Concord-Carlisle wins school’s first indoor championship

Superstar junior Tewksbury's Makayla Paige claimed the state title in the 600 meters on Saturday by more than five seconds, though she was nearly a second shy of her meet record from last year.
Superstar junior Tewksbury's Makayla Paige claimed the state title in the 600 meters on Saturday by more than five seconds, though she was nearly a second shy of her meet record from last year.Blake Nissen/For The Globe

Heading into the girls’ 4x400 meter relay, the final girls’ event of Saturday afternoon’s MIAA All-State Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center, Concord-Carlisle held a slim, one-point lead. However, the Patriots had no runners in the event, thus no control over their destiny.

“We were nervous,” Concord-Carlisle coach Hanna Bruno said. “It’s not like when you are nervous when you can control it. . . . It’s different when you are just watching other teams. You don’t want to wish badly on them, but you want to win.”

When the race ended, the Patriots still led with 22 points, making them indoor state champions for the first time in school history. Despite not winning a single individual event, Concord-Carlisle accumulated points with top-10 finishes in the mile, 1,000 meters and 4x800 relay.


“We didn’t know we were close to winning until the 4x800,” Bruno said. “We didn’t have a [4x400], so we weren’t sure we could do it, so we kind of held on. They just ran great. Our 4x800 [finished third, 9:31.14] really gutted it out for us and did a great job.”

Austin Prep, Woburn, and Newton North all tied for second place with 21 points.

Coming into the meet, Newton South senior Lucy Jenks’s goal was to break the meet record in the mile (4:49.14). Jenks powered down the final straightaway, finishing in 4:48.22 to break the record, which had stood since 2013.

“Our plan in the mile hasn’t been to go out and lead the race and initiate the fast pace,” said Jenks, who is committed to run at Stanford next year. “[Newton South coach Steve McChesney] talked about going out and getting a fast pace from the gun. . . . We came out with a plan and it was to get that record.”

Jenks anchored Newton South’s 4x800 meter relay team that won in 9:19.90, the fastest time in the state this season.


The Newton South 4x800 relay team embraced after their All-State meet victory.
The Newton South 4x800 relay team embraced after their All-State meet victory.Blake Nissen for the Globe

When Austin Prep senior Lauren Sablone settled into the starting blocks for the final heat of the 55-meter dash it marked only the fifth time she had run the event. Despite the lack of experience, she edged out the best sprinters in the state to be crowned champion (7.23).

“I was saying to my coach, ‘It’s my senior year. Please let me run it,’ ” said Sablone, who will play softball next year at Princeton. “I got to run it at Last Chance [Meet], qualified for states, made it past states and here we are.”

Tewksbury junior Makayla Paige continued her dominance in the 600 meters — having already set the top time in the country this season — by being crowned state champion (1:30.71) for the second year in a row.


MIAA All-State Championship

at Reggie Lewis Center

55m — 1. Lauren Sablone, Austin Prep, 0:07.23; 2. Monique Malcolm, Nauset, 0:07.33; 3. Madison Marsh, Shepherd Hill, 0:07.33; 4. Ana Bertarelli, Notre Dame (Hingham), 0:07.36; 5. Stephanie Simon, Chelsea, 0:07.37.

55m hurdles — 1. Katharine Duren, Central Catholic, 0:08.19; 2. Ella Grey, Plymouth South, 0:08.31; 3. Brooklyn Manna, Woburn, 0:08.45; 4. Kristina Constantine, Nauset, 0:08.51; 5. Katelyn Gorgenyi, North Reading, 0:08.56.

300m — 1. India Ingemi, Beverly, 0:39.49; 2. Jolene Murphy, Peabody, 0:39.61; 3. Lauren Sablone, Austin Prep, 0:39.95; 4. Abby Comella, Wellesley, 0:39.98; 5. Kerry O'Connor, Milford, 0:41.11.

600m — 1. Makayla Paige, Tewksbury, 1:30.61; 2. Amyah Santana, Wachusett, 1:35.82; 3. Lilly Digman, Murdock, 1:36.45; 4. Isabela Shepard, Amherst-Pelham, 1:36.68; 5. Kelcey Dion, North Andover, 1:36.8.


1000m — 1. Nicole Anderson, Billerica, 2:53.37; 2. Emma Sullivan, Shepherd Hill, 2:54.55; 3. Sonja Nagle, Brookline, 2:55.71; 4. Isabella Pietrasiewicz, Norton, 2:57.67; 5. Charlotte Kouroriez, Newton North, 2:58.07.

Mile — 1. Lucy Jenks, Newton South, 4:48.22; 2. Emma Kerimo, Concord-Carlisle, 5:00.8; 3. Nora Johnson, Concord-Carlisle, 5:03.5; 4. Bethany Steiner, Millis, 5:05.15; 5. Nicole Dunbury, Brockton, 5:08.52.

2-mile — 1. Carmel Fitzgibbon, Weston, 10:40.82; 2. Emily Boutin, Pope Francis, 10:53.24; 3. Olivia Jones, Hopkinton, 10:57.64; 4. Kylie Oblak, Lincoln-Sudbury, 10:58.93; 5. Sarah Ross, Agawam, 11:04.99.

High jump — 1. Sophie Albright, Framingham, 5 feet 8 inches; 2. Rudecia Bernard, Dedham, 5-6; 3. Samantha Schoenberg, Bromfield, 5-6; 4. Sarah Lavery, North Andover, 5-6; 5. Emma Phelps, Westborough, 5-6.

Long jump — 1. Brooklyn Manna, Woburn, 19 feet 0 inches; 2. Stephanie Simon, Chelsea, 17-11; 3. Kiyanni Simas, Milford, 17-8.5; 4. Ana Bertarelli, Notre Dame (Hingham), 17-8.25; 5. Emily Rubio, Pentucket, 17-8.

Shot put — 1. Abigail Chorches, Falmouth, 40 feet 2.5 inches; 2. Siobhan O'Sullivan, Ursuline, 37-10.5; 3. Iyonna Dinsmore Jr., Durfee, 37-2; 4. Martina Nkwantah, North Middlesex, 36-11.25; 5. Chinazo Odunze, Stoughton, 36-8.25.

4 x 200 — 1. Peabody, 1:44.46; 2. Wellesley, 1:44.48; 3. Pentucket, 1:45.26; 4. Austin Prep, 1:46.02; 5. Newton North, 1:46.23.

4 x 400 — 1. Newton North, 4:00.51; 2. Wachusett, 4:00.96; 3. Hingham, 4:01.64; 4. North Andover, 4:03.45; 5. Beverly, 4:03.85.

4 x 800 — 1. Newton South, 9:19.9; 2. Marshfield, 9:27.4; 3. Concord-Carlisle, 9:31.14; 4. Boston Latin, 9:33.37; 5. Billerica, 9:33.62.


Team results — 1. Concord-Carlisle, 22; 2. Austin Prep, 21; 2. Woburn, 21; 2. Newton North, 21; 5. Newton South, 20; 6. Peabody, 19; 7. Wellesley, 18; 8. Wachusett, 17; 9. North Andover, 16; 10. Shepherd Hill, 15.

John Hand can be reached at john.hand@globe.com.