Townies vie in Class A outdoor track championship meets

Bay View places fourth in girls' Class C event

Posted 5/22/22

The East Providence High School outdoor track and field teams continued their respective postseasons last weekend, vying in the Class A Championships held at Coventry High School on Saturday, May 21, …

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Townies vie in Class A outdoor track championship meets

Bay View places fourth in girls' Class C event


The East Providence High School outdoor track and field teams continued their respective postseasons last weekend, vying in the Class A Championships held at Coventry High School on Saturday, May 21, where the Townies placed eighth and 13th, respectively, in the boys’ and girls’ competitions.

Hendricken won its ridiculously astronomical 44th consecutive boys’ Class A title with 161 points, 28 better than second-place LaSalle (133). Barrington was a distant third with 85.5. East Providence earned 25.5 points.

The Hawks have won every year since claiming the first team title in school history in 1978. The only thing to interrupt the streak was the cancellation of the 2020 season due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cranston West won the girls’ team title with 114.5 points, edging runner-up Classical, which scored 111. LaSalle was third with 105. EPHS tallied 6 points.

More boys’ notes
The Townies had a pair of runner-up results individually.

Nick Morrison was second in the 400 meters with a time of 50.56 seconds, nipped by the narrowest of margins at the tape by Mount Pleasant’s Denzel Young, who was clocked at 50.55.

Kenaz Ochgwu was second in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches. Jacob Reyes of Hendricken won the event, covering 6 feet even. Also in the high jump, E.P.’s Dylan Slavick shared fifth place with Barrington’s Chucky Potter, each clearing 5’8” on the same number of attempts.

The Townies’ other points came in the relays. East Providence ran fourth in both the 4x100 and 4x4 events.

Morrison, Yusef Abdullah, Max Whiting and Kit Ruddock clocked a 44.24 in the 4x1, which was won by a quartet of LaSalle runners in 43.05. Hendricken was next in 43.69 and Barrington third in 43.81.

Morrison, Whiting, Ruddock and Denzy Suazo ran a 3:41.89 in the 4x4. LaSalle was also the winner in 3:29.13 with Hendricken again in second at 3:32.52 and Cranston West third at 3:35.38.

More girls’ notes
Freshman standout Nazarae Phillip accounted for all six of East Providence’s points with fourth and fifth-place runs in the 100 and 200 meter races.

Phillip clocked a time of 12.88 in the dash, which was won in a new class meet record time of 12.44 by Cranston West’s Ailani Sutherland. The former record, 12.55, was only set a year ago by North Kingstown’s Sadie Souls.

Falcon teammates Mikaya Parente (12.79) and Madison Alves (12.8) gave Cranston West a sweep of the podium positions.

Sutherland also won the 200 in 26.04. Central’s Joyce London was second in 26.37, LaSalle’s Christian Cormer third in 26.46 and Parente fourth in 26.53 with Phillip fifth in 26.57. Phillip’s time was best in her heat.

Bay View notes
City-based Bay View placed fourth in the girls’ Class C Championship Meet last Saturday with 61 points. Moses Brown won the team title with 135. Narragansett was second with 81 and North Smithfield third with 68.

Suraily Sam collected the lone victory for the Bengals, winning the shot put with a toss of 35’11,” a distance which was also good enough to qualify the junior for the state meet. Sam was also second in the discus, throwing 85’3.” Narragansett’s Kylee Bennett won with a toss of 86’10.” Bay View teammate Jayli Sivels was fifth with a 64’4.”

Bay View’s track standout Francine Miller was the runner-up (1:02.53) in the 400 to Moses Brown’s Kylie Eaton (1:00.54) and fourth in the 800 (2:28.92) to another Quaker, star performer Sophia Gorriaran, who ran a new meet record best time of 2:15.87. Hanna O’Connor, a former Bay View standout, set the previous mark of 2:26.08 in 2019. Lucy Noris of Blackstone Valley Prep also bettered O’Connor’s time while finishing second last week in 2:25.59.

Gorriaran, who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer, also set a new meet record last weekend in the 800, running a 4:44.90. The time was nearly 10 seconds faster than that posted just a year ago by Noris (4:54.14), who ran third in the event 5:01.82. Emmy Belvin of Mount St. Charles was runner-up last week in 4:57.7.

Of note as well individually for the Bengals at the Class C meet, Amy Papa was third in the 100 meter hurdles, running an 18-16. Wheeler’s Nora Kiley won in 17.15 with North Smithfield’s Bethany Marsella second in 17.24. Nora also won the 300 version of the event (49.93) with Bay View’s Simone Miranda third (54.35) and Moses Brown’s Phoebe Kinnell the runner-up (50.46). Also, the Bengals Sophia DiChiaro was fifth (12:34.6) in the 3,000, won by Moses Brown’s Eva Mermin (11:51.67).

Bay View’s other points came with fifth-place runs in both the 4x1 (55.79; Miranda, Hailey Osmanski, Ore Osunde, Sam) and 4x4 (5:56.72; Miranda, Miller, Osmanski, Abigail Pare) relays and a sixth-place effort in the 4x8 (11:58.20; Olivia Coehlo, Lily Lockhart, Payton Sullivan, Pare).

Up next
The local entries are back in action at state meet qualifiers Saturday, May 28; the girls at Conley Stadium in Providence and the boys at Bishop Hendricken in Warwick.

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