BRIDGEWATER — At this point in her running career, Sierra Irvin’s stiffest competition is becoming harder to track down.
When it comes to who can run 400 meters the fastest, Hingham’s standout junior is unmatched in New England at the high school level. It showed Saturday at the 69th annual New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Bridgewater State University.
Hingham’s 4 x 400 relay team, of which Irvin is the anchor, finished in a blistering 3 minutes 52.65 seconds, 6.5 seconds — and some 50 yards — ahead of the nearest competition. In her signature event, the 400 meters, Irvin took first with a time of 55.14. At the top of the home stretch, not a single competitor was within 10 yards.
“I was hoping for a better time,” Irvin said of the 400, “But it’s first place, so I’m proud of that. I still have next year.”
A sectional, state, and now a New England champion, Irvin is no longer racing just the girls around her. She’s now focused on running down the girls who came before her. They are records she could put her name on.
Her relay teammates also have their eyes on the record books. Their 4 x 400 time was 2.61 seconds off the meet record set by Mansfield in 2009 (3:50.04).
And the Harbormen plan on being here next spring. Irvin is one of three juniors on the relay team — the other two are Kate Freda and Leah Hickey. Eve Hewins, who ran the second leg, is a freshman.
“We have a very strong team,” said Irvin. “We’re very young. We don’t have anyone graduating.
“Next year, hopefully we’ll be getting under 3:50, which I definitely think we can do.”
Irvin’s haul highlighted a banner day for Bay State athletes, who combined to win 14 of 36 events.
Battling shin problems all spring, Marshfield’s Ellen DiPietro successfully defended her New England title in the girls’ high jump (5 feet 7 inches).
Adam Couitt of Somerset-Berkley completed a Massachusetts sweep of the event with a jump of 6-9.
Old Rochester junior Kevin Saccone entered the long jump as the event’s top seed and didn’t disappoint, capturing first by nearly a foot (22-7½).
The Natick boys found similar success in the 4 x 400 relay, where the Redhawks placed first in 3:19.52.
Other local winners included Brockton’s Jonathan Derolus in the 100 meters (10.79), Lincoln-Sudbury’s Ben Colello in the 110-meter hurdles (14.29), Nipmuc’s Kurt Robakiewicz in the triple jump (46-8¾), and Norton’s Kevin O’Leary in the javelin (191-06).
Evan Dombrowski of St. John’s Prep (55-1½) and Maya Umoren of North Quincy (42-10) took the boys’ and girls’ shot put, respectively.
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Swampscott senior Matthew Mahoney placed fifth in the 5,000 meters at the New Balance Track & Field Championships on Friday night in Greensboro, N.C.
Mahoney finished in 14:37.10, earning him All-America status.