The Bishop Hendricken indoor track and field team claimed its 27th state championship in school history last Saturday in Providence, and its first since 2017.
The Hawks were led by Jack McMahon, who took first place in the 3,000 run and finished eighth in the 1,500.
“He was big. Jack is the ultimate team leader. We had a race plan, we had a lot of people in the 3,000, we knew what it was going to be an important event. He knew that he was going to be the lead and when you’re the lead, there’s a lot of pressure on you. It’s mind exhausting, it takes a lot out of you, he had to go at a certain pace so the rest of our team could stay in the race. Those 26 points, we needed those,” said Hendricken coach Jim Doyle of McMahon’s impact.
The Hawks had numerous athletes also place inside the top-10, which was big when facing fellow powerhouse La Salle.
“(Depth) is important because you’re represented in a lot of events. Sometimes these meets come down to one point and we tell them that. Even our long jumper that came in sixth and our shot put that came in sixth, we got two points for those. Those all add up at the end of the meet, we expected this meet be very close and it was,” said Doyle.
Hendricken will now set its sights on the upcoming regional meet, and then the national meet shortly after. The Hawks expect to put their best foot forward and once again compete with some of the top clubs in the country.
“The kids will have a chance to reach their personal bests (at New England’s). We are in that top tier in distance events, we have some good hurdlers, our relays are pretty good, it will be a good experience for them and then we’ll have nationals to prepare for the following week,” said Doyle.
Here is a look at some of the results from this weekend: BOYS
Jack McMahon won the 3,000 run while teammates Evan Reynolds and Aidan Tierney finished second and third, respectively. Luke Henseler took home fifth in the same event, while teammate Jonathan Iamarone finished 10th.
David DelBonis wrapped up a second-place finish for the Hawks in the 1,500 run, while teammates Matt St. Jean and Reynolds took fourth and fifth, respectively. McMahon also finished eighth in the event.
Duwaun Edwards finished second in the 55 hurdles for Hendricken, while Filaoye took fourth and Sean Fagan fifth. Ahnyia Phrasathane-Estac also took home seventh for Hendricken.
The Hendricken relay team of Matt Rene, Ian Hopkins, Nick Capalbo and Josiah Johnson finished second in the 3,200. Duwaun Edwards, Tom Comella, Russell White and Seun Filaoye wrapped up fifth in the 800 relay, while Toll Gate’s team of Dylan Barlow, Michael Murphy, Connor Marot and Josh Costello took eighth.
Filaoye would also finish second in the 55 hurdles, followed by Edwards in fourth, Fagan fifth and Phrasathane-Estac sixth.
St. Jean would later get the Hawks a fifth-place finish in the 1,000 run while DelBonis took fifth and Reynolds seventh.
The Hendricken relay team of Michael Hanlon, Nick Capalbo, Fagan and Edwards later claimed third in the 1,600 relay.
Ryan Morel finished fifth in the weight throw, while teammate John Fay took 10th. White would later finish fifth in the 55 dash, followed by Comella at eighth.
Bishop Hendricken’s John Santos took home sixth in the high jump, while teammate David Shaw took eighth and Toll Gate’s Barlow ninth. White finished 6th in the 300 dash for Hendricken, while teammate David Valenti took ninth.
Hendricken’s Max Paolino finished sixth in the shot put, while teammate Cam Hughes took ninth.
Toll Gate’s Cole Baker finished seventh in the 600 run. GIRLS Pilgrim’s Ciannie Foster claimed fourth in the long jump as well as eighth in the 55 dash. Sakeena Khan, Sarah Lynch, Amelia Murphy and Alanna Coffie took sixth in the 1,600 relay for Pilgrim, while Toll Gate’s Voski Armenakyan took ninth in the weight throw.
Pilgrim’s team of Emmanuelle Degos, Sofia McCann, Jamee Salisbury and Ava McCann finished 10th in the 3,200 relay.