A clean sweep for Portsmouth High in home track meet

Girls, boys beat Mt. Hope, E. Providence and Middletown


PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls’ and boys’ track and field days had a good day Tuesday, with both squads sweeping their meets against Mt. Hope, East Providence and Middletown high schools.

The girls dominated Middletown (131-12), Mt. Hope (111-37), and East Providence (102-48) as a team.

Nikki Merrill turned in another standout performance, winning the 800-meter run (2:29.9) and the 1,500 meters (4:50.7). She was also a part of the 4x400-meter relay along with Olive Allen, Mariana McManus and Sofia White, which won in a time of 4:30.5.

McManus joined Jessie Chen, Meghan Smith and Claire Williams to win the 4x100-meter relay in 53.4. Chen tied for second place with teammate Olivia Rivers in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14 seconds flat.

Kerry Kehane won two jumping events: the long jump with a best leap of 15 feet, 3.75 inches, and the tripe jump with a best effort of 32 feet, 2 inches.

Elizabeth Sullivan also had a good day, winning the 3,000-meter run in 10:23.1 and coming in second in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:52.1.

Eleanor White, debuting in the pole vault, won that event by clearing 6 feet. Sierra Harmon, also competing for the first time in the hammer throw, took fifth in that event with a best throw of 72 feet, 3 inches.

How the boys fared

As a team, the boys beat Mt. Hope (118-26), Middletown (117-30) and East Providence (93-56).

Colt Nichols won two individual events: the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.5 seconds, and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 39.9. He also joined Noah Gramitt, Ezra Leary and Isaiah Kittel to win the 4x400-meter relay in 3:51.7, the foursome’s best time of the season.

Ben Chase won the 3,000-meter run in a time of 9:54. Martin Lasky took first place in the vault by clearing 11 feet, and came in third in the triple jump with a best leap of 35 feet, 6.5 inches. Jake Vaspol won the hammer throw with a best effort of 101 feet, 1 inch, and came in third in the discus with a best throw of 86 feet, 5 inches.

Sean Coyne came in second in three events: 100 meters (11.4 seconds), high jump (5 feet, 4 inches) and the long jump (19 feet, 2 inches).

Gramitt came in second in the 1,500 meters (4:35.4) and third in the 800 (2:16), while Kittel took second in the 800 (2:15) and third in the 1,500 (4:47). Cliff Shablom came in second in the hammer throw (93 feet, 5 inches) and third in the shot put (37 feet, 1.25 inches).

Nick McCarthy came in third in the 200 meters (25.5) and third in the long jump (18 feet, 7 inches). Aaron Javelle took second in the 400 meters (58.3 seconds) while Liam Walker came in second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (47.7 seconds).


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