RUNNING: Mark Vuono, pictured at the division meet, helped lead Hendricken to the class championship on Saturday.
The Bishop Hendricken outdoor track team, fresh off its Central Division championship a week ago, continued its strong season with a victory at the Class A Championship on Saturday at Chariho High School.
The Hawks’ 115 points easily outdistanced second place Coventry, which finished with 76. Chariho was third with 75 points.
Pilgrim also competed, finishing ninth with 26 points.
Hendricken had two winners on the day. Reuben Horace took first place by nearly 24 feet in the discus throw, while Kyle St. Jean won the javelin by nearly 10 feet.
Horace also came in second place in the hammer throw.
The Hawks had a slew of other high finishers as well.
In the 100 meter, Power Kanga took fifth, and he also took fourth in the 200. Kang was part of three straight Hendricken finishers in the 200, as John Cute was third and Lee Moses was fifth.
In the 800, Mark Vuono captured second place, while Connor Doyle and Colin Tierney took fifth and sixth respectively in the 1500. Doyle and Tierney also took third and fourth in the 3000, and they were joined by teammates Tyler Henseler in eighth and Michael Potter in 10th.
In the 300 hurdles, Kyle O’Connell took third place for the Hawks, while Jordan Barboza finished sixth and Adam McAteer finished ninth. In the 100 hurdles, Barboza grabbed fifth.
Barboza also led the way in the high jump, where he finished in third. Freshman Ben Murphy and Jason Rosario finished tied for fifth in the same event.
Brendan McNamara finished ninth in the pole vault, while Moses finished ninth in the long jump.
Barboza continued with his impressive day with a sixth-place showing in the triple jump, while Shawn McAssey took home ninth in the shot put. Joe Vincent finished third in the discus, McAssey took ninth, John Celona was third in the hammer and Joe Vincent was just behind him in fifth.
In the javelin, Matt Bacon came in seventh place.
As a team, the Hawks also finished second in the 4x100 and third in both the 4x400 and 4x800.
Pilgrim was also impressive, as it won the 4x100. Its top individual finishers were Derek Daluz, Steven Croft and Carl Sjogren, who took third, fourth and sixth in the 100.
Matthew Enos finished in fourth in the 300 hurdles, Anthony Souza was seventh in the long jump and the triple jump, while Dylan Gardner was sixth in the hammer. Kevin Conner was also strong in the hammer, 10th.
Also on Saturday, Toll Gate and Warwick Vets competed in the Class B Championship at Westerly High School. The Titans finished in seventh place with 42 points, while Vets did not score. South Kingstown won the meet with 151 points.
Toll Gate had three runner-up finishers. Tyler Inkley was second in the javelin, Joe Frost was second in the 1500 and Thomas Martella was second in the 300 hurdles.
Other standouts were Henry Smithers and Evan Carley, who finished 3-4 in the 800, Ben Dinobile and Alex Pires – who finished 6-7 in the 3000 – Max Procopio, who finished sixth in the high jump and Brock Massa and Patrick Rocchio, who took ninth and 10th in the 3000.
The Titans’ 4x400 team came in fourth, and its 4x800 team took fifth.
Vets only finisher in the top 10 was Evan Anderson, who came in eighth in the 3000.
Pats lead girls’ teams
The Pilgrim girls rode strong performances in the jumps and the throws to an impressive third-place finish in the Class A Championship at Mt. Pleasant High School. The Pats finished behind only powerhouses La Salle and Classical.
Senior Maggie Dufault led the way for the Pats, winning the hammer with a throw of 153-09, taking second in the shot put and finishing third in the discus. The Pats had several other standouts in the throwing events, with Destinee Barrette taking fourth in the shot put, fourth in the discus and fifth in the hammer, and Michelle Sanchez placing sixth in the shot put.
The Pats also shined in jumping events. Becca O’Donnell placed third in both the long jump and the triple jump. Emma Mascoli took fifth in the triple jump, while also placing fourth in the 300 hurdles. Melanie Brunelle finished third in the high jump and seventh in the triple jump.
On the track, the Pats got an eighth-place finish in the 3,000 from Natalie Tocco. Their 4x800 relay team of Julissa Gonzalez, Emily Pride, Caroline Cavanagh and Shailin Chase took sixth.
The Toll Gate and Warwick Vets girls teams competed in the Class B Championship at Toll Gate. The Titans finished fifth with 66.25 points, while Vets was 11th.
Freshman Erika Pena had the top finish for the Titans with a first place in the high jump. She also took fifth in the 300 hurdles and ran on two second-place relay teams.
Shannon Garvey had two second-place finishes, one in the 100 hurdles and another in the 300 hurdles. Jordan Gray finished second in the 400 and Haley Moen took second in the 800.
Also placing for the Titans were Madison Thibeault, who took third in the high jump, and Kathleen Morlock, who took sixth in the 100 hurdles. Morlock also tied for eighth in the pole vault. In the throws, Alyssa Jordan took fifth in the discus and seventh in the shot put.
Other top 10 finishes came from Jess Cawley, who took eighth in the 1,500, Stine Hildeness, who finished ninth in the 800, Casey Soares, who took eighth in the pole vault and ninth in the 3,000 and Katie Lavallee, who finished 10th in the 800.
Toll Gate’s 4x400 relay team of Pena, Morlock, Garvey and Nora Hall took second, as did the 4x800 team of Hall, Lavallee, Pena and Hildeness.
Vets had two place-winners at the meet. Katie Evans finished fifth in the 3,000, while Hunter Bastan took fifth in the long jump. Bastan also added an eighth in the triple jump, while Katelyn Ravenell took seventh in the 300 hurdles.