Boys cross country team wins NEC South Division championship

The Revere High boys cross country team clinched an outright championship of the Northeastern Conference’s South Division with a 17-42 victory over Salem last Tuesday.

The win improved RHS Coach Mike Flynn’s Patriots’ record to a perfect 5-0 against their South Division rivals.

“This a great achievement for our program and I’m very proud of this team,” said Flynn. “They’ve worked hard all season and it’s good to see that their effort and dedication paid off. The team is very excited and looking forward to seeing that banner.”

Revere junior Mike Fitzpatrick blazed across the finish line in first place in a time of 19:37. “Mike ran a great race,” noted Flynn. “He stayed with the top Salem runner all the way and then ran past him in the final quarter mile.”

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 Saturday’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.

“Mohamed 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,” 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.

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