Seniors on the Barrington High School boys’ track team were a bit tired at the start of the Class B Championships on Saturday morning — likely the affect of a late Friday night at the prom and BHS AfterProm party. But the upperclassmen powered through the cobwebs and helped the team capture the title.
“We had some tired seniors today because the prom was last night, and although it took a few guys to wake up during the meet, they all really came through,” wrote Barrington coach Bill Barrass, in a recent e-mail.
Coach Barrass said senior thrower Charlie Ionata’s performance in the javelin best described the scenario at the always-competitive class championships:
“Charlie had a rough start in his first event, the javelin trials, only sending one out about 139 feet in trials and placing seventh to barely make it into the finals,” wrote Barrass. “Of course by finals he woke up and launched one 181 feet to win the event with his best this season. After that, he was on fire, and hit season’s bests in all of his events, placing first in three events, and setting a meet record in the hammer. He made the meet for us.”
Ionata, Adam Kelly and Bobby Colantonio finished one, two, three in the hammer throw, with Ionata tossing the hammer 233 feet, 4 inches.
“The 1-2-3 in the hammer was enormous for us, and we can all thank Coach (Bob) Gourley again for getting those guys ready at the right time for these big meets,” wrote Barrass.
Barrington also had Class B champs in a number of other events. The 4×800 meter relay team of Tom Barry, Sam Somera, Will Casazza and Connor Royley won its event with time of 8:24.7. Barry also won the 800 meter race and the 1,500 meter event, picking up crucial points for Barrington. Casazza won the 3,000 and finished second in the 1,500. Royley was second in the 800 and fifth in the 3,000.
“We had to work Tom Barry, Will Casazza, and Connor Royley hard today in the distance races, and they again stepped up and came through for the team. Fortunately for each of them we now have the opportunity to relax next week so we can get set for States in two weeks,” Barrass said.
James Murphy also had an impressive meet — he won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 1.5 inches and finished second in the triple jump at 41 feet, 4.5 inches.
“He got some great points for us, and really moved up well in the States seeds,” Barrass wrote.
“Jack Liang stepped up in the 110 hurdles and placed (fourth) well for us. Jonathan Cavanagh moved up in the seeds in the vault (second place) for us.
“We really benefitted from a lot of the 4th, 5th, and 6th place points from a lot of guys who moved up: our vaulters, Adam (Kelly) in the shot, Teddy (Ni) in the hurdles, Max (Caro) and Jamie (Heinl) in the high jump, Josh (Adams) in the javelin, Zin (Chiulli) in the triple, Gerald (Guerrieri) in the 3k, and Marcus (Sefranek) in the 1500.”
Barrass said the Class B Championship title was the first for Barrington since 2009 and the 19th since 1925.
“It was obviously a great meet for us today. Again, we were down in the seeds before the meet by about 30 points, and the guys rose to the occasion again,” he wrote. “It was just an outstanding day for us to beat Classical today. I could not be prouder of the team and how well they reacted to the challenge and pressure. I know we can keep this momentum going.”
Barrington finished with 167.5 points, while Classical was second with 145. Third place went to Westerly with 54 points.
“Next week we have the Bishop Hendricken Invitational, which we can use to get a few guys some better seeds and some other guys a final opportunity to make it into States,” Barrass wrote.
“States on June 1st is going to be a big day for us. We have a few guys who are going to place well, and as a team it looks like we are in the mix with the top five teams in the State. Anything can happen at States, and with the talent on our team, I can say that for once we are right there in the running for the big championship. It is exciting!”