Barrington boys bounce back, win final regular season track meet


Barrington High School boys’ track and field team bounced back from their first loss of the season by sweeping their final division meet of the year, beating East Providence 95-59, Shea 125.5-27.5, and Tolman 153-0.

The Eagles stayed calm and collected the entire meet, pulling in strong performances all around, preparing themselves for the track postseason meets.

“It was nice to win ; we looked good out there,” said head coach Bill Barrass. “We lost to Portsmouth last week, so we felt good getting it back together.”

Before the meet, Barrington athletic director George Finn and Coach Barrass recognized seniors Tom Barry, Will Casazza, Charlie Ionata, Jack Liang, Ben Pomerantz, Alex Richardson, Connor Royley and Bernd VanderLande for all of their accomplishments over their track and field careers.

The meet got off to a great start for the Eagles, as Casazza and Royley ran together for the entire 3,000 meter race, pacing each other and finishing 1-2 with season-best times of 9:28 and 9:29, respectively.

The Eagles also took 1-2 in the 110 meter hurdles, with Liang and sophomore Teddy Ni grabbing times of 19 and 19.9 seconds. Junior Max Caro and VanderLande then took second and third in the 100 meter dash, getting another four points for Barrington.

The 1,500 meter race saw Barrington’s first sweep of the day, with Barry, sophomore Lucas Bledsoe, and junior Travis Soares going 1-2-3 for the Eagles, in times of 4:12, 4:25, and 4:47, respectively.

Alex and Tom Richardson then paced the Eagles to second and third place finishes in the 400 meter race with times of 54.6 and 56.5 seconds. The 300 meter hurdles saw another pair of strong performances from hurdlers Liang and Ni, running times of 45.8 and 47.8, good for first and third places overall.

Barrington’s long distance runners brought home another sweep in the 800 meters, with Barry, Royley, and sophomore Sam Somera finishing in the top three spots with times of 2:03, 2:10, and 2:14, respectively. The Eagles grabbed another point in the 200 meters with a third place finish by VanderLande in 24.9 seconds.

The 4x400 meter relay team of Bledsoe, Barry, Royley and Casazza lost a tough battle to East Providence, as the Eagles led for the entire race until Casazza was caught in the final 100 meters, but East Providence was disqualified after their anchor runner threw the baton at the ground following the race, giving Barrington the relay win.

In the field events, the Eagles got a sweep in the pole vault with a 10-foot vault by sophomore Jonathan Cavanaugh, and 7-foot 6-inch vaults by sophomores Matt Schryver and Alex Sadovnikoff. Sophomore James Heinl took third in the high jump with a jump of 5-foot 6-inches, and junior James Murphy jumped 37 feet 11 inches in the triple jump to take second.

Barrington dominated the throwing events, with wins in all four events by Ionata, who threw 207 feet 11 inches in the hammer, 42 feet 5.5 inches in the shot put, 146 feet 7 inches in the javelin, and 127 feet 10 inches in the discus.

Other scoring throwers for the Eagles included sophomore Adam Kelly, who threw 198 feet 6 inches in the hammer and 41 feet 0.75 inches in the shot put, placing second in each, while also taking third in discus with a throw of 109 feet 8 inches; junior Josh Adams, who placed second in javelin with a throw of 130 feet; sophomore Mike Alvernaz, who took second in discus with a 116 feet 4 inches and third in shot put with a 35 feet 2.25 inches; freshman Robert Colantonio, who grabbed third in the hammer with a 179 feet 4 inches; and sophomore Caleb Snow, who took third in javelin with a 127 feet 1 inch throw.

Barrington finishes the season tying for first place in the division with East Providence and Portsmouth. The Eagles now get ready for their push into the championship season, with their first test coming on Tuesday, May 7, in the Eastern Division Championship, which will take place at Barrington High School.

“We feel very confident , but we are looking great and we are going in with a lot of confidence.”


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