The East Greenwich Parks & Recreation sent a team of athletes to Rhode Island College for the state finals of the 35th anniversary of the national Hershey Track & Field meet this past Friday. The team of 11 competitors had to compete and win at the local level in order to advance to the state meet where they competed against over a dozen teams from around the state.
East Greenwich’s top finisher in the meet was 12-year-old Laura Murphy. She placed first in both her running events, the 100-meter and the 200-meter dash. She beat her local meet time of 14.43 seconds with a time of 13.33 seconds (unofficial) in the 100 meter dash. In the 200 meter she posted a time breaking her local meet time of 30.91.
Also making a great showing was Alfred Timperley. Running a strategic race, with one to push him, he placed first in the boys 11-12-year-old 800-meter race with a time of 2.51.
The boys 11-12 4x100 relay team made up of Noah Perry, Mike DelSesto, Nathan Nichipor and Josh Fazio came in a respectable third place to make the podium.
Jessica Haddad beat her personal best with a time of 18.3 in the 100-meter race. Joey Allen won his heat with a time 8.2 seconds in the 50-meter race. Steven Timperley and David Wang left it all on the track and field for their events. Ben Votta did well considering he was the youngest runner in his group.
Murphy’s time as well as Timperley’s time has been sent on to determine the make up of the New England team which will travel to Hershey, Pennsylvania, to compete in the national meet on August 2. The team should be announced at this week.
All the East Greenwich runners came out and gave their best effort and showed sportsmanship and team spirit. Congratulations on a great meet! A big thank you goes to volunteers Greg Johnson and Stanley Johnson for coaching the team over the past 2 months.