FITCHBURG — In one of the most anticipated races of the day at Saturday’s All-States championship meet at Fitchburg State University’s Elliot Field Athletic Complex, Lynnfield’s Kate Mitchell and the rest of the field in the girls 800-meter did not disappoint.
In the boys meet, Nate Hobbs of St. John’s Prep won the triple jump in 46-06 and placed second in the long jump (12-05.75)
In the girls 800, Yale University bound Samantha Friborg of Acton-Boxborough, was an overwhelming pre-race favorite having run the second best time in the nation (2:07.75) last week at the Eastern Mass Division 1 championship meet. Friborg one-upped herself, winning with another PR (2:07.27), but the race was closer than most expected with Mitchell rallying over the final 250 meters to grab second place with a PR of her own (2:11.30), nipping Shepard Hill sophomore Emma Sullivan (2:12.18), who lowered her PR by almost two seconds.
“Sam is just untouchable in the 800, so I knew the rest of us were running for second place, she is just that good,” said Mitchell, a Boston College commit. “I had seen some of the previews that said the race would be over early, and she came out blazing fast, but I stuck with my same strategy. With nationals coming up, I didn’t want to blow out my leg by doing something crazy, because I knew it was going to be a wicked fast race.
“I got through in 64 (seconds), and was fourth or fifth with about 300 to go, then made my move with about 250 to go. I was very happy with my finish and time, especially with so many really good underclassmen.”
All five runners finishing in the top-5 set PRs, including freshmen Makayla Paige of Tewksbury (4th, 2:12.22) who knocked nearly two seconds off her previous best, and Concord-Carlisle’s Iris Bergman (5th, 2:13.31), who knocked more than six seconds off her best.
Mitchell also ran the anchor leg of the 4×400 relay team with freshman sister Ashley Mitchell, freshman Lauren Braconnier and Juliana Passatempo. They finished 26th with a time of 4:12.71.
“It was exciting because it was my last race with Ashley, and the strategy was the same we had at indoor nationals, but I just didn’t pick too many people off,” she said. “All I know it was a long week with graduation the night before, the prom on Wednesday, and my legs were killing me after that relay.”
For a second straight week, pole vaulters Ben Kramich, a sophomore, and 2018 graduate Kevin Travers had another great meet. Kramich finished seventh with the second best vault of his career (12-03), while Travers, in his final high school competition, finished on a high note with a PR (11-09) to finish 15th out of 30.
The girls team finished 35th of 75 teams, while the boys team finished 63rd of 77 teams.
Mitchell now sets her sights on the final race of her high school career, the championship 800 at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championship May 15-17 at The Armory in New York City.
“I’ll be training with coach (Bill) Wallace and coach (Fernando) Braz, and also doing training runs with Lexi Buonfiglio. I pretty much will be going with the same game plan, with one difference as I would like try to out faster than usual this time as it’s my final high school race.”
Other results Saturday:
2-Mile: Tristan Shelgren, St. John’s, third, 9:20.32; Shane Braz, Peabody, 9th, 9:36.05; High Jump: Jame Brumfield, St. Mary’s, 14th, 6-4; triple jump: John Curti, St. John’s, fifth, 44-08;
Kenny Okoye, Saugus, 17th, 42-10; discus: Connor Ramos, Peabddy, ninth (142-06); Bobby Adams, Beverly, 17th, 123-04; and Simon Vinci, Fenwick, 24th, 110-07; javelin: Samson Srey, Classical, 21st, 140-07; Dariel Canela, Peabody 25th ,128-05; shot put: Canela, Peabody, 22nd, 45-03.
St. John’s was third in points with 28.
I400: India Ingemi, Beverly, second, 55.87; mile: Eve Feuerhach, Gloucester, fifth, 5:04.54; 400 hurdles: Shelby Degenier, Beverly, 9th (1:06.26); triple jump: Tyler Orlandella, Beverly, fifth, (36-10.50); Sarah Caulfield, Marblehead, 28th (32-09.00); javelin: Corinne Ahern, Fenwick, fifth, (118-5).