Indoor Track & Field Preview
December 19, 2017
BY STEVE TURGEON
Special to the RIIL
New Faces in boys track & field
There will be a changing of the guard for the boys this indoor track & field season.
While the teams at the top of the standings may not change, the names and faces of the athletes will. Nearly two-thirds of all the scorers in the 11 individual events at last year’s state meet have graduated with only two runners returning to defend their titles.
Cumberland senior Chris Choquette will be back to defend his crown in the 55 hurdles, and East Greenwich senior Cebastian Gentil will try to repeat as 600-meter champion. Choquette edged out Hendricken’s Ethan Famiano last year in the hurdles, and Gentril did the same to North Providence’s Nate Coogan in the 600.
With La Salle’s David Principe now at Stanford, the top of the podium will look different in all the distance races. La Salle junior Joseph Dos Reis looks to be one of the top distance runners this year. He was third in the 1500 at last year’s state meet, the only returning scorer in that event. Westerly senior Matt Walker (3rd in the 3000, 5th in the 1000) will be back along with La Salle sophomore Max Dimuccio (4th in the 3000), Hendricken’s Sean Meehan and La Salle’s Domenic Campagna.
The story will be the same in the sprints. Central, led by Donte Djero, dominated the sprints last year. Central took the top four spots in the 300 and won the 4x200 and 4x400, but all of Central’s top sprinters have graduated. Central Falls junior Leonardo Daveiga is the top returning sprinter, the only scorer back from the 300 or 55 at last year’s state meet.
Central Falls’ Augustus Karweh should continue to impress in the high jump. The senior was runner-up at last year’s indoor meet and won the outdoor state championship with an impressive 6-8 jump.
Classical Junior Jacob Furland and Lincoln senior Garrett Doyle have already emerged as the top weight throwers this year, with Doyle the top returning shot putter as well.
If the state cross country meet is any indication, it looks like La Salle and Hendricken will vie for the team championship.
Last winter, Hendricken posted a six-point margin of victory over Central to win its first state title since 2013.