Rhode Island athletes made a big impression at the Dr. Sanders Invitational in New York this weekend.
The highlight of the meet occurred in the boys' 600-meter run where East Greenwich's Cebastian Gentil set a new state record with a winning time of 1 minute, 19.92 seconds. That time currently ranks No. 1 in the country.
Portsmouth's Nikki Merrill finished second in the 1,000m with a personal best of 2:49.43 (US #2). Merrill was also fourth in the 600m where she blazed to another best of 1:33.57 (US #4).
Lincoln's Garrett Doyle and Classical's Jacob Furland went 1-2 in the weight throw. Doyle had a first-place heave of 64 feet, 2.25 inches. Furland had a distance of 63-9.5. Classical's Cheyenne Figueroa won the girls' event with a toss of 50-5.
In the boys' 1,000m, Classical's Conor Murphy knocked two seconds off his personal best with a sixth-place time of 2:30.86 (US #15). His clocking is No. 1 among the nation's best sophomores by nearly six seconds!