By Mike Stoller
As Somerville High girls track and field coach Charlie O’Rourke put it, the Highlanders “are running their best when it counts, at the end of the season.”
The host Highlanders put in another strong effort at the Girls State Coaches Meet at Dilboy Stadium on Saturday.
“It was great to see our girls compete at this statewide event on our home track,” O’Rourke said. The coach cited Sara Magre for her outstanding performance.
“Saragrace was particularly impressive in her first attempt at the 400 meter hurdles on the statewide level,” O’Rourke said of Magre’s sixth-place finish, a personal-best time of 1:08.46. “She is getting close to breaking our school record in that event.”
Other Highlanders who shined were Melissa Baptista, who placed ninth in the triple jump with a personal-best leap of 34 feet, 6 ½ inches, and also ran a personal-best time in the 400 meter, finishing in 12th place with a time of 1:01.40; Alison Kaba, who tossed the discus 88 feet, 5 inches; Delmy Hernandez, who ran the two-mile in 12:42; and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Baptista, Kaba, Magre, and Melissa Sanon, which posted a season-best time of 53.43.
“We are getting better each week, and had a strong showing,” O’Rourke said. “We are looking forward to the GBL meet this Thursday at Dilboy.
The Division 1 State meet, meanwhile, will be held in Andover on May 25. Magre has qualified in the 400 meter hurdles, Baptista in the 400 meters, and Gelynne Berger in the 100 meters.