Eagles’ Kelly named RI’s athlete of the year in track and field

Barrington's Adam Kelly, shown at states, won the New England hammer throw event on Tuesday, June 10. Barrington's Adam Kelly, shown at states, won the New England hammer throw event on Tuesday, June 10.

Barrington's Adam Kelly, shown at states, won the New England hammer throw event on Tuesday, June 10.

Barrington’s Adam Kelly, shown at states, won the New England hammer throw event on Tuesday, June 10.

After a season in which he led the country in indoor throwing, and came in second in the state in the Rhode Island high school outdoor track championship, Barrington High School’s Adam Kelly is the 2013-14 Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

The award, which recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement, and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track, named Kelly as Rhode Island’s best high school boys track and field athlete.

The 6’2”, 248-pound junior won the hammer throw at the Class B Championships this spring and led the Eagles to a first-place finish as a team. Kelly’s gold medal effort of 223’ 5” inches set a meet record and ranked as the nation’s fourth best in 2014 at the time of his selection.

Kelly has maintained a 3.58 GPA in the classroom participates on the school’s Science Olympiad and math team. He plays the trumpet in the Barrington High jazz band, and has volunteered locally as a youth track coach.

Kelly joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year, including Barrington alum, Charlie Ionata, who took the award last year.

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