2012 Season Review- Portsmouth Boys Outdoor Track and Field

2012 Wrap up of the Portsmouth Boys Outdoor Track and Field Season

This year’s team was led by two exceptional returning seniors, Nick Tyler, defending-state-champion in the Pole Vault, and Alex Briggs, school-record-holder in the hammer and weight throw.  These two athletes were selected as captains for the season along with three other seniors: distance specialist Joe Maiato; sprinting specialist Allen Nickerson; and mid-distance and jumps specialist Ryan Ake.  These five young men did an outstanding job taking on leadership roles.  I was very proud of the work ethic they displayed in practice and the grit and heart they put into competition.  Their display of commitment to the team has been an invaluable lesson to the underclassmen.  I thank them for carrying on a tradition of excellence and for their efforts in making the 2012 season a success. 


Regular Season Record: 7 wins and 1 loss

Eastern Division Championships: 2nd place out of 8 teams

Newport County Championships: 1st place out of 4 teams, 7th consecutive year

Class B Championships: 4th place out of 13 teams

Junior Varsity State Championships: 2nd place out of 33 teams

RI Varsity State Championships: 18th out of 29 teams

2012 State Meet Scorers:

  • Nick Tyler, Pole Vault, 1st place,
  • Alex Briggs, Hammer, 6th place,

2012 School Records:

  • Alex Briggs, Hammer, 197-03

The upcoming 2013 season should be just as exciting.  Portsmouth has never
placed as high as a team in the JV State Meet as they did this year.  Sophomores Alex Eyster, Javelin, and Jalen Perry, 300m Hurdles, were JV State Champions. 
Junior Patrick Maiato, Javelin, and the 4x400m relay of sophomore Sam Rakip, sophomore John Futoma, Eyster, and Perry, placed 2nd overall.  Sophomore Seth Oliveira, Pole Vault, and junior Bobby Chavous, 100m and high jump, and the 4x800m relay of senior Alex Jenkins, sophomore Sean Blythe, junior Tyler Rosenberg, and junior John Oppel placed third in their events.  These are signs of very good things to come next year. 

I would also like to recognize the seniors who also were a part of the Portsmouth Track and Field and Cross Country family over the past four years.  They are: Alex Revello, Tom Lee, Alex Jenkins, Austin Grande, Jon Golden, Jason  Burghouwt, Shane Callahan, Phil Maloney, Alex Greer, Addison Beiger,
Anthony Serina, Ryan Fletcher, Tyler Johnson, Dan Thorpe, Zach Tiang, Sam
Black, Matt Julius, and Ben Emond. Nick Tyler and Alex Briggs will both be
competing on NCAA Division 1 Track and Field teams next year.  Nick will be pole vaulting for Northeastern University and Alex will be throwing weight and hammer for the University of Rhode Island.  We also wish Alex Briggs continued success on the remainder of his season as he will be competing at the Outdoor Track and Field National Championships next week.  Becky and Abbey Cousens from the girls team will also join him at this prestigious meet.

A big thank you goes out to Peter Sherman, volunteer coach of the hammer and weight and Arthur Tyler, volunteer coach of the pole vault.  These men donate their time and energy whenever possible to coach some of Portsmouth’s
finest. Their generous efforts and passion for the sport have helped athletes
like Nick and Alex make it to where they are today.  I would also like to thank our athletic director Steve Trezvant.  Mr. Trezvant is known as “Coach” to many of the 2012 graduating class as he was the former cross country and track and field coach.  Coach Trez continues his tireless dedication to creating a positive
experience for all Portsmouth athletes.


Shaun Horgan

Boys Track and Field Head Coach

Portsmouth High School

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