North Kingstown boys, Classical girls capture state titles

(All photos by Raphael Bieber)

North Kingstown's boys and  Classical's girls earned the team crowns on Saturday at the R.I. State Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The favored Skippers defeated surprise runner-up Classical, 94-88. N.K. trailed the Purple by four points (88-84) going into the final event, snaring the title by capturing the final event, the 4x400-meter relay, with a near state-record time of 3 minutes, 21.59 seconds.

North Kingstown senior Zachery Emrich defended his titles in the 400m and the 800m runs with time of 48.71 and 1:56.07, respectively. He also anchored the first-place 4x800m relay and the 4x400m squad, where he blazed to another 48-second clocking for the one-lapper. Senior teammate Ben Stewart established a meet record of 38.13 in the 300m hurdles. The Skippers' Ben Rudman copped the pole vault at 13 feet, 6 inches.

In the girls' meet, Classical breezed to a convincing 130-68 victory over second-place La Sale Academy. Finishing out an amazing high school career against R.I. competition, senior Maddy Berkson broke her own meet mark in the 1,500m with a time of 4:26.88, a time that ranks No. 4 nationwide. La Salle sophomore Eliza Rego was second with a PB of 4:29.96 (US #6). Berkson also took the 800m at 2:12.32, finished fifth in the 3,000m in 10:27.32 and ran the anchor for the triumphant 4x400m, which was timed in 3:53.91.

The Purple's Alicia Holloway won both hurdles events, beating defending champion Maria Boliburch in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.06 to Bolibruch's 15.07. Holloway also broke the tape in the 300m hurdles in 44.93.  Classical's Alva Hicks was also a multiple winner. HIcks won the discus at 143-7 and the shot put with a heave of 41-6. She also finished second in the hammer at 169-4. The Purple's May Stern was the first across the line in the 400m at 57.42.

Photos: Rhode Island State Outdoor Championships by raphy8


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