With the championship season just beginning, Andrew Mah appears to be peaking at just the right time.
Just a week after breaking 15 minutes at the Bay State Championships, the Newton North senior was at his best once again at the Wrentham Developmental Center. In a dominating performance, Mah captured the Division 1 junior-senior race at the MSTCA Coaches invitational in a sizzling 15 minutes, 20.40 seconds. He was a minute ahead of second-place finisher Sam Cook of Metheun, who was timed in 16:20.40.
Mah is prepping for next week's showdown with St. John Prep's Tristan Shelgren in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 1 State Championships. Shelgren was originally slated to run Saturday's race.
The last time the two harriers faced each other was at the Frank Kelley Invitational where Shelgren beat Mah by 22 seconds with his winning time of 15:24.
"Shelgren's going to be really fast in that Division 1 race," Mah said. "I think it will be a good race. I am just going to race and see what happens.
Beverly's Ashley Foley copped the Div. 1 girls' race with a sub 19-minute clocking of 18:49.75. Finishing second was Newton North's Einat Gavish with a time of 18:53.96.
In the Division 2 Junior-Senior boys' race, Parker Charter's Nico Agosta pulled away from the top pack about a mile into race and won with a time of 16:14.37. Agosta was comfortably ahead of Stoneham's Jake Luongo, who was second at 16:25.62. Ipswich's Kellen Waters finished third in 16:25.79.
"Actually when I was going out (at the start), I didn't feel so great. I had something in my stomach," he said. "But once I got into a good rhythm I was fine and just kept a good pace. That last two miles was mostly just fear because I didn't no how far (Waters) was back so I just kept pushing it."
- 5,000 Meter Run - Ashley Foley (Beverly High School) 18:49.75; Mari Avola (Stoneham High School) 18:55.02; Einat Gavish (Newton North High School) 18:53.96; Abigail Tenreiro(Seekonk High School) 19:15.28; Sophie Campbell (Tyngsborough High School) 19:18.30; Abby Murphy (North Quincy High School) 19:35.52; Emma Francis (Dedham High School) 19:26.11; Nicole Clermont (Franklin High School) 19:38.13; Sophia Masciarell (Holy Name High School) 19:30.68; Katherine Hartnett (Franklin High School) 19:39.34; Sarah Burns(Billerica Memorial High School) 19:41.40; Jillian Callahan (Plymouth South High School) 19:41.81; Nicole Norve (Whitman Hanson Regional High School) 19:44.43; Sara Fragione(Methuen High School) 19:44.93;
- 5,000 Meter Run - Andrew Mah (Newton North High School) 15:20.40; Nico Agosta (Parker Charter Essential School) 16:14.37; Sam Cook (Methuen High School) 16:20.96; Jake Luongo (Stoneham High School) 16:25.62; Ilai Gavish (Newton North High School) 16:21.20; Kellan Waters (Ipswich High School) 16:25.79; Alex Simoneau (Bishop Feehan High School) 16:29.82
- 5,000 Meter Run - Isabel Foley (Duxbury High School) 19:09.13; Emma Eastman (Sandwich High School) 19:32.76; Ella Aldrich (Winchester High School) 19:13.15; Nicole Anderson(Billerica Memorial High School) 19:23.51; Gabriell Deroche (Haverhill High School) 19:43.59;