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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-12-2019

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12 SPORTS & RECREATION JUNE 12-18, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION SACO, Me. – Three months after taking second place at the New England Indoor Track & Field Championships, St. Raphael Academy sophomore Darius Kipyego took home another runner-up honor at last Saturday's 74th annual New England outdoor meet at Thornton Academy. And Kipyego, who was 0.21 of a second away from win- ning last March's 600-meter title, came up only 0.31 of a second short of defeating intrastate rival and Classical junior Conor Murphy in the 800, as Murphy took first place in a time of 1:52:23. Murphy had lost to Kipyego in the 800 in the previous week's state cham- pionship meet at Brown University, as Kipyego crossed the finish line in 1:52.17 to top Murphy by 2½ seconds. Just missing out at All-New England honors in the 100- meter dash was Shea junior Jaylen Smith, who placed sev- enth in the finals of his event in 11.35 seconds. Smith, who had won the state title in the 100 in a personal-best time 10.72 seconds, finished fifth in the N.E. preliminaries in 11.18 seconds. Kipyego, meanwhile, will join SRA juniors Braxton Fontaine, Jacob Lamothe, and Nasavell Medeiros at this weekend's New Balance Outdoor National Championships at North Carolina A&T State University's BB&T Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. Head coach Chris Magill noted that Kipyego will com- pete in the Championship Division's 800 and team up with Fontaine, Lamothe, and Medeiros on a Championship Division sprint medley relay team. At the New Balance Indoor National Championships three months ago in New York, Kipyego earned All- American honors in the 600 by taking fourth place, as did the sprint relay team, which finished fifth. Also placing in the top 25 at the New England meet was Fontaine, who claimed 15th place in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 10¾ inches, and Medeiros, who finished 22nd in the 1,600 in 4:30.20. In the girls' meet, the Saints' 4x100 relay team of juniors Aliviah Perryman and Faith Kizekai, sophomore Jordan Cournoyer, and fresh- man Christine Kizekai took 15th place in 10.71 seconds. Faith Kizekai also placed 17th in the 100-meter dash in 13.24 seconds, and Christine Kizekai also finished 22nd in the 100 in 13.34. SRA's Kipyego claims second place in 800 at New England meet Boys' team sends four athletes to this week's New Balance Nationals in North Carolina BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES DARIUS KIPYEGO, shown in action at the RIIL Track & Field Championships on June 1 at Brown University, took second place in the 800 meters at the New England Championships in a time of 1:52:54. Tolman's Blanco earns R.I. Gatorade Boys' Soccer Player of the Year honor PAWTUCKET – Seven months after leading the Tolman High boys' soccer team to the state champion- ship, Tolman High senior Luis Blanco earned the highest honor for a high school play- er in this state last Thursday when he was selected as the R.I. Gatorade Boys' Soccer Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 145-pound striker, who will continue his athletic career this fall at Division II Franklin Pierce University of the Northeast-10 Conference, led the Tigers to a 14-0-4 record, as he record- ed 19 goals and nine assists and put together a 10-game scoring streak along the way. Blanco, who was also a United Soccer Coaches All- American selection, was also the R.I. Soccer Coaches Association State Player of the Year, a First-Team All-State selection, and the Division I Lyle Perra Player of the Year in his only season playing high school soccer. He had spent four years playing for the New England Revolution Development Academy's youth teams Blanco also has volun- teered locally at The Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island, as well as donated his time to community beautification projects and as a youth soccer coach. In the classroom, he has maintained a weighted 3.22 GPA. "Luis Blanco was the most impactful player in the state this year," said Barrington High head coach Don Denham. "He is an incredible talent." Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers and tell them ... 'I saw it in The Breeze!'

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