WESTFIELD — Hingham won its first MIAA All-State girls’ track championship Saturday afternoon at Westfield State University.
“I can’t believe how well they performed at what one would consider one of the hardest meets of the year and they just stood up and ran their hardest,” Hingham coach Dave Jewett said.
The Harbormen took first with 35 points despite having only one individual first-place winner, sophomore Sierra Irvin. Lowell was second (32) and Notre Dame of Hingham third (30). Irvin won the 400 in 56.82 seconds, and anchored the 4 x 400-relay team for a fourth-place spot in 4:01.91.
“She was quite amazing today and definitely helped out the team, but I am glad she could receive some type of individual recognition,” Jewett said.
Hingham senior Julie McConville was second in the 2-mile run in 10:38.11, behind Peabody’s Catarina Rocha (10:34.25). McConville placed fifth in the mile at 5:09.79.
“Julie was so focused today and did so well on both the 2 miles and mile,’’ Jewett said. “I just couldn’t be more happy to see her come back and run that extra mile heat. Not everyone could do that in the heat today, but nothing slows her down.”
Jewett coached his last meet for the school. He is becoming a department head in the fall. It was also Hingham’s graduation day, but five seniors decided that being with Jewett and competing with their team was more important.
“I am with my favorite people in the entire school and I get to confer their degrees out in the parking lot, it will be a mini-graduation in the parking lot for these fine young men and women,” Jewett said.
“It’s the fact that these seniors came and skipped graduation. They did it not because of themselves but to help the team. I cannot say I could be any prouder of them and it means a lot to me as a coach.
“I will miss all this, but it couldn’t be a more perfect way to end today going out as champions. We all care so much about each other a lot and put so much time and effort into what we do and our team unity really shows. I don’t know of another venue in my life where all this could happen, where everyone could come together to make this happen.”
Other state champions Saturday were Dracut’s Karina Shepard (800, 2:09.29); Lowell’s Bryanna Allison (mile; 5:00.73); Oxford’s Emily Dawidczyk (100 hurdles, 14.45); Barnstable’s Amanda Henson (100, 12.12 and 200, 24.43); Plymouth South’s Madison Braz (discus, 124 feet), Millbury’s Molly McCausland (javelin, 131-8); Old Rochester’s Ally Saccone (400 hurdles, 1:02.50); Marshfield’s Ellen DiPietro (high jump, 5-6), Alqonquin’s Bridget Owen (pole vault, 11-0); Melrose’s Bionca St. Fleur (long jump, 18-3); Millbury’s Brooke Nadeau (triple jump, 37-7); and Mahar Regional’s Sabrina Silva (shot put, 41-11).
Wellesley won the 4 x 100 in 49.13, Mansfield won the 4 x 400 in 3:57.35, and Newton North won the 4 x 800 in 9:20.81.