Hawks finish undefeated, ’Canes close with win
Bishop Hendricken finished off an undefeated dual-meet season and Warwick Vets topped Pilgrim to clinch its best campaign since 2002 in Monday’s indoor track action at the Providence Career & Technical Academy.
The Hawks beat West Warwick 109-102 and Toll Gate 107-2 with first-place finishes in 11 of 13 events to close the regular season with an 8-0 mark. The program has not lost an indoor dual meet since 1993.
Junior Lee Moses won two events for the Hawks, taking first in the 300-meter dash in 37.44 seconds and first in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 7 inches. Teammate Power Kanga took first in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.87 seconds, and added a second place in the 300, behind Moses.
Also winning races for the Hawks, Jared Boulanger took first in the 600 in 1:27.30, Colin Tierney placed first in the 1,000 in 2:40, Jack Rossi won the 3,000 in 9:45.20. The 4x400 team of Ian MacLeod, Boulanger, Andrew Grady and Ben Murphy placed first, as did the 4x200 team of Chris Cambio, Ronnie Gaynor, MacLeod and Kwity Paye.
Murphy won the high jump, clearing five feet, eight inches. Alex Cerbo won the shot put with a best of 53-06 and added a third in the weight throw, and Chris Celona won the weight throw with a toss of 57-07.
Also placing for the Hawks on the track were Ronnie Gaynor, Nate Gyampo and Andrew Grady in the 55; Cambio and Dylan DiLibero in the 300; Matt Constant, Joe Swift and John Clavin in the 600; Grant Gauthier, Michael Kiernan and Jake Cardello in the 1,000; Avery Ingegneri, Michael Potter, Dom Parlato and Patrick Hagerty in the 1,500; Tom McMahon, Chris Ferreira and Matt Wilks in the 3,000; and Brendan Dillon, Gage Powell and Liam Vetter in the 55 hurdles. Powell also placed fifth in the long jump.
In jumps, John Larkin, Dominic Polseno and Robert Merlino placed in the high jump, and Paye took sixth in the long jump. From the throwing corps, Ben Nelson, Evan Nelson and Connor Hurst scored in the shot put, with Eddie Barber and Mike Tarro placing in the weight throw.
Toll Gate had four place-winners – Alex Pires took third in the 3,000, Brock Massa placed third in the 600, Anthony Hart took sixth in the 600 and Patrick Rocchio finished sixth in the 1,000.
’Canes hit .500 mark
Vets was edged out by Cranston West 58-50 but beat Pilgrim 61-44 to finish the season with a 4-4 record. The ’Canes last hit that mark in 2002.
Vets won three events against the Falcons and Patriots. Jeremy Morrissette took first in the 300 in 38.65, Jacob Isaac took the high jump with a leap of five feet, six inches and David Valladolid took the 3,000 in 10:53.5.
Several Hurricanes were busy and scored in multiple events. Morrissette added a second in the 55 dash and a second in the 55 hurdles to his first in the 300, Isaac finished fifth in the 55 dash, fifth in the long jump and sixth in the 55 hurdles, Kyle Morrissette finished second in the long jump, third in the 300 and fourth in the hurdles and Richard Bateman finished fifth in the 300 and sixth in the 55 dash.
The team’s top distance runners scored in two events each. Ian Anderson took second in the 1,500 and third in the 1,000, Valladolid took fourth in the 1,000 to go with his first-place finish in the 3,000, Chris Smith took second in the 3,000 and fifth in the 1,000 and Dean Bussick finished fifth in the 1,500 and sixth in the 1,000. The 4x200 relay team placed second and the 4x400 team took third.
In the throws, Brian Schofield placed third in the weight and fourth in the shot put, John Byanski finished fifth in the shot put and Steven Paine took sixth in the weight. In the long jump, Nick Howe finished sixth.
Pilgrim lost to both Vets and Cranston West and finished with a 2-6 record. Distance runner Sam Eleuterio was a bright spot with a first-place finish in the 1,500, while the Pats won both throwing events. Dan Johnston took the shot put with a throw of 36-03.75 and added a second in the weight, while Jacob Yang took first in the weight in 50-08 and second in the shot put.
Also placing for the Pats, Brandon Paiva took fourth in the 55 and fourth in the 300, Sam Schoepfer finished second in the 600, Andrew Picard took sixth in the 1,500, Joe Tocco finished third in the 3,000, Aaron Edmonds finished fourth in the long jump, Peter Johnston took third in the shot put and Lukas Fontaine took fifth in the weight throw.