Brayman sets meet record at postponed Cumberland Invite (5.13.18)
By Stephen Turgeon


The postponement of the Cumberland Invitational to Sunday because of weather reduced many of the ­fields but it didn’t stop some athletes from posting impressive performances.

Twelve athletes hit the state meet automatic qualifying standard, with seven of those performances coming in the jumps.

North Kingstown’s Kaitlyn Brayman led the way with a meet record of 11-03 in the pole vault. She easily surpassed the automatic qualifying standard of 9-0 and broke the meet record of 11-0 set by South Kingstown’s Amanda Graham in 2010.

The top three triple jumpers and the top three long jumpers all posted automatic state meet performances. Smithfield’s Graesyn Fontaine won the triple jump with a leap of 34-11. She topped fellow state-meet qualifiers Paige Fitzpatrick in second (34-08) and Olivia Middleton of Barrington in third (34-01.75).

Mt. Hope’s Meghan Oliver came away with a win in the tightly contested long jump. Only two inches separated the top three jumpers. Oliver finished at 16-02.5, North Kingstown’s Sydney Brickle was second at 16-02 and Fontaine finished third at 16-00.25.

Scituate freshman Rachel Oster broke 60 seconds in the 400 for the second meet in a row, finishing with a winning time of 59.62. The winner of both hurdle events cracked the automatic qualifying standard. La Salle’s Abigail Creamer beat the mark in the 100 hurdles, posting a 15.81. East Providence junior Jasna Badji won the 300 hurdles by over two seconds, clocking in at 46.35.

In the hammer throw, Ponoganset’s Gianna Rao continued to show she is one of the best throwers in the country, taking the event with a toss of 176-01. Runner-up Nicole Valdez of Hope also hit the auto qualifying standard with a throw of 147-04.

Portsmouth’s Olive Allen won over a strong field in the 1500 meters. Allen crossed in 4:57.08, just ahead of Barrington’s Lily Sefranek (5:00.17). The top six athletes all hit the provision standard of 5:08.00. in the 800, La Salle’s Emily Kane edged Barrington’s Caroline Livingston at the line by three one hundredths  of a second. Kane finished in 2:21.31 over one of the strongest fields of the day. Eleven runners hit the 2:30 provisional state meet standard.

The season continues this Saturday, May 19, with the Class Championship meets.

Girls Division Meet Results
By Stephen Turgeon


Classical takes Central Division Crown

Classical’s Bolu Taiwo won two events and Cheyenne Figueroa added a first and two seconds as the Purple cruised to a 92.5-point win in the Central Division Championship.

Classical had 181.5 points, more than double that of runner-up Pilgrim (89). Central was third at 66.5 points.

Taiwo won the high jump with a leap of 5-0 and added a win in the hurdles (16.33). Figueroa won the shot put (36-0) and finished second in the discus and hammer. In the hammer, Figueroa was runner up to Central’s Keyarsa Harris-Dixon who won the event with a toss of 166-01. Katie Sleboda of Cranston West won the discus, edging Figueroa 106-9 to 105-04.

Classical also got wins from Mary Breen in the Javelin (100-02), Carolyn Kuy in the pole vault (6-06) and Madison Gomes in the 300 hurdles (50.64). The Classical team of Babygirl Tarley, Teyana Santos, Bridget Mckierman and Ana Galaurraga closed out the running events with a win in the 4x400 (4:23.14).

Moses Brown’s Marybeth Fitzsimmons posted the best time of all the division meets in the 100 meters. She ran a 12.37 in the preliminaries and then bested that with a 12.35 in the finals. Fitzsimmons came back later in the meet to win the 200 in a division-best 25.47. She also finished second in the long jump, two inches behind winner Ciannie Foster of Pilgrim (16-07).