SOMERVILLE — Brockton’s Patricia Montiero was the day’s only double winner, placing first in 100-meter hurdles and long jump, Saturday afternoon at the Girls’ State Coaches Invitational at Dilboy Stadium.
In the hurdles, Montiero finished in 15.16 seconds, 0.17 seconds faster than Annalisa Debari of Melrose.
Montiero recorded the top distance in the long jump (17 feet, 11¼ inches), edging Kayla Ralston of Dennis-Yarmouth (17-10½).
“It means so much to me today to win. I always wanted to come in first in the hurdles and long jump. Each time I would come close to it and always finish in second place. It’s just awesome to finally win both events,” said Montiero, who will be joining the 2013-14 freshman class of Brigham Young University on a full track scholarship.
“I was very excited for the long jump, because it’s the one I have been working very hard on to win since joining the track team. I have been preparing by doing gymnastics exercises, so I think that is what helped me win it today.”
Montiero knows not to take any win for granted, citing her coaches and family as grounding forces that have pushed her throughout her high school career.
“We are all so close and my coaches are just amazing. They make me feel so grateful and honored to be on this team and to be coached by them,’’ she said. “First place is hard to get and I can’t imagine myself anywhere else winning or on any other team than Brockton.”
Montiero understands the concept of how hard work can pay off; she and her family emigrated from Paris to Brockton in 2008, knowing little English and even less about track.
“My parents knew that my brother, sister, and I would all be better off here in America, even though we didn’t know any English,’’ she said. “It has been hard, but learning track has helped in a lot of different ways. It has brought me closer to people and helped me build confidence in myself.”
Other winners included Natick’s Danielle Mitchell (100 meters, 12.13), Barnstable’s Amanda Henson (200, 24.65), Attleboro’s Elizabeth Gulino (400, 58.44), Ursuline’s Amy Piccolo (800, 2:19.62), Austin Prep’s Elizabeth Lombardo (mile, 5:16.10), Dennis-Yarmouth’s Jordan O’Dea (2 mile, 11:06.84), and Natick’s Kayley McGonagle (400 hurdles, 1:04.94).
Natick earned a win in the 4 x 100 relay (49.35), Lowell won the 4 x 400 (4:05.05), and Beverly won the 4 x 800 (9:45.84).