The Cranston East and West indoor track and field teams headed to Providence last weekend to compete in the Class Championships against some of the best athletes in the state. Many Thunderbolts and Falcons made noise and hit the podium during the event, and are hoping to gain some momentum for the upcoming state championships.
The West girls team has had a strong start this season, winning the recent division championship title and placing eighth at the Class Championships, despite having a handful of Falcons unable to compete.
“It was a surprise. We knew that we had some talent but we figured we would have some growing pains, but they won (at divisions) and we were very pleased. I think that they feel pretty good about themselves, they want to go out there to do their best, and they feel like they belong at these big meets,” West girls coach Frank Notarianni. “We aren’t as deep as some of these deeply-entrenched programs, so we’re going to need some of these kids to post their personal bests and we’re going to need to finish in the top-6 … we’re going to need these kids to score to compete, we have our work cut out for us.”
Hard work and a team-first attitude has been key to the Falcons’ success according to Notarianni.
“This comes from the hard work from the athletes. They all came in with high expectations and all bought into the program. They want to get better and are willing to do whatever it takes to get better. There’s a lot of selflessness from the athletes that I have seen this year,” said Notarianni.
Here is a look at some of results from this past weekend:
The West relay team of Dylan Maples, Aaron Bun, Cole Khanjari and Jonmichael Mazi took fourth place in the 3,200 while Alex DelNigro, Nicholas DelNigro, Rashed Koulibaly and Mike Tortolani took sixth in the 800.
Alex DelNigro took home a fourth place finish for the Falcons in the long jump.
West’s Nicholas DelBonis finished in seventh place in the 55 dash while East’s Brennan Haid took ninth in the 600 run. West’s Thomas Barbieri finished eighth in the shot put.
Izzy Baffoni finished third place in the 55 hurdles for West while East’s Samantha Carroll finished seventh and West’s Lindsey Hobin eight. Mikaya Parente later took third in the 55 dash for the Falcons.
The East relay team of Aislinn Baxter, Andi Miranda-Duarte, Astartia Currie and Eden Fisher placed sixth in the 3,200 while West finished right behind in seventh with a team of Catherine Consiglio, Julia DiFilippo, Kylie Paliotta and Estella Kue. The West relay team of Parente, Maddie Barbieri, Lindsey and Izzy Baffoni took fifth in the 800.
Parente finished fourth in the long jump while West’s Isabella Conti took sixth, East’s Olivia Foster eight and West’s Adrianna Singharaj ninth. Fisher would later finish sixth in the 3,000 run while Lauren Scavitto took home eighth for West in the same event.
Giannie Soto later finished ninth in the 300 dash, while Zoe Catrambone took seventh in the high jump for East. Destiny Thorpe later took seventh in the shot put for East, while West’s Juliana Bucci, Vy Ho, and Ava West took eighth, ninth, and 10th, respectively.