What better way to keep our content flowing at Bay State Running than to recognize the top moments of the outdoor track & field season of 2023. Over the next few weeks, BSR will highlight some of the finer performances by our athletes. Congratulations to all that competed this spring. If you didn’t make our list, it doesn’t mean you were forgotten. Your hard work and dedication certainly made it another memorable season as a whole for us here at BSR.
Memorable Moments, 2023: Bergeron Dominates 2M At D1s With Sub-9
Massachusetts had its share of elite two-milers this year. With four runners that went under nine minutes during the indoor and outdoor seasons, and a few more on the cusp of the milestone, it might be fair to say that the Bay State had the best collectively in the country. On May 26, Paul Bergeron became our first of three that went sub-9 this spring with a very impressive and near state record of 8 minutes, 51.88 seconds at the MIAA Division I Championships. The Westford Academy junior broke away from St. John Prep’s Nathan Lopez shortly after the mile mark and never looked back. Bergeron finished nine seconds ahead of Lopez, who won go on to win his third straight title at the Meet of Championships and smash the state mark at the New Balance Nationals. At the time , Bergeron’s effort was ranked No. 10 nationally and was just strides away from the MA record of 8:50.82 by Newton North alum Chris Barnicle from 2004.