PROVIDENCE — Temperatures hovering around 90 degrees greeted the participants in the 2013 Rhode Island State High School Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday, June 1, at Brown Stadium.
The less-than ideal weather didn’t preclude a couple of local standouts from performing at their best when it mattered.
The track coaches at Wake Forest University have to be smiling at the multi-event prowess displayed on Saturday by their newest recruit: Barrington High’s Charlie Ionata. All the big senior did was tally 30 individual points over four throwing events.
Ranked No. 3 nationally in the 12-pound hammer going into the meet, Ionata out-threw by 15 feet his next finisher with a distance of 240 feet, 5 inches (73.27 meters). Ionata placed second in both the javelin and discus. He threw the jav 185-11 (57.65) in an event won by the Scarlet Knights’ Zach Hurd, who defended his state title with a throw of 189-2 (57.65). In the shot, Ionata’s discus mark was 159-8 (48.66) for the silver medal; an event won by Westerly High senior Joe Colao (160-4/48.86).
Ionata put the shot 50-1 (15.26) for third spot. Aaron Comery, the Coventry High senior who ahs dominated the event all season was gold in 54-5.15 (16.59), In second was Central High senior Carlos Mangum (51-8.75/15.76).
Bay View senior Erica Johnson finished off her outstanding high school career with another outstanding performance at states. The Columbia University-bound Johnson aced the 400 and 800 with times of 56.67 and 2:13.14, respectively.
“I was on pace,’’ Johnson said of her 800-meter run. “I was, like, 56.5 at the 400. I wanted to see how the pace was going out. I took off at the last 200 [meters].’’
Johnson battled a crackerjack field in the 800, which included Barrington’s Abby Livingston and Classical’s Maddy Berkson. Livingston came in second, 20 1/100th of a second behind. Berkson was third in 2:14.76.
The Barrington High girls’ 4×800 meter relay team of Meagan Verner-Crist, Abby Livingston, Emma McMillan and Julianna Portelli won with a time of 9:15.85.