Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Outdoor Track Impresses at the Penn Relays, Continues Undefeated

The outdoor track team continues to roll....or sprint, I suppose. 

Or throw, jump, leap, and vault....all with relative impunity. 

The Hawks were pretty busy over the course of the past weekend and right through yesterday, as they traveled down to Philadelphia to compete in the prestigious Penn Relays, before coming home to take on Central, Cranston West, and Warwick Vets in their next dual meet.

Coach Brennan reacted to the weekend's events:

Down in Philly, the Hawks were impressive in going up against some of the nation's best track and field athletes. In the relays, both the 4 X 100 and 4 X 400 teams distinguished themselves. In the 4 X 100, the team of Nick Stravato, John Cute, Ronnie Gaynor, and Lee Moses clocked in with a time of 43.79, which can be seen here:


The 4 X 400 team also clocked in with an impressive time of 2:34.97, which was their season's best and good for a sixth-place finish in the field of 11.

Junior all-stater Lee Moses also continued his habit of phenomenal performances and used the Penn Relays as yet another platform to display his talents. In addition to playing his part on the 4 X 100 relay team, he also long jumped 22'1", while senior all-stater Colin Tierney turned in his usual top-shelf distance running by clocking in with a time of 8:37.2 in the 3000 meter run.

Lee actually made the Penn Relays slideshow on Facebook.

All the results from the Penn Relays can be seen HERE.

The Hawks took home the win in yesterday's regular-season dual meet by defeating Central (126-28), Cranston West (146.5-7.5), and Warwick Vets (140.5-13.5) 

There were plenty of noteworthy performances, led by the freshman 4 X 400 relay team of Kurt Rousseau, Kwity Paye, Justin Mazzulla, and Robert Merlino, all of whom helped to establish a new school record in that event, clocking in at 3:39.9. Tops in other runs were as follows: 

100 meter - Nick Stravato, 1st, 11.1 
200 meter - Lee Moses, 1st, 22.3 
800 meter - Hawks took the top seven places, led by Jared Boulanger's 204.4 
1500 meter - Hawks took the top four slots, led by Dom Parlatto's 4:18.4 
3000 meter - Hawks swept the top five, led by Nick Celico's 9:30.8 

Top performances also came in other events, namely the hurdles, the intermediate hurdles, pole vault, shot put, hammer and javelin. 

Gage Powell and Dan Medici finished 1-2 in the hurdles, Powell coming in at 16.6 and Medici at 16.9. It was Bob Merlino's performance in the intermediate hurdles that especially caught Coach Brennan's attention, as he won the event with an impressive time of 44.2. The pole vault largely belonged to the Hawks as well, as senior Nick Kelling went for 11 feet, and sophomore Jon Celico continued to garner attention by going for 10'6". 

Alex Cerbo, Eddie Barber, and Shane Olson rounded out the remaining top performances in the shot put (50'9"), the hammer (166'1"), and the javelin (144'4"), respectively. 

It was yet another solid, steady weekend of performances for the Hawks as they move on toward their goal of another banner for Pepin Gym at the end of May.