New England's: Six Events You Don't Want To Miss


Girls' 800m

This could be one of the races of the day. It matches three runners that have broken 2:10 and three runners that will be looking for one final tune-up before heading to North Carolina for the New Balance Nationals next weekend. Acton-Boxborough's Samantha Friborg is the No. 1 seed based on  her PR of 2:07.27 from last Saturday's All State Meet. She's won her last two races in under 2:08 - she was also first at the Division 1 state meet in 2:07.75 - and both times by considerable margins. That won't be the case at the New England's if she's able to break the tape at the end. Friborg wlll be matched against three-time Connecticut state champion Emily Philippides of Greenwich, a 2:09 half-miler, and Portsmouth's Nikki Merrill, who recently captured her second straight RI state crown and finished second at the indoor nationals in March with an all-time best of 2:07.27. With the quality of this field, which also includes Shepherd Hill's Emma Sullivan (2:12.18), and Tewksbury's Makayla Paige (2:12.22) and Rachel Sessa (2:13.34), this race has potential to be won in the 2:06 range.

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