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Middle school: Westerly wins state title again; Burr goes out in style


SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Westerly Middle’s Randi Burr won two events and ran the anchor leg on a winning relay team helping the Bulldogs to their second straight middle school state track championship Saturday.

Burr was first in the 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 57.10 seconds at the Curtis Corner Middle School track. She won the 800 in 2:25.42 and was also on the winning 4x400 relay team (4:30.14).

Burr, a two-time state cross country champion, finished her middle school career with eight individual state titles and three relay championships in the two sports.

“The sky is the limit with her,” coach Travis Cox said. “She has a dedication to the sport and a constant commitment at getting better.”

Her older sister, Jackie Burr, is a standout on the Westerly varsity team and will be running at URI next season.

Westerly finished with 59 points. Curtis Corner was second with 50 and Deering took third among the 18 teams that scored with 39.

Westerly’s Gabby Celico finished second in the 3,000 (11:28.52) and was second in the 800 (2:31.76). Abby Keegan took third in the 3,000 (11:31.18). Natalie Ritacco also added a third in the 100 hurdles (14.67).

“Gabby had a great day,” Cox said. “Her second-place in the 800 was unexpected and an extremely big help to the team. Abby’s third was a higher finish than she was seeded.

“Natalie took third in the hurdles and she came into the meet seeded 25th.”

Jaime Murray contributed a sixth in the 1,500 (5:29.32). The top six in each event score.

Celico, Murray and Ritacco joined Burr on the winning 4x400 relay team.

“We lost a few people from last year so it was a great feeling to come back and win it this year,” Cox said. “The girls worked so hard all year.

Emily Cox and Pat Ruisi were the assistant coaches.

Matt Walker was the only Westerly boy to score taking second in the 3,000 in a personal-best 10:33.52. His eight team points put the Bulldogs in 16th among the 18 teams. Narragansett Pier won the boys’ title with 92.

Chargers finish 10th

in boys’ meet

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — William Foley finished fifth in two events helping the Chargers to a 10th-place showing at Saturday’s state meet.

Foley placed fifth in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches) and the 100 (12.89 seconds)

Tom Wrzesien was fifth in the shot put at 33-9, while Mitch Morin took fifth in the 100 hurdles (13.26).

Evan O’Neil took fifth in the 800 (2:20.76).

Chariho’s 4x400 relay team was fourth (4:18.50) and 4x100 team finished sixth (53.28). The names of the those on the relays teams were not available.

Chariho’s girls did not score. Liz LaCroix had the best showing with a seventh in the 3,000 (12:42.19).

The meet markes the end of the season.



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