Smithfield girls take second at Northern Division track meet

Smithfield girls take second at Northern Division track meet

Ezeama produces 28 points in throwing events; Sentinels dominate pole vault

CUMBERLAND – The Smithfield High girls’ outdoor track and field team saw its bid for its third straight first-place finish at the Northern Division championship meet come up short last Tuesday, May 7, as host Cumberland High captured the team title with 167 points, 38 more than the Sentinels.

The Sentinels’ top scorer was Kendra Ezeama, who produced 28 points by not only winning the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 4½ inches and the discus with a distance of 112-6, but also placing second in the hammer in 141-10.

Graesyn Fontaine added 16 points by taking second places in the triple jump (34-9¾) and long jump (15-11¾). Janasia Arvelo scored 14 with her runner-up finish in the discus (94 feet) and third place in the shot (33-10), and Ashlyn Maio placed second in the 3,000 (11:39.80) and fourth in the 1,500 (5:30.73).

The Sentinels also grabbed five of the top seven places in the pole vault, with Sophia Harrison leading the pack with her second-place finish of 7-6, and Hannah Schofield also placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.52).

In the boys’ championship meet that was held the following afternoon at Ponaganset High’s sports complex, Smithfield took fifth place with 46 points and Ponaganset was eighth with 20. Cumberland was the meet’s winner with 152 points.

The top local athlete was Ponaganset junior Ben Mancini, who scored all his team’s points by winning the triple jump (41-2½) and placed second in the long jump (20-3¾) and fifth in the 200.
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he bulk of the Sentinels’ points came from sophomore Zachary Isble, who finished third in the long jump (19 feet) and 100-meter dash (11.55), and junior Zach Semerjian, who was second in the javelin (138-11).