Novans’ Harlan grabs top-15 finishes at N.E. track meet

Novans’ Harlan grabs top-15 finishes at N.E. track meet

Woonsocket High senior Quinn Harlan, shown competing in the 200 during the state championship meet on June 3 at Brown University, placed 11th in the long jump and 100 dash and 15th in the 200 at last weekend’s New England Championships at Norwell High School. (Breeze photo by Eric Benevides)

NORWELL, Mass. – Woonsocket High senior Quinn Harlan wrapped up her wonderful high school career in style at last Saturday afternoon’s New England Championships at Norwell High School by placing in the top 15 in three different events.

Harlan, who captured state titles in the girls’ long jump and 100-meter dash at the previous weekend’s RIIL Championships at Brown University, placed 11th in those events with a leap of 16 feet, 9¾ inches in the long jump and a time of 12.6 in the dash. She also finished 14th in the 200 meters in 25.7 seconds.

Junior high jumper Jonathan Upshur also had an outstanding meet, as he placed 17th in the boys’ high jump with a six-foot leap and was on the 4x400 relay team that included sophomores Emmanuel Gomes, Nicholas Iarussi, and Hezekiah Adeyeye and finished 23rd in a time of 3:33.50.

The Mount Saint Charles Academy girls’ team also had two athletes at the meet, sophomore Eileen Whalen, who placed 14th in the 400 meters in 59.16 seconds, and junior Hannah Trottier, who took 28th in the javelin with a throw of 90 feet, one inch.

Nine Woonsocket High athletes will be back in action for one more high school meet, this weekend’s New Balance National Championships at at North Carolina AT&T’s Belk Track in Greensboro, N.C. Taking part in the Championship Division’s hammer throw are seniors Jared Briere, Jacob Greenless, and Dilyn Cote, and sophomore Derin Paskanik on the boys’ side and junior Katrina Kurowski and sophomore Marissa Henley for the girls.

Briere, who will continue his track and field career at the University of Oregon, finished seventh in last year’s nationals with a throw of 201-6 and just missed out on All-American honors by one place. Cote took 15th place with a throw of 179-2, and Jacob Greenless placed 20th with a throw of 175-10.

Competing in the Emerging Elite’s hammer event will be sophomores Nathan Desplaines, Logan Burda, and Paskanik for the boys and sophomore Gabriela Ribeiro, Kurowski, and Henley for the girls.