Track & Field, Outdoor - Girls Varsity
2015 Season Recap
The 2015 Govs girls’ track and field team followed up a fine 2014 season with another stellar team performance. Over the course of the regular season, the girls went 12-3. The Govs squad opened the postseason with the ISTA meet at Belmont Hill. For the fourth year in a row, they finished in 2nd place in the league just behind a very strong Thayer team. The team had a balanced attack as nine different girls scored points for the team. Mackenzie Gray defended her titles in the triple jump and the long jump for the fourth year in a row while breaking her own meet record in the triple. Gray also emerged victorious in the high hurdles. Katie Hanlon won both the 200 and the 400 setting two new school records. Her performance in the 400 also established a new league record. The 4 X 400 relay team placed 2nd to give the team a boost. Katie Hanlon was given the Coaches’ Award in honor of her performance on the day. In the week after the ISTAs, the squad traveled to Williston Northampton to compete in the New England Division II Championships. In a tightly contested meet, the girls finished in 2nd place narrowly edging out Williston Northampton. Katie Hanlon won the 400 with a new New England meet record time. Mackenzie Gray won the long jump. Isa Berzansky had the best jump of her career in the high jump as she tied the New England record for the event. Gray and Hanlon will compete in the New Balance Outdoor National Meet in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Mackenzie Gray for the High Hurdles, Long Jump, and Triple Jump
Katie Hanlon for the 400 and 200.
All ISTA Honorable Mention:
Abby Bashaw, Wallace Douglas, Lydia Fanning, and Katie Hanlon for the 4 X 400
Mattea Preece for the Javelin
Isa Berzansky for the High Jump
All New England:
Mackenzie Gray for the Long Jump
Katie Hanlon for the 400
New Balance Nationals Outdoor Meet Qualifiers
Isa Berzansky for the Emerging Elite High Jump
Mackenzie Gray for the Long Jump and Triple Jump
Katie Hanlon for the 400 and the Emerging Elite Javelin
Mattea Preece for the Emerging Elite Javelin
The MVP Award to Mackenzie Gray for leading the team in scoring and performing at an extraordinarily high level for four years.
The Coaches’ Award to Wallace Douglas for four years of unselfish dedication to the team.
The Gilbert Distance Award to Katie Hanlon for her commitment to distance running over the course of three seasons and her excellence in the sport.
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, and the girls’ team is consistently near the top of the ISTA and New England Division II track and field heap. 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.