By Joshua Boyd / email@example.com Mon Feb 23, 2009, 05:58 PM EST
Swampscott - All she had to do was switch her event.
Lindsay Walsh finished third twice in a row in the Division 4 championships in the girls mile — an enormous accomplishment in itself, especially considering she was a freshman and sophomore in those two years.
This season, she decided to go for the state championship in the meet and it was mission accomplished. She ran a 5:18.78 to win the Division 4 championship in the event.
“She ran well and paced herself so in her last lap she was able to out sprint her competitors,” said girls track head coach Amy Lesnever. “She has been impressive in her last few races she has run this season. Her hard work and rehabbing [from a stress fracture in her foot] definitely has paid off. She will run at All-States this coming Friday where she will compete against the best in the state.”
None of the Swampscott runners who qualified for the Division 4 championships finished any lower than 10th place (see list below). Kelly Walton came in seventh and Amelia Antrim came in 10th in the mile.
“Kelly Walton had a difficult race, but still finished in the seventh place. She was seeded in sixth, so she did not place far off her seeding,” added Lesnever. “She was up against some strong competitors but hung in there for a good finish. Kelly finished her senior indoor season with her fourth visit to states. Her effort and contributions to the team will be greatly missed next year.
“[Antrim] had a personal record (PR), running a 5:36.59. She started off her race very cautiously but recovered well and finished strong,” Lesnever said. “She finished in 10th place, where she was seeded. The girls who placed seventh through 10th were all within about one second of each other. Amelia finished her junior season with a great race and a PR.”
Additionally, another group best time was run by the 4x400-meter relay team of Ally Sorgini, Emily Generazzo, Lindsay Walsh and Kelly Walton.
“They bested their previous time by three seconds running a 4:28.02,” Lesnever said. “They all ran an impressive race and came in first in their heat. They missed qualifying for All-States by less than three seconds. The girls were very happy and excited with their performance as was I.
With what the girls accomplished this past weekend and what still lies ahead for Walsh, Lesnever is definitely optimistic.
“The Reggie Lewis Center is always good to my runners. They seem to run their best there and consistently achieve PRs,” Lesnever added.