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Bishop England boys ready to contend for title

By C.R. Cumbee
Staff Writer

Daniel Island—The Bishop England cross-country program always seems to be in the mix for state championships.  This year should be no different for the boys’ team while the girls are in a rebuilding phase.
Head coach Tony Colizzi feels good about the guys this Fall as the Bishops bring back plenty of experience.  They are also motivated after finishing runner-up at the state meet in 2017.
“They’ve been working really hard and they want it, just like all the other teams.  They’ve been doing workouts on their own when we couldn’t practice.  They’ve got a good chance (at a championship) if they run like they’re capable of,” said Colizzi.
Senior Sam Boykin has been the team’s top performer in his final campaign, setting the pace in the 16-minute range.  Fellow senior Aidan Richter is in a pack just behind that includes sophomore Mark Richter and junior Logan Desciak.
“They’re both great.  Sam is an elite runner and Aidan is just a great leader on the team.  The kids all look up to him,” Colizzi said.
Senior Colin Costello, who just transferred in this year, and junior Daniel Infante are battling for the fifth spot in the lineup.  Bryan Waim and Dominic Coffman are other runners who are trying to crack the starting rotation
While the boys have 22 athletes on the team, their counterparts have barely one-third of that total.  The Lady Bishops feature just eight runners on the roster, forcing Colizzi to be cautious as he manages their miles in practice.
“You can only push them so hard because you can’t afford to have any injuries.  There aren’t many girls you can replace them with.  Most of them are new to it and it takes a while to learn how to run a 5K.,” Colizzi said.
Surprisingly, freshman Annika Deveau has been Bishop England’s top performer, holding off Patricia George early on.
“She’s been great so far.  She ran for Mount Pleasant track for a year or two, but I didn’t know who she was before she came out.  She and Patricia are up at the front pushing each other every day.  Her future looks bright,” Colizzi said.
Mary Wallace Rainero is currently penciled in at the no. 3 spot while newcomers Kayla Runey and Emma Albano follow her in the order.  Anna Spence, Kali Skarosi and Sarah Gordon round out the roster.
Bishop England will compete in the Lowcountry Invitational on Johns Island as the regular season winds down.  The region meet will be hosted by Hanahan at Wannamaker Park on Oct. 17 while the Lower state qualifier is a mere 10 days later.


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