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SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”More often than not, when the Chariho, South and North Kingstown outdoor track teams get together for a tri-meet it usually decides the Southern Division regular season champ.
The season is still far from over but after Mondayâ€™s meet the Skippers are in the driverâ€™s seat to claim their fourth regular season division title in a row.
In a battle of unbeaten teams North emerged with a 104-50 victory over South and a 107.5-45.5 win over Chariho, leaving just Mondayâ€™s meet with West Warwick (2-5) and Westerly (0-2) all that stands between NK and the division title.
The Chargers also dropped a 78-75 decision with South Kingstown but Chariho was also without the services of senior Bryce Kelley.
Kelley sat out the meet with a sore shin in what coach Bill Haberek called more a precautionary measure.
â€śWe didnâ€™t want to take any chances with that,â€ť Haberek said, â€śbut South really ran well in the two relays and I think that was huge overall in the meet.â€ť
Senior Jake Kilcoyne â€“ who missed the tail end of the indoor season â€“ continued to round his way back into form and won the 3,000 with a time of 9:46.5.
â€śHeâ€™s looking at [Monday] as really more of a workout,â€ť Haberek said. â€śHe came back really nicely in the 3,000 so Iâ€™m really happy about that.â€ť
Max Leatham was the only other winner for the Chargers, taking the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.7, while seniors Ryan Baker and Tyler Joslin and juniors Matt Drummond, Alden Andrea, Joe DiPalma, Stephen Gencarelli and Zach Gardell each had strong days as well.
As for the Chariho girls team it too was without their top runner â€“ junior Delaney Silvestri â€“ but unlike Kelley, Silvestri will likely miss the rest of the season due to a broken bone in her foot.
Monday the Chargers had some strong individual performances but as a team could not hang with the Southern Division frontrunners, falling to NK 116-38 and SK 111-41.
Junior thrower Katerina Irwin was a two-time winner for Chariho, taking the javelin with a throw of 74-feet, five-inches and the discus as well with a toss of 82-4.
Senior Abby Dandurand turned in an impressive performance in the 3,000, taking the event with a time of 11:51.1.
Sophomores Isabel Baker, Arin Demers and Katherine Haberek, as well as freshmen Grace Vargo-Willeford and Pam Lelli also had a number of solid performances.