2018 NCAA Division I Conference Championships- RI Athletes

2018 New Balance National T & F
By Stephen Turgeon

Furland Wins, EG sets 4x8 record at Nationals

Classical’s Jacob Furland won the hammer throw and East Greenwich set a new state record on its way to a third-place finish in the 4x800 at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina.

EG’s Quentin Viera, Colin Ciaciolo, Jeffrey Pedersen and Cebastain Gentil combined for a 7:35.43, well under the state record of 7:46.26 sent in 2012 by Chariho. Pedersen also added an eighth-place finish in the championship mile (4:17.51).

Furland led a dominate performance by Rhode Island hammer throwers, who took five of the top 10 spots. On the final throw in trials, Furland uncorked his best throw of the day at 210-11. He got a bit of a scare from runner-up Max McKahann of Dana Point, Calif., who got within six inches on his final throw of the day. Cameron Croce of La Salle was third (208-09), and Logan Coles of Woonsocket was fifth (203-04).

The other Rhode Island finishers were: 7, Ryan Morel, Coventry, 199-07; 10, Michael Balestra, Lincoln, 193-08 ; 11, Mark Coppolino, Cumberland, 191-11; 12, Evan Grivers, Lincoln, 191-09; 14, Garrett Doyle, Lincoln, 188-05; 15, Kyle Moison, Lincoln, 187-01; 16, Cole Hooper, Cumberland, 187-00; 17, Matthew Thibaudea, Lincoln, 186-11; 19, Kegan Schroeter, Narragansett, 185-10; 24, Brian Neal, Rogers, 177-11; 30, John Dunn, Barrington, 172-05; 31, Logan Burda, Woonsocket, 172-04; 33, Derin Paskanik, Woonsocket, 164-02; 38, Nathan Desplaines, Woonsocket, 151-02

La Salle’s Joe Doe Reis was seventh in the mile 4:17.25 while Hendricken’s Jack McMahon (15:00.35) and Sean Meehan (15:03.5) were seventh and tenth respectively in the 5,000.

Central’s Agustus Karweh finished sixth in the high jump. The top six finishers all cleared 6-10.25, with Karweh awarded sixth on misses. Living dangerously throughout the competition, Karweh cleared 6-6.25, 6-08.25, and 6-10.25 all on his final attempt.

East Greenwich’s Connor Sheridian broke the state record in the decathlon. He finished sixth with 6,341 points, breaking the state mark of 6,034 points set by Ben Stewart of North Kingstown in 2014.

Hendricken’s 4x1 mile team of David DelBonis, Matt St. Jean, Luke Heseler and Sean Meehan finished tenth in 17:48.49. Freshman Ian Hall of Rogers was 17th in the Javelin (179-02).

In the emerging elite events, Westerly’s Distance Medley team finished third. The team of John Walker, Matt Walker, Zach Menard and Ryan Holloway crossed the line in 10:31.84.

Classical’s Connor Murphy was 24th in the 800 (1:57.19), St. Raphael’s Reilly Johnson was 27th in the two mile (10:19.44) and Lincoln’s Garrret Doyle was 14th in the discus (152-02).

Five Rhode Islanders completed in the Emerging Elite hammer. They were: 5, Isaiah Shepard, Providence, 165-05; 10, John Fay, Barrington, 158-07; 24, Jared Hemond, Lincoln, 147-11; 25, Ezra Monteiro, Newport, 147-11; 37, Thomas Goggin, Cumberland, 126-10.

Finally, La Salle’s Jack McLoughlin was 15th in the freshman two mile (10:29.07).



2018 Boys Outdoor New Englands
By Stephen Turgeon

EG, Karweh post New England victories

East Greenwich won the 4x800 and Central’s Augustus Karweh was once again the best in high jump at the New England Track & Field Championships in Durham, New Hampshire.

Karweh was one of six athletes to clear 6-07 but the senior earned the win by virtue of fewer misses. He cleared the winning height on his first try while the five other jumpers needed at least two jumps to get over. Karweh won the indoor New England meet in March, also with a jump of 6-7.

East Greenwich cruised to victory in the 4x800. The team of Colin Cianciolo, Cebastian Gentil, Jeffery Pedersen and Quentin Viera finished in 7:46.37. EG was nearly 10 seconds faster than runner-up Xavier, Connecticut and just six seconds off the meet record.

Viera added a sixth-place finish in the open 800 (1:54.45) and Pedersen was tenth in the 1600 (4:24.24). La Salle’s Joe Dos Reis was the top RI finisher in the 1600, taking fifth in 4:17.07.

Rogers’ Ian Hall continued his impressive freshman campaign in the javelin. He finished second with a toss of 185-02, just off the winning mark of 189-04 set by John King of Pinkerton, New Hampshire. Hall saved his best for last, improving by nine feet on his final throw and jumping from fifth to second. Coventry’s Matt Leavitt finished seventh with a toss of 170-06.

Bishop Hendricken’s Russell While finished tenth in the 100, just missing the finals. He ran an 11.54, just .06 second off the last qualifying spot. Central Fall’s Leonardo DaVeiga tied for sixth in the 200 meters. He and Leon Campbell of Hartford, Connecticut, both ran a 22.433. Central’s Jancy Mwelwa added a sixth in the 300 hurdles, posting a 39.97.

Hendricken’s Sean Meehan was fourth in the 3200 (9:26.91) and Westerly’s Matthew Walker was eighth (9:33.05).

North Kingstown was fourth in the 4x100. The team of Andrew Whitney, Dante Echeandia, Edward Cardarelli and Zachary Pezza posted a 42.9. La Salle added a tenth-place finish at 43.37 and Hope was ninth in the 4x400 (3:28.04).

Lincoln’s Kyle Moison was fifth in the discus with a toss of 156-04 and teammate Garrett Doyle was seventh at 155-07. Doyle added a tenth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 51-03.75.

Hendricken’s Kahlin Watkins was fifth in the long jump (22-07.50) and North Kingstown’s Thorin Cardente was ninth in the pole vault 12-06.


Boys Class Meets 5.23.18
By Stephen Turgeon

Hendricken rolls to Class A crown

Hendricken won only three events but its depth carried the Hawks to a 60-point victory in the Class A Championships.

Hendricken collected 158 points, well ahead of second-place North Kingstown (98 points) and third-place La Salle at 66 points.

Russell White and Sean Meehan had wins on the track for Hendricken. White took the 200 with a time of 22.74 while Meehan topped a very strong field in the 3000, breaking the meet record in the process.  Meehan ran an 8:38.0, just 2.84 seconds ahead of teammate Jack McMahon. Meehan broke the meet record of 8:41.4, set by Jake Sienko in 2010. The top five finishers in the 3000 were all under the state meet auto qualifying standard.

Max Paolino added a win for the Hawks in the discus throw with a toss of 130-04. He edged teammate Dante Caouette by just one inch.

Mt. Pleasant’s Abraham Tambah notched two wins, taking the 100 and 400 meters. Tambah won the 100 in 11.09 and the 400 in 50.66. North Kingstown’s Jack Perreault won the 800 in a class-meet best 1:57.82. La Salle’s Joe dos Reis posted the second fastest time of the class meets in the 1500, winning the event in 4:03.81.

Cumberland’s Chris Choquette continued his winning ways in the 110 meter hurdles, cruising to victory in 15.92. Central’s Jancy Mwelwa added class champion to his resume in the 300 hurdles, crossing in 40.72.

In the jumps, Augustus Karweh of Central won the high jump and triple jump. He cleared 6-4 in the high jump and then leaped 42-11.5 in the triple. Andrew Whitney matched the best long jump in the state this year, taking the event with a leap of 22-10.5.

In the throws, La Salle’s Cameron Croce won two events. He threw 52-6 in the shot for the win and was tops in the hammer with a toss of 207-10. North Kingstown’s Tommy Wynsen added a win in the javelin (155-03).


Classical takes Class B title

Classical won seven events on its way to a 66-point victory in the Class B Championship.

The Purple had a total of 150 points, Lincoln finished second with 84 points and Chariho was third with 55 points.

Classical’s team of Abe Adujade, Shalom Kpadeh, Jehlani Galloway and Rainer Vargas got the winning started with a victory in the 4x100, crossing the line in 45.23. Vargas added a win in the 200 (23.45) and Adujade contributed a win in the high jump (5-10). Joe O’Rourke flirted with the meet record in winning the 3000 in 8:58.64 and Connor Murphy took the 1500 meters with a class-best time of 4:02.83.

Classical’s Julio Almanzar won the pole vault, clearing 13-0 and Jacob Furland won the hammer with a season-best toss of 217-10.

Chariho’s Mitch Morin won both hurdle events. He took the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.22 and added a win in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.18.

Shea’s Jaylen Smith took the 100 (11.52), South Kingstown’s Anthony Maine won the 400 in 52.51 and Westerly’s Ryan Holloway got under two minutes in the 800, winning the event in 1:59.77.

West Warwck’s Cody Stetson matched the best long jump in the state this year with a winning leap of 21-10.5. He added a win in the triple jump with a season-best 44-01. Lincoln’s Kyle Moison won the discus at 145-01 and teammate Garrett Doyle led a 1-2-3 sweep for Lincoln in the shot with a toss of 51-0.5.


Rogers Dominates field in Class C win

Rogers amassed the most points in all of the Class meets, cruising to victory in the Class C Championships.

Roger racked up 170.5 points, with East Greenwich a distance second (99 points) and Narraganset in third (89.5 points).

As it did in the Division meet, Rogers dominated in the field events. Edward Garafalo won the high jump (5-08) and the triple jump (43-06.5). Ty Medeiros won the long jump (21-02), Colton Kenney took the shot put (47-03.25) and freshman Ian Hall captured the javelin (166-0).

The only two events Rogers won on the track were the 4x100 relay (44.8) and the 4x400 (3:34.9).

The performance of the day came from East Greenwich senior Jeffery Pedersen. He posted an 8:33.9 in the 3000, winning the event by nearly 25 seconds and crushing the meet record of 8:50.4 set in 2007 by Tim O’Loughlin. Pedersen’s time is the best in the state this year.

Exeter-West Greenwich’s Robert Hauser won the two sprint events. He took the 100 in 10.94 and then added a victory in the 200 at 22.94.

East Greenwich’s Cebastian Gentil won the 400 meters in 49.74, missing the meet record by just .04 seconds. He is the only boy to break 50 seconds in the 400 this season.

St. Raphael’s Darius Kipyego took the 800 (1:59.8) and teammate Nasavell Medeiros won the 1500 in 4:18.1.

Narragansett’s Keegan Schroeter won the discus with a toss of 163-06. That throw is the best in the state this year, 12 feet better than the next longest throw. Schroeter also won the hammer with a toss of 187-06.


Boys Division Meets 
By Stephen Turgeon

Rogers dominates the field, takes Eastern Crown

Roger scored 95 points in the field events on its way to victory in the Eastern Division Championships.

Rogers won three field events and took second-through-fifth place in both the shot and discus. Rogers finished with 161 points, 21 ahead of La Salle. Barrington was third at 85 points. Rogers and La Salle dominated the meet, winning 13 of 19 events.

Ian Hall won the Javelin for the Vikings with a toss of 178-4. The throw as just two inches off the meet record set by Joe Goniprow of Barrington in 2005.  Kalil Woodlyn added a victory in the pole vault at 11-6 and Rogers went 1-2 in the triple jump with Ty Medeiros (43-08.25) beating out teammate Ed Garafalo (42-06.5).

Rogers added two wins on the track. Nyrell Lockhart won the 400 with a time of 51.16. He later teamed with Graeme Clougher, Eldwin Peru and Osiris Parra to win the 4x400 in 3:39.5.

La Salles Cameron Croce was the kind of the throwing events, winning the shot (50-3), discus (149-8) and hammer (188-11). Jolon O’Connor also won two events for the Rams, taking the 100 (11.47) and the 200 (23.79). Joe dos Reis added a win in the 800 (2:02.61) and Tyler Chambers took the 3000 (9:05.88). La Salle also won the 4x100 and the 4x800. The 4x800 team of dos Reis, Chambers, Ashton Burnett and Max Gorriaran, ran an 8:09.33, shattering the meet record of 8:41.9 set in 2011.

Barrington’s Josh Roy won the 110 hurdles (16.14), Wheeler’s Will Spurrell won the 1500 in 4:11.01 and Portsmouth’s Dan McKinnon won the 300 hurdles (44.4). Clinton Ogunronbi of East Providence won the long jump with a leap of 21-06.25, just 2.25 inches off the meet record.


North Kingstown takes Southern Division Title

North Kingstown’s Andrew Whitney won two events and ran a leg of the meet-record 4x100 team, leading NK to victory in the Southern Division championship.

North Kingstown finished with 156.5 points, East Greenwich was second at 110 points and Chariho was third with 75.5.

Whitney won the 100 in a time of 11.52 and the 200 in a time of 23.08. He also teamed with Edward Cardarelli, Zachary Pezza and Kento Abeywardane to win the 4x100. Their time of 44.13 eclipsed the meet record of 44.2 NK set last year.

East Greenwich won three events on its way to a runner-up finish. Cebastian Gentil took the 400 in 49.63 and Jeffery Pedersen won the 1500 with a time of 4:08.6. Gentil teamed with Colin Cianciolo, Quinton Mason and Quentin Viera for victory in the 4x400 (3:27.96), missing the meet record by .26 seconds.

Chariho’s Mitch Morin won both the hurdle events, taking the 110 highs in 15.55 and the 300 lows in 41.81. West Warwick’s Cody Stetson won the two horizontal jumps. He captured the long jump with a leap of 20-10 and added a win in the triple jump (42-07). And Narragansett’s Keegan Schroeter won two of the throwing events, taking the discus (149-02) and the hammer (181.01).

Other impressive performances came from Chariho’s Tim Champlin in the 800 (1:57.54), Westerly’s Matthew Walker in the 3000 (8:59.74) and Matt Leavitt of Coventry in the Javelin (157-01).


Hendricken rolls to win in Central Division

Bishop Hendricken won nine of 18 events, amassing 284.5 points for the Central Division title.

Classical was second at 94 points, followed by Central in third (50).

The Hawks won both the 4x100 and 4x800 relays and got victories in individual events from six athletes. The only double winner for Hendricken was Sean Fagan who took the 110 (15.65) and 300 hurdles (41.38).

Sean Meehan (1500 in 4:03.99) and Jack McMahon (3000 in 8:54.76) added wins in the distance events. Kahlin Watkins took the long jump (21-01) and Amuchin Timbo contributed a win in the triple jump at 41-04.25. Cameron Hughes had a victory in the throws, taking the shot (44-09).

Classical’s Julio Almanzar cleared 13-0 in the pole vault to win that event and teammate Jacob Furland continued his winning ways in the hammer with a throw of 207-04. Furland also took the discus with a throw of 141-05.

Toll Gate’s Nikolas Reygadas won the 800 in 2:01.0 and Mt. Pleasant sophomore Abraham Tambah won the 200 in 22.24.


Woonsocket edges Cumberland for Northern Championship

Woonsocket only won two events but had eight runner-up finishes which carried the Novans to a 19-point victory in the Northern Division Championship.

Woonsocket collected 119 points with Cumberland a close second at 100 points. Lincoln was third with 93.5 points.

Woonsocket waited until the last event before it secured a win on the track, taking the 4x400 in 3:40.65. Senior Johnathan Upshur added a win in the high jump, clearing 6-04. Those were the only wins for the Novans, but Isaiah Karpinski (100), Hezekiah Adeyeye (400), Emmanuel Gomes (110 hurdles), Zach MacIntyre (Javelin) and Nicholas Iarussi (High jump) all had runner-up finishes. Woonsocket’s 4x100 team was also second and Upshur added two second-place marks in the long and triple jump.

Chris Choquette led the way for runner-up Cumberland. Choquette won three events, including a new meet record in the 110 hurdles. Choquette ran a 15.43 in the preliminaries and improved on that with a 14.59 in the finals, breaking the meet record of 15.0 set by Jared Talbert in 2015. Choquette added a win the 300 hurdles (42.3) and in the long jump (20-02.5).

Adilson Gomes DaSilva of Central Falls just missed a meet record in winning the 400. His time of 51.11 was just .01 second off the meet mark set in 2005. Ponaganset’s Alex Bergemann cleared 11 feet to win the pole vault and teammate Sam Harwood posted a 9:21.85 in winning the 3000.

Lincoln dominated the throws, going 1-2 in the shot, discus and hammer. Kyle Moison beat out teammate Evan Grivers in the shot put (50-09.5 to 48-03.5). Grivers returned the favor in the hammer, topping Moison 197-02 to 196-05. Grivers was also runner up in the discus, finishing behind teammate Michael Balestra, who won with a throw of 125-03.