Portsmouth athletes medal at state track championship


Members of the Portsmouth High School boys’ and girls’ track teams were tested at Saturday’s 2014 Rhode Island Interscholastic League Outdoor Track Championships, where two student-athletes took second-place finishes in their events.

Ashley MacMillian, a senior, took home a silver medal for her second-place throw in the javelin where she reached a distance of 111 feet, 11 inches.

For the boys’ team, senior Seth Oliveira found himself in a head-to-head battle with North Kingstown’s Benjamin Rudman, settling for second place after fouling on his last attempt to clear 13 feet, 6 inches.

On his third and final attempt, Oliveira’s hands slipped, giving him silver for his best vault of the day at 13 feet even.

“My hands were sweating and I’m tired,” Oliveira said after taking the foul. “Ben is a really good vaulter.”

Oliveira will move on to compete in the New England Championships this weekend at Bridgewater State University.

Junior Greta Scott, in her second year at states, qualified in the 100-meter dash and long jump. She finished eighth in the 100 with a time of 13.09 and 13th in the long jump, reaching 15 feet, 2.5 inches.

Also gaining points for the Patriots were Sofia White, placing seventh in the 1,500-meter run and 15th in the 3,000, and Abbey Cousens, who placed fifth with a discus throw of 108 feet, 8 inches.

Alex Eyster took the ninth spot in the javelin with a distance of 140 feet, 8 inches. In the 400-meter dash, John Futoma crossed the finish line with the 12th-best time of 53.06.

Here are the complete results on how Portsmouth High’s athletes performed at the meet:


• 100-meter dash: 1. Quashira McIntosh, Hope, 11.96; 8. Greta Scott, Portsmouth, 13.09

• 1,500 meter run: 1. Maddy Berkson, Classical, 4:26.88; 7. Sofia White, Portsmouth, 4:50.40

• 3,000-meter run: 1. Jackie Burr, Westerly, 10:09.46; 15. Sofia White, Portsmouth, 10:55.59 

• Long jump: 1. Annabelle Hauck, Cranston-West, 17 feet, 2.75 inches; 13. Greta Scott, Portsmouth, 15 feet, 2.5 inches

• Discus: 1. Alva Hicks, Classical, 143 feet, 7 inches; 5. Abby Cousens, Portsmouth, 108 feet, 8 inches

• Javelin: 1. Paige Olausen, North Kingstown, 131 feet; 2. Ashley McMillian, Portsmouth, 111 feet, 11 inches

• Team results: 1. Classical, 130; 2. La Salle, 68; 3. Smithfield, 55; 14. Portsmouth, 10


• 400-meter dash: 1. Zachery Emrich, North Kingstown, 48.71; 12. John Futoma, Portsmouth, 53.06

• Pole vault: 1. Benjamin Rudman, North Kingstown, 13 feet, 6 inches; 2. Seth Oliveira, Portsmouth, 13 feet; 8. Josh Mostert, Portsmouth, 11 feet, 6 inches

• Javelin: 1. Ethan Wright, Narragansett, 195 feet, 7 inches; 9. Alex Eyster, Portsmouth, 140 feet, 8 inches

• Team results: 1. North Kingstown, 94; 2. Classical. 88; 3. La Salle, 73; 19. Portsmouth, 8


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