Ben Stewart has had a great career with the Navy men’s track team, but he came up with one of the biggest efforts of that career for the Midshipmen at the Patriot League Indoor Championships last weekend in Annapolis, Md.
Senior Stewart, from Charlestown and a North Kingstown High grad, posted a personal best when he captured the heptathlon with a score of 5509. He finished first in the 1000 meter run (2:39.87), the long jump (23 feet, 1 ¾ inches), the high jump (6 feet, 5 inches) and the pole vault (16 feet, 2 ¾ inches). He was second in the 60 meter dash (7.30), third in the shot put (36 feet, 1 ½ inches) and fourth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.67)
If that wasn’t enough, Stewart also took part in the regular portion of the meet and finished fifth in the pole vault (15 feet, 9 inches) and sixth in the long jump (22 feet, 9 ¼ inches).
“Ben did a phenomenal job at the league championship,” coach Jamie Cook said. “That mark in the heptathlon is a school record and may end up getting him to Nationals. He’s a great leader who did a fantastic job for us.”
Stewart finished third in the heptathlon last year (5039), was second as a sophomore (4790) and fourth as a freshman (4553).
This spring, Stewart will defend his decathlon title at the league championship (May 3-4 in Worcester, Mass). He posted a personal best score of 6580 to win the title last year. He was fourth (6196) as a sophomore and second as a freshman (6088).
Carly Timpson (Narragansett)
The senior finished third in the high jump and fifth in the weight throw for the Quinnipiac women’s indoor track team at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship last weekend at The Armory in New York City. She cleared 5 feet, 3 inches in the high jump and had a toss of 55 feet, 2 ½ inches in the weight throw. The Narragansett High grad finished first in the high jump (5 feet, 7 inches) and was fifth in the weight throw (53 feet, 5 ¾ inches) last year. Timpson will be looking for her fourth straight MAAC title in the high jump at the league’s outdoor championship May 4-5 in West Long Branch, N.J.
Sean Meehan (East Greenwich)
The freshman is running distance races for the Providence men’s indoor track team. The Bishop Hendricken grad finished fifth in the mile at the Brown Invitational last Saturday in Providence with a time of 4:26.25. And, he finished seventh out of 37 runners in the 3,000 meter run at the URI Tribute to Bill Falk meet on Feb. 9 in Kingston with a time of 8:47.87. Meehan finished first in the 3,000 meter run outdoors at the Rhode Island State Championships while at Bishop Hendricken.
Tommy Wrzesien (Hope Valley)
The freshman was named New England Wrestling Association Rookie of the Week on Feb. 14 for his performance with Johnson & Wales the previous week. The Chariho Regional grad started the year at 197 pounds but was named for his performance at 285 pounds after he scored a 17-2 technical fall over Adam Patson of Roger Williams who ranked third in the region, the Wildcats winning 39-7. Wrzesien is ranked fourth in the region and has a 34-8 record and is third in Division III with 20 falls.
Ross Dean (East Greenwich)
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior right-hander was named Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Week after a good start to his season with the Catholic baseball team. The Avon Old Farms grad got the start in a 6-3 loss to Cabrini last Friday in Washington, D.C. He worked four innings, giving up two hits, two runs, both earned, with three walks and nine strikeouts. Dean struck out half of the batters he faced. He was not charged with the loss. As a sophomore, he fanned 32 in 41 innings in 12 games and nine starts.
David Collins (North Kingstown)
The senior, a North Kingstown High grad, and sophomore Ian Goretoy, a West Warwick grad, finished fourth and fifth for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men’s track team at the Princeton Indoor Invitational last Saturday in Princeton, N.J. Collins posted a distance of 49 feet, 3 ½ inches which he recorded on his second attempt. Goretoy hit 48 feet, 4 ¾ inches on his first try of the day. He fouled on his next five attempts but his first throw earned him fifth place.
Margaret McCaffrey (East Greenwich)
The senior helped lead the Rhode Island College to victory in the 11-team New England Alliance Indoor Track Championships last Saturday in Plymouth, N.H. The East Greenwich grad captured the 800 meter run with a time of 2:24.54, finished third in the mile with a school record time of 5:18.19 and ran a leg on the 4x800 relay team which came in fifth in 10:45.30. McCaffrey earned All-Alliance honors for her effort in both the 800 and mile.
Janel Gamache (Exeter)
The 5-foot-11 freshman is off to a big start with the North Carolina Wilmington softball team, the Seahawks starting 5-5 on the season. The Moses Brown grad has started all 10 games and is hitting .364 (12-for-23) with a team-high six doubles, a triple and a team-high 10 runs batted in. Gamache is playing shortstop and pitching for the team and has handled 33 chances in the field without an error. She’s pitched in six games with four starts and has a 1-2 record.
Isabel Baker (Charlestown)
The senior finished sixth in the 5,000 meter run for the Stonehill women’s indoor track team at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship last weekend in Northampton, Mass. Her time was 18:31.98 which bettered the 18:38.67 the Chariho Regional grad posted when she finished fifth at the Smith-King Invite on Jan. 25-26 in Boston, Mass. Baker’s personal best at that distance came when she finished seventh in the league championship her sophomore year when she posted a time of 18:15.64.