Rao Inches Closer To State Mark At Mount Pleasant

Gianna Rao came a mere two inches from a state record in the hammer at Saturday's Mount Pleasant Invitational. The Ponaganset High senior had a personal-best toss of 189 feet, 1 inch. Barrington's Annika Kelly was second at 175-2.

Portsmouth's Nikki Merrill easily captured the 1,500-meter run where she was timed in a season best of 4:42.76.

Randi Burr of Westerly  clocked a state No. 2 and PB of 2:15.68 to take the 800m.