Villa Novans' Coles, Kurowski cop All-N.E. honors in hammer

Villa Novans' Coles, Kurowski cop All-N.E. honors in hammer

WHS plans to send nine throwers to New Balance National Championships

PROVIDENCE – Woonsocket High freshman Logan Coles and senior Katrina Kurowski landed All-New England honors at the New England Hammer Championships last Tuesday, June 5, at Mount Pleasant High’s Conley Stadium by placing fourth in their respective hammer events.

Despite the day’s inclement weather, which included lightning that delayed the meet, Coles, who finished third at the previous weekend’s RIIL Championships, was still able to get off a personal-best throw of 201 feet, 10 inches in the boys’ event that is the farthest in the nation this spring by a 9th-grader.

Kurowski, pictured, who signed a National Letter of Intent last Thursday to Division II Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., unleashed a throw of 160-8 in the girls event, and her teammate, junior Marissa Henley just missed out on an All-New England berth by four inches, as she ended up in seventh place in 149-3.

The Novans also saw five other juniors finish in the top 20. Derin Paskanik (11th, 182-11), Logan Burda (16th, 168-2), and Nathan Desplaines (18th, 164-3) did the honors in the boys’ event, while Gabriela Ribeiro (11th, 137-1) and Bridget Damon (18th, 118-8) shined for the girls.

The action continued at last Saturday afternoon’s New England Track & Field Championships at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. Woonsocket senior Jonathan Upshur posted the top local finish by placing 15th in the high jump with a 6-foot-3 leap.

North Smithfield junior Xavier Croteau also finished 18th in the 100-meter dash in 11.69 seconds and 23rd in the 200 in 23 seconds, and for the Novans, senior Joshua Correia took 20th in the long jump (20-11), junior Hezekiah Adeyeye was 22nd in the 400 (51.49), and the 4x100 relay squad of senior Brendon Louis, junior Isaiah Karpinski, Correia, and Adeyeye placed 24th (45.23).

Only one local athlete competed in the girls’ meet, Mount Saint Charles senior Hannah Trottier. She cracked the top 25 in the discus with a throw of 95-1 that gave her 25th place.

The Novans will send nine throwers to their final meet of the season, the New Balance National Outdoor Championships, which will take place this weekend at North Carolina AT&T’s track facility in Greensboro, N.C. Six will compete in the Championship Division hammer: Coles, Paskanik, Burda, Desplaines, Kurowski, and Henley, and junior David Marszalkowski, Damon, and Ribeiro will take place in the Emerging Elite hammer.