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C.F.;s Vazquez clears 6-10 in high jump

May 8, 2011

FLYING HIGH -- Central Falls high jumper Steven Vazquez cleared 6 feet, 10 inches on Saturday at the Schomp Invitational.

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – Back in February Central Falls coach Brian Palazzo remarked that junior Steven Vazquez, “has a motor that doesn’t stop.” Palazzo also added that he expected Vazquez to flourish during the outdoor season, given that Vazquez would not be divvying up his time between basketball and high jumping, which is the case during the winter months.
On Saturday at the Schomp Invitational, held at Chariho Regional High School, Vazquez put his best foot forward. At the same time the talented leaper exercised some demons from the indoor state meet. Vazquez jumped a personal-best 6 feet, 10 inches, a mark that was easily tops for the meet. Finishing in second place was Divon Baily of Rogers (6-6). It was Baily who finished second in the same event at the indoor states with Vazquez coming in third.
C.F.’s Aleide Fernandes added another top finish to her stellar career, winning the shot put (38-8). The Warriors placed three top-five finishers in the hammer: Kadijah Johnson (2nd, 152-0), Fernandes 4th, 135-9) and Nicole Johnson (5th, 134-0).
The Woonsocket duo of Jalen Evans and Jessie Charette placed in multiple events, Evans finishing first in the 100-meter dash (11.40) while Charette was tops in the triple jump (44-1). Ponaganset’s Luke Jaffa tossed a meet-best 12 feet, 8 inches to cop the pole vault as the Chieftains captured the boys’ team title with 55 points.
John Greenhalgh aided the Chieftains’ cause by finishing second in the shot put (48-4) and third in the discus (141-6). Cumberland, which finished tied for eighth, saw Andrew Baglini take third in the 800 (2:05.50) and Trevor Crawley finish second in the 3,999 (9:13.30). Lincoln’s Dan Jannette was second in the 110 hurdles (42.10).
Woonsocket’s Kaylnn Pitts was the area’s top female performer, copping first in the triple jump (36-10) in addition to coming in second in the long jump (17-0). Cumberland’s Amber Russell was the meet’s top performer in the high jump, clearing the bar with a leap of 4 feet, 11 inches.
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BOYS
Team standings
1. Ponaganset 55; 2. Coventry 53; La Salle 41.5; 4. Woonsocket 41; 5. Cranston West 36; 6. North Kingstown 34; 7. Bishop Hendricken 32; 8 (tie), Cumberland, Barrington 30; 10 (tie). Central, Portsmouth 28.
Local placements
100: 1. Jalen Evans (W), 11.40.
200: 3. Evans (W) 23.10.
800: 3. Andrew Baglini (C) 2:05.50; 5. Geoffrey Conklin (L) 2:06.10.
3,000: 2. Trevor Crawley (C) 9:13.30.
110 Hurdles: 2. Dan Jannette (L) 42.10; 3. Anthony Neal W) 42.20; 5. Chris Duarte (C) 44.10.
4x100 relay: 5. East Providence (Trent Depina, Joao Vicente, Richmond Sam, Ryan Williams), 49.90.
4x400 relay: 3. Ponaganset (Peter Mathieu, David Gelsomino, Alex Uriati, Matt Maynard), 3:37.70; 4. Cumberland (Baglini, Brian Salemi, Steven Healey, Matthew Spavold), 3:58.20.
High Jump: 1. Steve Vazquez (CF) 6-10; 3. Norman Diamante (P) 5-10.
Pole Vault: 1. Luke Jaffa (P) 12-8.
Long Jump: 2. Jessie Charette (W) 20-0; 4. Tyler Whetstone 19-0.
Triple Jump: 1. Charette (W) 44-1; 2. Trent Depina (EP) 43-0.
Shot Put: 2. John Greenhalgh (P) 48-4.
Discus: 3. Greenhalgh (P) 141-6.
Javelin: 3. Mathieu (P) 154-1; 4. Josh Abt (P) 148-7.

GIRLS
Team standings
1. South Kingstown 73, 2. La Salle 46.5; 3. East Greenwich 39.75; 4. (tie) Portsmouth, Chariho, 38; 6. Coventry 37; 7. Barrington 34; 8. Central Falls 26.75; 9. (tie) Woonsocket, North Kingstown, Pilgrim 26.
Local placements
100: 5. Latoya Dythe (W) 13.10.
3,000: 5. Lauren Lapierre (C) 11:33.
100 Hurdles: 3. Breigh Souliere (C) 15.90.
300 Hurdles: 4. Marissa D’Amelio (L) 49.6
4x100 relay: 3. Woonsocket (Samantha Plante, Michell Brayboy, Marissa Gelinas, Kaylynn Pitts), 52.90.
High Jump: 1. Amber Russell (C) 4-11; 2. Ariana Lefebvre (L) 4-9; 5. (tie) Tiffany Jenkins 4-9.
Pole Vault: 5. Taylor Flaxington (L) 7-6.
Long Jump: 2. Pitts (W) 17-0.
Triple Jump: 1. Pitts (W) 36-10.
Shot Put: 1. Aleide Fernandes (CF) 38-8.
Hammer: 2. Kadijah Johnson (CF) 152-0; 4. Fernandes (CF) 135-9; 5. Nicole Johnson (CF) 134-0.

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