Records Fall In Bunches At Division 5 States!

Division 5 champion Ayer Shirley poses with boys' team trophy

With three athletes already over 40 feet and another less than a foot away, the girls' shot appears as though it could be one of the marquee events at next week's All State Championships. Who will win that individual title is anybody's guess?

Cameron Garabian expects to be one of those competitors that will be challenging for a spot at the top of the podium. The Seekonk High junior certainly made a case for herself at Thursday's Division 5 State Championship.

With one big heave, Garabian smashed the meet record and moved to the No. 1 in the rankings. The Warrior standout unleashed a PB by nearly two feet with a distance of 44 feet, 0.5 inches. The broke the 2014 record of 40-4.75 by former Narragansett star Gaelin Farrell. Finishing second was fellow classmate Ashleigh Wyrostek, who had a toss of 36-6.75. 

In the team competition, Ayer Shirley won the boys' title with a narrow 39-36 win over second-place Oakmont. Watertown was third with 34 points. Littleton cruised to the girls' crown, defeating runner-up Amersbury, 61-44. Bromfield School was third with 32 points. 

Individually, it was a record-breaking day with 12 meet marks set in the four-plus hour meet!

Bromfield School's Chloe Alfieri clocked the third fastest time in state history to win the girls' 300-meter dash  with a meet record of 38.95 seconds. Alfieri had to hold off a gallant effort by Oakmont's Alyssa Madden. The defending New England champion also broke 40 seconds with a time of 39.74, which was also under the MR.

Madden didn't go home empty-handed or without a record. The Oakmont speedster matched her state best with a 7.20. She was a mere stride ahead of Alfieri and Amesbury's Skylar Shay, who were timed in 7.21 and 7.23, respectively. 

Mange Camara of Watertown won a tight race with Oakmont's John Caouette in the boys' 300m. With a good lead by the cut in, Camara was able to hold off his rival down the stretch to break the tape in a MR of 34.71. Caouette was also under the MR with his time of 35.45. 

Caouette collected 28 points in the meet. He was able to get the best of Camara in the 55m dash with a MR of 6.48 to Camara's 6.58 effort. He also captured the long jump with a distance of 21-2.5. 

Running solo for most of the race, Hopedale's Brandon Hall dominated the competition in the two mile, finishing with a MR of 9:35.87. Ayer Shirley's Ethan Matthews was second in 9:54.4. 

Innovation Academy's Aiden Felty continued his mastery in the shot put with a record 56-4 heave. Finishing second was Pioneer Valley's Scott McDonough with a distance of 53-5.25. 

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