March 21, 2014 11:21PM
By DAVID MADDEN
Sun Staff Writer
WESTERLY — Senior Jon Jacobs received first team All-Southern Division honors in the shot put, becoming the latest in a fairly long line of Westerly High indoor track and field athletes to accomplish the feat.
Jacobs won the shot at the Southern Division championships with a distance of 43 feet, 2 inches.
Jacobs became the fifth straight Bulldog to win the shot put. Joey Colao won in 2013, following Kevin Conway (2012), Jeremy Octeau (2011) and Kyle Carr (2010).
The track and field All-Division teams — first, second and third — are based on the results of the league meet rather than the dual meets. Last season Jacobs just missed, taking fourth place.
“Coming into this year it was a little bit of a battle, he was coming in and the spotlight was on him for the first time,” Westerly High throwers coach Nick DiScuillo said. “His season was a bit up and down but fortunately he peaked at the right time and came out with the Southern Division championship.”
DiScuillo said Jacobs has worked hard on both his physical stature and his technique since coming out for the team as a freshman.
“He’s worked his butt off with the lifting and he’s worked himself into a pretty good athlete,” DiScuillo said. “He’s very technically sound but we’re still working on some little things. There are a lot of little intricacies that can make the difference between a bad day and a very good day for a rotational shot-putter.”
Jacobs’ longest distance of the season was 45-feet at the Rhody Classic which was good for a fifth-place finish and a career best.
“Coming into his senior year we were expecting him to throw right around 50 feet in the shot. We’re still working on those goals and he’s getting closer. At the state meet he fouled on a few throws that were 47-48 feet. I’m hoping in outdoor he gets up to 50 feet,” DiScuillo said.
Senior Mike Johns and junior Riyan Lennon also received postseason honors.
Johns made the Southern Division second team in the 300 meters and third team All-Class B in the same event. He ran 37.78 in both meets, finsihing second and third respectively.
After finishing seventh in the state meet, Johns clocked his fastest time of the season (36.73) at the New England meet, finishing 19th.
A year ago Johns was a second-teamer in the Southern Division in the 600 and the long jump.
Lennon made the Southern Division third team in the long jump, finishing third with a leap of 19-8. It is his first postseason honor in an individual event.
Lennon went on to win the junior varsity state title with a jump of 20 feet, ¼-inch.
Johns was the lone Bulldog to earn Academic All-State honors. The award goes to seniors who participated in the sport for at least three seasons and are members of the National Honor Society
Westerly went 3-6 in Southern Division dual meets and finished in sixth place out of nine teams.
The Bulldogs placed fourth at the Southern Division championship meet, seventh at the Class B meet, and 17th of 22 teams at the state meet.
GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK
Senior Jackie Burr, injured during the cross country in the fall, used this indoor season to rehabilitate for what she hopes is a big outdoor season.
Although she did not match her prolific junior indoor track exploits, where she made All-New England in the 2-mile, Burr added more postseason honors to her resume.
Burr made Class M second team in the 1,500 and as a member of the 4x800 relay team with junior Sarah Garvey, junior Julie Senior and sophomore Liz Orr. Class M postseason honors are determined by the finish at that meet.
Sophomore Cheyenne Robinson made Class M third team in the high jump.
The 4x800 relay of sophomore Charlotte Andrus, Garvey, Senior and Carlie Sisco made Division I-Headley second team for their second-place finish in the championship meet.
Westerly finished 3-5, 3-5 Division I Headley in the regular season and was fifth in the Medium Schools Class championship.
Burr was the only Bulldog to earn Academic All-State honors. The award goes to seniors who participated in the sport for at least three seasons and are members of the National Honor Society.