PROVIDENCE –The battle of unbeaten Northern Division powers proved to be no contest.
With victories in eight different events, including 1-2-3 sweeps in the 55-meter high hurdles and the 1,000, Cumberland High earned its eighth consecutive undefeated league season with a 64-45 win over previously-perfect Lincoln. The Clippers (8-0) and Lions (7-1) both defeated Mount St. Charles (4-4) in the tri meet, held at the Providence Athletic Facility (PAF).
Highlighting the Clippers’ efforts was a personal-best performance by Chris Duarte in the 55 hurdles. Duarte, among the best in the state in the event, won the race in 7.8 seconds to eclipse two-tenths of a second from his PB. Andrew Arone (9.0) and Brendon Abilheira-Cargill completed the sweep for the Blue and White.
Cumberland also collected the maximum nine points in the 1,000 with Matt Sutcliffe taking top honors with his time of 2:47.6. Trevor Crawley placed second at 2:50.4 and Matt Spavold was third in 2:50.8. Sutcliffe also was third in the 1,500 (4:30.6) and Crawley captured the 3,000 (9:20.5).
Ryan Rei was a double-winner for the Clippers. Rei placed first in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 10 inches and leaped to a season-best of 20-3 ½ to cop the long jump.
Brian Hamann took gold in the 25-pound weight with a heave of 49-1 ¼ and the quartet of Steve Healey, Brian Salemi, Dave Szczerepa and Rei combined for a time of 1:40.7 to win the 4x200 relay.
Next up for the Clippers are the Northern Division Championships on Feb. 5 at the PAF. Cumberland will be aiming for its 11th consecutive crown.
Cumberland 64, Lincoln 45; Cumberland 74 ½, Mount St. Charles 29.5
4x200 - 1. Cumberland (Steve Healey, Brian Salemi, Dave Szczerepa, Ryan Rei) 1:40.7
3000 - 1. Trevor Crawley, C, 9:20.5; 2. Alec Bassett, C, 9:52.8
55 HH - 1. Chris Duarte, C, 7.8; 2. Andrew Arone, C, 9.0 3. Brendon Abilheira-Cargill, C, 10.0
55 - 2. Ryan Harris, C, 6.9; 3. Duarte, C, 7.1
1500 - 3. Matt Sutcliffe, C, 4:30.6
600 - 3. Bryan Kuchar, C, 1:34.9
300 - 2. Ryan Rei, C, 39.6
1000 - 1. Matt Sutcliffe, C, 2:47.7; 2. Trevor Crawley, C, 2:50.4; 3. Matt Spavold, C, 2:50.8
Long Jump - 1. Ryan Rei, C, 20-3 ½.
High Jump - 1. Rei, C, 5-10; 2. Pat Kavanaugh, C,5-6
Shot Put - 2. Mike Spearen, C, 38-9 ¼.
Weight - 1. Brian Hamann, C, 49-1 ¼.