The Bishop Hendricken indoor track and field team cruised to its 26th consecutive Class A Championship last week in Providence with a score of 120, topping second-place La Salle by 30 points.
The Hawks were led by their relay teams in the win, getting top-3 finishes in each event and helping push Hendricken past other top teams such as the Rams.
“We’ve worked hard on our relays and our relays are doing well. We’re strong in the 4x200, the guys on that team have given us their best, the 4x800 team is very good and the 4x400 is very good. We’re going to need them to continue to do well needless to say,” said Hendricken coach Jim Doyle, who was proud of the all-around effort of the team. “Our (distance) runners are strong, our throwers are strong, we have some young kids in the high jump that are doing well. It has to be a big team performance for us to win at the state meet.”
The Hawks and Rams have been neck and neck over the past decade, and Doyle expects it to be no different in the upcoming state championship meet.
“We knew the events that we would do well in but we were also very conscientious of La Salle and their team … we expected them to do very well in the sprint events, they have some good distance runners,” said Doyle. “(The win) gives us a lot of momentum. It’s tremendous, it’s a great honor. We know that we have some weaknesses where we need to improve, we know that La Salle is the team to beat. It’s going to be a tight battle, we are going to need to do our job and have our best performance.”
Here is a look at some of the final results from the day:
The Bishop Hendricken relay team of Matt Rene, Ian Hopkins, Nick Capalbo and Josiah Johnson took first place in the 3,200 relay, while Jack McMahon placed first in the 3,000 meter run.
Hendricken’s Russell White would take home second place in the 55 dash, while teammate Cameron Hughes took second in the shot put, followed by fellow teammates Max Paolino in fourth and Dante Caouette in fifth. Ryan Morel would also claim a second-place finish in the hammer throw for Hendricken.
Evan Reynolds finished in second place in the 3,000 run for Hendricken, followed by teammate Luke Hensler in third.
The Hendricken team of White, Sean Fagan, Capalbo and Michael Hanlon finished second in the 1,600 relay.
Hendricken’s team of Duwaun Edwards, Russell White, Tom Comella and Seun Filaoye finished third in the 800 relay, while Toll Gate’s Dylan Barlow went on to take third in the long jump.
Edwards would later take third in the 55 hurdles, followed by Filaoye in fourth and Sean Fagan in fifth for the Hawks. Hendricken’s David DelBonis took third place in the 1,500 run followed by Reynolds in fourth. Edwards also finished fifth in the 300 dash.
Matt St. Jean would go on to place third in the 1,000 run for Hendricken, while teammate Dylan Manning followed in fourth and DelBonis fifth.
Toll Gate’s Cole Baker finished fourth in the 600 run, while Rene took fifth. GIRLS
The Pilgrim relay team of Emmanuelle Degos, Jamee Salisbury, Ava McCann and Sofia McCann placed third in the 3,200, while Ava McCann took third in the 1,500 run. Pilgrim’s Amelia Murphy also finished third in the 600 run.
Pilgrim’s team of Jenna Salisbury, Murphy, Sarah Lynch and Alanna Coffie finished third in the 1,600 relay. Coffie later finished fifth in the long jump.