Stars Continue To Shine On Day 2 Of Meet Of Champions

Following up an incredible Day 1, the final day of the MIAA Meet of Champions had its share of outstanding performance on Saturday afternoon

Five of the stars from Thursday’s meet repeated their magic on the oval at Fitchburg State University, site of the two-day competition.

Two days after clocking a nation-leading 8 minutes, 43.86 seconds in the two mile, Westford Academy’s Paul Bergeron raced to an all-time best of 4:07.98 to capture the mile. Bergeron beat a field that had two others under 4:10 – second-place finisher Chris Larnard of Boston College High (PR, 4:09.09) and bronze-medalist Jack Graffeo of Westford Academy (PR, 4:09.80).

In the girls’ mile, Westford Academy’s Abby Hennessey ran the eight fastest time in the nation for tenth-graders with a state best and PR of 4:48.53. Hennessey, who was also the 800m titlist, led four other runners under five minutes, including Wellesley junior Charlotte Turbury, who claimed the runner-up spot in a best of 4:51.13. Two-mile champion Dana Lehr was third (4:57.0) and Woburn’s Sinead Butler was fourth (4:59.77).

North Reading’s versatile junior Giuliana Ligor was twice a gold medalist, too. The 400-meter hurdle champion broke the tape in the flat-out 400m with a PR of 55.62. Finishing just strides behind Ligor was Amherst-Pelham’s Moriah Luetjen, the no. 1 seed, with a near best of 55.74.

Peabody’s Alex Jackson and Lincoln’s Sudbury’s Gabby Pierre also got the two-for-one special. Jackson proved victorious in the discus (173-6) and shot (61-5), while Pierre came out on top in the triple (40-10) and long jumps (PR, 19-7.75).

Lincoln Sudbury’s Nico Begic was first in the 400m with a PR of 48.59. MItchell Kisgen of Xaverian Brothers was second in 48.76. Nine in the race broke 50 seconds.

All eight runners in the boys’ final of the 100m dash broke 11 seconds with Brockton’s Lucas Andrade taking the crown in 10.67. Winchester’s Daniel Killian was second with a time of 10.76, while Randolph’s Mekhi White was third at 10.87. Pembroke’s Sarah Claflin, a runner-up in the 200m, avenged her loss to Nina Kyei-Anboagye by defeating her rival in the girls’ 100m with a PR of 11.79. Kyei-Anboagye was timed in 11.89 for the silver.

Franklin’s Sarah Dumas defended his title in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.27.


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