2009-01-22 / News

North boys' track continues undefeated streak

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Jacob Wigton ran a steady race to finish in fifth place during the Skipper's meet against Portsmouth. He helped keep the boys' track team six-year winning streak alive. Photo by Caitlin Downing` Jacob Wigton ran a steady race to finish in fifth place during the Skipper's meet against Portsmouth. He helped keep the boys' track team six-year winning streak alive. Photo by Caitlin Downing` The North Kingstown High School boys' indoor track team is off to another undefeated season after winning their first three dual meets against Coventry, Chariho and Portsmouth.

Although the team lost a strong group of seniors to graduation, Head Coach Charlie Breagy is pleased with his team of up-andcomers. "This is a very young team. We only have a couple of seniors, so most of the team will be coming back next year. Last week we had six or seven freshman running at a varsity meet, which I have never had before and they all did very well. I am very optimistic for the future and this team will be a very strong force next year."

The Skippers easily beat Portsmouth, 62-33, last Friday in a dual meet held at CCRI Lincoln. Islander Mike Spahr won the high jump with a school record and was the first person from North Kingstown ever to clear six-feet.

"He (Spahr) is one of the top guys on the team right now. He broke the school record in the high jump twice in the last month. He is a good hurdler as well. He is ranked number two in the state right now and he still has another year to go," Breagy said. Spahr also won the 45-meter hurdles with a time of 6.8 seconds.

Jamestown resident and senior Eric von Hohenleiten won the weight throw in the meet against Portsmouth with a personal best throw of 46-feet, 8-inches. As one of six throwers on the team, he practices outside in all types of weather without a coach most of the time. "It is kind of a team effort. We help each other and critique each other's technique," von Hohenleiten said. Islander Jacob Wigton placed fifth in the 3000-meters.

Other North Kingstown meet highlights include, Mike DeGiulio and Brandon DiGiulio who placed first and second in the 45-meter dash. Andrew Buresh took first in the 300-meter dash. Michael Coleman took first in the 1000-meters. North won the 4x160-yard relay with the team of Will Cawley, Dan Campbell, Jamhar Comena and Adam Bowen.

Breagy also said that islander Jimmy Stewart has been out part of the season but he expects him to return this week and contribute to the team points. "Jimmy Stewart is one of the guys I am very optimistic about. He will have a huge impact on this team and the outdoor team. He is one of the guys I am most excited about in the distance events."

Last season North won their sixth consecutive Southern Division championship and the boys have not been defeated in a regular season dual meet for six straight years.

North will take on Rogers High School and rival South Kingstown tomorrow night at CCRI. North defeated South by one point to win the division last year, but this time things may not go the same way. "We have a big meet coming up against South because last season we beat them by one point and they are coming back with their entire team from last year and we lost all of our top guys. It will be a very difficult meet," Breagy said.

Other islanders on the team include Daniel Gorelick, Eric Holzman, and William Tomlinson.

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