Coles delivers U.S.-best throw in weight at Class A meet

Coles delivers U.S.-best throw in weight at Class A meet

Robinson O’Hagan, Wilbur, Stamatelatos, Kamp also take top honors; RIIL Championships are Saturday

PROVIDENCE – On an action-packed day that saw high school athletes from northern Rhode Island deliver some outstanding efforts, Woonsocket High junior Logan Coles turned in a performance that caught national attention.

The two-time All-American thrower ruled his competition in the weight throw at the Class A championship meet last Saturday morning at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house by unleashing a winning throw of 77 feet, 4½ inches that shattered his personal-best record by more than five feet.

Coles’ throw not only topped the runner-up finisher, Cumberland High senior Phil Coppolino, by seven feet, 9¾ inches, but it also set a meet record and elevated him six spots to the top of the national rankings, which had been led by Ruben Banks of Bradenton, Fla., whose top throw was 76-8½.

Coles and sophomore Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan each scored 14 points to help the Novans place fifth in the team standings with 38 points. In the shot put, Robinson-O’Hagan won the event with a throw of 57-5¾ and Coles placed fourth at 47-10¾, and Robinson O’Hagan also took fourth place in the weight at 67-1¾.

Cedric Delva also took fourth place in the long jump (20-3¾) and sixth in the high jump.

Another local athlete was featured in this meet. North Smithfield’s Jack Wilbur, who is a senior on the La Salle Academy boys’ team, captured the 600 by winning in a photo-finish time of 1:24.04.

In the boys’ Class C meet that was held later in the day, North Smithfield High took fourth place with 37½ points with a performance that saw sophomore Matthew Stamatelatos capture the 55-meter hurdles in a personal-best 8.34 seconds and senior captain Cole Dubois place second in the shot with a PR throw of 47-3.

Senior captain Kyle Alves also took third place in the 300 in 37.81 seconds, and fourth places came from Ray Marsella (55-meter hurdles, 8.5 seconds) and the 4x200 relay team of senior captain Dan Beauchemin, Aidan Beauchemin, Stamatelatos, and Alves (1:39.9).

Mount Saint Charles’ top finish came from the 4x800 relay team of Benjamin Happenny, Allan Villatoro, Charles Dakai, and Kyle Chauvette, which placed fourth in a season-best time of 9:26.17.

On the girls’ side, the best performance of the bunch came from Mount Saint Charles senior Julia Kamp, who won a close race to capture the 600 in the Small Schools meet with a time of 1:46.8.

The Mounties also saw their 4x800 relay team of Alyssa Smith, Emily Graham, Kylie Perron, and Sasha Mundy finish third in 11:45.18. They topped the fourth-place relay team, North Smithfield’s Lydia Hughes, Abigail Tremblay, Katarina Brandao, and Samantha Fagan, which posted a 12:10.71 time.

In the girls’ Large Schools meet, Woonsocket received a runner-up finish from Jazarah Lewis in the high jump (five feet) and third places from Dajonna Lewis in the 55-meter dash (7.62) amd Charity Harlan in the long jump (16-8).

The Villa Novans, Mounties, and Northmen will be well represented at Saturday’s state championship meet at the PCTA facility. The action will begin at 11 a.m. The New England Championships will follow this meet at the Reggie Lewis facility in Boston.