The Barrington High School boys’ indoor track team, powered by senior thrower Charlie Ionata and senior runner Tom Barry, captured the Metropolitan Division Championship on Friday night at the PCTA.
Barrington out-scored Classical, 96-88, to win top honors.
In the Metropolitan Division 25-pound weight throw, Ionata, who owns the top 25-pound weight throw in the country this year, got off a meet-record toss of 78 feet, 8.75 inches (23.99 meters). Ionata also placed second in the shot with a toss of 48-3 (14.70) behind winner Carlos Mangum, of Central (48-11/14.90).
Barrington’s Barry won double gold in the Metro Division. He clocked 2:41.0 to win the 1,000 meters, and a meet-record 4:12.1 in the 1,500.
Barrington’s Adam Kelly finished third in the weight throw and fourth in the shot put to grab some key points for the Eagles.
In the high jump, Barrington’s Max Caro was fifth, while teammate Jamie Heinl was sixth.
Barrington senior Connor Royley was second in the 3,000 meter race, finishing four second behind LaSalle’s Matt Bouthilette, while the Eagles’ Will Casazza was fourth.
Barrington also scored points in the 1,500 meter race. In addition to Barry’s first place finish, the Eagles also received strong performances from Luke Bledsoe (fourth place) and Marc Stefanek (fifth).
In the 1,000, Barry was again tops, while Royley was second, and Casazza finished sixth.
Barrington finished fourth in the 4×200 meter relay, fifth in the 4×400 meter relay and was second in the 4×800 meter relay.