Carla Forbes fixed her eyes on the scoreboard at the Reggie Lewis Center and clasped her hands over her gaping mouth, visibly shocked at what she had just done.
The Newton North junior set a state record in the 55-meter dash at the MSTCA Coaches Elite Invitational yesterday with a time of 7.17 seconds, shattering her previous personal best set in the preliminary round.
“That was a big PR [personal record] for me,’’ Forbes said. “Before this my PR was 7.27, so I broke that in the prelims with 7.26 . . . I really wasn’t expecting that at all.’’
Forbes also broke her own state record in the long jump with a jump of 19 feet, 6 1/2 inches - fourth best in the country this season. Jessica Scott (Hopkinton) tied the previous record of 19-5 1/2, and all of the top-six finishers broke the meet record of 19-1.
“Hopefully I can get to 20 [feet] sometime this season,’’ Forbes said.
Forbes stood alone as the only athlete, male or female, to win more than one event yesterday, and her blazing speed put the Tigers on pace to win the 4 x 200 relay before a Brockton runner made contact with teammate Madison Nadeau on the final handoff, disqualifying both teams.
The afternoon lived up to its elite billing with a number of additional meet and state records broken.
Somerville’s Nicole Genard resumed training this past fall after recovering from a fractured ankle, but it did not affect her in the 55-meter hurdles as she recorded the fastest time of any Massachusetts runner in the history of the event (8 seconds). Genard barely edged Brockton’s Vanessa Clerveaux (8.02), who tied the meet record set in 2004. Mansfield’s Jen Esposito (8.13) took third.
“I always say Vanessa and [Esposito] always bring the best out of me,’’ Genard said. “So it’s like every time I run with them I do my best. I haven’t been doing good since I came out of my injury. This was a big meet for me, I’m real proud of myself.’’
In the boys’ 300-meter dash, Henry Donovan of Catholic Memorial set a state record with a time of 34.72 seconds, which ties him for fifth in the country this season.
“I try not to pay attention to my ranks or numbers, I try to just run,’’ Donovan said while trying to hold back a smile.
With field events already underway, the track events kicked off at 10 a.m. with the boys’ and girls’ 1-mile event setting the record-breaking tone for the rest of the day.
Peabody’s Catarina Rocha - the 2011-12 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross-Country Runner of the Year - set the pace in the first running event, setting a meet record with a time of 4:53.89.
Moments later, Brendan Robertson of Westborough broke the boys’ meet record with a time of 4:17.17. Arlington’s Quintin Stipp (4:18.45) missed the old record of 4:17.52 by less than a second.
Pembroke’s Chelsea Savage won the 1,000 in 2:59.71, the fastest time in the state this season. Other girls’ winners were Arlington’s Rebecca Robinson (300), Wachusett’s Colleen Sands (2-mile), Norwell’s Danielle Griffin (600), Wachusett’s Amy Collins (high jump), and Billerica’s Stephanie White (shot put).
The boys’ first-place finishers included Adam Couitt of Somerset-Berkley (high jump), North Attleboro’s Dan Duquette (600), Methuen’s Mike O’Donnell (1,000), Marshfield’s Kevin Thomas (2-mile), BC High’s Yosa Nosamiefan (long jump), Falmouth’s Liam Cross (55-hurdles), King Philip’s Charles Ruffin (55-dash), and Newton North’s Swardick Mayanja (shot put).