The Bishop Hendricken indoor track and field team edged rival La Salle by three points to claim its second-straight state championship and 29th overall at the Providence Career and Technical Academy last weekend.
David DelBonis took first place in the 1,500 meter run while Sean Fagan took first in the 55 meter hurdles. John Santos later took first in the high jump.
Hendricken coach Jim Doyle was proud of his team’s performance, especially his senior leaders.
“People don’t realize how difficult it is to win a state championship. This was a special group, we had a lot of great seniors. You are led by your seniors, we had some underclassmen have great performances as well, but your seniors win you state championships. It’s that leadership,” said Doyle.
Like always, the Hawks were in a tight battle against the rival Rams, who led at times throughout the afternoon. Doyle and his staff urged his team to make every event matter throughout the contest.
“You know that La Salle is always going to be there and we are pretty much even. It was going to come down to who had the better day. We had a team meeting on Thursday and we told them that, we told them what to expect. Every point matters, you can’t ever give up,” said Doyle. “(Our team) was about as well-balanced as you could be and that’s always our objective. I was very proud of this team. I was very proud of our coaches and our athletes, they did a great job all year.”
As the Hawks now shift their focus toward defending their outdoor title this spring, Doyle will remember this unit for its team-first attitude.
“Their togetherness, the way they were all year long, they acted like a team. We competed in Long Island and won a team championship, then we won the next week again, now at states, they only cared about team accomplishments,” said Doyle. “Sometimes you have kids that care about the individual events, but we preach that team matters and these guys were always focused on the team as a whole, all the way around. I’m very proud of them.”
Here is a look at some of the results from the state championship: BOYS
Evan Reynolds placed second in the 3,000 meter run for Hendricken.
Nick Capalbo finished third for the Hawks in the 600 run, while Hendricken’s relay team of Capalbo, Kobby Harvey-Ewusi, Fagan and Michael Hanlon took third in the 1,600. Hendricken’s relay team of Hanlon, Ryan Dyer, Ian Hopkins and Michael Feret placed third in the 3,200.
Dante Caouette went on to take third in the shot put competition for Hendricken.
Matt St. Jean took fourth in the 1,000 run for Hendricken. Reynolds took fourth in the 1,500 for Hendricken as well, while Luke Henseler took fourth in the 3,000.
Hendricken’s relay team of Fagan, Tom Comella, Brandyn Durand and Harvey-Ewusi placed fourth in the 800. Amuchin Timbo also placed fourth in the long jump for Hendricken.
Comella placed fourth in the 55 dash while Fagan later placed fifth in the 300 dash. Pilgrim’s Justin Dorsey took fifth in the long jump.
DelBonis later finished sixth in the 1,000 run, while Henseler took sixth in the 1,500.
Pilgrim’s Henry Leclaire finished seventh in the high jump, while Hendricken’s John Fay took seventh in the weight throw and Cam Hughes seventh in the shot put.
Hendricken’s James Kiernan placed eighth in the 3,000 run, while Feret placed ninth in the 1,500 for the Hawks. Teighan Jeremy placed 10th for Hendricken in the high jump. Here are some other local results from the day:
Cranston West’s Nick DelNigro took second place in the 55 dash, while teammate Dylan Maples took seventh in the 1,000 run.
West’s relay team of Nate Quero, Aaron Bun, Shawn Robbins Jr. and Maples later placed 10th in the 3,200, while Alex DelNigro took 10th in the long jump. GIRLS
Pilgrim’s relay team of Sarah Lynch, Dasani Stewart, Amelia Murphy and Alanna Coffie placed third in the 1,600, while Alaysia Royal, Lynch, Coffie and Stewart took fifth in the 800.
Emmanuelle Degos placed sixth in the 3,000 run for Pilgrim while Stewart later took seventh in the long jump.
Alyssa Twomey took eighth in the 55 hurdles for the Pats. Here are some other results from the event:
West’s Maddie Alves finished fourth in the 55 dash as well as fourth in the 300 dash, while teammate Juliana Bucci took home seventh in the shot put.
East’s relay team of Madeline Baxter, Aislinn Baxter, Eden Fisher and Stella Loezos took eighth in the 3,200.
Gianna King placed 10th in the 300 dash for West.
Johnston’s Lala Olagundoye placed third in both the high jump and long jump for the Panthers.