East Providence High girls' outdoor tracksters make progress during dual meet season

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School girls' outdoor track and field team entered the final week of the 2013 Eastern Division dual meet regular season with a 4-2 record and having made reasonable strides as the Townies ready for their upcoming championship meet slate.

"We're pretty young, but I'm happy with where the team is at this point," said long-time EPHS head coach Bob Duarte, who is once again assisted this spring by Leslie Eastwood.

"We have a good mix of kids. We have 35 kids out," Coach Duarte continued. "We're 4-2, but we should probably be 5-1 if not 6-0. We lost to Mt. Hope (6-1 in duals) by four points and we don't have a pole vaulter. They took all the points and that was the difference. And we caught Portsmouth (first place at 7-0) on the first meet of the season, so things may have been different. But all in all, I'm happy. The girls are working hard."

The Townies' strength this spring is the sprints (100, 200 and 400 meter events). Juniors Sierra Cunningham and Rachael Finn lead the group. They're joined on East Providence's potent 4x100-meter relay team by classmate Kaitlyn Bellamy and sophomore Tayla Carnevale. Bellamy is also a top-notch long jumper.

Other sprinters of note on the roster include junior Asha Profit and sophomore Lexi Thompson. Freshmen Angie Leonardo (hurdles) and Brynne Costa (400) have shown potential in their events as well.

Also on the track, junior Tess Jones and sophomore Yuli Henriquez pace the distance runners (800, 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 meter races). On the field, seniors Alexis Cardoso and Caitlyn Lamb, respectively, lead the shot put and javelin throwers.

Once East Providence completes its dual meet slate, the Townies will begin preparations for the championship competitions to close the year. E.P. participates in the Eastern Division Championships May 8 in Barrington, the Class A Championships May 18 in Cumberland and those who qualify will vie in the State Championships June 1 at Brown University in Providence.

"Realistically I think we can finish as high as second or third in the division meet. I don't think we quite have the team yet to compete (for the title) in the class meet, but we should do well," Coach Duarte added. "At states, I think our 4x1 team should do pretty good. Other than that it's too soon to tell."

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