Woonsocket boys rule N.E. hammer championship meet

Woonsocket boys rule N.E. hammer championship meet

Coles, Paskanik, Henley earn All-N.E. honors; Novans head to N.B. Nationals

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket High boys’ track and field team has traditionally enjoyed a great deal of success at the New England Hammer Championships, but last Tuesday, June 4, the Villa Novans were able to accomplish something they’ve never done before – place four throwers among the top 10.

Sophomore standout Logan Coles (pictured), Post University-bound senior Derin Paskanik, junior Jesse Houle, and freshman Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan felt right at home at Mount Pleasant High’s Conley Stadium in unleashing personal-best throws, and Coles and Paskanik earned All-New England honors by finishing in the top six.

Coles, who is currently ranked fourth in the country in the hammer, took second place with a throw of 228 feet, two inches. That was more than five feet behind Lincoln junior Kyle Moison, who captured the event with a throw of 233-4.

Paskanik, who will continue his throwing career at D-II Post University in Connecticut after he graduates, finished fifth with a throw of 197-2, and not far behind him were Houle, who placed seventh with a 192-foot throw, and Robinson-O’Hagan, who took 10th place with a throw of 185-6.

Senior Nathan Desplaines also finished 16th with a throw of 170-8.

In the girls’ event, Kent State University-bound senior Marissa Henley also landed a spot among the All-New England selections by taking fourth place with a throw of 156-5, and Wagner College-bound senior Bridget Damon took 15th place with a throw of 126-6.

Those seven athletes and senior David Marszalkowski will represent Woonsocket at this weekend’s New Balance National Championships at North Carolina A&T State University’s BB&T Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

WHS throws coach Marc Piette noted on Monday that Coles, Paskanik, Houle, Robinson-O’Hagan, and Henley will compete in the Championship Division hammer, and Desplaines, Marszalkowski, and Damon will take part in the Emerging Elite hammer. Robinson-O’Hagan is also entered in the freshman shot put competition.

At last Saturday’s 74th annual New England Track & Field Championships at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine, Woonsocket saw two athletes place 16th in their respective events, senior Zach MacIntyre in the boys’ javelin (160-6) and freshman Dajonna Lewis in the 100-meter dash (13.22 seconds).