Barnegat’s Nico Adorno to Run Track for Rhode Island

Apr 18, 2018
Courtesy of: Barnegat School District

Barnegat High School track and field standout Nico Adorno is taking his talents to the University of Rhode Island, as the senior signed a letter of intent last week. Adorno said he plans to specialize in the 200 and 400 meter runs, two events he has excelled in since he debuted for the Bengals as a freshman. Other events he has run in high school include long jump, 55 and 100 meter dashes and 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays.

“Rhode Island regularly wins indoor and outdoor track Atlantic 10 championships, and their coach (John Copeland) has won numerous conference coach of the year titles,” he said. “It’s a very good program. My college choices came down to Rhode Island and Manhattan College,” in New York.

A National Honor Society member, Adorno plans to major in mechanical engineering. 

Joe Doviak, who is in his 10th year as spring track coach at Barnegat, said Adorno “ranks up there with the best athletes I’ve ever coached.”

“I think Rhode Island will take good care of him, and I think he will represent them well,” said Doviak. “He’s very versatile, hardworking and coachable. I think he will do well on the collegiate level.” 

Adorno met Rhode Island team members and coaches at an open house last fall.

“I was very impressed with him not only as an athlete, but as a student and a person,” said Copeland, who was named the A-10’s track coach of the year 10 times in the last 12 years. “He was at the top of our recruiting list. I think he will fit in well with our program and continue to excel.”

Copeland also expects Adorno to see plenty of action as a freshman.

“I’m losing 23 team members to graduation, so I have a lot of holes to fill,” he said. “Since 2001, we’ve won 22 combined indoor and outdoor A-10 track championships.”

At Barnegat, Adorno holds the 200 and 400 meter sprint records as well as the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay. As a junior, he went undefeated in the Shore Conference B-South for the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes. In the county, he was third in the 100 meter event and second in the 200 and 400 meter runs. 

As a freshman, he was county champion in the 55-meter dash and as a sophomore, won the county championship in the 400 meter run.

Last year, he qualified for the statewide meet of champions in the 100 meter run and 4x100 meter relay.

As a senior, he has taken first in 100 and 200 meter sprints and the 4x400 meter relay in a meet with Manchester and Lakewood. On April 14, he finished first in the 400 meter sprint and the 4x400 meter relay in a meet against Donovan Catholic and Pinelands Regional.   

 Aside from track, Adorno used his speed as a wide receiver and defensive back for the Bengals football team. However, he missed his senior season after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum.

“As a family, we decided surgery was the best choice,” said his father, Rafael Adorno. “We had figured out that his future as a college athlete was going to be track, not football. We’re looking forward to him having an outstanding senior season.” 

— Eric Englund

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