Barrington boy is the top-ranked thrower in the country

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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