Barrington boy wins hammer event at NY Relays

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Barrington High School senior Charlie Ionata wrapped up an impressive week with a second place national ranking in the boys' 12-pound hammer throw.

On April 16, Ionata led Barrington to a win at the Cumberland Throwers' Pentathlon, helping the Eagles outscore second place Classical and third place Woonsocket. Ionata broke his own school record in the hammer throw with a distance of 230 feet 3 inches. He also won the discus, javelin and weight throw, and finished second in the shot put.

On Friday, April 19, Ionata won the 12-pound event at the ninth annual New York Relays on Randall's Island, NY. Ionata threw the hammer 228 feet, 4 inches, while his teammate Adam Kelly finished second with a throw of 207 feet, 5 inches. Ionata's throw was also a new meet and facility record.

By the end of the week, Ionata had earned a second place national ranking for the boys' 12-pound hammer throw. New York's Rudy Winkler has the top throw this season at 243 feet, 10 inches.

Kelly ranks 10th in the nation in the same event.

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