PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School boys’ indoor track and field team, second during the regular season dual meet competition, finished a disappointing sixth Saturday, Jan. 25, in the 2014 Metropolitan Division Championship Meet held at the Providence Career and Tech Academy Field House.
The Townies mustered only 29 points competing against the rest of their Metro brethren. Dual meet champ Classical followed up its unbeaten regular season by sharing the division meet title with LaSalle, each compiling 117 points. The Rams improved significantly from their fourth-place finish in the dual meet standings.
Third during the regular season, Barrington matched that finish Saturday with a total of 52 points. Moses Brown finished fourth with 46 followed by Central in fifth with 39.
East Providence’s 4×800 meter relay team of Ryan Vieira, Alex Gorman, Chris Santos and Mike Monagle delivered the best result for the Townies, the quartet running a second-place time of 8 minutes, 45.8 seconds. LaSalle won the race in a time of 8:15.7.
Of note as well locally for the Rams, city native Jack Salisbury won the 1,500 meter race in a time of 4:09.3. The LaSalle sophomore added a third-place run of 2:43.3 in the 1,000.
Santos and Vieira were also part of East Providence’s third-place run in the 4×400 relay, the pair joined by Alejandro Duarte and A.J. Andrade in clocking a time of 3:45.9.
In the third of three relay events, the Townies’ team of Jayden Chase, Eddie Andrade, Trystan Casey and Ryan Williams ran fourth in the 4×200 with a time of 1:36.7.
Santos was the lone East Providence runner to place individually, running a 1:31.2 to finish sixth in the 600 meters.
In the field events, Tom Lopes and Leon Edmonds each recorded fourth-place results for the locals. Lopes cleared 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump. Edmonds threw 41’9″ in the shot put.
East Providence head coach Bob Lyons chalked up the Townies’ performance Saturday to some poor efforts, injuries, a couple of key absences and not enough preparation on the part of the staff.
“I’m feeling terrible for my kids. I feel bad for kids they have worked hard all year. Only thing to do is go back to work on Monday and coach the kids up and just tell them to do the best they can with what we have,” Coach Lyons added.
The Townies return to the PCTA Field House Saturday, Feb. 1, to vie in the Class A Championship Meet.
— Photos by Tim Marshall