Saturday, December 21, 2013

Indoor Track and Swimming Start Fast

The football, cross-country, soccer, and Unified volleyball seasons are now all in the books for the 2013-'14 school year. As great as it all was, it's time to move into the winter sports: basketball, hockey, indoor track, wrestling, and swimming. As we get things underway, both the indoor track and swimming teams have gotten off to their usual fast starts. 

  Coming off an unexpected cross-country state title that was as much a testament to determination, sheer will, and Hawk pride as it was to their talent, our runners and other track athletes have moved seamlessly into the indoor season in their first two meets of the season, knocking off East Greenwich (94-15) and Pilgrim (108-1) in their first match, followed by a similar result in their victory over Cranston West (97-12) and Cranston East (108-1).

While the vast majority of our athletes were fairly dominant in all events as the season has gotten underway, several of our guys were repeat top finishers in their events in both matches. Those performances were as follows:

Nick Stravato, 55-Meter Dash - 7.18, 6.71

Andrew Grady, 300-Meter Dash - 40.28, 40.21

Matt Constant, 600-Meter Run - 1:34.80, 1:31.20

Liam Vetter, 55-Meter Hurdles - 9.08, 8.91
Gage Powell, 55-Meter Hurdles - 9.09, 9.21
Brendan Dillon, 55-Meter Hurdles - 9.44, 9.62

Ben Murphy, High Jump - 1.77, 1.72
Domenic Polseno, High Jump - 1.62, 1.57
Liam Vetter, High Jump - 1.62, 1.57

Alex Cerbo, Shot Put - 14.96, 15.50 
Evan Nelson, Shot Put - 12.69, 13.14 
Ben Nelson, Shot Put - 12.59, 12.75
Connor Hurst, Shot Put - 12.54, 12.83
Alex Cerbo, Weight Throw - 15.47, 15.94 
Mike Tarro, Weight Throw - 14.85, 15.60 

Brendan Conley, Long Jump - 5.65, 5.68
The Hawks also distinguished themselves in the 4 X 200 Meter Relay, as in the first match the foursome of Power Kanga, Ronnie Gaynor, Nate Gyampo, and Nick Stravato clocked in with a first-place finish at 1:38.20, while in the second match Stravato, Kanga and Gaynor were joined by Lee Moses in their first-place score of 1:37.47. 


The legendary Hendricken swim team starts this season in search of its 25th consecutive state title. The team will be led by captains Mike Sundberg, James Manni, Jake Fox, and Jon O'Donnell. Other outstanding swimmers include seniors Dan Federenko, sophomores Marc Andrews and Brendan Crowe, and freshman Max Miranda. 

The Hawks started the season strong last week in the Relay Carnival, winning the overall event by taking 1st place in four of the six events: the mile relay, the 200-Meter Breaststroke, the 200-Meter Freestyle, and the 200-Meter Fly. Our guys took second place in the other two events, the 200-Meter Backstroke and the 200-Meter IAA. Standout performances were put up by Max Miranda, Mike Sundberg, John Beretta, and Brendan Crowe. 

The Hawks' next match will be against LaSalle, a match that was postponed due to weather conditions last week. Watch for the postponement date.