In the All-State championships, several Headers did what they do best. From a 66′ shot putter to an 8:59 2-mile, there was plenty to cheer about if you’re a fan of the Red and Black. Here are some of the weekend’s top highlights:
Ryan Thompson finished 7th in the 600m with a time of 1:24.12. Great runners have their best races on the biggest stages, and that’s what Ryan did at the Massachusetts Meet of Champions on Saturday. He got off to a perfect start, taking the lead at the end of the first lap and never looked back. His time improved on his personal best, as well as the school record, by nearly half a second. Ryan will run the 400m and 800m at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in the second week of March.
Cate Trautman’s impressive season continued with a .1 PR to finish her season in the 300m with a time of 42.02, which placed her 16th in the state. Cate will continue on next week at the New England Championship in the 4x200m, and nationals the following week in the 4x200m.
Keira Sweetnam continued a fantastic indoor season with an 8th place finish in the high jump with a clearance of 5’2”. Keira soared 5’0” in her first attempt and cleared 5’2” on her second to secure a podium spot. Keira qualified for the New England Championship next weekend.
After a DQ at the divisional championship, Harrison Curtis, Sebastian Pantzer, Tommy Carlson, and Thompson cemented their names in the record books with a final time of 1:33.60 in the 4x200m to take the school record (previous was 1:34.01). This was the first time Curtis and Pantzer ran the 4x200m fresh without a 300m, and they took full advantage, setting up Carlson and Thompson with a solid lead that was eventually built upon.
In the girls 4x200m, Trautman, Claire Davis, Devin Whalen, and Le’Daisha Williams ran a new school record of 1:47.43, bettering the previous time by one second to finish ninth overall in the state. Ava Machado was unable to
attend the meet due to prior commitments, and Le’Daisha subbed in without any practice to anchor the team at the All-State championship. They qualified to run at the New England Championship next weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center.