WHS boys take second at Northern Division meet

WHS boys take second at Northern Division meet

Coles sets hammer record with 221-foot throw; Meriwether, Croteau lead N.S.

NORTH SCITUATE – The Woonsocket High boys’ outdoor track and field team was unable to defend its team title at the 12-school Northern Division championship meet that was held last Wednesday, May 8, at Ponaganset High.

A year after taking first place with 119 points, the Novans scored 122 last week, but that total wasn’t enough to top Cumberland, which won the championship with 152. Woonsocket has now placed second five times in this meet in the last seven years.

North Smithfield took third place with its best showing in this meet by producing 92 points, and Mount Saint Charles placed seventh with 25.

Sophomore thrower Logan Coles had an exceptional meet for the Novans that saw him score 26 points by capturing the hammer with a meet-record throw of 221 feet and placing second in the shot put (49 feet-2½ inches) and discus (139-10).

Coles’ throw in the hammer demolished the three-year-old record of 207-7 set by Jared Briere, who graduated from WHS in 2017 and is continuing his track and field career at the University of Oregon. Coles is also ranked third in the nation in the hammer with a personal-best throw of 225-6.

Senior Hezekiah Adeyeye also had a superb meet that saw him total 22 points by capturing the 400 meters in 51.66 seconds and taking second in the 100-meter dash in 11.41 and fourth in the 200 in 23.59.

Also winning events were Nick Iarussi in the high jump (5-10), Zack MacIntyre in the javelin (153-8), and the 4x400 relay squad of Gabriel Guernon, Nasin Nash, Adeyeye, and Iarussi (3:36.15). Nash added 18 more points in the hurdling events by taking second in the 110 (15.93) and 300 (43.11) events.

The Northmen, who took sixth place in last spring’s meet with 39 points, received multiple first places from senior Xavier Croteau in the 100 (11.23) and 200 (22.88).
Also winning their events were Jason Meriwether in the long jump (21-1½), and freshman Matt Stamatelatos in the 300-meter hurdles (42-66), and they also teamed up with Justin Decelles and Croteau to win the 4x100 relay in 46.17 seconds.

Meriwether was the Northmen’s top scorer with 24 points, as he also finished second in the 200 (22.92) and third in the 400 (53.78).

The Mounties’ top athlete was junior Brad Plamondon, who tallied 21 points by placing second in the triple jump (39-8), third in the 110 hurdles (16.48), fourth in the long jump (18-10), and in a tie for fourth in the high jump (5-4).

In the girls’ meet that took place the previous afternoon at Cumberland High’s Tucker Field, the Clippers claimed the team crown with 167 points. Woonsocket placed third with 51, MSC was fifth with 48, and North Smithfield finished eighth with 28.

The Novans were led by Dajonna Lewis, who captured the 100-meter dash in 13.14 seconds, and Marissa Henley, who won the hammer with a throw of 154-01. Woonsocket also picked up a second place from its 4x100 relay team of Peyton Cahill, Charity Harlan, Alexis Jahzarah, and Lewis, which won in 54.07 seconds.

Julia Kamp also had a strong meet for Mount that saw her win the 400 (1:02.59), finish third in the 100 (13.48), and join Emily Graham, Eileen Whalen, and Meghan Whalen on the Mounties’ 4x400 relay team that placed second in 4:28.78.

For the Northmen, Siranee Caron led the way by placing second in the 200 (28.95) and fourth in the 400 (1:05.04).