The Revere High boys cross country team clinched an outright championship of the Northeastern Conferenceâ€™s South Division with a 17-42 victory over Salem last Tuesday.
The win improved RHS Coach Mike Flynnâ€™s Patriotsâ€™ record to a perfect 5-0 against their South Division rivals.
â€œThis a great achievement for our program and Iâ€™m very proud of this team,â€ said Flynn. â€œTheyâ€™ve worked hard all season and itâ€™s good to see that their effort and dedication paid off. The team is very excited and looking forward to seeing that banner.â€
Revere junior Mike Fitzpatrick blazed across the finish line in first place in a time of 19:37. â€œMike ran a great race,â€ noted Flynn. â€œHe stayed with the top Salem runner all the way and then ran past him in the final quarter mile.â€
Rawlings Toglan came across the line in third place in 20:19, followed by Brian Collins in 20:20, Kristi Nushi in 21:09, and co-captain Ernesto Bonilla in 21:10.
William Truong took seventh in 21:29 and co-captain Anthony Cantone Heinz finished in the top 10 with a clocking of 22:48.
Luis Morales (23:15), Mohamed Bensadok (also 23:15), Kane DiMaso-Scott (24:52), Bedasky Dulorier (25:32), David Barrett (25:35), Nick Tran (28:21), Matt Roncevich (28:54), and Anderson Vanegas (35:54) also competed for Revere.
In Saturdayâ€™s NEC Meet held at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, the Patriots finished in sixth place in the team rankings consisting of 11 teams. Fitzpatrick led the Pats with a 25th place finish in 18:04 in the field of 76 runners. Toglan was next in 19:07 and Collins was right behind in 19:08. Truong was the fourth Revere runner in 19:27, followed by Bonilla in 19:42 and Bensadok in 22:29.
â€œMohamed really stepped up for us because as a sophomore he could have run in the JV race, but we needed him in the varsity contest,â€ noted Flynn.
Peabody edged Gloucester for the NEC title. Nick Christensen of Peabody won the race in 15:49.
Flynn and his crew now will set their sights on the State Divisional Meet next Saturday, November 13.