Chartier, Ducharme, Mongeau lead way at class meets

Chartier, Ducharme, Mongeau lead way at class meets

Cumberland, Lincoln athletes await state track meet on Feb. 27

PROVIDENCE – Lincoln High senior Hayley Chartier and Cumberland High senior Nicolette Ducharme put on a show in the throwing events, and Cumberland’s Rachael Mongeau also had a huge performance on the oval to highlight their towns’ athletes at last weekend’s class championship meets at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house.

In the girls’ Medium Schools championship meet that kicked off the weekend-long festivities, Chartier had a dominant performance that saw her claim first place in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 11 1/4 inches and the 20-pound weight throw in 46-10 1/2.

Both throws were four feet better than the runner-up finishers, and Chartier’s throw in the weight also put her in a tie for 22nd place in that event’s national rankings.

No CHS athlete enjoyed a better meet than Ducharme in Sunday’s girls’ Large Schools meet. She claimed the shot put with a 39-foot-2 throw and placed third in the 20-pound weight with a personal-best throw of 49-10.

Ducharme’s throw in the weight not only won the event by more than eight feet, but it also bumped the Brown University-bound athlete into the 14th spot in the event’s national rankings. She was also an inch shy of breaking the CHS school record set 15 years ago.

And in the girls’ Small Schools meet, Mongeau, who is a senior at St. Raphael Academy, netted 26 points with her performance, as she defended her title in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:48.01 and picked up second places in the 1,000 in 3:21.44 and 1,500 in 5:15.31.

Running in a competitive field in the 3,000, the Monmouth University-bound runner was 38.39 seconds quicker than her winning time from a year ago. She topped the runner-up finisher, Cumberland resident and Blackstone Valley Prep junior Lucy Noris, by 5.91 seconds.

The best local finish by a team came from the CHS boys, who finished fourth in the Class A standings and were keyed by the runner-up finishes turned in by senior Jorge Rocha and junior Ethan Carpenter. Rocha recorded a time of 1:28.14 in the 600 and Carpenter clocked a time of 1:28.14 in the 1,000.

CHS also picked up fourth places from the 4x800 relay squad of seniors Will Henson, Brendan Johnson, and Shane Johnson and sophomore Wheaton Harvey (8:53.15), 4x200 relay team of senior Owen Molis, junior Henry Dennen, Rocha and Carpenter (3:49.79), Dennen in the 1,500 (4:20.49) and 3,000 (9:01.93), and junior Jeb Gilson in the 300 (38.71 seconds).

Another Cumberland native turned in a marvelous meet, La Salle Academy senior Jack McLoughlin. The Georgetown University-bound runner placed second in the 1,500 (4:13.33) and 3,000 (8:53.68).

Also finishing among the top five in the 3,000 were two more Cumberland runners from La Salle, juniors Adam Thibodeau, who finished third in 8:58.40, and Jack Casey, who was fifth in 9:08.48. Thibodeau also took fourth place in the 1,000 in 2:45.39.

The Cumberland girls’ team, meanwhile, piled up its share of points in its meet, starting with the 4x800 relay squad of senior Sarah Lanzi, sophomore Emma Peterson, and freshmen Anna Kalafut and Summer Sartini, which took second place in a time of 10:55.52.

Senior Olivia Belt, who recently signed an NLI to continue her running career at Providence College, also placed third in the 1,500 meters in 5:05.33, and sophomore Grace Carr took fourth place in the 1,000 in 3:13.12.

Two relay teams added fifth places, the 4x200 squad of seniors Sydnee Kell, Brynn Eckman, and Maggie Peterson and junior Katie Blais (1:58.60) and 4x400 team of senior Lizzie Pickering, Belt, Sartini, and Carr (4:33.96), and Pickering also took fourth in the 1,500 (4:20.49) and fifth in the 600 (1:46.99).

The girls’ Medium Schools meet also saw Lincoln senior Abigail Gill place second in the 55-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 9.55 seconds that saw her edge South Kingstown junior Arsenia Brown for the runner-up spot by .005 of a second.

In the boys’ Class B meet, junior Aiden Fletcher led the way for Lincoln by finishing second in the 300 in 38.11 seconds and helping the Lions’ 4x200 relay quartet of junior Ethan Sexton and sophomores Oliver Fillion and Jason Roy take fifth in a 1:41.37 time that was .002 of a second away from a top-four finish.

Also adding fifth places were two LHS seniors: Central Connecticut State University-bound Riley Specht finished fifth in the girls’ 600 meters in 1:49.80, and Lyric Logan did likewise in the boys’ shot put with a throw of 39-9 1/2.

The state championship meet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27, back at the PCTA field house, with the girls’ meet at 9:30 a.m. and the boys’ at 1:15 p.m. But prior to that season-ending meet, there are three events that are on tap for next weekend.

On Friday at 5:30 p.m. will be the “Last Chance” qualifier, with the girls competing at 5:30 p.m. and the boys in action two hours later. The following morning is the junior varsity state championship meet, and on Sunday at noon is the freshman state meet.