Barrington boy is the top-ranked thrower in the country

Charlie Ionata finished second in the Sons of Italy hammer competition. Charlie Ionata finished second in the Sons of Italy hammer competition.

Barrington High School student-athlete Charlie Ionata.

Barrington High School student-athlete Charlie Ionata.

Barrington High School student Charlie Ionata owns the best throw in the entire country in the 25-pound weight this year, with a distance of 77 feet, 6.5 inches. Track & Field News listed its most recent rankings this week.

Charlie’s teammate, sophomore Adam Kelly is just a few spots back in sixth place nationally. Adam’s top throw this season is 69 feet, 6 inches.

Following are other top-ranked track and field high school athletes from Rhode Island:

• Central High Carlos Mangum is seventh-ranked, at 69-2.

• Chariho senior Bryce Kelley is ranked fourth U.S. in the boys’ 1,500 meters (4:00.32).

• Maddy Berkson, the Classical High junior, is on two T&F News lists: in the 3,000 meters, she’s ranked fifth in the U.S. with her time of 9:53.34. Berkson’s 800-meter time of 2:12.14 is fourth-ranked, behind Bay View senior (and Cranston resident) Erica Johnson’s No. 3-rated 2:11.57.

• In the girls’ 20-pound weight throw, Classical’s Martha Cooper is rated No. 7 U.S. with a mark of 53-4.50 (16.27).

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