Lions have field day at Class B meet

Lions have field day at Class B meet

Cumberland High senior Chris Choquette, shown stepping into the starting blocks for the start of the 55-meter hurdles at last year’s state indoor track and field championship meet, won that event at last Saturday morning’s Class A meet in 7.9 seconds. (Breeze photos by Eric Benevides)
Boys’ track and field team rules shot, weight; girls break two LHS records in Medium Schools event

PROVIDENCE – Lincoln High School had a field day in the throwing events at last Saturday afternoon's Class B indoor track and field championship meet at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house.

Senior Garrett Doyle and junior Evan Grivers each came away with a first-place finish and a runner-up honor in helping the Lions snag four of the top six places in the shot put and weight throw.

As a result, the Lions finished the meet with 50 points – 49 coming in those two events – and that allowed them to place fifth in the team standings. The 50 points are the most scored by the Lions in a class meet in 15 seasons.

In the shot put, the Lions convincingly swept the top three places behind Doyle (49 feet, 9 inches), Grivers (49-3), and sophomore Kyle Moison (48-9½), and Matt Thibaudeau also earned a spot on the awards podium by taking sixth place (39-8¼). The different between Moison's throw and the one turned in by the fourth-place finisher, Classical's Jacob Furland, was 7 feet, 3½ inches.

The weight throw saw Grivers win the event with a personal-best throw of 67-4¾ that is the 10th-best high school throw in the country this winter. Doyle, who owns this season's fifth-best mark at 69-6¾, took second place with a throw of 66-11½ that was still the eighth-best in the nation.

After Furland placed third with a 65-foot-6 throw, the Lions took the next two places behind Thibaudeau (61-5½) and Moison (60-11¼). And if that wasn't enough, the Lions also saw Mike Balestra place seventh (53-2) and Jared Hemond finish eighth (53-½).

In the Class A meet that was held earlier in the day, Cumberland placed sixth with 28 points and saw senior Chris Choquette, who won last year's state championship in the 55-meter hurdles, rule that event again and win it in 7.9 seconds. He also placed second in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 21-4¼ that missed the school record by 1¾ inches.

The Clippers also picked up some points in the weight throw, with Cole Hooper placing third (61-7) and Mark Coppolino taking fourth (59-8¼).

On the girls' side, Cumberland placed fourth in the morning's Large Schools meet with 43 points and Lincoln took seven place in the Medium Schools meet with 28.

The highlight of the day came from Lincoln, which saw two school records get broken. Freshman standout Riley Specht broke the school record in the 600 for the third time in eight days by posting a 1:42.10 time that was good for third place.

At the previous weekend's Sullivan Division meet, she posted a 1:42.87 time that broke a 14-year-old mark by 0.3 of a second, and four nights later, at the freshman state championship meet, she eclipsed that record with a better time.

Specht also anchored the 4x800 relay team of freshman Emily Ariza, Julia Heroux, and Abigail O'Hern to another third-place finish of 10:34.87 that shattered a two-year-old record by 4.37 seconds. Earlier in the season, that group missed the school record by 0.43 of a second.

Sophomore Jackie Andrews also had an excellent meet, as she scored 14 points by winning the shot put with a personal-best throw of 35-1 and placing fourth in the weight with a throw of 46-5¼.

The Clippers were led by Grace Henson, who won the 600 in a personal-best time 1:41.47, and Adah Anderson (3,000, 10:55.92) and freshman Olivia Belt (1,500, 4:59.13), who placed second. Belt's time also set a class record.

Third places also came from Nicolette Ducharme in the shot put (32-9) and the 4x800 relay team of Gabrielle Abramek, Allison Raposo, and freshmen Sarah Lanzi and Elizabeth Pickering (10:33.17).

The RIIL Championships will take place a week from Saturday at 11 a.m. at the PCTA facility. The field events will kick off the day’s festivities.