For several members of the Mt. Hope High School outdoor track team who participated in Saturday’s Rhode Island Interscholastic League Track Championship, before they could cross the finish line, they would first have to cross the stage.
This year’s state meet coincided with Mt. Hope’s graduation, challenging several seniors to attend commencement exercises before arriving at Brown University stadium to compete in the afternoon competition.
For the boys’ team, the lone qualifier for states was senior, Nick Murgo, who placed 13th in the discus with a distance of 118’10”.
Due to the time constraints of graduation and the meet, Murgo was unable to compete in the javelin, an event in which he could have placed.
Despite Murgo’s own disappointment, Huskies’ head coach, Andrew Sabourin, said that Murgo had left his mark on the school throughout the season.
“Hopefully he’ll look back and feel accomplished with his season and his career. He broke an impressive school record in the discus and had the second best javelin throw in Mt. Hope history,” Mr. Sabourin said.
While some members of the girls’ team achieved personal bests at states, the team was only able to collect two points, with two athletes qualifying for spots in the New England Championships.
Senior, Kylie McPherson, finished the 300 meter hurdle event among the top 6 for the third straight year. Her fifth place finish earned her way into the New England Championship berth.
In the same event, Hazel Baldwin-Kress missed the top six finish by less than a second.
“The hurdlers were just a little off with their steps,” Mr. Sabourin said. “That was the difference.”
Baldwin-Kress had a tremendous year, winning both the division and class championships in the 300 hurdles.
“I felt bad Hazel didn’t make New England’s along with Kylie, but she had a tremendous year,” Mr. Sabourin said.
Senior, Marisa Silva, performed well at states, throwing the discus 92’4″ for a twelfth place finish. She, too, will compete at the New England Championship next Saturday at Bridgewater State University.
Mt. Hope’s 4×400 meter relay team placed tenth with a season best time of 4:15.
Sophomore, Ashley Feather, ran a personal best, breaking 65 seconds, while junior Kaitlyn Costa ran a 65.8.
McPherson had the fastest leg running a 61.3 and Baldwin-Kress anchored the team home in 63.
“I was very pleased with the 4×400. We were seeded twelfth and beat two teams ahead of us,” Mr. Sabourin said.
Senior, Emma Pattie, could not make the meet in time for the high jump event, said Mr. Sabourin.
Two weeks ago, Pattie cleared 5’1”, the same height that took second place at the state meet.
“It was slightly disappointing (that) Emma couldn’t make it in time,” Mr. Sabourin said.
The Huskies will lose 10 of its seniors going into next year’s season.
“It will be tough to replace that group of amazing student athletes, but there are some talented younger girls who should help fill the void,” Mr. Sabourin said.
Discus – 13 Nick Murgo, Mt. Hope, 118’10”
300 Meter Hurdles – 1 Alicia Holloway, Classical, 44.93; 5 Kylie McPherson, Mt. Hope, 48.59; 7 Hazel Baldwin-Kress, Mt. Hope, 49.87
4×400 Meter Relay – 1 Classical, 3:53.91; 10 Mt. Hope, 4:15.07 (Ashley Feather, Kylie McPherson, Kaitlyn Costa, Hazel Baldwin-Kress, Jordan Perroni, Katarina Heyden)
Discus Throw – 1 Alva Hicks, Classical, 143’07”; 12 Marisa Silva, Mt. Hope, 92’3”