Track & Field, Outdoor - Boys Varsity
2015 Season Recap
The Governor’s Academy boys’ track and field team had a solid campaign during the spring of 2015. Over the course of the regular season, the boys produced a 10-6 record. They entered postseason action competing at Belmont Hill for the ISTA Championships and then moved on to Williston Northampton for the New England Division II Championships. At the ISTAs, the boys finished in 9th place on the day. Leading the way for the Govs squad was Tyler Harrington who won the javelin. Alex Berzansky, Liam McDonough, and Corbin Simas also picked up points for the team. At New Englands, the boys improved their standing from the week before as they finished tied for 8th place with The Brunswick School. Once again, Tyler Harrington had a great day as he won the javelin and finished 3rd in the discus. Liam McDonough picked up a 3rd place in the 1500. McLean Sherrin and Daniel Bailey picked up points in the 3000 and the pole vault respectively. Closing out the season, Tyler Harrington learned that he qualified for the Emerging Elite division of the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the javelin. With a very young team, the Govs crew is looking to build on the 2015 season and move up in the rankings in 2016.
Tyler Harrington for the javelin.
All New England:
Tyler Harrington for the javelin.
The MVP Award to Tyler Harrington for leading the team in scoring, leading the way in all three throwing events, and setting a new school record in the javelin.
The Coaches Award to McLean Sherrin in honor of his hard work, his leadership, and his success on the track over his four year career.
The Gilbert Distance Award to Liam McDonough for his contributions to distance running at the Academy and his performance both on the cross country trails and the track in the 2014-15 season.
The track and field program at The Governor's Academy dates back to the 1890s. The team has met with a great deal of success over its long history. In addition, the program has been a starting point for many runners who have gone on to have successful track and field careers at the collegiate level. Our coaching philosophy focuses on not only getting our athletes into better shape but also making them students of their particular events.
Our program, which has combined the girls and boys since 1991, allows our athletes to have coaching specialists in all events. We are very fortunate to have a knowledgeable and experienced staff comprised of coaches who were track competitors themselves. Two of our coaches were Division I college athletes. The coaching staff has spent a combined total of over 75 years coaching track & field.
Steven Suomi is the head coach of the track teams at Governor’s. In college, Suomi ran at Colby College where he was a captain of the team, and he competed in the intermediate hurdles and the mile relay. He has been coaching outdoor and indoor track and field for over fifteen years. Suomi is a USATF Level I certified coach, and he is USATF Level II certified coach in the sprints, jumps, and hurdles.
Coach Bruce Denmead has been coaching Pole-Vault for 16 years in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts before joining The Governor's Academy coaching staff in 2015. Athletes that he has worked with have gone on to win district, regional and state titles.
Coach Andrew DeSalvo works with the throwing contingent of the track and field team. In high school, he threw shot put and javelin along with captaining the team in his senior year. At Williams College, he focused primarily on the shot put but also competed in javelin and discus.
Also working with the throwers is Coach Gerry. He was a standout track and field athlete in high school where he was a captain and three year letter winner. At Governor’s, he coached the football team for eighteen years and won four ISL titles and three New England championships.
Coach Mary Ellen Karin is in charge of the sprinters, high hurdlers, and javelin throwers. While at the University of New Hampshire, she was a captain of the team and competed in the long jump and hurdles. She is a former head coach at the Academy and has coached here for over 35 years. Coach Karin is a USATF Level I certified coach.
Coach Jeff Kelly ’85 ran two seasons of track and one season of cross-country at Governor Dummer Academy. He is the head coach of the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams and the distance coach for the track and field team. Coach Kelly has worked with runners at Governor’s for over a decade. He runs local road races throughout the year and is a USATF Level I certified coach
The jumps coach, Raymond Long ’96, returned to his alma mater and has been coaching Govs’ track and field since 2006. While a student at the Academy, he competed in the long jump, triple jump, 100 meters, and the 4 X 100 meter relay. He went on to compete at Dartmouth College in the javelin and triple jump. Coach Long is a USATF Level I certified coach.
For more information please email Head Coach Steven Suomi