BRISTOL - For St. Paul cross-country, the city meet results werenâ€™t the best, but coming in the Falcons wanted to do one thing, improve.
â€śEven though we didnâ€™t come out on top point-wise, time-wise it was amazing,â€ť St. Paul head coach Paul Gionfriddo said. â€śIt was amazing to stand at the bottom of the hill and just see my kids take off.â€ť
In his first year as head coach for the Falcons, Gionfriddo had one main goal: for both the boys and girls to finish with a .500 record.
Following the city championships, St. Paul sits at bit under .500 for both boys and girls. The boys are 6-10 and the girls are 7-9 heading into the NVL Championships on Wednesday.
Gionfriddo was impressed with his group and on the boysâ€™ side, a big improvement came from Jordan Rinadli.
Throughout the season, Rinadli has been finishing outside of the top three for the Falcons and in the city meet he placed in the top three for the St. Paul runners.
Both Aidan Reilly and Tucker Raymond also had strong meets as well sticking with the Bristol Central boys for a good portion of the race.
Going forward, St. Paul has high hopes and Gionfriddo has liked what heâ€™s seen in his first year running the program.
â€śThis year with me taking the helm as head coach was definitely a learning curve for everybody,â€ť he said. â€śI think my team handled it very well and very professionally and right now everybody is running faster than they were last year and harder than they were last year.â€ť