PROVIDENCE – North Kingstown’s boys’ took third at Saturday’s RIIL Indoor Track and Field State Championship with 44 points, while the Skipper girls’, second in Class C, were down near the bottom in a ninth-place tie with Central at 16 points.
The NK boys finished behind Class A Champion and 28-time state champ Bishop Hendricken’s 84.5 and second-place La Salle’s 66 at the Providence Career & Technical Academy. Home-court Central came in behind the Skippers with 33 and Woonsocket was fifth with 30. Class C Champions Rogers came in seventh.
Large School Champions La Salle won their 13th-straight in a fairly close match on the girls’ side. The Rams earned 60.5 points with Portsmouth taking silver with 53 points, and Medium School Champion Barrington two points behind them with 51.
The Skipper boys had a first-place relay team and one first-place individualist, but they had point-earning finishes in nearly every race they participated in. In the 4x400-meter relay finals, NK beat out the two top teams by tenths-of-seconds. Senior Dante Echeandia, junior Edward Cardarelli, senior Jack Perreault, and senior Sam Toolin topped out at 3:28.65. La Salle was second, fractions of a second behind NK at 3:28.68. Hendricken was a distant third at 3:28.68.
“This whole group has been together for about a year now,” Toolin said. “Last year, we did pretty well. We knew all of us would be returning and this was the race we wanted to prioritize. It was our goal from day one this year, to win a state title.
In the 4x200, Echeandia, freshman John Shultz, Perreault, and Cardarelli took fourth at 1:33.71, just beating out the Hawks at 1:33.90.
In the high jump, two NK juniors took the top two spots. Riley Lalonde took first and Brandon Bolster was second as they were the only two athletes that topped six feet.
“I’m super hyped,” Lalonde said. “After winning divisions and class, I knew it would still be a challenge, but I had my hopes up. It’s really exciting to win it.”
Toolin took fourth in the 1,000-meter run at 2:36.63 and third in the 1,500 at 4:04.57. Perreault was sixth in the 1,000 at 2:38.64.
After taking seventh in the 55-meter hurdle preliminaries at 8.18, senior Cameron Allen cut his time to 8.09 and captured sixth in the finals.
Freshman Sadie Souls was the best individual for NK’s girls with a third-place finish in the 300-meter dash finals and a seventh-place finish in the 55-meter dash finals. Souls ran a 42.32 in the 300, less than two seconds behind the winner at 40.91. Junior Charlotte Simmons followed up in eighth place in the 300 at 44.27.
In the 55, Souls 7.52 time had her fifth in the preliminaries, and she earned seventh in the finals with a 7.56. Sophomore Sydney Brickle (7.88) was eighth in the 55-dash preliminaries.
In the 3,000-meter run, senior Lily Nunnery (10.52.61) took sixth, and freshman Ruby Nunnery placed eighth at 11:12.54.
In the weight throw, senior Erynn Field was fourth at 50-9, just a half inch shy of third-place Barrington senior Sydney Polando at 50-09.50.
Mckensie Lennon was eighth in the shot put at 32-1.5. Freshman Brooke Thompson was tenth in the high jump at 4-10, tying eight other girls. Brickle was ninth in the long jump at 15-6.5.
In the 600-meter run, junior Catherine Shultz placed 12th at 1:48.27. Senior Leah Browning (10.33) ran in the preliminaries but didn’t make the finals.
The Skipper girls had their best finish in the 4x200 relay. Brickle, Souls, junior Grace Edgar, and Simmons were fourth at 1:48.25. Westerly took first at 1:47.71.
In the 4x800, sophomore Olivia Joly, senior Keara Fontaine, Shultz, and junior Molly Mackrell took sixth at 10:10.61, close to fifth-place Cumberland at 10.06.18. Their 4x400 team didn’t earn points, placing 12th at 4:28.63.
EWG brought two athletes to Providence for the state meet. Junior sprinter Robert Hauser ranked up nine points for the boys and singlehandedly got them to 14th place. Hauser’s 6.67 in the 55-meter dash finals earned him sixth place. His 35.97 in the 300 earned him silver behind La Salle’s Steven Doss at 35.67.
For the EWG girls, junior Jillian Parenteau was tenth in the 600-meter run at 1:47.98.