Novans return to New Balance Nationals

Novans return to New Balance Nationals

Woonsocket, MSC indoor track and field teams score top-20 performances at N.E. meets

WOONSOCKET – For a small portion of the Woonsocket High boys’ and girls’ indoor track and field teams, the winter season will officially come to an end this weekend when the Novans embark on an adventurous road trip from their school to New York for the Hershey USATF Youth Indoor Championships in Staten Island on Saturday and the biggest high school meet in the country, the New Balance Nationals, on Sunday at The Armory in Manhattan.

But before the Novans set their sights on taking on the nation, they were in action last week at a couple of regional meets, the New England Weight Championships last Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house, and the New England Indoor Championships last Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Facility in Roxbury, Mass.

The Novans didn’t pocket any medals at their meets, but they came away with some strong top-20 finishes that should give them a bit of momentum as they head into their biggest weekend of the season.

The New England Weight Championships meet featured 78 throwers from all six N.E. states, with close to 80 percent of them hailing from this state. Junior Logan Burda was the Novans’ top thrower in the boys’ event, as he placed 11th with a toss of 56 feet, 11¼ inches, and also placing in the top 20 were junior Nathan Desplaines (14th, 55-3), freshman Logan Coles (16th, 53-10½), and junior Derin Paskanik (17th, 53-3).

On the girls’ side, three Villa Novans cleared 40 feet to finish in the top 25, and junior Marissa Henley cracked the top 10 with her 10th-place throw of 46-8¼. After senior Katrina Kurowski, who plans to continue her track and field career at Division II Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., placed 13th in 44-7¼, junior Bridget Damon took 22nd place in 40-4½.

At the Indoor Championships in Roxbury, the Villa Novans were represented by a handful of their runners and jumpers, and the only athlete with a top-10 finish was senior Joshua Correia, who finished 10th in the long jump with a leap of 20-10¼. Senior Jon Upshur was tied for 11th place in the high jump with a 6-foot-3 leap, junior Emmanuel Gomes placed 14th in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.05 seconds, and junior Hezekiah Adeyeye was 18th in the 600 meters in 1:25.31.

Doing double duty in the girls’ meet was sophomore Alissiana Folco, who tied for 17th place in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.89 seconds and finished 20th in the long jump in 16-2½.

The Mount Saint Charles Academy girls’ 4x800 relay team of seniors Stella Noecker and Lucy Baxter, junior Eileen Whalen, and sophomore Julia Kamp was also on hand, and the quartet placed 21st in a time of 10:32.45. Last week was an eventful one for the Mounties, who saw Noecker decide to continue her track career at Division I Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland and classmate Paige Fitzpatrick commit to nearby D-II Stonehill College.

Some of the Novans’ weight throwers also got in an extra meet at the ‘Weight-a-rama’ competition that took place on Sunday at the PCTA facility. Damon placed 12th in the girls’ meet with a throw of 41-9¾, while in the boys’ meet, Desplaines took 13th place in 56-1¾ and Paskanik was 16th in 53-5¾.