New England Championship Indoor Event-by-Event Recap

Girls Distance


Long-striding Mia-Claire Kezal won the ME 800m state championship and had not run a 1K this year, and though she came in only 8th seeded, she had enough experience from sub 3:00 1Ks in past years to know what she had to do here. Taking the lead at 700m and staying clear and out of trouble, Kezal rolled to an ME state record with a 2:53.47. Kali Holden came in only 10th seeded, but after earlier stints of tripling in the distance events, she had just the 1K to focus on, and ran a smart race behind Kezal to get pulled home in a time that knocked 4 1/2 seconds off her PR for the silver. Olivia Birney chopped more than 4 seconds off her PR for the bronze, and indeed the top 7 finishers all set big PRs in this race.

1 	Mia-Claire Kezal 	12 	Thornton Academy 	2:53.47
2 	Kali Holden 	        12 	Trumbull High School 	2:54.58 
3 	Olivia Birney 	        12 	Simsbury High School 	2:55.46 
4 	Shea Podbelski 	        11 	Norton High School 	2:55.93 
5 	Bria Benigni 	        10 	Maloney High School 	2:56.25 
6 	Emily Mrakovcic 	12 	Wilton High School 	2:58.06
7 	Tess Wasiolek 	        10 	Branford High School 	3:03.39
8 	Ashlynn Witt 	        11 	Wachusett Regional 	3:06.47 
9 	Grace Kirk 	        12 	Cony High School 	3:07.21 
10 	Anna McElhinney 	11 	Billerica Memorial HS 	3:07.24 
11 	Annie Vigue 	        9 	Cheverus High School 	3:08.68 
12 	Amelia Vandongen 	9 	Mt. Desert Island HS 	3:11.29 

1 Mile

Sophomore Cary Drake was one of the gutsiest stories from New England's as she had only the 13th-rated seed time coming in while running undefeated in ME. Taking the lead from the beginning and running twenty meters in front for most of the race, Drake seemed to be in complete control at the bell. But Anna Keeley, CT's top miler with Rachel St. Germain opting for the 2 mile, and RI 1500m champ Caroline Cummings battled furiously with each other during the last lap while closing on Drake. At the finish Keeley and Drake stretched for the line and maybe Drake's lean ended a little short of the line to give Keeley the win by thousandths of a second as they both clocked 5:01.52. Both runners got huge PRs, Keeley by 5 seconds and Drake by 12, while Cummings also notched a PR while finishing a few steps behind for the bronze. In 4th was VT 1500m champ Loghan Hughes who came in as a 15th seed with a converted time of 5:15.08 which she transformed to a 5:06.63 at New England's.

1 	Anna Keeley 	        12 	Fairfield Ludlowe 	        5:01.52
2 	Cary Drake 	        10 	York High School 	        5:01.52 
3 	Caroline Cummings 	11 	La Salle Academy 	        5:02.44
4 	Loghan Hughes 	        12 	Bellows Free Academy-St Albans 	5:06.63 
5 	Ava LoVuolo 	        11 	Marshfield High School 	        5:09.02 
6 	Summer Bejarano 	12 	Silver Lake Regional HS 	5:09.29 
7 	Sydney Kelleher 	11 	New Milford High School 	5:10.49
8 	Anna Omelchenko 	10 	Wilbur Cross High School 	5:12.10
9 	Caroline Jankowich 	11 	Classical High School 	        5:12.48
10 	Kelly Jones 	        11 	Lauralton High School 	        5:16.65
11 	Jaz Vanderhoof 	        12 	Thornton Academy 	        5:18.76
12 	Grace Carr 	        11 	Cumberland 	                5:20.74

2 Mile

CT top runner Rachel St. Germain focused on running her first indoor 2 Mile for New England's, so she was going to get a PR and the only question was how much better the time would be than her converted 3200m seed mark. The answer was about 16 seconds, as she rolled to a US #7 time of 10:36.93. There was a strong nutmeg flavor to this race as athletes from CT took the top four spots, with 1 mile champ Anna Keely, Katherine Sanderson, and Katie Marchand all running to big PRs to finish 2nd through 4th.

1 	Rachel St. Germain 	12 	Somers High School 	10:36.93 	
2 	Anna Keeley 	        12 	Fairfield Ludlowe 	10:49.61 	
3 	Katherine Sanderson 	12 	Hall High School 	11:02.14 
4 	Katie Marchand 	        11 	Trumbull High School 	11:03.01 
5 	Megan Randall 	        12 	Bangor High School 	11:06.24 
6 	Elizabeth Donahue 	12 	Reading Memorial HS 	11:11.05 	
7 	Julianne Teitler 	12 	Darien High School 	11:12.42 
8 	Caroline Collins 	10 	Nashoba Regional HS 	11:14.63 	
9 	Mia-Claire Kezal 	12 	Thornton Academy 	11:17.62
10 	Keaney Bayha 	        9 	Pilgrim High School 	11:17.79
11 	Callie DeDecko 	        10 	Barnstable HS 	        11:23.80 
12 	Kylie Marion 	        12 	Narragansett Regional  	11:24.97 

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