Final Day Recap: MIAA Division State Championships -Girls

Sitting in third place after the first day, Mansfield High coach Carolina DiBiase admitted she was comfortable. With still plenty of events remaining, she knew her team had q chance to come out on top as long as one thing happened.

“Everybody has to do their part,” she said.

DiBiasse got her wish on Saturday.

The Hornets racked up 96 points with 67 of them coming in the final day to capture the team title. Reading Memorial secured second with 69 points, while Oliver Ames was third with 49.

“We knew we were going to have to have a really strong day today, and that’s what happened,” DiBiasse said. “We had a lot of points in the field events, the jumps, the throws.. That really put us over the edge.”

Mansfield scored nearly 50 points in the field events, including 18 from Kathy Garrahy, who won the shot (36 feet, 7.5 inches) and was second in the discus (117-11). The Hornets’ Chloe Guthrie added 24 points by taking the long jump (17-4), placing second in the 100m (12.51) and third in the 200m (25.26).

Sharon’s Nina Kyei-Aboagye was a double-winner, sweeping the sprint events with victories in the 100m (12.33) and the 200m (24.53).

In the distance events, Westfield’s Megan Moran made it two-for-two. Following up her second straight two-mile crown on Thursday, Moran proved victorious in the mile against the same rival that battle her to the end in the deuce, freshman Gianna McGowan of Billerica. The Westfield senior once again held off McGowan the final few meters to win with a PR of 5:08.70 to her rival’s 5:09.15 effort.

Pre-meet favorite Sophia Axelrod of Walpole won the discus with a heave of 138-feet even.

Oliver Ames captured two relays, winning the 4x100m (49.12) and the 4x800m (9:46.81). Westwood was first in the 4x400m (4:08.09).





Spurred by a three victories from Sarah Dumas, Franklln captured the team crown with a 74-62 decision over runner-up Lowell.

After taking the pentathlon and 400m hurdles on Friday, Dumas completed the trifecta on Sunday with a state-leading 14.29 in the 100m hurdles. Fellow classmate Elizabeth Hopkins added 10 more points with a first in the javelin at 137-2.

Newton North’s Skye Petrie-Cameron had a HUGE PR in the shot with a Division 1 record of 45-2, a best by three feet!

Framingham’s Abby Desmarais was one of three sprinters this weekend that broke 12 seconds for the 100m with a triumphant and state No. 2 of 11.93.

An impressive nine runners dipped under a minute in the 400m with Lowell’s Quinn Petzold taking the top prize in 56.71. Wachusett’s Rahma Giwa was second overall in 57.13.

Westford Academy’s Abigail Hennessey completed the distance double, following up her victory in the 800m by taking the mile in 4:59.00.

The Lowell quartet of Ava Conroy, Quinn Petzold, Sabrina Cady and Britney Oglegor combined for a state best of 3:57.82 to capture the 4x400m.

Weymouth’s foursome of Ella Bates, Emma Daley, Gracie Richard and Isabella Galusha won the 4x800m in a state-leading 9:27.12. Newton South was second at 9:30.47.




As expected, Wellesley claimed the team title. The Raiders scored 101 points to earn the banner. Finishing a strong second was Algonquin with 82 points.

The Raiders’ Charlotte Tuxbury, a winner in the 2M on Friday, destroyed the meet record in the mile with a time of 4:54.56. Her effort broke the 22-year-old mark of 4:58.30 by Lincoln-Sudbury’s Lindsay Donaldson. Belmont’s Dana Lehr was also under the record, placing second in 4:56.23. Tuxbury, along with Delaney Dyer, Kayle Bohlin and Charlotte Tuxbury, combined their efforts to win the 4x800m (9:30.49).

Wellesley’s Annie Comella swept the sprints. After capturing the 200m on Friday, Comella broke the tape in the 100m where she was timed in 12.56. The talented junior was just a half an inch from winning the long jump, too. Woburn’s Nicole Gangi took that crown with a distance of 18-5. Comella secured second at 18-4.5.

Wellesley was first in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:02.40. Bishop Feehan was second at 4:04.38.

In the shot, Winchester’s Caroline Herlihy captured the title with a distance of 39-11.





Nashoba held off strong efforts from Holliston and Pembroke to take the team title. The Wolves scored 68.5 points, 8.5 points more than the runner-up Panthers. The Titans were right behind in third with 59 points.

Nashoba’s Caroline Collins had a big two days in the distance events. After winning the two mile on Friday, Collins captured the mile (5:01.64) and ran a leg on her squad’s 4x800m squad (9:48.34). Nashoba also collected wins in the 4x400m (4:04.59) and from Lilia Rosadini in the javelin (120-4).

Fleet-footed Sara Claflin swept the sprints with victories in the 200m (24.39) and the 100m (11.82), Claflin was also second in the long jump (18-2.25), an event won by Canton’s Katherine Oliver in a state No. 3 of 19-0.25. Oliver also proved victorious in the triple jump (37-5).




North Reading were the recipients of the team banner with a 94-67 win over runner-up Weston. Whitinsville Christian was third with 67 points.

What a weekend for North Reading’s Giuliano Ligor! She was the Queen of the 400m. Two days after winning the 400m hurdles, she captured the two-lapper in state No. 2 of 55.71 on Sunday. She concluded her successful weekend by anchoring the Hornets’ fourth-place 4x400m with a 57.76 split.

North Reading’s Hayden MacLellan added 10 points to her team’s total by winning the 100m hurdles in 15:49.

Norton’s Jillian Strynar was the fastest of all competitors with victories in the 200m (26.03) and 100m (12.79).

Medway’s Charity Johnson was a double-winner, coming out on top in the discus (130-0) and the shot (38-0).

Norton’s Zoe Santos proved she’s a legit threat to capture the high jump at the Meet of Champions by leaping to a height of 5-6.

With a leap of 17-6.25, Norwell’s Liliana MacDonald added the long jump to her list of victories for the weekend. She took the triple jump and the pentathlon on Day 1.





Mount Greylock racked up 97 points to take the team crown. The Mounties were well ahead of second-place Hamilton-Wenham, which scored 57 for second. Lunenburg was third with 50 points.

Mount Greylock’s Maggie Nichols won the 200m (25.40) and 100m (12.70)and also ran a leg on the first-place 4x100m (50.23). The Mounties collected silver medals from Chase Hoey in the high jump (5-4), Katherine Goss in the triple jump (36-2.5) and 100m hurdles (15.74), and Lily Catelotti in the discus (105-8).

Hamiton-Wenham’s Grace Rich won a close race in the mile, taking the crown in 5:11.13, just .16 ahead of Monument’s Amelia Desilets.

Ayer Shirley ran a fast 4:07.14 to take the 4x400m.

In the high jump, Monument’s Lily Haskins-Vaughan cleared 5-7 to take over the state lead.


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