Girls' Preview For BAA Invitational Scholastic Mile

Margaret Donahue, Wellesley

Donahue would have to be considered the favorite. The talented junior owns the fastest time among the 14 competitors. She clocked a best of 4:57.86 for the mile to finish third at the recent New England Indoor Championships. She won the Emerging Elite division at the New Balance Nationals last month in 4:58.07. Last year she was third at the outdoor state meet with a then-best of 4:58.94.

Caroline Barry, Newton South 

Barry could certainly contend up front. Her forte is the longer distances where she has a PB of 10:56.10 for two miles. But the Lion senior has also proven she can run a competitive mile. She ran her best of 5:02.16 to place fifth at last year's All State Meet and this past winter had a season best of 5:05.02 to finish second to teammate Lucy Jenks at the Division I State Meet. 

Mary Corcoran, Brookline

Corcoran is primarily a middle-distance specialist with bests of 2:18 for 800m and 1:38 for 600m. She's only run the mile on a few occasions and generally has been in the 5:30 range.

Einat Gavish, Newton North

Gavish has potential to secure a top-three finish. She had a strong cross-country season where she placed eighth overall at the All State Meet. She also clocked her all-time best for the mile during the indoor season where she was second at a Bay State Conference meet with a time of 5:11.02.

Schuyler Gooley, Hopkinton

Here's someone that could challenge with the lead pack. The sophomore standout came on strong this indoor season, improving on her mile best by more than 30 seconds with a 5:06.75 effort at the Division 2 meet where she placed second overall. Cooley also dipped under 5:10 at the New England Championship, placing eighth overall in 5:09.94.

Annie Jackson, Boston Latin

Last year as a ninth-grader Jackson cruised to a best of 5:19.82 at the Weston Twilight Invitational. She nearly matched that this indoor season where she was timed in 5:19.93 at the Dual County League Championships.

Andrews recorded her all-time best for the mile this past winter when she clocked 5:16.30 at the All State Championships. She also ran 5:16.37 at the Division 2 meet.

Jane Stillwell, Hopkinton

This junior improved on her mile best by nearly 20 seconds when she finished fourth at the Tri Valley League Championships with a best of 5:25.91.

Caroline Fleming, Natick

Fleming, another tenth-grader for the Red Hawks, ran an outdoor best of 5:27.07 as a freshman in 2017. This past winter she placed second at the Division 2 meet and was fourth at the Bay State Conference where she was timed in an all-time best of 5:26.14.

Genevieve Girard, Natick

Girard is among a handful of sophomores toeing the line. During the cross-country season she had a best of 19:46 for 5K. She has only competed in the mile on a limited basis, hovering in the 5:40 range.

Other competitors in the field include Ashland teammates Alexandra Chrisafiedeis and Lauren Umholtz, Framingham's Clara Small and Paige Fisher, Brookline's Alexandra Bardon and Boston Latin's Sarah Lawton.