Mt. Hope girls race through state indoor track meet, qualify for New England meet


The Mt. Hope High School indoor track team competed at the Rhode Island State Championship on Saturday, pitting their talents against all of the best runners from around the state.

The Huskies’ girls team, which finished 14th among the 27 teams competing, was represented by senior Megan Vento in the 55 meter dash; junior Kylie McPherson in the 55 meter hurdles; senior Vivian Ramos in the 600 meter race; freshman Karina Tavares in the 3000 and 1000 meter races; the 4x200 meter relay team of Vento, McPherson, Ramos, and senior Nicole Rusin; and the 4x400 meter relay team of Vento, McPherson, Rusin, and junior Hazel Baldwin-Kress.

Tavares highlighted the individual side of the girl’s team, grabbing six points with an impressive third place finish in the 3000 meters, running a time of 10 minutes and 35 seconds. She also placed 15th in the 1000 meters with a time 3:21.

Vento came in 15th place in the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.73 seconds. McPherson ran a 9:33 in the 55m hurdles, good for 10th overall. Ramos came in 13th in the 600 meters, running a time of 1:49. The 4x200 relay team ran a 1:53 to finish 12th.

The most exciting race of the day for Mt. Hope came in the 4x400 meter relay, when the team of Vento, McPherson, Rusin, and Baldwin-Kress surprised the field by running an impressive 4 minutes and 13 seconds, easily winning the unseeded section of the relay. The girls’ then found out at the end of the seeded heat that their incredible run actually moved them ahead of several teams in the faster section, grabbing fourth place overall and four points for Mt. Hope.

Tavares and the 4x400 meter team, as a result of their top-six finishes, qualify for the New England Interscholastic Championship meet Saturday, March 2nd, at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

On the boys’ side, senior Jacob Silva represented Mt. Hope in the 55 meter hurdles, coming in 16th with a time of 8.7 seconds.


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