Freshmen State Meet: Parenteau Spurs La Salle To Title

A brief sickness in mid January took away two weeks of training for Alyssa Parenteau.

Seems it was just a small bump in the road as she strives for her last-season goals.

La Salle Academy’s talented freshman was in championship form at Monday night’s Freshmen State Meet at the PCTA field house. Parenteau finished the day with three gold medals, completing a grueling triple with victories in the 1,500-meter run, 600m and 1,000m.

Parenteau’s efforts spurred the Rams to the team title where La Salle posted a 115-97 decision over runner-up North KIngstown. Lincoln was third with 56 points.

“I was definitely really excited to win today,” she said. “it’s been amazing running against all the older kids, but I definitely wanted to see what I could do against kids my age today. I was really happy to come out here and perform and I’m just really happy to get all three titles.”

Against the “older kids’ just a couple of days ago at the Class A Championships, Parenteau was third in the 1,000m and ran a leg on the school’s second-place 4x800m squad. She showed no signs of fatigue from those races on Tuesday.

In the 1,500m, Parenteau broke five minutes for the fourth time this season by clocking a solid 4:59.26. North Kingstown’s Abbie Tighe, who coasted to the 3K title (10:42.2) earlier in the meet, was second at 5:03.02. Parenteau utilized her strong finishing speed to take close races in the 600m (1:43.94) and the 1,000m (3:16.19). In the 600m, she outdistanced teammate Carolina Terlato (1:44.44). Cumberland’s Anna BIanchi (3:18.40) was the runner-up in the 1K.

La Salle also won the 4x400m (4:34.43) and 4x200m (1:54.67) relays and had an individual triumph from Mila Falcone in the 300m (44.26). Falcone also finished third in the 55m dash (7.78) and ran legs on both winning relays.

In the 55m, the Wheeler School’s Autumn Allen proved victorious, breaking the tape in 7.67. Mount Hope’s Emma Goglia was second at 7.74. Goglia took the 55m hurdles at 9.46.

North Kingstown went 1-2 in the shot with Tayla Schneider heaving the metal ball an impressive 34 feet, 6 inches. Kylah LeComte also broke 30 feet with a 30-4.5 effort.

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