Moison sweeps Class B’s shot, weight

Moison sweeps Class B’s shot, weight

Auburn University-bound senior Kyle Moison captured the shot put and 25-pound weight throw at last Saturday’s Class B championship meet at the Providence Carrer & Technical Academy field house. (Breeze photos by Eric Benevides)
CHS boys place second, girls finish third; Muraoka’s 18 points leads Clippers

PROVIDENCE – A year after settling for eighth place at the Class A Championships, the Cumberland High boys’ indoor track and field team did a huge turn for the better at last Saturday’s meet at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house.

The Clippers took second place out of 12 team with 71 points, the first time since 2015 that they earned runner-up honors. And while that point total was a far cry from Bishop Hendricken’s 148, it was 21 more than third-place La Salle Academy.

On the girls’ side, Cumberland was just as brilliant in the Large Schools meet. After back-to-back seasons of taking fourth place, the Clippers finished third with 54 points, trailing only La Salle (113) and Classical (78).

Also placing third in the Medium Schools meet was Lincoln with 49 points. Barrington ran away with the team title by scoring 145½, and runner-up South Kingstown produced just six more points that the Lions. For the Lions, who finished seventh in the last two meets, their place was their best finish in nine years.

The Lincoln boys, meanwhile, took fifth place in the Class B meet, but saw senior Kyle Moison put forth one of the day’s best performances in the throwing events. The Auburn University-bound standout won the shot put with a throw of 55 feet, 11½ inches and the 25-pound weight with a personal-best distance of 76-1½.

Unfortunately for Moison, who entered the meet ranked second in the country in the weight throw, he slipped a spot in the rankings. That’s because in the Class A meet, Woonsocket junior Logan Coles lofted a throw of 77-4½ that catapulted him six spots in the rankings.

Leading the Cumberland boys to their runner-up finish were the first-place finishes turned in by Bryant University-bound senior Trey Muraoka in the high jump, who won a close battle by delivering a 6-foot-2 leap, and sophomore Ethan Carpenter, who won the 1,000 in a time of 2:36.45. Muraoka also finished second in the long jump with a leap of 20-5¾.

The Clippers also saw a school record get shattered when the 4x400 relay squad of juniors Owen Molis, Jorge Rocha, Jake Gilson, and Fensom Hensley took third place in 3:40.17.

Cumberland also received runner-up places from Cornell University-bound Phil Coppolino in the weight (PR throw of 69-7¾) and Noah Kell in the 55-meter hurdles (7.86 seconds).

The Clippers also grabbed four of the top seven spots in the 600, with Molis placing third (1:26.24) and Rocha finishing fourth (1:27.35), and the 4x800 relay quartet of Brendan Johnson, Shane Johnson, Scott Carroll, and Gilson also placed third (8:44.39).

Cumberland’s Jack McLoughlin, a junior at La Salle Academy who was recently named the R.I. Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year, also fared well in the Class A meet. He helped the Rams’ 4x800 relay team take first place and finished fourth in the 1,500 (4:09.27).

The Cumberland girls’ team produced a third of its scoring in the 600 by sweeping the second through fourth places behind the PR times turned in by Shakira DePina (1:43.67), Lizzie Pickering (1:44.74), and Emma Peterson (1:46.72).

Nicolette Ducharme added 14 points by placing second in the shot put (39-7½) and third in the 20-pound weight (45-7). Adding third places with PRs were Olivia Belt in the 1,000 (3:09.60) and Bailee Brown in the 3,000 (11:06.35), and also placing fourth was the 4x800 relay team of Emma Gaudreau, Ellie Gaudreau, Emma Peterson, and Chloe Jacinto (10:52.98).

The Lincoln girls were led by junior Riley Specht, who won the 1,000 in a time of 3:15.46 that edged the runner-up finisher by 0.36 of a second.

The Lions, as expected, scored most of their points in the throwing events. In the shot put, senior Allison Plante, who will continue her track career at Sacred Heart University, took top honors in the weight with a personal-best throw of 50-10½ – the first time in her career that she broke the 50-foot mark.

Senior Jackie Andrews, who was coming back from offseason knee surgery, also won the shot put with a throw of 34-1¾. Hayley Chartier also produced 10 points by finishing third in the shot (32-11¼) and fourth in the weight (43-11¾), and Molly Thibaudeau was also third in the weight (44-2¼).

Also capturing an event for the Lincoln boys was the 4x800 relay team of seniors Nicholas Gaitanis and Chris Lezon, junior Austin Balon, and sophomore Aiden Fletcher, which produced a PR time of 8:32.57. They also teamed up to place fourth in the 4x400 relay in 3:44.52.

In the girls’ Small Schools meet, Cumberland’s Rachael Mongeau, who is a junior All-Stater at St. Raphael Academy, captured the 1,000 (3:10.51), 1,500 (4:55.97), and 3,000 (11:26.40) to help the Saints place second in the standings, and Blackstone Valley Prep sophomore Lucy Noris finished third in the 1,500 in 5:04.91.

The state’s top runners, throwers, and jumpers will be back at the PCTA field house on Saturday at 11 a.m. for the RIIL Championships.

Cumberland sophomore Ethan Carpenter, shown in action during last year’s RIIL Cross Country Championships, captured the 1,000 meters at the Class A meet to help the Clippers place second in the team standings.