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If you’re asking what the big stories are for Saturday’s Indoor State Track Championships, we’ve got answers. – The Providence Journal


The snow has melted and that can mean only one thing.

We’re going to get another storm soon.

Oh, and it’s playoff time for winter sports.

The first state championships of the season take place on Saturday as the RIIL hosts its Boys and Girls Track Championships at the Providence Career and Technical Academy. The girls meet starts at 9:30 a.m. with the boys set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

In honor of one of the most hectic events of the winter season — track makes your head spin like no other sport — here are the five big questions going into the meet.

1. What will Sophia Gorriaran do?

Win. That’s the answer. Sophia Gorriaran is going to win the races she enters — projected to be the 300, 600 and 1,000 meters — and it’s not a knock on who she’s racing against but more about what kind of talent she is. Gorriaran is in that rarified air for Rhode Island high school athletes and Saturday is a chance when you’ll really get to see the difference between good, Rhode Island good, Division I college good and world-class good. Is it a lot of pressure to put on a high school junior? Absolutely. Is she more than capable of handling it? Of course, because athletes like Gorriaran understand what it takes to compete.

2. Can you throw anything as far as Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan?

No, unless there’s a severe handicap. Like if you or I grab a baseball and see if we can throw it farther than Robinson-O’Hagan can throw a hammer, we’ve got a shot, but otherwise no. The boys meet is going to be Robinson-O’Hagan’s shining moment, as far as Rhode Island is concerned. All eyes will be on him when he steps into the circle for the shot and the weight and that seems to be when he performs best. There are plenty of talented throwers in the state, but Robinson-O’Hagan is performing at a different level night now, which should be confirmed on Saturday afternoon.

3. Is the 55 meters still the premier event for both meets?

If you’re a slow person, the answer is and always will be yes. Watching the state’s top sprinters compete is a wild experience.  The girls race should come down to some 2021 Providence Journal All-Staters with first-teamers Lauren Boyd (Smithfield) and Sadie Souls (North Kingstown) in the race, as well as 2021 second-teamers Ailani Sutherland of Cranston West. On the boys side, defending champ Jared Gibbons is a favorite to repeat, but he could be chased by Hendricken’s Kamalie Pemberton and Central’s Judah Varfley (and all three are football players) as well as Portsmouth’s Colby Fahrney.

4. Which athletes will make your jaw drop?

On the boys side, Hendricken’s Brandyn Durand is a must-watch in the 300 meters. At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, Durand shouldn’t be as fast as he is and watching him sprint gives you an idea of how terrifying it must have been to be a quarterback dropping back with him coming off …….

Source: https://www.providencejournal.com/story/sports/high-school/2022/02/19/rhode-island-high-school-indoor-track-championship-predictions/6851607001/

The snow has melted and that can mean only one thing.

We’re going to get another storm soon.

Oh, and it’s playoff time for winter sports.

The first state championships of the season take place on Saturday as the RIIL hosts its Boys and Girls Track Championships at the Providence Career and Technical Academy. The girls meet starts at 9:30 a.m. with the boys set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

In honor of one of the most hectic events of the winter season — track makes your head spin like no other sport — here are the five big questions going into the meet.

1. What will Sophia Gorriaran do?

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The snow has melted and that can mean only one thing.

We’re going to get another storm soon.

Oh, and it’s playoff time for winter sports.

The first state championships of the season take place on Saturday as the RIIL hosts its Boys and Girls Track Championships at the Providence Career and Technical Academy. The girls meet starts at 9:30 a.m. with the boys set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

In honor of one of the most hectic events of the winter season — track makes your head spin like no other sport — here are the five big questions going into the meet.

1. What will Sophia Gorriaran do?

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