Barrington’s Ionata propels Eagles at state track meet

Charlie Ionata finished second in the Sons of Italy hammer competition. Charlie Ionata finished second in the Sons of Italy hammer competition.

Barrington High School student-athlete Charlie Ionata.

Barrington High School student-athlete Charlie Ionata.

Charlie Ionata, a senior thrower for the Barrington High School boys’ track team, recorded his best hammer throw ever at the state track championship on Saturday at Brown University.

Ionata tossed the hammer 240 feet, 5 inches, capturing the state title, the school record, the second-longest throw in RI State Track Meet history, and the ninth-best high school hammer throw in the nation all-time. It was only the second time in meet history that someone has thrown the hammer more than 240 feet — Bishop Hendricken’s Jacob Freeman set the state meet record with a throw of 250 feet, 10 inches back in 1999.

Ionata scored 30 of Barrington’s 47 points at the meet, which helped the Eagles to a fourth place finish overall. Charlie also finished second (state runner-up) in the discus and javelin and was fourth in the shot put.

“Charlie also broke Joe Goniprow’s 2006 (school) record in the javelin,” wrote Barrington track coach Bill Barrass. “Joe’s mark was 185’0″. Charlie threw 185’11” yesterday!!! Again, an unbelievable day!”

Barrington’s Tom Barry also scored key points for his team — he was third in the 1,500 meter race, and fourth in the 800. The Eagles’ Jim Murphy was sixth in the triple jump and Adam Kelly was fifth in the hammer throw. Barrington’s 4×800 meter relay team finished fourth.

Girls finish tied for third

The Barrington High School girls’ track team scored 34 points, powered by the 4×800 meter relay team, which won its event, and finished tied for third at the state track championship on Saturday.

The team of Julianna Portelli, Megan Verner-Crist, Abby Livingston and Emma McMillan finished the relay with a time of 9:15.85, just missing a new meet record by .18 seconds. The Eagles were the defending state champs in that event.

Livingston also finished second in the 800, while McMillan was fifth in the 3,000.

Barrington’s Shenelle Teixeira was fifth in the 100 hurdles and second in the 300 hurdles. Her time of 44.95 broke the school record previously held by Chrissy McCann of 45.04.

Teixeira, Livingston, Verner-Crist and Julia Zitzmann ran to a fifth place finish in the 4×400 meter really, while Grace Restituyo was fifth in the discus.

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