When the gun went off for the boys’ 300-meter race at the State Coaches’ Elite meet at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Center on Sunday, Andrew Bolze had one goal: set a state record. Not only did the Hingham senior surpass the former mark of 35.04 seconds, but his time of 34.19 ranks third in the country this season.
“I knew I had it in me,” Bolze said. “Coming into this meet, it was my No. 1 goal. I really wanted that state record and it was better than expected. Breaking 34 is also definitely a goal, but that’s a big thing so I am happy with today.”
Dracut senior Karina Shepard won the girls’ 1,000 meters in 2:51.27, breaking the previous meet record of 2:53.26 set in 2002 and establishing the second-fastest time nationally this season. As the runner-up at last year’s All-State meet (2:54.57), Shepard has been planning on having a strong season.
“Finishing second last year made me want to come back faster,” Shepard said. “I’m happy and feel good about my PR, but I was hoping for 2:50 when I pace it better.”
Senior Jordan Samuels of BC High captured both the 55-meter hurdles and the long jump (22 feet). He matched the 1998 meet record in the hurdles in 7:50 — a personal best. After his success Sunday, Samuels said he now is focused on breaking the BC High mark.
“Our school record is 7.42,” Samuels said. “That’s really the only thing I want. I am going to train my body to compete at that level.”
Ursuline Academy’s Amy Piccolo remains No. 1 in the state in the 600 meters after winning in 1:33.86. The junior now hopes to defend her title as the All-State champion.
“I tried to run my own race,” Piccolo said. “I was trying to go out faster and usually I don’t, but I think it did pay off and I’ll try that again.”
Senior Abbie McNulty of Bishop Feehan took the girls’ 2-mile run in 10:38.38, followed by Division 2 All-State cross-country champion Olivia Lantz of Manchester Essex (11:02.20).
“I knew I was capable of it, but mentally I haven’t been strong lately,” McNulty said. “I think I went out a little too conservative.”
In the boys’ 2-mile run, Paul Hogan of Burlington cut 25 seconds off his personal best, taking the title in 9:11.77. Newton North’s Gabe Montague was second in 9:17.38. Montague already had won the mile in 4:18.60 .
“I felt awesome,” Hogan said. “The training has been going really well. I’ve been tapering off, doing less mileage, and getting good sleep.”
Among other top finishers were Hopkinton senior Jessica Scott, who won the 55-meter dash (7.12) and the long jump (18-1), and Newton North senior Nick Fofana, who repeated as the high jump champion with a 6-6 effort, keeping him No. 1 in the state.