Ionata and Cooper win Rhode Island State Titles

The favorites took home both the boys and girls titles at the 2013 Rhode Island State Championships, but that didn’t mean the meet was without excitement or exploits. State-leader Mathaline Cooper (Classical, Providence, RI) won the girls competition with a big personal best of more than five feet. Her winning throw of 178’7″. That mark moves Cooper up to number 26th all-time in the nation, and sixth best all-time in Rhode Island. She currently ranks third in the nation. Leia Mistowski (Narragansett, RI) turned in a solid performance for second place and Destinee Barrette (Pilgrim, Warwick, RI) added a personal best to claim the bronze position.

In the boys competition, Charlie Ionata (Barrington, RI) laid down another solid performance. His best effort of 240’5″ not only added eight feet to his personal best and secured the win by 15 feet, but it moved him up every nearly every ranking list. He moved from third to second in the nation for 2013, but he also moved into the top 10 all-time. He currently is the ninth best high school thrower in American history, and second best from Rhode Island. And Ionata was hardly the only boy with a big personal best. Runner-up Mahlik Handley (South Kingstown, Wakefield, RI) added eight feet to his best to place second. Clarence Gallop (Central, Providence, RI) added four feet to his best to place third. Carlos Magnum (Central, Providence, RI) and Adam Kelly (Barrington, RI) were also both over 200-feet. This was only the second time five throwers had been over 200 feet at the Rhode Island state championships (it also happened in 1998), and it marks the deepest competition ever at the meet.

        2013 RIIL Outdoor Track & Field Championships - 6/1/2013             
                     Presented by The Bill Falk Fund                          
                            Brown University         
Boys Hammer Throw
    Name                    Year School                  Finals           
  1 Charlie Ionata            SR Barrington Hs-Ri        240-05     73.27m
  2 Mahlik Handley            SR South Kingstown-RI      225-07     68.75m
  3 Clarence Gallop           SR Central HS RI           218-08     66.64m
  4 Carlos Mangum             SR Central HS RI           210-00     64.00m
  5 Adam Kelly                SO Barrington Hs-Ri        203-02     61.92m
  6 Connor Fugere             JR Woonsocket HS - RI      192-05     58.64m
  7 Bryan Zapata              JR Hope - RI               188-10     57.55m
  8 Bobby Colantonio          FR Barrington Hs-Ri        187-01     57.02m
  9 olusegun Vadis            JR Classical - RI          184-02     56.13m
 10 Matt Casbarro             SR B.Hendricken-Ri         177-11     54.22m
 11 Brian Bianchi             SR West Warwick Hs-Ri      171-01     52.14m
 12 Joseph Mattson            JR Rogers-RI               165-10     50.54m
 13 Brandon Amo               SR B.Hendricken-Ri         165-01     50.31m
 14 Giovanni Gray             SR Lincoln HS - RI         163-00     49.68m
 15 Mike Alvernaz             SO Barrington Hs-Ri        149-03     45.49m
 -- Alexander Madoian         SR North Kingstown-RI        FOUL
 -- Chris Celona              JR B.Hendricken-Ri           FOUL

Girls Hammer Throw
    Name                    Year School                  Finals           
  1 Mathaline Cooper          SR Classical - RI          178-07     54.43m
  2 Leia Mistowski            JR Narragansett-RI         163-05     49.80m
  3 Destinee Barrette         SR Pilgrim - RI            156-11     47.82m
  4 Alva Hicks                SO Classical - RI          149-06     45.56m
  5 Victoria Ebert            JR Exeter-W.Gr.-RI         142-08     43.48m
  6 Abby Cousens              SO Portsmouth HS - RI      140-11     42.95m
  7 Maddison Caron            JR Pilgrim - RI            134-10     41.09m
  8 Kendra Plant              SR Cumberland Hs-Ri        133-00     40.53m
  9 Cheyanne Nalle            JR Woonsocket HS - RI      127-11     38.98m
 10 Briana O'Grady            SR South Kingstown-RI      127-03     38.78m
 10 Courtney Jacobsen         FR Toll Gate - RI          127-03     38.78m
 12 Lauren Swanson            SO E. Greenwich- RI        127-01     38.73m
 13 Katerina Irwin            JR Chariho-Richmond-RI     122-02     37.23m
 14 Victoria Cooper           SR Woonsocket HS - RI      121-11     37.16m
 15 Lauren Carroll            SR Classical - RI          120-05     36.70m
 16 Molly Fogarty             SR Cumberland Hs-Ri        119-01     36.29m
 -- Meagan Malloy             FR Smithfield HS - RI        FOUL
 -- Bianca Donadio            JR Classical - RI            FOUL
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