Davis, Carey top finishers at States

  • Frontier’s Carsten Carey placed 29th, tops among local boys. RECORDER file photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Meghan Davis’ ninth-place finish was tops among local boys or girls. RECORDER file photo/DAN LITTLE

Special to the Recorder
Sunday, November 19, 2017

WRENTHAM — For Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Meghan Davis and Frontier Regional School’s Carsten Carey, Saturday’s MIAA State Division II Cross Country Championships was all about improvement.

Both juniors, Davis and Carey showed vast improvement they hope to carry over to their senior year.

Davis was impressive, running her third straight strong race. She was the only girl from western Massachusetts to place among the top 10 in Division II, finishing ninth at 18 minutes, 54 seconds.

“My goal was to be the first from western Mass.,” she said. “I came in thinking the course would be flat but there were a few hills, which excited me. It was very slippery, but you just had to stick for the edge.”

That meant finishing ahead of former teammate and Ashland resident Jackie Wells. At the WMass Championships in Northfield last week, Davis finished second to the Mount Greylock freshman but was able to outdistance her by five spots.

“She’s a great runner and I did get to spend some time with her and her sister before the race,” Davis said. “They’re our No. 1 supporters and we try to be theirs as well.”

Passing Jackie Wells was huge.

“It was an encouraging lift but I knew I had to keeping running hard because she could have easily passed me,” Davis admitted.

Adding Wells and her sister, Lily, the Mounties were able to claim the state title. Had they remained at Mohawk, the Warriors would have qualified for States as a team.

Even though Davis was the lone Mohawk girl to qualify, the Warriors have several up and coming runners and the future appears bright.

Davis improved by eight spots. She was 17th in the state meet at Gardner last year.

“To drop down a couple of places was great,” Davis said.

The Frontier boys finished 16th in Division II boys. The Red Hawks were led by Carey. The junior was 29th in 16:59.

“I was happy with my time. The last time I ran states I was a freshman and I definitely made a big jump,” Carey said. “The mud made the course sleek. This was a challenging race — there were a lot of great runners from all over the state.”

Carey was inspired by the competition.

“Coming here and saying you’re racing the best competition in Division II is something you can’t get anywhere else,” Carey said. “We had a great year and we accomplished almost everything we hoped for.”

That one missing piece was a western Mass. title.

“But there’s next year for us underclassmen,” Carey said. “It’s going to take a lot of off-season work and motivation.”

Mohawk eighth-grader Dennis Simmons was 135th at 18:33.

“This was definitely a tough course, but it was a good experience,” Simmons said. “It wasn’t my best time, but I had a good finish.”

Greenfield’s Amy O’ Sullivan turned in a top 30 finish, taking 30th in 19:55. Teammate Jamie Day was 66th in 20:41.

The Green Wave’s Courtney Danielson was 132nd at 22:08.