BARRINGTON — Despite suffering its first loss of the spring, the East Providence High School boys’ outdoor track and field team earned a share of the Eastern Division dual meet title with the completion of the regular season Monday, April 29, at Barrington High’s Victory Field.
The Townies closed out their slate recording two blow out wins, defeating Shea 131-14 and Tolman 139-1, but falling to the host Eagles, 95-59.
East Providence, Barrington and Portsmouth each completed their duals slates with matching 7-1 marks. And because they each defeated the other, the Townies, Eagles and Patriots will share the Eastern crown for 2013.
Before the meet, as part of Barrington’s Senior Day festivities, East Providence seniors Justin Andrade, Jashaun Bennett, Demetrius Fennell, Chris Moura, Josh Rambert, and Ben Veiga were recognized for their achievements over the course of their track and field careers.
Freshman Alex Gorman got the first point of the day for East Providence, grabbing a third palce finish in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:20. The 4×100 meter relay team then brought in the Townies first win of the day with a time of 44.6 seconds. Junior Ryan Williams grabbed another win for East Providence in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.1 seconds.
East Providence had strong showings from two of their youngest members in the 1500 meters, with freshmen Chris Santos and Dan DeLuca running times of 5:01 and 5:04, respectively.
The Townies sprinters kept their dominance going in the 400 meters, with Rambert blazing past the field to take the win in 53.7 seconds. Pelletier grabbed another three points for East Providence with a second place showing in the 300 meter hurdles. Williams and sophomore Trystan Casey took in more points for the Townies after finishing 1-3 overall in the 200 meter dash with times of 23.1 and 24.5 seconds, respectively.
In the final race of the day, the 4×400 meter relay East Providence fought back from a massive deficit to pass and defeat Barrington with 100 meters to go. A penalty for throwing the baton after the race, however, would disqualify the Townies from the race and give Barrington the relay win.
The field events saw more success for East Providence, as Moura took wins in both the long and triple jump, posting jumps of 20’¼” and 40’7¼”, respectively. Junior Dan Castillo took third in both events as well, bringing in a couple more points for the Townies. Bennett and Pelletier also went 1-2 in the high jump, with jumps of 6’0” and 5’8”, respectively.
The Townies put on several impressive performances in the throwing events as well, including a third place finish for Veiga in the shot put, and close fourth place finishes for junior Leon Edmunds in the hammer throw and discus.
The Townies now gear up for their division and championship meets, with their next meet Tuesday, May 7, at the Eastern Division Championship, hosted by Barrington High School.
— By Jeff Pini, eastbayri.com sports intern