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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-07-2018

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26 SPORTS & RECREATION JUNE 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER While she will miss competing at the nationals, "I never really liked the circle there," she said with a laugh. "I just want to do something different, go for the experience, and see what I can do (with the Junior National team). I'm excited." Another local athlete became a multiple state champion, but it wasn't from one of the local schools. La Salle Academy senior and Scituate native Cameron Croce captured the shot put championship with a throw of 53 feet, 2¾ inches that was 8¾ inches better than the throw turned in by the second-place finisher, Lincoln senior Garrett Doyle. Croce, who will continue his track and field career at Division I Sacred Heart University, had seized the indoor shot put title this past February at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house with a throw of 54-3¾, and at the New England meet, he placed ninth. A standout nose guard on the Rams' football team that defeated Bishop Hendricken in the Division I Super Bowl, 22-21, and ended the Hawks' seven-year reign as state champions, Croce also placed in the top six in two other events, as he took fourth in the discus (152-6) and fifth in the hammer (197 feet). Another La Salle athlete with local ties, Smithfield's Joe Dos Reis, also finished second in the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:54.22. He was 43 seconds behind the winner, East Greenwich's Jeff Pedersen. While Rao defended her champi- onship, her classmate, Abby Remick, tried to do the same in the high jump, but the Chieftain standout, who is continuing her volleyball career at D-II Stonehill College, ended up placing third with a 5-foot- 1 leap. One of four jumpers to clear 5-1, Remick nearly hit 5-3 on her first attempt, but her leg barely nicked the bar and knocked it away. Only one jumper made it to 5-3, Classical senior Bolu Taiwo. Leading the way for the Smithfield girls' team was junior Grace Beaudry, who placed third in the 300-meter hurdles in 47.26 seconds. Beaudry had placed second in that event as a freshman and a sophomore. Senior Theresa DiNobile also placed fourth in the pole vault with a nine-foot leap, and sophomore Kendra Ezeama finished fourth in the shot put (36-1½) and fifth in the discus (113-7). The Sentinels' other points came from sophomores Janasia Arvelo (5th place, shot put, 35-7½) and Graesyn Fontaine (6th, triple jump, 34-7¾), and Fontaine also placed eighth in the long jump (16-3¾). Scituate's top athlete was freshman Rachel Oster, who placed fourth in the 400 in 58.69 seconds, and the Ponaganset boys' team also saw junior Alex Bergemann finish third in the pole vault (11-6) and classmate Sam Harwood take eighth in the 1,500 (4:07.56). The top six finishers in each event received invitations to Saturday's 73rd annual New England Championships at the University of New Hampshire's Reggie F. Atkins track and field complex in Durham, N.H. Above, Ponaganset senior ABBY REMICK has her sights set on the bar during the high jump competition at last Saturday afternoon's RIIL Championships at Brown University. Remick, who won last year's state title, ended up taking third place with a 5-foot-1 leap. Above right, La Salle Academy senior and Scituate native CAMERON CROCE shows off one of the medals he won at last weekend's meet. Croce captured the shot put championship and placed fourth in the discus and fifth in the hammer. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES TRACK & FIELD From Page 25 Making a Difference in the Lives of Others 610 Smithfield Road North Providence, RI 02904 (401) 353-6300 Sub-Acute Rehabilitation, Long-term Care, Secure Dementia Care and Hospice Services Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Private and Semi-Private Rehab Rooms Admissions 24 Hours ~ 7 Days per week We accept: Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health, Neighborhood & Medicaid Hopkins Manor 10 Monument Square, Woonsocket RI 02895 (401)767-1990 100 Old River Road, Lincoln RI 02865 (401)333-0780 www.blackstoneriverfcu.org 7 YEAR FIXED RATE EQUITY LOAN AT 3.30% DURING JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST Whether it's putting a pool in, fixing the roof, or siding the house. Use your imagination. Get your projects done with this great summer rate. NMLS # 742988

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