WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High senior Mitch Morin earned All-State in both hurdles races and came within inches of being a two-time state champion this outdoor track season.
The coaches association’s All-State honors are based on performances at the state meet.
Morin was second-team All-State in the 110 hurdles, running a 15.03 at the state championship meet — just 0.18 seconds from first.
Morin was third-team All-State in the 300 hurdles — just .04 seconds from first. The race may have been the best of the day at the state meet.
“While he was disappointed with the outcome, he knows that he had a phenomenal season,” coach Bill Haberek said. “I think he has to be content with that.”
Morin broke the school record in both hurdles races, then lowered it several times over the course of the season. His best times were a 14.7 in the 110s and a 39.80 in the 300s.
“How amazing it is that Mitch came from where he did, and if you look at his progress and improvement his senior year, it is just absolutely amazing,” Haberek said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen somebody so focused.
“He was focused in cross country and indoor. But there was just something different about the outdoor season.”
Morin was also a first-team Southern Division and first-team Class B selection after winning both hurdles races at those championship meets.
Junior Tim Champlin earned first-team honors in the Southern Division after winning the 800 at the championship meet. Champlin prefers the 1,500.
“I think Tim had a really great season, but it’s not quite what he wanted,” Haberek said. “I think he was looking to get a little closer to four minutes [in the 1,500],” Haberek said.
Champlin’s best time in the 1,500 was 4:03.54 at the state meet, which was good for sixth place.
“Maybe I should have run him in a few more 800s. He was on at the Southern Division meet,” Haberek said. “He was aggressive and took control of that race.”
Evan O’Neil, a senior, was second-team All-Southern Division in the 3,000; senior Garrett Miller was third team.
Senior Nate Hubertus was second team All-Southern Division in the triple jump and third team in the high jump.
Chariho went 8-1 during the Southern Division dual-meet season and placed third at the league championship meet. The Chargers finished third at the Class B meet and 10th at the state meet.