NORWELL – No girl participating in the 1 Mile Race recorded a start time of less than 5 minutes for the 2021 MIAA All-State Meet.
Amelia Everett, Newton South’s sophomore year favorite, executed her strategy perfectly on Thursday afternoon. She moved in behind the leading pacemakers – once Hinghams Pria Parker, later Weston junior Julie Hohenberg – until she took an easy lead in the third round with a 3:43 split. Everett had more than enough energy to start on the final lap and go to victory in 4 minutes and 55.89 seconds.
“We went out at a good pace, I was told if it was slower than 2:32 I had to pedal,” said Everett, who was still in breath after crossing the finish line. “It was 2:31, so I was kind of in the middle. Lots of really talented, fast girls. It was a good, fast race. “
Everett and Hohenberg were the only two runners to break the 5-minute mark. Everett’s time qualified her for the Nationals in Eugene, Oregon, despite recording a 4:53 mile at a meeting two weeks ago to punch her ticket. She said the state title was “a fun feeling,” especially because at the start of the season – when she couldn’t break the five-minute mark – Everett never expected the all-state get-together to take place.
As for the nationals in Eugene, Everett said she was doing without expectations.
“I’m very excited to qualify and drive to such a good racetrack town with a history,” said Everett. “I’m just happy to be there.”
Newton South’s sophomore year was just one of several standouts on day two of the all-state meeting, which included pentathlon, javelin, 800 yards, 2 miles, and 4×800 seasons.
In the girls’ 800s, Tewksbury senior Makayla Paige defended the title she earned in her sophomore year in 2019. She headed the field with Iris Bergman of Concord-Carlisle before pulling past on the last straight.
Paige, a University of North Carolina signing, said the championship felt “bittersweet” as it was their last 800-meter race in Massachusetts.
Although Bergman crossed over to Paige for a moment, she later helped lead the Concord-Carlisle Girls’ 4×800 season to a first place. The Concord Carlisle boys’ 4×800 relay also won gold and collected points for the Patriots who finished the day in first place.
Particularly dominant was the 4×800 group of girls with Nora Johnson, Emma Kerimo, Katharine Stevens and Bergman, who were five seconds faster than runner-up Newton South, with Everett anchoring for the Lions.
▪ Lowell’s Izaiah Strum fought off Sharon’s PJ McManus in the boys’ pentathlon. Strum, a Rhode Island club, won the 110-meter hurdles and took silver in the long jump with a personal best of 21 feet-2.33 inches.
▪ In the girls’ pentathlon, Katelyn Gorgenyi, senior from North Reading, won gold in the hurdles and with top three placements in the high jump and shot put. Her 5 foot (1.25 inch) high jump was over three inches better than her previous personal best. “I don’t know, something just ignited me today,” said Gorgenyi.
▪ Mahar’s parathlete Max Gilmore threw the spear 44.03 feet further than his start time. On Saturday he will also compete in the Paralympic shot put and the 100-meter run.
▪ Ayer-Shirley senior Liam Bourassa impressed with the javelin throw and released a 187.05-foot lift, which earned a lot of applause from the audience. Bourassa’s throw was nearly a foot farther than any other attempt on the field and five feet farther than his seeding distance.