28 Feb. - - La Salle juniors Eliza Rego and Matt Bouthillette emerged as New England mile titlists on Friday at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis track in Boston. Rego, Rhode Island’s 1000- and 1500-meter champ, clocked 4 minutes, 52.83 seconds for the imperial distance, a meet record. Rego placed fifth in the regional mile last year. She is the R.I. record-holder in the 1500 (4:34.30.)
Bouthillette, the state runner-up in the 1500 and 3000 meters, led a 1-2-3 Ram finish in Boston. Bouthillette went 4:17.25 for the gold medal. Teammate DJ Principe placed second in 4:17.77, with senior Dan Paiva coming in third (4:18.04.)
In other meet highlights from the non-scoring regional meet:
La Salle senior Sheridan Wilbur finished second in the two-mile run. Wilbur, the state’s 3000-meter champ (10:17.50) posted a two-mile time of 10:40.89 = 9:53.5 @ 3000 meters). Connecticut champ Hannah DeBalsi, of Staples High won the race in 10:26.09 (= 9:40.6 @ 3000) . . . The Hope High 4x200 relay of Isis Hack, Whitney Jackson, Chevell Burgess and Quashira “Q” Mc Intosh placed second in 1:42.77 . . . Classical High senior Alva Hicks put the sot 40 feet, 11.75 inches (12.49 meters), good for the silver medal. Hicks won the state shot title last week with a put of 41-0.50 (12.50).
“Oval Sidebar”: From small town in Maine, a New England champ and record-setter
In the girls’ long jump, Kate Hall, a senior from Lake Region High in Naples, Me., powered to a New England record of 20 feet, 6 inches (6.24). The mark betters the previous record of 20-2.75 (6.17) set in 2006 by Arantxa King of Medford (Mass.) High. Hall’s jump is No. 13 on the all-time national indoor list, as maintained by Track & Field News. (Carol Lewis, of Dallas, Tex., set the United States indoor prep record of 21-7.50/6.59 in 1981.)
At the Dec. 27 R.I. Classic meet at the PCTA facility in Providence, Hall (who also owns a 7.06 time for the 55-meter dash) unloaded for a distance of 19-7.50 (5.98) to win the long jump by nearly two feet. Hall’s performance at Reggie Lewis on Friday is a P-R. Her previous best was 19-11.50 (6.08). She will attend Iowa State University in the fall.
East Greenwich senior Tommy Sommer made All-New England in the two mile run. Sommer crossed the line fourth in 9:23.64 . . . La Salle junior Jack Salisbury, who took gold medals in the 1000 and 1500 last week at the R.I. State Championship, finished sixth in Boston in the 1000 meters (2:31.15) . . . Trystan Casey, of East Providence High, was All-New England in the long jump. Casey, this year’s state champ in the event, went 21-7 (6.57) for fourth spot in Boston . . . Barrington High senior Adam Kelly was fifth in the shot (53-9.25/16.38). The weight throw is not contested at the regional meet.