5th overall, behind La Salle Academy, Bishop Hendricken, Chariho, and Cumberland High School. Their top runner, Conor Murphy, placed 24th overall with a time of 16:41, and the rest of the squad all made the top 75. Although they technically did better last year, when they placed 3rd (and set a school record), they “actually were better as a team this year compared to last year,” according to senior Max Schmidhauser, with the team posting a blistering average pace of 17:04. “We didn’t reach our goal, but I’m really proud of this team. We worked together and our depth helped us succeed.”
Boys cross country will, however, be moving on to the New England Regional Championships, which will be held on November 9th. The meet will mark only the second time in the past 65 years that Classical has made the event. Stay posted as they look to continue their winning season.