For the entirety of the indoor season, Arlington’s Ryan Oosting had redemption on his mind. After mononucleosis held him back at the end of cross-country season, the junior pegged the MIAA Track & Field All-State meet as his chance to earn his spot atop the distance-running throne.
His finish to the cross-country season was the last thing on anyone’s mind at Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday when he ran the nation’s fastest time this season in the 2-mile (9 minutes, 8.34 seconds) and won the mile (4:12.75).
“It was really tough being sick, because I really like cross-country,” he said. “This indoor season I was trying to redeem myself a little bit.”
In the mile, the fifth event of the meet, Oosting topped Plymouth North’s Nick McNamee (4:17.34) and defending state champ Tristan Shelgren of St. John’s Prep (4:19.06). Shelgren held the lead for the first 1,200 meters before Oosting ran a 60-second split in the final two laps for the win.
About 90 minutes later, in the 2-mile, Oosting led early, but had to fend of Newton North’s Andrew Mah (second place, 9:12.27), second-fastest time in the country) for much of the race.
Carter Coughlin of Knoxville, Tenn., previously held the top time in the country (9:13.26).
“It’s awesome,” said Oosting, who’s aiming for a sub-9 minute mark at nationals in March. “But I want to go faster.”
Newton North repeated as state champs with 38 points. The Tigers team of Raghav Kadambi, Devin Coughlin, Theo Burba, and Forest Kaplan won the 4 x 400 relay in 3:24.38, and Burba was the runner up in the 600.
Belmont’s Calvin Perkins edged Burba in the 600 (1:19.97 to 1:20.42), with the time by the Marauders’ senior good for second best in the country this season. Burba led for the first 550 meters, but Perkins outsprinted the Newton North junior on the final straightaway.
“I just wanted to stay on [Burba] for the first few laps,” Perkins said. “I knew I could try and get him at the end, and that’s what I did.”
Milton’s Smith Charles was a dual winner as well. The sophomore defended his state titles in the 55-meter dash (6.45 seconds) and the long jump (22 feet, 7.75 inches). He finished third in the high jump, too, with a leap of 6 foot, 6 inches — losing out on the titles on jumps to Algonquin junior Alex Lemieux.
While Charles was heralded as the state’s top sprinter, Oakmont’s John Caouette and Needham’s Davonte Burnett were the ones racking up wins at invitationals and holding the top times in Massachusetts throughout the season.
“I had the mentality to win, and I didn’t want anything to be in my way,” Charles said. “I was expecting to push myself no matter who was running.”
Charles had a heel injury, hamstring issues, and a hyperextended knee earlier in the season, which kept him sidelined for a stretch of meets.
“It was really annoying. Whenever I was recovering from something and I felt like it was gone, something else popped up. I feel kind of accomplished,” he said. “Battling through those and still being able to run the times I am, it’s pretty good. I’m proud of that.”
MIAA ALL-STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
at Reggie Lewis Center
55m — 1. Smith Charles, Milton, 06.45; 2. Dejury Amado, Greater New Bedford, 06.48; 3. John Caouette, Oakmont, 06.49.
55m hurdles — 1. Elisha George, Woburn, 07.7; 2. Alec Pascoe, Andover, 07.75; 3. Isaiah Powers, Westborough, 07.78.
300m — 1. Phillips Magre, Somerville, 34.3; 2. Angel Figueroa, Fitchburg, 34.55; 3. Mange Camara, Watertown, 34.85.
600m — 1. Calvin Perkins, Belmont, 1:19.97; 2. Theo Burba, Newton North, 1:20.42; 3. Jonathan Polanco Soto, Leominster, 1:21.03.
1000m — 1. Thomas Lingard, Lexington, 2:27.62; 2. Erik Linden, Dover-Sherborn, 2:30.83; 3. Jason Dolan, Westford, 2:39.09.
Mile — 1. Ryan Oosting, Arlington, 4:12.75; 2. Nick McNamee, Plymouth North, 4:17.34; 3. Tristan Shelgren, St. John’s Prep, 4:19.06.
2-mile — 1. Ryan Oosting, Arlington, 9:08.34; 2. Andrew Mah, Newton North, 9:12.27; 3. Patrick Craemer, St. John’s (Shrewsbury), 9:25.66.
High jump — 1. Alex Lemieux, Algonquin, 6 feet 6 inches; 2. John McNeil, Medfield, 6-6; 3. Smith Charles, Milton, 6-6.
Long jump — 1. Smith Charles, Milton, 22 feet 7.75 inches; 2. Jaylnn Cundiff, Brockton, 22-1.25; 3. Ryan Lavelle, East Longmeadow, 22-0.25.
Shot put — 1. Kris Selanis, Athol, 56 feet 1.75 inches; 2. Dylan Murad, Catholic Memorial, 54-2.25; 3. Eric DeMayo, Peabody, 52-10.5.
4 x 200 — 1. Lexington, 1:31.12; 2. Shrewsbury, 1:31.2; 3. Woburn, 1:31.43.
4 x 400 — 1. Newton North, 3:24.38; 2. Mansfield, 3:24.5; 3. North Andover, 3:25.99.
4 x 800 — 1. Lincoln-Sudbury, 7:54.09; 2. Newton North, 8:05.62; 3. Marshfield, 8:05.58.
Team results — 1. Newton North, 38; 2. Milton, 26; 3. Woburn, 25.
Shawn McFarland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.