Woonsocket throwers dominate Class A boys’ track meet

Woonsocket throwers dominate Class A boys’ track meet

Coles, Robinson-O’Hagan claim indoor championships with ease, remain 1-2 in country in weight

PROVIDENCE – The top two high school weight throwers in the nation put a little more distance between themselves and the rest of the country during Sunday afternoon’s Class A boys’ championship meet at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house.

Woonsocket High senior Logan Coles and junior Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan, as expected, took the top two places in the 25-pound weight, with Coles capturing the event with a throw of 76 feet, 7 1/2 inches and Robinson-O’Hagan finishing right behind him with a personal-best 74-foot-9 throw.

Both throwers delivered season-best throws, as the University of Kentucky-bound Coles topped his best by 6 1/4 inches and Robinson-O’Hagan delivered a 10 1/2-inch PR that also pushed the gap between him and the country’s 3rd-ranked thrower, Collin Burkhart of Nazareth, Penn., to two feet, 8 1/2 inches.

Robinson-O’Hagan also defended his shot put championship with ease, as he aired out a throw of 59-3/4 that was nearly nine feet further than the second-place finisher, North Kingstown senior Max Rome.

Twenty-four earlier, North Smithfield High and Mount Saint Charles Academy were in action at the boys’ Class C and girls’ Small Schools championship meets, and both teams bused back up Route 146 with their share of top-five finishes.

The best event of the day was the boys’ 55-meter hurdles, which saw N.S. senior Matt Stamatelatos fall short in his bid to repeat as that event’s champion. He settled for runner-up honors in that event, as his teammate, Ray Marsella, took first place in 8.36 seconds to top Stamatelatos by .15 of a second.

Junior Jackie deRonde also had an excellent meet for the N.S. girls’ team, as she placed second in the 55-meter hurdles in 10.09 seconds and tied for third place in the girls’ high jump with a 4-foot-6 leap.

North Smithfield also saw freshman Nick Lamoureux finish fourth in the boys’ high jump with a 5-foot-6 leap and senior Thao Nguyen take fifth in the girls’ 300 in 47.25 seconds and sixth in the long jump with a leap of 14-1/2.

Mount’s top finish came in the girls’ meet from the 4x400 relay team of junior Isabel Kailher, sophomore Carah Leclair, and freshmen Charley White and Jillian Happenny, which placed second in 4:48.88.

In the boys’ meet, Mount posted three third-place finishes, with the relay team of seniors Charles Dakai, Ethan Alexander, and Kyle Chauvette and junior Isaiah Smith seizing two of them in the 4x200 in 1:41.95 and 4x400 in 3:53.53. Senior Alex Faford also placed third in the shot put in 36-6 3/4.

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.