Personal-best sends Davis to Nationals

  • Mohawk junior Meghan Davis heads to the finish line in the 2-mile Saturday at the New England Championships at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. She finished second and qualified for the National Championships. FOR THE RECORDER/JOSHUA SPAULDING

  • Mahar senior Hugo Frost finished 16th overall in the 300-meter hurdles Saturday at the New England Championships at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. for the recorder/joshua spaulding

Recorder Staff
Sunday, June 10, 2018

Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Meghan Davis saved her best for last.

The junior distance runner capped off a tremendous outdoor track & field campaign by doing something she has never done before: finish the 2-mile in under 11 minutes. The personal-best was good enough for second place at the 73rd annual New England Interscholastic Track & Field championships Saturday at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.

Davis had won the WMass Division II and the Central/West Division championships earlier this spring, then placed third at the MIAA All-State Meet last weekend in 11 minutes, 2.36 seconds. Her goal this season was to break the 11-minute mark, and she not only did that on Saturday, she did so convincingly, crossing the line in 10 minutes, 56.13 seconds to place second overall in a field consisting of 27 of New England’s finest high school 2-milers.

Davis actually hung back in fourth or fifth position for much of the early race, but in the later stages she began picking off runners in front of her and worked her way up to second. Elizabeth Stockman of Rocky Hill (Conn.) High School took the lead early and never relinquished it to win the race in 10:44.99. Davis was the only other racer to finish under 11 minutes. She beat Julia Palin of Norton High School, who finished second at last weekend’s All-State race, but placed seventh on Saturday and was more than 11 seconds slower than her All-State time. Last weekend’s All-State champion, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley of Amherst Regional High School, did not compete at New Englands.

Davis also qualified for the National meet by breaking the 11:01 standard. She will run Saturday in Greensboro, N.C.

“Her main goal was to break 11 and qualify for Nationals,” Mohawk coach Joe Chadwick said. “She sets such high goals. This has been a goal for her since indoor track.”

Mahar Regional School’s Hugo Frost competed in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles after finishing seventh at the All-States a week ago. The Mahar school record-holder in the event had a nice final race of his high school career, placing 16th overall in the 26-person event in 41.92 seconds. Billy Powers of Winnacunnet (N.H.) High School won the race in 38.67.

Frontier Regional School’s Jack Vecellio also qualified for the meet in the boys’ pole vault. The competition opened at 12 feet, 6 inches, and the eighth-grader was one of 15 individuals who failed to clear the opening height in the competition of 31 individuals. Thornton (Maine) High School’s Travis Snyder won the event by soaring 15 feet, 9 inches.