PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School boys’ indoor track and field team placed a competitive third to champion Barrington and runner-up Classical in the Metropolitan Division Championship Meet held Friday, Feb. 1, at the Providence Career & Tech Academy Field House.
The Townies compiled 75 points without placing in any of the throws or the distance events. The Eagles, regular season champs as well, won the meet with 96 points. Classical was second with 88 points. LaSalle was fourth with 69 points and Central fifth with 60.
“I wanted to win the division but not having any individual distance runners or throwers place hurt us,” said EPHS head coach Bob Lyons. “We dominated sprints and jumps and did well in all three relays. Barrington and Classical are also very strong teams, but so are we.”
East Providence received individual event-winning performances from junior Ryan Williams (6.6 seconds) in the 55-meter dash and senior Chris Moura in the long jump (21 feet, 5 inches).
Senior Josh Rambert ran second (37.7) to Classical senior Derek Jackson (36.7) in the 300 and was second to Moura in the long jump (21’1″).. Williams was third (38.0). Justin Pelletier placed individually in three events; the 55-hurdles, running sixth (8.7), covering 19’11.25″ in the long jump to place fifth and clearing 5’8″ in the high jump to finish second. Moura was fourth, also clearing 5’8″ but in more attempts.
The Townies finished with a third-place run (9:09.9) in the 4×800 relay. The team consisted of Anthony Andrade , Charles Walker , Alex Gorman, Erik Glowacki. City resident Jack Salisbury ran a leg for the winning LaSalle team (8:20.9). Salisbury is not only the top freshman distance runner in the state, he is also among the top-ranked rookies in the nation. Salisbury ran second (4:14.2) to Barrington’s Tom Barry (4:12.1) in he 1,500. Salisbury was also fifth in the 1,000. City resident and LaSalle senior Adam Rego also placed in two events for the Rams, running fifth in the 3,000 and fourth in the 1,000.
In the 4×200 relay, the East Providence team of Moura, Rambert, Pelletier and Williams was edged out slightly by Central for the win. In the 4×4, Walker, Moura, Andrade and Rambert ran fourth (3:48.3).
“The team is doing well. We performed about where I expected, but I hoped for better,” said Coach Lyons. “Beating LaSalle in something was also very sweet. I’m just hoping the team keeps improving and we stay healthy and let the chips fall where they may.”
The EPHS girls’ indoor track and field team vied in the Large Class Championship Meet Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Providence Career & Tech Academy Field House, scoring 14 total points.
The bulk of the Townies’ output came from its 4×200 meter relay team made up of Sierra Cunningham, Tayla Carnevale, Haley Martins and Kaitlyn Bellamy, which ran second in a time of 1 minute, 52.8 seconds. LaSalle won the event with a time of 1:48.7.
East Providence also placed sixth in both the 4×400 (4:33.8) and 4×800 (11:55.9) relay races.
Individually, Cunningham was the lone Townie to place, running fourth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.68 seconds.
“It was a nice job (Saturday) in the 4×200. The kids are working to get better. We need to have better handoffs. I think the time could really drop with better handoffs,” EPHS head coach Bob Duarte said. “The kids in the 4×800 did a nice job in gutting out a sixth-place finish. I’m happy they placed. (The 4×8 team) Hanna Maynard, Haley Martins, Dakota and ‘Checka’ (Fransheka) Gauthier did a nice job.”
In the team standings, LaSalle won the Large Class title with 141 points. Classical was second with 81 and Coventry a distant third with 36.
“It was a pretty good effort, but I still think are best performances are coming. With the school being closed the last two days we were not able to practice and that hurt a little bit,” Coach Duarte added, referring to a water leak at the high school that forced the cancelation of classes. “We have one more chance to get qualifiers for the states on Thursday night and that is what we are working to accomplish. The team is still young and we have kids getting better.”