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Westerly roundup: Johns helps Bulldogs to 6th


WESTERLY — Senior Mike Johns finished first in two events to key the Westerly High boys’ track and field performance Saturday at the Class B championships.

Westerly scored 40 points for sixth place out of 12 scoring teams. Barrington won the meet with 174 points. This was one of the final major prep meets before the state championship meet June 6 at Brown University.

Johns won the 400 meters in 52.1 seconds, just nipping Portsmouth’s John Futoma, who was second in 52.50. Johns also scored on the track with a fifth place in the 200 with a time of 25.9.

In his best event, the long jump, Johns left no doubt Saturday, winning by seven inches with a leap of 21-1½.According to the Rhode Island Track Coaches Assocation performance outdoor track and field lists, Johns and Trystan Casey of East Providence own the state’s best long jump of 21-2½ this season. The lists do not include Saturday’s results.

Westerly’s Clayton Minnich also scored in the long jump with a fifth-place leap of 19-2.

The Class B victories were the first for Johns, who finished second in the long jump and third in the 400 as a junior last year.

Jon Jacobs scored twice for Westerly with a second in the discus at 142-10 and a fourth in the shot put with 45-3. Classical’s Vadis Olusegun-Thomas, ranked No. 1 on performance lists, won the discus at 146-5. Jacobs ranks No. 4 on the discus performance list.

Riyan Lennon placed fourth in the triple jump at 38-7½.

The Bulldogs will compete in the Hendricken Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m. in Warwick.

GIRLS’ TRACK

Westerly 6th

in Class B meet

WESTERLY — Senior Jackie Burr made her last race on the Westerly High track a memorable one, winning the 3,000-meter run at the Class B track and field championships Saturday.

Burr’s victory helped the Bulldogs finish sixth with 52.33 points. Pilgrim won the championship with 146 points.

This was one of the last major meet before the state championships June 6 at Brown University.

Westerly’s 4x800 relay team of Julie Senior, Charlotte Andrus, Maddy McLaughlin and Abby Murdock also joined Burr as champions, taking first with a time of 10:02.90.

Burr, the defending state champ in the 3,000, won Saturday with a time of 10:11.70, nearly 50 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Earlier in the meet, Burr was second in the 1,500 in 4:42.80, finishing behind winner Megan Verner-Crist of Barrington, who won in 4:36.70. Burr won the Class B 1,500 and 3,000 last season as a junior.

According to Rhode Island Track Coaches Association performance lists for the outdoor season, Burr’s 3,000 time of 10:11.70 is second fastest in the state.

Senior Maddy Berkson of Classical recorded a 10:05.80 this season. Burr’s previous best 3,000 time this season was 10:29.10.

The performance lists do not take into account Saturday’s performances.

Westerly’s 4x800 relay won by 12 seconds over South Kingstown’s quartet.

Westerly’s previous best 4x800 time of 9:57.90 this season ranks third on the performance list.

Senior, Andrus, Murdock and McLaughlin also teamed to finish second in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:13.50, just behind Toll Gate which won in 4:11.30.

The Bulldog relay dramatically lowered its previous best time of 4:25.50.

Andrus, a sophomore, also scored individually with a second-place showing in the 400. Her time of 1:02.00 was half a second behind Mt. Hope winner Kylie McPherson.

Senior Rachel Jacques gave Westerly six points for third place in the pole vault with a 7-6 leap. She was tied with a Portsmouth vaulter at 7-6, but notched third because of fewer misses.

Junior Julia Wicklund was fifth in the long jump at 15-1. Sophomore Cheyanne Robinson tied with three others for sixth place in the high jump at 4-5.

Robinson was second in the Class B high jump as a freshman last season.

The Bulldogs will compete at the Last Chance Qualifier at Mount Pleasant High Saturday at 10 a.m.



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