Carew, Lehr Claim Titles At Thomas Cochary Mile

Two races.

Two very different races at the Thomas Cochary High School Mile

One of the featured events of the Falmouth Track Festival on Friday night, the boys’ and girls’ events produced some fast times by the winners in races that were a stark contrast to each other.

In a close race, Milton’s Alec Carew broke from Lexington’s Joseph Ryan with about 200-meters remaining to claim the boys’ crown with a time of 4 minutes, 25.76 seconds. Ryan secured second at 4:27.74, while Newton South’s Alex Friedman took the third spot in 4:30.32.

Carew never led in the race until making his move in the closing stages.

“The idea was to make my move with 250 meters to go,” the Milton senior told the media. “I felt comfortable hanging back in second and letting them do the work for me.”

As expected, pre-race favorite Dana Lehr of Blemont ran away with the girls’ title, breaking the tape at 5:02.02, a comfortable 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Kayle Dalgar of Pentucket, who was timed in 5:15.08. Barnstable’s Ava Bullock was third with a time of 5:16.20.

Thomas Cochary High School Mile

Boys’ results
1 Alec Carew, Milton 4:25.76
2 Joseph Ryan, Lexington 4:27.74
3 Alex Friedman, Newton South 4:30.32
4 Silas Gartner, Falmouth. 4:32.25
5 Anthony Cronin, Acton-Boxborough 4:32.65
6 Noah Brilliant, Plymouth South 4:38.38
7 Nathaniel Gartner, Falmouth 4:45.33

Girls’ results
1 Dana Lehr, Belmont 5:02.02
2 Kaylie Dalgar, Pentucket 5:15.08
3 Ava Bullock, Barnstable 5:16.20
4 Ella Dunbury, West Bridgewater 5:20.64
5 Ella Bosselman, Holliston. 5:22.94
6 Margaret Bowles, Dover-Sherborn 5:29.00
7 Callie DeDecko, Barnstable. 5:37.97
8 Charlotte Huck, Lincoln-Sudbury. 5:38.53
9 Emilia Smith, Attleboro 5:38.73
10 Lilly DeDecko, Barnstable 5:40.60

In the other two events at the Track Festival, a prelude to Sunday’s ASICS Falmouth Road Race, MA runners made their presence known. Former Seekonk all-stater Johnny Gregorek, won a thrilling race in the Men’s Elite Mile. Gregorek engaged in a tight, back-and-forth battle with CT native and Staples alum Henry Wynne the final 200 meters, out-leaning his rival at the finish where he posted a fast 3:53.57, just .13 ahead of Wynne. Fifteen of the 16 runners in the field broke four minutes, including Thomas Ratcliffe. The Concord-Carlisle and Stanford great clocked 3:57.28.

The women’s race produced a meet record with Emily MacKay winning a down-to-the-wire affair over Dani Jones. MacKay crossed the line in 4:23.79 with Jones, a four-time NCAA champion, taking second at 4:24.17. Both eclipsed the record of 4:25.27, set by Suzy Favor Hamilton at the inaugural event in 2002. The race also featured Belmont’s Ellie Shea, who had a near best of 4:40.79.

Para-Athlete Delmace Mayo, a junior-to-be at Boston Green Academy, blazed to a huge PR in the Men’s Elite Wheelchair Mile. The Brighton native finished in 4:24.23. Two-time Boston Marathon champion Daniel Romanchuck won the race. Romanchuck, a four-time Falmouth Road Race winner and one of the world’s greatest wheelchair marathoners, was nearly 30 seconds ahead of nearest pursuer with a time of 3:18.53.


Men’s Elite Mile
1 Johnny Gregorek, 3:53.57
2 Henry Wynne, 3:53.70
3 Sam Prakel, 3:55.00
4 Craig Engels, 3:55.27
5 Dillon Maggard, 3:55.51
6 Eric Holt, 3:55.57
7 Abraham Alvarado, 3:55.70
8 Jack Anstey, 3:55.76
9 Vince Ciattei, 3:56.27
10 Austen Dalquist, 3:56.80
11 Amon Kemboi, 3:57.10
12 Drew Hunter, 3:57.26
13 Thomas Ratcliffe, 3:57.28
14 Ollin Hacker, 3:57.48
15 David Ribich, 3:58.34
16 Joey Berriatua, 4:00.61

Women’s Elite Mile
1 Emily Mackay, 4:23.79
2 Dani Jones, 4:24.17
3 Angela Picirrillo, 4:27.26
4 Katie Wasserman, 4:27.73
5 Laurie Barton, 4:28.01
6 Allie Buchalski, 4:30.16
7 Kayley Delay, 4:31.17
8 Kristie Schoffield, 4:33.02
9 Ellie Shea, 4:40.79
— Kate Mitchell Una DNF
— Helen Schlachtenhaufen Una DNF

Elite Wheelchair Mile
1 Daniel Romanchuk, Champaign, IL 3:18.53
2 Miguel Jimenez, Vergara Chula Vista, CA 3:47.26
3 Hermin Garic, Utica, NY 3:56.45
4 Delmace Mayo, Jamaica Plain, MA 4:24.43

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