New Balance Nationals Day #1 Highlights: Big 5k races and a new meet record for Nicole Genard


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Day #1 Massachusetts Highlights

  • Nicole Genard of Somerville set a new meet record in the prelims of the Emerging Elites Javelin.  Her mark of 133'5" would hold-up in the finals for the win.  The old record was 122'5" set in 2010 by Mary Maliska of Murdock.
  • Marissa Shoji and Viviana Hanley posted very impressive sub 18 minute performances in the 5,000m.  Shoji finished 6th overall at 17:15.60 and Hanley finished 11th overall at 17:49.89.
  • Ryan Kelley of Pembroke ran a very patient and intelligent race to win section #1 of the 5,000m.  Kelley let the leaders break away on an unsustainable pace and then methodically pulled them back to take the lead 10 minutes into the race.  His move spread the pack and Kelley put the race away at the 200m mark.  His time of 15:12.06 was 8th overall.
  • The Bishop Feehan (Rocks XC) 1600m Sprint Medley team of Liam Firth, Matt Taylor, Billy Ward, and Billy Looney from Bishop Feehan finished 2nd in the Emerging Elites divison (3:34.39).  Looney ran a 1:57.28 anchor leg.
  • Casey Teska finished 9th in the Emerging Elites Pole Vault at 10'11.5". 
  • Massachusetts had 3 athletes in the top 10 of the Emerging Elites Javelin.  Tyler Bolduc was the top Massachusetts finisher in 3rd with a throw of 163'5".  He was followed by Nick Pigulski in 6th (158'1") and Pat McHale in 10th (151'4").
  • The Lowell 800m Sprint Medley team of Gilberto Brown, Josh Mcglauflin, Ryan Fitzgerald, and Jon Bahou finished 3rd in the Emerging Elites division (1:36.26).
  • Holly Sullivan barreled down the home stretch and finished 2nd in Heat #2 of the Freshman 400m by .006.  Her time of 58.13 was 4th overall.
  • Derek Feole finished 10th in the Emerging Elites Discus at 140'11".


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