Do­herty leads Bron­cos to dra­matic win over Clip­pers

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CUM­BER­LAND — Af­ter the first nine run­ners of the Cum­ber­land In­vi­ta­tional crossed the fin­ish line Fri­day af­ter­noon at the Cum­ber­land Monastery, the Cum­ber­land and Bur­ril­lville boys cross coun­try teams were tied.

Whichever team’s fifth run­ner crossed the fin­ish line next would win the ti­tle.

That run­ner was Bur­ril­lville’s Cameron Do­herty in 19 min­utes, 19 sec­onds, as the Bron­cos re­sponded to a dual-meet loss to the Clip­pers ear­lier in the week to post a 29-31 vic­tory over the reign­ing North­ern Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons to win Fri­day’s ti­tle.

The Bron­cos also went home with the in­di­vid­ual cham­pion, as A.J. McClure ran the five-kilo­me­ter course in 17:44 to de­feat Cum­ber­land’s Dan Col­lard by 14 sec­onds. Bur­ril­lville’s Cam Char­ron (third, 18:15) and Tommy Ames (fourth, 18:23) gave the Bron­cos a com­mand­ing lead, but Cum­ber­land claimed the next three places.

Owen Mo­lis (18:23) was fifth, Michael Sw­erd­low (18:31) was sixth and Bren­don John­son (18:39) was sev­enth. The Bron­cos tied the meet when Mitchell Dai­ley cruised into the fin­ish line in ninth place.

Cranston West fin­ished third with 79 points, while North Smith­field fin­ished fourth with 113. Cen­tral Falls fin­ished fifth with 139 points. The War­riors’ Rui Var­rela Sanches was 20th, while a pair of North Smith­field run­ners, Kyle Doire and Matt Tay­lor, claimed the next two spots. Shea’s Ron­aldo Gomes came in 23rd.

The Cum­ber­land girls didn’t en­ter their own in­vi­ta­tional, but a Val­ley squad did claim the ti­tle. Led by a third-place fin­ish from Maddy Tiner in 23:04, North Smith­field downed East Prov­i­dence 32-70. Woonsocket fin­ished fourth with 90 points, Cen­tral Falls was fifth with 125 points and Bur­ril­lville fin­ished sixth with 131 points.

Tol­man’s Alex Lorenzo was the top in­di­vid­ual fin­isher, as the Tiger fin­ished fourth. She was fol­lowed by North Smith­field’s Kate Grist and Rita Mar­cotte. Bur­ril­lville’s Ha­ley La­bossiere was sev­enth and Woonsocket’s Ni­cole Dioh fin­ished ninth.

File photo by Ernest A. Brown

Bur­ril­lville’s Tommy Ames fin­ished fourth at Fri­day’s Cum­ber­land In­vi­ta­tional to lead the Bron­cos to a 29-31 win over Cum­ber­land.

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