A class of their own

A class of their own

St. Raphael Academy junior Darius Kipyego, right, gets ready to cross the finish line with a first-place finish in the 3,000 meters during last Saturday’s Class C meet at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house. Kipyego, who won three events, posted a time of 9:33.50 that was 0.95 of a second faster than the runner-up finisher, his brother, freshman Devan Kipyego, left. (Breeze photo by Kayla Panu)
SRA boys’ indoor track and field team takes home first Class C championship since 1994

PROVIDENCE – A week after capturing its third straight Northern Division title, the St. Raphael Academy boys’ indoor track and field team continued its outstanding season last Saturday at the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house by winning the Class C championship for the first time since 1994.

And the girls’ team almost ended its 26-year drought as Small Schools champions in its meet, but they came up three points short in its bid to capture the title. Smithfield, which scored 14 points in the meet’s final event, the long jump, won the championship by scoring 74 points.

“This was an awesome meet for St. Raphael Academy,” said SRA head coach Chris Magill. “Needless to say, I’m very happy and very proud of both teams.”

In the boys’ meet, Magill highlighted a few standouts, including senior Braxton Fontaine and junior Darius Kipyego, who teamed up to score 58 of the Saints’ 97 points. That almost matched the points turned in by second-place Rogers, which ended up with 62½.

“Braxton won the long jump and the high jump, (took) second place in the 55 (meter dash), and was on the winning 4x200 team,” said Magill. “And Darius ran almost a marathon out there. He won the 3,000, 1,500, and 600, and I scratched him out of the 1,000 because I thought we had the meet in hand at that point.”

Magill also highlighted freshman Devan Kipyego, who placed second behind his brother in the 3,000 in a time of 9:34.45. Darius took first place in 9:33.50; his winning times in the 600 was 1:22.9 and 1,500 was 4:41.59.

Fontaine, who won the high jump with a six-foot leap and the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, six inches, helped the Saints’ 4x200 relay team, which was also made up of Joseph Noel, Jeff Codman, and Pedro Mayol, post a time of 1:35.51.

The Saints also received third places from their 4x800 relay team of C.J. Magill, Colby Luiz, Andrew Worden, and Nasavell Medeiros (9:12.08), Noel in the 55-meter dash (6.88 seconds), and Mayol in the 600 (1:25.13).

“It takes a full team effort to win a class championship,” the SRA head coach said. “It’s all the other points that people don’t recognize. It was just an outstanding team effort.”

In the girls’ meet, Magill was very proud of his team, “especially after winning only one dual meet this year. We pieced it together at the right time and finished second place to a very good Smithfield team.”

Leading the way for the Saints was junior Rachael Mongeau, who scored 30 of her team’s 71 points by capturing the 1,000 in a time of 3:10.51, the 1,500 in 4:55.97, and the 3,000 in 11:26.40.

“Rachael was nothing short of amazing,” Magill said. “She ran two PRs after running the 3,000. That’s a testament to her hard work.”

Sophomore Elizabeth Murphy also won the high jump with a leap of 4-10, and the Saints captured the 4x200 in a time of 1:53.34. That team was made up of Faith Kizekai, Christine Kizekai, Darlin Mendez, and Valeria Uribe. Faith Kizekai added a second-place finish in the 55-meter dash in 7.58 seconds.

Prior to the Class C and Small Schools meet, the boys’ Class B meet was held, and Shea took ninth place with 16 points. Jaylen Smith, claimed the 55-meter dash in 6.65 seconds, and the 4x200 relay team of Frank Berrios, Ronaldo Gomes, Cherif Diallo, and Smith (1:38.18) placed third.

SRA and Shea will return to the PCTA on Saturday to compete in the state championship meet.