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Silva wins state shot-put championship

Sabrina Silva left no doubt about it.

The Mahar Regional School senior shot putter entered Saturday’s MIAA All-State Indoor Track & Field Championships tied with Newton North High School’s Michaela Smith for first place in the shot put.

The two girls ended the competition more than two feet apart.

Silva fell a quarter of an inch shy of reaching 41 feet but still threw a personal-best 40 feet, 11.75 inches to crush the rest of the field at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Silva finished fifth last season and set a goal to claim the title as the state’s best this winter. She cruised to wins in every PVIAC regular-season meet before claiming the WMass and Division IV State titles earlier this month. Her personal-best coming into Saturday’s meet was 40-7, but she fell short of that mark at the Division IV State Meet with a throw of 40-0.5, leaving her tied with Smith, the Division I meet winner. While Smith finished short of her entry mark with a throw of 38-10 to finish second at the All-State Meet, Silva was nearly a foot longer, giving her the trifecta of titles. She advances to Saturday’s New England Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Danielle Devine also had a good day at the meet, placing 14th overall in the high jump. The freshman qualified 17th in the meet with a jump of 5 feet, and she hit her qualifying mark to place tied for 14th. Emily Cahill from Uxbridge High School won the competition at 5-6.

The third and final local competitor at the meet was Mahar sophomore Tiffany Tenney, who qualifed 24th and last in the 300-meter run with a time of 42.79, finishing higher than her entry mark with a 19th-place time of 42.88. Shrewsbury High School’s Dominique Hall won the event in 40.14 seconds.

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