Barrington boasts All-Americans in track and field
A number of Barrington High School student-athletes competed in the New Balance National Outdoor Track Championships last weekend in North Carolina.
The Barrington girls’ 4x800 meter relay team of Emma Mc Millan, Julianna Portelli, Megan Verner-Crist and Abby Livingston finished second in a time of 9:01.12, breaking their Rhode Island-record of 9:05.49, set last weekend at the New Englands.
Lead-off leg McMillan and No. 2 Portelli ran fairly even splits (2:21.66 and 2:19.77 respectively), with third leg Verner-Crist clocking in at 2:14.15. Anchor Livingston ran a negative 2:09.25 to the finish line. As a result of their performance, the Barrington runners earned All-American honors.
On Sunday, the Eagles came back in the 4x1-mile relay and finished fourth in a new R.I. mark of 20:46.96. In this race, the foursome consisted of Mary Cate Coogan, along with McMillan, Verner-Crist and Portelli. The old mark was 21:04.19, set by a Westerly squad in 2008. McMillan, Verner-Crist and Portelli joined leadoff anchor Coogan as 2013 prep track All-Americas.
Portelli now owns three states records (the 2,000-meter steeplechase being the other.)
Barrington High senior Charlie Ionata met in the hammer throw sector with top U.S.-ranked Rudy Winkler, of New York. Ionata, who went into Saturday’s competition rated second nationally, finished second with a mark of 219 feet, 6 inches (66.91 meters). Winkler won the event at 251-8 (76.70). Ionata fouled on three of his five throws.
Ionata earned his second straight All-American honor.