Back on top: CHS track squads rule Northern Division

Back on top: CHS track squads rule Northern Division

Clippers bring out their best to capture championship meets

CUMBERLAND – A year after neither squad took first place in the Northern Division outdoor championship meet, the Cumberland High boys’ and girls’ track and field teams reclaimed their spots atop the pack in their respective meets last week.

The girls’ team, which recently captured its first dual-meet title in four years with a 12-0 record, also seized first place in its championship meet, which was held on Tuesday, May 7, at Tucker Field, for its first time since that glorious 2016 campaign. The Clippers scored 167 points to top the defending two-time division champion, Smithfield, by 38 points.

In the sprints, sophomore Brynn Eckman tacked on 18 points by winning the 200-meter dash in 28.45 seconds and finishing second in the 100 in 13.34, and in the middle distance events, her classmate, Olivia Belt, was also good for 18 points, as she took first place in the 1,500 in 4:57.88 and second in the 800 in 2:27.21.

The Clippers also received a solid performance in the hurdles from sophomore Shakira DePina, who won the 300 race in 51.83 seconds and was fourth in the 100 event in 17.83, and another 10th-grader, Bailee Brown, also took top honors in the 3,000 in 11:27.09

The Clippers also piled up points in the relay events. They won the 4x100 behind the quartet of Kayla Halpert, Kayla Lopez, Ali Leboeuf, and Eckman in 52.85 seconds and the 4x400 behind the team of Allison Raposo, Karla Evangelista, Elizabeth Pickering, and Belt in 4:27.51.

In the 4x800, they also finished second, as Emma Gaudreau, Ally Jakubiak, Chloe Jacinto, and Pickering team up to clock a time of 11:05.45.

The field events saw sophomore Nicolette Ducharme score 14 points by finishing second in the shot put (35-4), fourth in the hammer (133-4), fifth in the javelin, and sixth in the discus. Caitlyn Longest also won the pole vault (7-6), and Victoria DeDonato placed second in the javelin (105-04).

Lincoln, which finished sixth in the team standings with 42 points, was led by sophomore Riley Specht, who won the 800 in 2:25.70 and anchored the Lions’ 4x800 relay team of Emily Ariza, Abigail O’Hern, and Sarah Fellingham to another victory in 10:34.4.

Specht, Ariza, and Fellingham also joined Kristen Labossiere on the 4x400 relay team that took third place in 4:34.62.

The second-year Blackstone Valley Prep girls’ team also placed ninth with 13 points, with eight of them coming from freshman Lucy Noris, who took second place in the 1,500 in 5:00.41.

The following day, the boys’ squad was in action in its meet at Ponaganset. The Clippers, which had won the meet title from 2010-17 before Woonsocket broke their streak last season, racked up 152 points to top the runner-up Novans by 30 points.

The boys’ team, which went 9-3 during the dual-meet season, did the bulk of its damage in the middle and long distance events, especially in the 1,500, as the Clippers produced 28 points by sweeping the top four places behind seniors Nate Rogers (4:21.75), Cole Cayer (4:22.94), and Dan Collard (4:23.66) and freshman Henry Dennen (4:24.12).

Another 24 points came in the 800, as sophomore Owen Molis (2:08.42), Rogers (2:08.85), and freshman Ethan Carpenter (2:12.43) claimed the top three finishes, and in the 3,000, 17 points were tallied when Cayer took first place (9:22.63), Dennen placed third (9:31.20), and Collard took sixth.

The Clippers also ruled the relay events by taking the 4x800 race behind Connor Scullin, Cayer, Collard, and Carpenter (in a time of 8:56.06) and placing second in the 4x100 and 4x400 events.

Noah Kell, Camron Rivera, Fensom Hensley, and David Medeiros were on the 4x100 squad that finished in 46.31 seconds, and Jorge Rocha, Jake Gilson, and Molis and freshman Jeb Gilson ran on the 4x400 team that posted a 3:40.31 clocking.

Kell also led the way in the hurdling events by finishing first in the 110 highs in 15.78 seconds and third in the 300 lows in 43.1, and senior Cole Hooper was the top Cumberland athlete in the throwing events, as he took second place in the hammer (204-2) and sixth in the discus.

The Clippers also received 10 points from junior Trey Muraoka, who placed second in the high jump (5-10) and sixth in the long jump and triple jump.

Lincoln, which placed fourth with 77 points, received another excellent meet from junior Kyle Moison, who not only won the shot put (53-5) and discus (140-8), but also finished third in the hammer (201-9) to wrap up a 28-point meet. Moison’s throw in the shot was just a half inch shy of tying a 13-year-old meet record.

The Lions also swept the top three spots in the pole vault behind junior Hunter Lafond (11 feet), sophomore Solomon Nguyen (100 feet), and senior Dimitry Lineker (8-6).

Cumberland, Lincoln, and BVP will be back in action at Saturday’s RIIL Class Championships. The Clippers will compete in the Class A meet at 10 a.m. at Coventry High; the Lions will take part in the Class B meet at 10 a.m. at West Warwick High, and the Pride will bus to Exeter/West Greenwich for the Class C meet at 10 a.m.