East Providence track places several athletes at state meet

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Photos by Rich Dionne Townies sprinter Sierra Leone races off the blocks during the first leg of the 4x100 relay. The Townies finished first in their heat, and sixth overall.

Photos by Rich Dionne
Townies sprinter Sierra Cunningham breaks off the blocks during the first leg of the 4×100 relay. The Townies finished first in their heat, and sixth overall.

PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School boys’ outdoor track and field team finished 14th in defense of its title Saturday, June 7, at the 2014 Rhode Island State Championship Meet held at its annual home of Brown Stadium.

The Townies mustered 11 points in the contest, which was won by North Kingstown with 94 points. Classical finished second with 88 and LaSalle third with 73.

East Providence scored fifth and sixth place performances respectively by Trystan Casey and Paolo Pereira in the long jump. Casey covered 21 feet, .5 inches while Pereira’s best was a 20’5.5.” Hendricken’s Lee Moses won the event with a 22’9.”

The EPHS girls 4x100 team happily bound over to the medals stand.

The EPHS girls 4×100 team happily bounds over to the medals stand.

Senior Ryan Williams, the reigning champ in the event, placed fourth Saturday in the 100 meter dash. He ran in 11.4 seconds. Rodoplh Zleh of Mt. Pleasant clocked an 11.16. Alejandro Duarte was sixth for the Townies in the 400 with a time of 51.29. Zach Emrich of the winning Skippers was first in 48.71.

East Providence’s other points came from a fifth-place result in the 4×100 meter relay (44.08) and a sixth in the 4×400 relay (3:32.59).
City resident Jack Salisbury won the 1,500 meters for LaSalle in a time of 4:04.49. The sophomore was also second to N.K.’s Emrich (1:56.02) in the 800 with a 1:57.42. Of note as well locally, city resident Jack Cute, a Hendricken senior, placed fifth in the 100 with at time of 11.42.

The EPHS girls scored three points to place 21st in the team standings. Classical was the convincing winner with 130 points to the 68 of runner-up LaSalle. Smithfield was third with 55.

Ryan Williams (left) receives a hug from a fellow sprinter after qualifying for the 100 meter finals.

Ryan Williams (left) receives a hug from a fellow sprinter after qualifying for the 100 meter finals.

All of the Townies points came from sixth-place results. Rachael Finn ran a 12.88 in the 100 won by Quashira McIntosh of Hope with a meet-record time of 11.96. In the 200, Sierra Cunningham ran a 26.51. McIntosh also won that event in 24.73. The E.P. 4×100 relay clocked a time of 50.55. McIntosh and Hope won that race in 48.52.

Michaela Lee’s fifth-place effort in the high jump (5’1″) accounted for the only two points scored by Bay View at States. Carly Thompson of Narragansett won the competition at 5’3.”

Of note as well, former Gordon School student and Classical senior superstar Maddie Berkson won two individual events, including the 1,500 in a new state outdoor record time of 4:26.88. That time bested the previous mark of 4:27.92 she set as a sophomore back in 2012. It’s also the fourth-best time nationally in the 1,500 this season. Berkson also won the 800 Saturday in 2:12.32 and ran a leg on the Purple’s winning 4×400 relay (3:53.91).

The top six finishers in each event at States qualified to vie in the 2014 New England Interscholastic Championship Meet. The 69th edition of the event takes place Saturday, June 14, at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Mass. Events begin at 10 a.m.

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