Nikki Merrill came less than a second from a state record in the 600-meter run on Saturday. Next weekend, it could be different for the Portsmouth High junior.
Merrill dominated at the New England Championships, winning her second straight 600m crown with a nation No. 2 of 1 minutes, 31.79 seconds.The Patriot standout built a substantial cushion by the time she reach 400m, passed in 59 seconds, and won by nearly four seconds. Merrill came mere strides from the 12-year-old R.I. record of 1:30.87 by former Westerly great Samantha Gawrych.
Afterwards, Merrill talked about her plan entering the regional competition and her hopes of possibly dipping under the current state 800m record at next weekend's New Balance Nationals. Former Classical star and current Stanford senior Maddy Berkson holds that mark with her 2:06.67 at the 2013 nationals.
Karweh is focused on earning All-American status at the NBN with the possibility of matching (or exceeding) his PR of 6-10.
East Greenwich's Cebastian Gentil finished second overall in a competitive 600m. Gentil did the pace-setting for most of the race until relinquishing the lead on the final straightaway to eventual champion, Malcolm Going of Danbury (CT). Danbury broke the tape in 1:20.38 with Gentil finishing at 1:20.67.
Westerly's Randi Burr had a nearly eight-second PR in the 1,000m. Competing in a stacked race where the top six finishers were under 2:57, the Bulldog senior secured fourth with a time of 2:53.95.
La Salle's Grace Connolly placed fourth in the two mile where she was timed in 10:53.36. The Rams' Joseph dos Reis was third in the mile (4:18.23), while fellow teammate Max DiMuccio ran to a PR of 9:17.68 to grab fourth in the two mile.
|300m||F 3 13th||41.87||Laura Murphy||East Greenwich High School|
|300m||F 1 21st||43.16||Trinity Hayes||Mount Pleasant High School|
|600m||F 4 1st||1:31.79||Nikki Merrill||Portsmouth High School|
|600m||F 3 11th||1:38.95||Aliya Barrows||St Mary Academy-Bay View High School|
|600m||F 3 13th||1:39.49||Tess Gagliano||Barrington High School|
|600m||F 2 17th||1:41.37||Hannah O'connor||St Mary Academy-Bay View High School|
|1000m||F 3 4th||2:53.95||Randi Burr||Westerly High School|
|1000m||F 2 8th||2:59.27||Caroline Livingston||Barrington High School|
|Mile||F 2 7th||5:09.93||Kate Zitzmann||Barrington High School|
|2Mile||F 2 4th||10:53.36||Grace Connolly||La Salle Academy|
|2Mile||F 2 7th||11:06.54||Eleanor Lawler||South Kingstown High School|
|2Mile||F 1 21st||11:42.38||Leah Chace||East Greenwich High School|
|2Mile||F 1 23rd||11:43.93||Adah Anderson||Cumberland|
|2Mile||F 2 24th||11:45.32||Lily Nunnery||North Kingstown High School|
|4x200m||F 6 8th||1:47.48||La Salle Academy|
|4x200m||F 6 9th||1:47.64||East Greenwich High School|
|4x200m||F 6 11th||1:48.24||Westerly High School|
|4x200m||F 5 12th||1:49.09||Central High School|
|4x400m||F 3 6th||4:03.52||Westerly High School|
|4x400m||F 2 14th||4:09.63||Barrington High School|
|4x800m||F 2 11th||9:44.74||Westerly High School|
|4x800m||F 1 12th||9:55.84||Barrington High School|
|300m||F 4 14th||36.16||Jehlani Gallaway||Classical High School|
|600m||F 5 2nd||1:20.67||Cebastian Gentil||East Greenwich High School|
|600m||F 3 11th||1:24.44||Adilson Gomes-sequeira||Central Falls Senior High School|
|600m||F 4 15th||1:24.67||Max Gorrorian||La Salle Academy|
|600m||F 3 17th||1:25.29||Ethan Shea||Portsmouth High School|
|600m||F 3 18th||1:25.31||Hezekah Adeyeye||Woonsocket High School|
|600m||F 4 21st||1:26.08||Darius Kipyego||St. Raphael Academy|
|1000m||F 2 11th||2:36.49||Nikolas Reygadas||Toll Gate High School|
|Mile||F 2 3rd||4:18.23||Joseph Dos Reis||La Salle Academy|
|Mile||F 1 14th||4:30.76||Tim Champlin||Chariho Regional High School|
|Mile||F 2 15th||4:30.84||David Delbonis||Bishop Hendricken High School|
|2Mile||F 2 4th||9:17.68||Max Dimuccio||La Salle Academy|
|2Mile||F 1 11th||9:34.45||Jack Mcmahon||Bishop Hendricken High School|
|2Mile||F 1 16th||9:45.00||Reilly Johnston||St. Raphael Academy|
|2Mile||F 1 17th||9:46.07||Nasavell Medeiros||St. Raphael Academy|
|4x200m||F 5 11th||1:34.05||Bishop Hendricken High School|
|4x800m||F 2 6th||8:07.43||Hope High School|
|4x800m||F 2 12th||8:13.08||Bishop Hendricken High School|
|4x800m||F 2 13th||8:13.29||Westerly High School|
|HJ||F 1 1st||6-7||Augustus Karweh||Central High School|
|S||F 1 5th||53-4.75||Garrett Doyle||Lincoln High School|