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Three Bulldogs receive first-team recognition

WESTERLY — Jon Jacobs and Mike Johns are no strangers to earning postseason honors for the Westerly High boys’ track and field teams.

Both Bulldogs debuted as standouts two years ago sophomores, added some additional hardware as juniors and completed their scholastic careers with multiple honors this season as seniors.

Jacobs continues Westerly’s recent tradition of throwing prowess. He was Coaches All-State second-team after finishing second in the state meet in the shot put with a personal best 48-feet-3. He added Coaches All-State third-team honors in the discus. He just missed All-New England recognition after finishing eighth in the discus in the regional meet. Jacobs was also Class B second-team in the discus and Southern Division first-team in the shot put and discus. He recorded a personal best of 146-4 in the discus during a regular-season meet May 5. As a junior, Jacobs was Southern Division second-team in the discus and third-team in the shot put, and Class B third-team in the shot put. Jacobs was Southern Division third-team in the discus as a sophomore. He improved his personal bests as a senior, surpassing the 46-5 in the shot and 135-9 in the discus that he posted as a junior.

Johns ranked as one of the state’s best long jumpers throughout the season, registering a personal best of 21-2½ during a Southern Division meet. He made Southern Division first-team in the long jump as well as the 100 meters. He added Class B first-team honors in the 400 and long jump. Unfortunately for him in the state meet, Johns fouled on his jumps and did not place. Johns made great strides each season as a long jumper, adding eight inches to his junior personal best of 20-6. He was Class B second-team in the long jump and Class B third-team in the 400 as a junior. During his sophomore year, Johns notched a pair of 4x400 relay third-team selections in Class B and the Southern Division.

Riyan Lennon was the only other Bulldog to earn postseason honors for Westerly, which was 4-5 in the regular season. Lennon, a junior, was a Southern Division first-team pick in the triple jump after winning with a leap of 40-1¾. Lennon was sixth in the state meet with a mark of 41-8.

Westerly coach Ryan Palmer could not be reached for comment for the story.

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