Kerrie Fletcher Carpenter was a four-year varsity member of both the cross country and outdoor track & field teams at Ponaganset High School, where she graduated in 1989. A captain who led by example to motivate her teammates, Kerrie continued her athletic career after graduation, competing at the intercollegiate level for Springfield College in cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field as a freshman and sophomore.
Awards and honors she received as a member of the cross country and outdoor track teams at Ponaganset included the PHS Sportsmanship and MVP awards in 1986 and 1987 for cross country, and MVP recognition for both teams in 1988 and 1989. She was also named all-division in cross country and again in track for the 400m and as part of the school record-setting 1600m relay. As a senior, she earned first team all-state honors in cross country and was the Class C Champion. In the state meet, Kerrie was the individual runner up and led the 1988 team to Ponaganset’s first-ever state championship title. She was also named to the Observer and the Woonsocket Call All-Star Teams.
Currently the cross country coach and physical education teacher at North Cumberland Middle School, Kerrie believes that the most important moments in athletics come in developing and guiding students to strive for their personal and team goals. Kerrie lives in Cumberland with her husband, Scott, and three children, Kelsey, Derek and Ethan.