Barrington High School junior Adam Kelly dominated the competition in the weight throw event at four straight track and field meets earlier this month.
At the 45th annual Dartmouth Relays on Jan. 11, Adam won the weight throw with a distance of 71 feet, 5 inches. Six days later at the 32nd annual Yale Interscholastic Track Classic, Adam uncorked a 74-foot, 9-inch throw. The toss was nearly 10 feet longer than the second place throw; Classical’s Thomas Olusegun Vadis was second at 64 feet, 10 inches.
Adam’s throw set a new meet record at the Yale Classic. Recent Barrington High School graduate Charlie Ionata set the prior mark of 73 feet, 6 inches in 2013.
A day after the Yale meet, Adam competed in the third annual East Coast Track and Field Invitational at the Providence Career and Technical Academy. Again, the Barrington High School standout won the weight throw, this time with a distance of 77 feet, .5 inches. Adam just missed setting another record; Ionata holds that record at 77 feet, 5.5 inches.
On Jan. 19, a day after the East Coast Track and Field Invitational, Adam traveled to Harvard University to compete in the Greater Boston Track Club Invitational. The Barrington junior won again … in two different competitions. In the men’s 35-pound weight throw, Adam won with a throw of 58 feet, 6.5 inches. And in the high school 25-pound weight throw, Adam won again. He threw the 25-pound weight 75 feet, 3.25 inches.
Adam has the top 25-pound weight throw this season and now ranks 12th on the all-time top throws nationally, and fourth all-time RI best.
Fellow Barrington High School weight thrower Bobby Colantonio also competed at some of the same meets. At the Dartmouth Relays, Bobby, a sophomore, finished third, and he was fourth at Yale Classic. Bobby finished 10th at the East Coast Track and Field Invitational.
Barrington’s Mike Alvernaz competed in the weight throw event at the Greater Boston Track Club Invitational, Mike was third in the 35-pound weight throw and fourth in the 25-pound weight throw.