MIAA D3 Championships - 2/16/2022
The D3 Championships included familiar competition with four other Hockomock League teams: Canton, North Attleboro, Oliver Ames, and Stoughton. On top of that, the Eagles were able to send a couple more athletes despite not meeting the automatic qualifier.
Boys: Senior Barry Spoto started off the day with a new indoor best of 4:58.80 in the mile, earning 23rd overall out of the 36-person field. Next, sophomore Zach Connors extended his PR by just over a second in 1:32.94 with a strong last lap. In the 1k, freshman Karthik Pisupati stuck onto the fast field to finish in 2:53.75, a new PR. In the prelims of the hurdles, Alex Gong obliterated his PR, earning a state #14 mark. His 8.02 gave him a 3rd place seed going into the finals, where he ran an 8.22 for 4th overall. Although it was not an automatic qualification to All-States, Gong still has a chance to make it in via time. In the 4x200, the team of Palden Arya, Alex Gong, Naeem Prempin, and Elijah Wisdom ran their best time on the season, 1:39.94, which was their first time under 1:40. The 4x800 also produced a season best time with the familiar legs of Barry Spoto, Karthik Pisupati, Adam Lessard, and Zach Connors running 9:14.62.
Girls: Sierra Robison kicked off the day for the oval events, running to her first ever sub-3:30 performance in 3:29.27. In the 500, Eva Olszewski just missed her PR but dipped below the 1:50 mark once again. Senior Samantha Connors picked up a new PR of 1:51.15, improving upon her previous 1:53 mark. Daphne Theiler had a girl on her back the first 10 laps, but quickly shook off her competitor and finished strong in 11:35.22, splitting a last mile of approximately 5:40. Simone Dunbar sprinted to a PR hurdle time of 8.51 to put her in 2nd place going into the finals while Olivia Nau just missed her best, running 9.58. In the finals, Simone finished in 2nd again, but that wasn’t the end of the day for her. The 4x800 produced an impressive season best of 10:39.32 despite each 800 being run off tired legs. The squad of Samantha Connors, Eva Olszewski, Sierra Robison, and Daphne Theiler snagged 8th place, scoring. In long jump, Olivia Nau jumped 14-09 for 22nd. Simone Dunbar easily advanced to the finals, jumping 17-01 on her first jump, 17-03 on her second, and finishing with 17-07.50, a new indoor PR. Simone won the long jump by three inches, and advanced to All-States.