Team Details

Team Details

Track and Field - Varsity

For Track and Field, Portsmouth Abbey competes in a combined SENE/EIL association with Bancroft School, Hyde School, Marianapolis Prep, Moses Brown School and Wheeler School. We also compete against St. George's School, Worcester Academy, Roxbury Latin School, Tabor Academy, Thayer Academy, and Winsor School in dual meets.

Portsmouth Abbey School has a six-lane outdoor track. Practices run about two hours each afternoon, with competition once per week. As in cross country, personal improvement is a primary goal for everyone on the team. School records are maintained for each Form and a "Top Ten" list in school history for each track and field event is also recorded.

Our philosophy is simple: anyone can improve with sustained work. For the coaching staff and the program, it is just as important to us to help our new students improve their times and distances as it is for our varsity. There is a place for athletes of all ability on our teams: from individual New England Champions to students that are new to the sport.

Head Coach: Dan McDonough

Dan McDonough has been coaching at Portsmouth Abbey since 1984 (with three years away from 1987-1990) and has been the Head Coach of our varsity cross country and track and field teams since 2003 and 1991, respectively. Coach McDonough was a cross country and track and field captain in high school and continued his competitive career at MIT where he ran for the cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams. During his tenure as head coach, girls’ track and field has won three New England championships (’99, ’00, ’04) and the boys’ track and field team won the New England championship in 2002. In addition, the boys’ and girls’ track and field teams have each captured 9 league titles and the boys’ cross country team has won two EIL championships. Coach McDonough has been named EIL Coach of the Year three times: in 2007 for girls’ cross country, and in 2009 and 2016 for boys’ cross country. Coach McDonough is the Headmaster of Portsmouth Abbey School and resides in St. Brigid’s House with his family.

Assistant Coaches: Michael St. Thomas, Amelia Tracy '10, Allie Micheletti '05, Nick Micheletti '04, Lizzie Benestad

Athletics Team