Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Off the Blocks Fast with Outdoor Track

To this point, spring sports coverage here at The Network has been, admittedly, somewhat sparse, despite the fact that there are seemingly more spring sports than one might care to count.  With baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, golf, tennis, unified basketball, rugby, sailing, and outdoor track all on the table, it will - at some point - be difficult to know where to look first.

So far, we've offered up some coverage of baseball, unified basketball, and volleyball, but now it's time to swing our spotlight onto the auspicious beginning for the outdoor track team, which, on Saturday, competed in the Knights of Columbus Relay and then on Monday in their first dual meet of the spring.

In the K of C relay, the Hawks' victory was sparked by their performance in the 4 X mile race, the four legs of which were run by Avery Ingegneri, Grant Gauthier, Michael Potter, and Colin Tierney.  In fact, it was Colin's other-worldly performance on the back leg that won it for the Hawks, as his 4:23.8 mile helped our guys overcome LaSalle's nine-second lead in the latter part of the race.  It was truly an unbelievable come-from-behind win.

On Monday our guys went up against Classical, Hope, and Cranston East in their first dual meet of the spring season.  The Hawks came out on top 100-54, 147-7, and 154-0 in respective fashion.  The win over Classical was especially noteworthy, since they're one of the Hawks' big divisional rivals and will, no doubt, provide some serious competition down the road.

While there were obviously a lot of quality performances from our guys, the Hawks were first and foremost led by the incomparable Lee Moses, who competed in four events and won them all.  Lee won the 100 meter with a time of 10.9, the 200 (22.7), the long jump (20'3), and was also part of the winning 4 X 100 meter relay team.

Other performances that paved the way for the Hawks were turned in by Colin Tierney in the 1500 meter (1st place, 4:09.1), Dom Parlato in the 3000 (1st, 9:14.3), and Alex Cerbo in the shot put (49 feet).

So, with a cross-country state title during the fall season in the bag and a respectable (but somewhat disappointing) third-place finish at the indoor states behind them, the outdoor Hawks seem to have picked up right where they left off.