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