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“Around the Oval’’ OUTDOOR SEASON PROMISES TOP-FLIGHT PERFORMANCES By BOB LEDDY (TAFWA) R.I. Track & Field Foundation This outdoor track campaign will feature some of the most exciting competitors seen on the local scene in quite some time. The schedule commences with the April 5 Knights of Columbus Relays at Mount Pleasant’s Conley Stadium. The K. of C. event also is the season’s opener for hammer practitioners. Here’s a brief look back at the 2013 campaign, and some competitors on the oval this spring: GIRLS: Eyes on Berkson, Mc Intosh, Mistowski, Burr Last year’s team finale was a replay of the indoor State Meet battle between Classical and La Salle. The Purple out pointed the Rams 104-66.4 to take their second-ever outdoor title. (La Salle and Classical went head-to-head again last February at the 2013-14 Indoor States). The Purple’s success last June hinged on the work of junior All-American Maddy Berkson, who accounted for 36 points, including her win in the 1500 (4:34.27). Thrower Alva Hicks, bask this year, chipped another 10 points with a gold in the discus. Hope High’s Quashira “Q” Mc Intosh mined double gold last year, plus a new state record in the 200-metr dash (24.44/0.8w). “Q” was also last June’s New England 200 titlist. Classical sprinter/hurdler Alicia Holloway will be back, as well as Bianca Donadio in the field events. Indoor 2014 All-American Leia Mistowski, of Narragansett, will ply her trade in the hammer circle. Mistowski was a 2013 second team All-Stater. After fighting through an injury last fall, Westerly High’s dedicated senior Jackie Burr is on-track. Last year at the States, Burr clocked 10:12.38 to win the 3000 meters, and finished second in New England in the 3200 meters (10:46.71/= 10:02.3 @ 3000m). Always-strong La Salle will be loaded, with Sheridan Wilbur (No. Smithfield resident), Eliza Rego and Karina Tavares (both from Bristol/Warren) among the Ram distance corps, and junior Mary Ernster (Barrington) in the jumps. (Ernster’s fourth-place points in the high jump last February gave La Salle the state title over Classical). Maria Bolibruch, now a North Kingstown senior, has electrified the hurdles events. Last June, Bolibruch ran a 14.69 to capture the 100-meter high hurdles event. She was All-New England in the same event. Barrington High, another perennially strong track program with committed athletes, will benefit from senior Abby Livingston, Megan Verner-Crist and Emma Mc Millan and Julianna Portelli in the distances. Mc Millan was All-New England last year - three places behind Burr - in the 3200. “The five girls [carried over] from the cross country have the bread and butter,’’ said Eagle head coach Steve Turgeon. Livingston, a senior, was last year’s state runner-up in the 800. “She’s one of the five best 800-meter runners in Rhode Island,’’ said Turgeon. “She’s had a high level of competition in her back yard.’’ Mc Millan, who swims during the winter, was last fall’s state harrier champ. Portelli, who holds R.I. records in both the indoor and outdoor steeplechase, “has made the most of her talent,’’ the coach said. Portelli is also a member of Barrington’s state title 4x800 relay. Verner-Crist, another senior, has clocked a 2:14 split as No. 3 on the Barrington 4x800. Others of note on Turgeon’s squad are thrower Grace Restituyo, junior long and triple jumper Sarah Middleton, senior hurdler Madison Smith and sophomore sprinter Brianna Gausland. Cranston West will field a strong program, led by sprinter Oceana Williams and Annabelle Hauck in field events. Williams placed third last winter in the 55 dash, and fifth in the state in the 300. Hauck’s 17 foot-3 inch (5.25) leap in the long jump last February was good for third place. BOYS: Will Townies repeat? Hawks, Skippers, Rams also strong East Providence notched its fourth boys’ team championship in more than six decades with 69 points over North Kingstown and Hendricken, which tied for second place. Senior Ryan Williams posted 20 points for the Townies, but the team has talent to spare. Williams was hurt last autumn, and saw limited time on the indoor oval. “He’s been in rehab,’’ said Townie boys’ coach Bob Lyons. “If we have Ryan back to form, we’ll do OK.’’ Junior Trystan Casey is a long and triple jump practitioner who will score points for E.P., as will utility man Alejandro Duarte, a sophomore. Chris Santos and Alex Gorman are among the Townie’s middle distance runners. Senior Matt Horton is a hurdler, and senior Leon Edmonds will put up points in the shot put circle. Though a number of top distance runners graduated last June, many will return this spring. La Salle’s talented “long rangers’’ - including Jack Salisbury (E. Providence resident) ), DJ Principe (Cranston), Jake Grundy (Cumberland) and Dan Paiva (Smithfield) - will put up points, as will high jumper Sean Greene. Zach Emrich, North Kingstown’s middle distance man, was a double winner last June. He clocked 48.44 in the quarter, and went 1:57.50 to take the 800. Hendricken indoor All-American Colin Tierney (E. Greenwich) is expected to improve on his performances last season. Mike Potter (No. Kingstown), Collin Manning (Narragansett) and Avery Ingegneri (Warwick) are all expected to come up big in distance events. Sprinter/hurdler John Cute (E. Providence) will join Power Kanga (Pawtucket) in the Hawks’ dash corps, as will Ben Murphy (Little Compton) and Lee Moses Providence). Chris Celona (No. Providence) heads the Hawk weight men, along with Alex Cerbo (Cranston). Last year, the hammer circle essentially belonged to Barrington High senior Charlie Ionata, who threw a whopping 240 feet, 5 inches (73.27 meters) to win the state title. Now, another superlative Barrington weight man is in the spotlight, national indoor weight throw champ Adam Kelly. Kelly placed fifth in a very strong hammer contingent at the ‘13 States. Also in the mix is Woonsocket’s Connor Fugere, Classical’s Tom Vadis and Hope’s Bryan Zapata. Narragansett’s Ethan Wright looks like a sure bet in the javelin. Oval Note: Updated state outdoor records will be sent separately . . RIT&FF coaches poll dates will be announced. MAJOR MEET DATES April 5 - Knights of Columbus Relays, Conley Stadium. April 19 - Cumberland Frosh/Soph meet. April 24-27, Penn Relays. May 8-10 - Loucks Games, White Plains, N.Y. May 10 - Schomp Invitational. May 12, 13, 14, 15 - Divisional Championships. May 17 - Classical Classic (Boys). May 17 - Cumberland Invitational (Girls). May 24 - Class Championships. May 31 - Hendricken Invitational. June 7 - State Championship, Brown Stadium. June 14 - New England Championship, Norwell (Mass.) High School. June 13-15 - New Balance Outdoor Nationals, Greensboro, N.C. July 5-6 - USATF Junior Nationals, Eugene, Ore.