Newton North didn’t finish higher than second in an individual event and was seventh at the MIAA Division 1 meet last week. It came into the MIAA All-State track championship battling injuries.
But the girls from Newton North pulled off the almost unthinkable and won their fourth consecutive title, finishing with 27 points. Acton-Boxboro was second with 21.
“This is one of the better ones,” coach Joe Tranchita said. “A lot of teams had ruled us out after last week, not realizing we were only 32-hundredths of a second out of first place last week, if you look at how close some of our scores were.”
And they did it without Stanford-bound senior Carla Forbes, who has missed the indoor season with a knee injury.
“Perseverance is the key word for this team, because they just really keep bouncing back when somebody would get sick, somebody gets injured,” Tranchita said.
Points started tallying up for the Tigers in the 600-meter run.
Meghan Bellerose kept it close through three laps of the 200-meter track at Reggie Lewis Track Center, but couldn’t quite catch Ursuline’s Amy Piccolo (1 minute 32.56 seconds) for the state title, settling for second at 1:33.06.
Tranchita said he thought the neck-and-neck 600-meter race opened up the 300, allowing the Tigers to grab points. Fourth-seeded Piccolo (11th, 42.17) didn’t place, allowing Madison Nadeau to sneak into the top eight with a sixth-place finish at 41.53.
Michaela Smith was second for 8 points in the shot put, throwing 38 feet 10 inches.
“She’s been steady for us all year long,” Tranchita said.
Tranchita scrapped the 4 x 200 because of injuries, but each of his other two relay teams placed to pick up valuable points.
In the 4 x 800, a seventh-place finish by Evie Heffernan, Maeve Greeley, Elizabeth Koch, and Isabella Reilly (9:43.06) secured 2 points to set the stage for the day’s final race.
Seeded second in the 4 x 400 with a 1-point lead over Oxford, Bellerose and Nadeau teamed up with Cristina Galvagno and Julia Berstein to take third place and the meet title with a time of 4:03.23.
Newton North had led through the first two legs, but Lexington made a pass on the final back straightaway of the third leg. On the final leg, Mansfield edged the Tigers out of second place just before the last curve.
The individual state championship title in the event went to the quartet of Camila Isern, Melissa Solomon, Olivia Manickas-Hill, and Robin Gross from Lexington and their time of 3:56.27.
Oxford’s Emily Dawidczyk was the only double champion, winning the 55-meter hurdles in 8.29 and covering 17-9½ in the long jump.
In the mile, Peabody senior Catarina Rocha broke her meet record, set a personal best, and registered the fifth-fastest time in the country with a 4:49.14 to repeat as the state champion.
“I wanted to break [4:50] for my last meet indoors, so I was excited,” Rocha said.
Bedford sophomore Erin Dietz took top prize in the 2-mile (10:38.12).
Lowell’s Bryanna Allison shaved four seconds off her seeded time to win the 1,000-meter run in 2:53.32 to end her indoor career with a bang.
Domonique Hall of Shrewsbury won the 300 at 40.14.
A week after taking the Division 1 title, the quartet from Cambridge won the 4 x 200 relay in 1:44.98.
The Narragansett 4 x 800 team continued its undefeated season with a 9:26.18 finish.
In the high jump, Uxbridge’s Emily Cahill had a personal-best 5-6 for the state title.
Sabrina Silva of Mahar threw 40-11¾ to win the shot put title.