2010-01-14 / News

N.K. girls’ track team sees many ‘personal bests’

By Adrienne Downing

Caitlin Downing’s third leg run in the 4 x 200 meter relay helped North Kingstown to a big victory over Cranston West on Tuesday night. Caitlin Downing’s third leg run in the 4 x 200 meter relay helped North Kingstown to a big victory over Cranston West on Tuesday night. A finish line decision is the difference between the North Kingstown High School girls’ indoor track team being undefeated so far this season and having a dual meet loss to Smithfield High School.

The girls’ 4 x 200 meter relay team crossed the finish line in a virtual tie with the Sentinels, which caused officials to make a decision about which team won the relay. In dual meet competition, the winner of a relay gets five points and the loser does not receive any points. The judges’ nod to the Sentinels gave them the win and handed the Skippers their first and only loss of the season.

“I thought we had it and they thought we had it, too. Their coach even walked over and congratulated me on the win,” Head coach Lindsay Post said.

Post said she is not worried about the loss because it is not a good indicator of the strength of this year’s team.

“We are very well rounded and every group is capable of scoring points for us in any meet. In the meet against Smithfield, we were without a few of our strong runners because of illness and school obligations. I think if you put us up against them now, we would definitely win,” Post said.

In dual meet competition against Cranston West on Tuesday night, the Skippers put up big numbers, including sweeps in several events.

The night started with Kelsey Evans and Allison Lomas taking second and third in the 3000- meter run. Jackie Farnsworth and Meg Corbet also put up top 10 finishes to get the Skippers off to a good start.

Jamestowners Caitlin Downing and Sophia Cole combined with teammate Kate Fischer to take the top three spots in the 55-meter hurdles.

North looks particularly strong with all of its relay teams this year. The relay team of Jamie Wadovick, Allison Rivelli, Downing and Renee Dubuc gave the Skippers a big five points with their win in the 4 x 200 meter relay.

“We have different people running the relays every meet, mostly because it depends on who runs what the rest of the meet. We have a few key runners in both of the relays and then I take one or two other people and have them run it,” Post said.

Cole and Downing are threats in both the 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 meter relays, she said.

“Caitlin is a really good relay runner. She is good individually, too, but I think it says a lot more about someone when they can be a strong relay runner. Anyone can run for themselves, but when you want to do it for the team that says a lot about the character of somebody,” Post said.

Cole, Downing, Moira Crocker and Rebecca Sherwood also took the top four spots in the high jump for North Kingstown.

Cole also ran a 45.1 to win the 300-meter run, with Dubuc and Downing finishing second and third in the event.

Evans, Kathryn Coleman and Lomas swept the 600 meters, putting a good distance between them and the closest Cranston West competitor. Evans’ time of 1:48 was a personal record in the event – an impressive feat after competing in the 3000-meter run to start the evening.

In the shot put, islander Kaitie Marquis tossed a distance of 22 feet, 3 inches to aid the Skippers in the throwing events. Marquis, a junior, has been a steady presence for North Kingstown in the shot put since her freshman year.

“We have less competitors in the weight events overall, and because they just started throwing the hammer, that does put us behind some of the schools that have really strong weight programs,” Post said. “But the girls are doing really well in the weights and against a lot of schools, we are better or hold our own.”

While the final team score was not available at press time, the coach said the win for North Kingstown was substantial.

“The team did very well today. There were a lot of personal and season best times,” she said.

The Skippers will take on perhaps their toughest competition in the division, Toll Gate, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Providence Athletic Complex.

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