Moison rules state meet’s throwing events

Moison rules state meet’s throwing events

Lincoln High junior Kyle Moison captured multiple state titles during last Saturday afternoon’s RIIL Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Brown University. Moison poses for a picture with his throws coach, Brian Grant, and his discus after winning the meet’s final event with a throw of 176-4 that was 30 feet farther than the runner-up finisher. Moison also placed second in the hammer with a throw of 222-1. (Breeze photos by Eric Benevides)
Lincoln junior scores 28 points by winning shot put, discus titles, placing second in hammer

PROVIDENCE – Kyle Moison is no stranger to putting together phenomenal performances in big meets, and that’s exactly what the Lincoln High junior did at last Saturday afternoon’s RIIL Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Brown University.

Moison convincingly claimed a pair of state championships in the boys’ shot put and discus and added a close runner-up finish in the 12-pound hammer, and the 28 points he racked up in those three events were more than 15 of the 22 teams that were listed in the team standings.

For those keeping score, that makes four state titles this year for Moison, who during the indoor season, won championships in the shot put and 25-pound weight throws and went on to claim the New England title and place fourth at the New Balance Nationals in the weight.

“It feels great,” Moison said after receiving his final medal of the afternoon following the discus competition. “I had a great week of practice and we worked on a couple of little things that made a big difference out here today.”

Moison probably saved his best for last in the discus, which he handily captured with a personal-best throw of 176 feet, four inches that was more than 30 feet farther than the runner-up finisher, Rogers sophomore and state javelin champion Ian Hall (146-1).

Moison, whose PR had been 166-8, entertained the large gathering seated behind the throwing cage with his final six throws, which sailed (in order) 173-2, 172-2, 175-7, 175-5, 167-4, and – to put an exclamation point on his marvelous meet – 176-4.

“The discus felt great all week (in practice),” Moison said. “I was hitting positions that I haven’t normally hit and it felt great.”

In the shot put, Moison won the event with a throw of 56-6 that was 1¼ inches short of the throw he delivered at the state indoor meet, but still topped Woonsocket sophomore Logan Coles, who took second place with a 52-10 throw, and the rest of the field by more than five feet.

“I had a good day in that event,” added Moison. “I haven’t been close to my PR in a while, so it feels good to know that I can still be up there a little bit.”

Moison nearly claimed a third state meet in his first event, the hammer, but his throw of 222-1 – the second-best of his career – was 10 inches shy of the distance that gave Coles the victory and his first career state championship. Moison came into the meet ranked fifth in the nation with his PR throw of 222-10, while Coles was ranked fourth at 225-10.

“Kyle’s my boy,” said Coles. “We just come out here and we like to compete, but it’s definitely friendly and we’re pretty tight.”

Thanks to Moison’s astounding afternoon, the Lions ended up in a tie for sixth place in the team standings with Classical. Both teams finished with 29 points, and the only other LHS athlete to place in the meet was sophomore Solomon Nguyen, who finished sixth in the pole vault with an 11-foot leap.

Bishop Hendricken cruised to the championship with 134 points, 39 more than second-place La Salle, and the next three teams in the standings were North Kingstown, which scored 44 points, and Central and Rogers, which tied for fourth place with 36 each.

Tied for 14th with 11 points was Cumberland, which received scoring from multiple sources that delivered PRs. Six points came from junior Trey Muraoka’s third-place finish of six feet in the high jump. Winning the event with a 6-foot-2 jump was North Kingstown’s Brandon Bolster.

Phil Coppolino finished fifth in the hammer with a throw of 195-11, Noah Kell also placed fifth in the 110-high hurdles in 15.59 seconds, and the Clippers’ 4x800 relay team of Ethan Carpenter, Owen Molis, Jorge Rocha, Cole Cayer finished sixth in a time of 8:15.19.

Another Cumberland athlete also stepped onto the awards podium for placing in the top six of his event, Jack McLoughlin, a La Salle Academy sophomore, who placed fourth in the 3,000 meters in 8:36.40.

In the girls’ meet, the top local finisher was Lincoln sophomore Riley Specht, who took third in the 800 in a time of 2:21.56. Portsmouth standout Nikki Merrill captured the event in 2:16.06 and Barrington’s Caroline Livingston was second in 2:20.96.

Also placing in the top six were Cumberland’s Nicolette Ducharme, who took fourth place in the shot put with a PR throw of 36-8½, Olivia Belt, who placed fifth in the 1,500 with a season-best 4:56.13, and Shakira DePina, who also snagged a PR by placing sixth in the 300-meter hurdles in 48.2 seconds. Lincoln’s Audrey Ogni also took sixth in the shot at 35-1.

Most of the athletes who placed in the top six of their events will be back in action at Saturday’s New England Championships at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine.

Moison, shown getting ready to release the shot put, took first place in that event with a throw of 56 feet, six inches.
Cumberland High junior Noah Kell gets ready to clear a hurdle during the finals of the 110-meter hurdles at last Saturday afternoon’s RIIL Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Brown University. Kell took fifth place in 15.59 seconds.