Unbelievable day yesterday at the MSTCA Last Chance meet held at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston. Five school records fell and two others were given a scare. The MSTCA Last Chance meet is an opportunity to have athletes focus on time & distance without the pressure of scoring like in dual meets. For our athletes this was perfect timing. Every meet this season we had to put our best team out there and focus on place and not so much time or distance. Over 1800 athletes from throughout the state and all divisions took part in this meet.
On this day 3 girls records fell and 2 boys records fell. The performance of the day was Sophomore Amanda Dias in the 2 mile who smashed her own school record with a time of 12:31.20, more than 20 seconds better than her previous best. It has been frustrating for Amanda over the last month, winning every race by at least one lap and not seeing any competition that would help push her. This meet gave her that competition and she rose to the occasion. Her time gave her a 4th place finish and an automatic qualifying time for the state division 2 championship.
Senior Sylvia Agyuwaa continues to peak at the right time. She finished 10th in the high hurdles (of a field of over 80) in another school record time of 9.52 which provisionally qualifies her for the state meet.
Capping off the girls records of the day was Sophomore Jocelyn Poste who broke teammate Owlyio Mohamud’s 600 record in a time of 1:49.82. This gives Poste the school record in both the 600 and the 1000. We will have to wait and see how she performs at next weeks GBL championship to decide which race she will take part in at the state meet. Coming close to breaking Poste’s 1000 record was fellow Sophomore Yarid Deras who missed the record by less than a second with a time of 3:28.68.
Also performing well was Junior Martin Simon who just missed her own record in the long jump with a jump of 16’2″. Freshman Isha Osman had a personal best in the dash with a time of 7.98. Senior Owliyo Mohamud had a personal best in the 300m with a time of 44.16. Click here for complete results.
The boys saw records fall in the 300m and 1000m. Senior Adriel Cedano continues to peak at the right time in the 300m with a record time of 37.49 which automatically qualifies him for the state championship. Adriel has been working hard this year and he looks stronger and stronger each time out.
Junior Jose Leclerc dropped from his usual event, the mile, to the 1000m to work on some speed. In the process he broke the school record in the event by 10 seconds with a time of 2:53.56. Jose has been running well and we will see how he performs at the GBL meet next weekend to see what he will run at the state meet. Also performing well was Nick Ieng in the dash with a time of 7.10. Click here for full meet results.
With our indoor program still relatively new its not unusual for records to be broken. What is unusual is how many records were broken in one day. What this tells us as coaches is that the athletes are peaking at the right time. This is perfect with the tough challenge ahead of us next week at the Greater Boston League Championship.
School records will be updated at the end of the season. Off to the GBL championship next Saturday at 4:00 at Reggie Lewis.