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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-23-2019

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WOONSOCKET – In his 12 seasons as the throws coach of the Woonsocket High track and field program, Marc Piette has seen a lot of throwers come and go, and quite a few continue their careers at Division I and II col- leges. But when it comes to naming the top thrower he's coached dur- ing his time with the Novans, the answer is an easy one – and he's only in his sophomore year. Logan Coles. "It's not even close," Piette said last Thursday afternoon outside Woonsocket High's weight room while his throwers were working out. "He's a freak. He's ridicu- lous. The things he can do, it's not comparable to anyone you've ever seen as a 10th-grader." "Most people at his age that are ahead of him all had middle school experience," Piette added. "Bobby Colantonio, Rudy Winkler, and Trey Knight threw before the ninth grade, and Conor McCullough started throwing when he was 10. "They had years (of experi- ence). Logan's only had a year and a half, and at this point in his high school career, he's right at those numbers or better than some of those kids – with almost zero knowledge." When the national high school rankings in the hammer came out last Thursday, Coles remained in third place in the 12-pound ham- mer with a personal-best throw of 225 feet, six inches. Classical senior Jacob Furland stayed in second place with a throw of 229 feet, and junior Trey Knight of Ridgefield, Wash., who is a two-time national champion in the indoor 25-pound weight, led the rankings with a 254-foot throw. But in the 5K and 6K hammer throws, Coles was the nation's top-ranked thrower with distances of 218-7 and 214-9 respectively, and in the 16-pound hammer, he was ranked second behind Knight (213-9) with a throw of (188-6). "(Track and field statistician) Bob Gourley is working on the world rankings right now through the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations)," said Piette, "and in the Under-18 (division), Logan will be 24th in the world (in the 12-pound hammer), number two in the world in the 16-pound, and 20th in the 6K. That's pretty legit." This month has been a magnifi- cent one for Coles, who kicked it off at the Moretti Invitational on May 4 in Westerly by win- ning the hammer (220-9), beating Furland by an inch, and taking second in the shot put with a throw of 49-1. Four days later, at the Northern Division Championships at Ponaganset High, he again won the hammer with a 221-foot throw and added second places in the shot (49-2½) and discus (139-10), and at the Sgt. Brian St. Germaine Invitational three days after that meet in West Warwick, he took first in the hammer (219 feet), second in the shot (52-½), and third in the discus (145-6). Coles also competed at the International Hammer Invitational that was also held that week at Mount Pleasant High's Conley Stadium, and that's when he threw his nation- leading 214-9 in the 6K and 188-6 18 SPORTS & RECREATION MAY 23-29, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION 'He's a freak': Coles claims three events at Class A championships Sophomore phenom is ranked third in nation in 12-pound hammer throw By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com WEST WARWICK – The North Smithfield High boys' and Mount Saint Charles Academy girls' out- door track and field teams turned in solid performances to snag top-five finishes in the team standings at last Saturday's Class C championship meet at Exeter/West Greenwich High's athletic complex. The boys' meet saw the Northmen place third out of 13 schools with 45 points and N.S. freshman Matt Stamatelatos lead the way by scoring 14 points with his second place in the 300-meter hurdles (43.61 seconds and third in the 110-meter hurdles (17.1). The Northmen also received third places from senior Xavier Croteau in the 100-meter dash (11.29) and Jason Meriwether in the 200 (23.38), and fourth places were provided by Adam Silvestri (javelin, 141-1) and Nate Masi (3,000, 9:52.02). Also placing fourth were the Northmen's 4x100 relay team of Justin Decelles, Croteau, Meriwether, and Stamatelatos (45.69) and 4x800 relay squad of Alex Cyr, Max Cyr, Bryan Decelles, and Masi (9:10.67). Finishing in a tie for eighth place with 31 points was Mount Saint Charles, which received an out- standing meet from junior Brad Plamondon, who tallied 16 points by capturing the 110 hurdles (16.49) and taking third place in the triple jump (38-2½). Senior Christian Corriveau also shined in the field events by placing third in the discus (137-8) and fifth in the triple jump (36-6½), and Mount's 4x800 relay team of Aidan Cox, Ben Happenny, Allan Villatoro, and Owen Noecker also placed third in a time of 9:10.66. In the girls' meet, the Mounties grabbed fifth place out of 14 teams with 58 points, while the Northmen placed 10th with 27. Sophomore Edie Tomka enjoyed an exceptional meet for the Mounties, as she scored 22 points with her vic- tory in the high jump (4-9), runner-up showing in the triple jump (31-10), and fourth place in the 100 hurdles (18.11). The Mounties scored their share of third-place medals behind the performances of Eileen Whalen (400, 1:03.49), Morgan Watson (jav- elin, 81-2), the 4x400 relay squad of Emily Graham, Julia Kamp, Meghan Whalen, and Eileen Whalen (4:21.77), and the 4x800 relay team of Karissa Ciullo, Alyssa Smith, Sophie Staelen, and Bella Desaulniers (11:57.32). Placing fourth were Kylie Perron in the 300 hurdles (55.95) and Olivia Antonelli in the pole vault (6-6). The Northmen were guided by Jackie deRonde's second-place finish in the 100 hurdles (a personal-best time of 17.64) and Rita Marcotte's third place in the 3,000 (10:56.14). Also finishing fourth were Olivia Cimerol in the javelin (69-6) and the 4x800 relay quartet of Katarina Brandao, Miku Lavallee, Madison Tiner, and Marcotte (12:21.09). Several members of the Northmen and Mounties will be in action at the RIIL Championships, which are scheduled for Saturday, June 1, at Brown University. MSC's Tomka, Plamondon, N.S.'s Stamatelatos excel at Class C track meet Woonsocket High sophomore LOGAN COLES, shown throwing the hammer at last year's state championship meet at Brown University, claimed three events at last weekend's Class A championship meet. 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