MA Athletes To Watch: Avery Leydon, Woburn

Avery Leydon, Woburn

Leydon is the returning 600-meter state champion, winning a highly-contested race where the top four finishers were separated by 1.15 seconds! She'll again be challenged heavily in her specialty as the first five finishers from last year are all returning, including runner-up Samantha Friborg of Acton-Boxborough, who was also second at the New England Championships. Leydon clocked a personal best of 1:34 for the three-lapper to win the Division 2 state meet. She also garnered wins at the season-opening Winter Festival and claimed the 300m title at the Middlesex Championships in a PB of 40.67, a time that ranks No. 4 among returnees.