Falmouth High School track star Craig Green capped off a historic junior year recently at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T University when he placed second in the emerging elite division of the 100-meter dash, losing out on the championship by just six-hundredths of a second.
Green also competed in the 200m dash, the event in which he won the state championship in Massachusetts. At the big meet, again in the emerging elite division, he placed fourth overall.
In the 100m dash, a slow start out of the blocks cost him in the finals in one of the closest races of his life. Joshua Pearson of Basset High School (Virginia) just edged Green in the championship heat. Pearson ran 10.80, Green 10.86.
“My start was awful, that little second cost me that day. I need to work on my reaction time,” Green said.
Green also ran the second-fastest time during qualifying, finishing in 10.71. Pearson ran 10.58.
In the 200m race, Green finished with a time of 21.83 seconds in the finals to place fourth. Nolen Bright-Mitchell of Concord, Michigan, won the event in 21.41 seconds. Y’Majesty Allen of Huntington, New York, was second in 21.76. Richard Rose, of the Kangaroo Track Club of New York, finished just ahead of Green for third place, slipping past him by 0.01 seconds, with a time of 21.82 seconds.
Green said that he thought he had allowed nerves to get the best of him during the 200m race. With the event streaming online, he knew that many of his friends and family back home were watching, and that he felt the butterflies. “I definitely felt it,” he said with a laugh. “I’m not making any excuses. It was hot, but it was hot for everybody. I wanted to do better.”
With one more high school season ahead of him, Green said that he already has goals in mind for his senior season. The reigning MIAA Division 3 100m champ, and MIAA state 200m champion, would like to see his personal bests plummet further and to set some new Falmouth records next year as well. This year he reset his own 100m record, running 10.44 seconds, and set the new 200m mark with a time of 21.67 seconds. In addition to besting those, he plans on adding the 400m record to his resume as well.
Most of all, though, he wants to get back to Nationals and win there. “I want to win. Second place is nice, but it leaves a bitter taste,” he said. “If I can go there and win just one of them, I’ll be happy. Two would be a bonus.”
Head coach Bill Kulis said that he was proud of his star’s season, and looks forward to his curtain call next spring. “It was a great season for Craig, and a historic one for Falmouth,” the coach said.
Lily Josephs At All-New England Meet
Also representing Falmouth recently in a very big meet was senior Lily Josephs, whose swan song was a good one.
Josephs, who recently graduated, finished 11th overall at the All-New England outdoor championships at Bridgewater State University. The Atlantic Coast League all-star placed 11th in the region in the high jump, setting a postseason best of five feet, three inches. Her leap was one inch shy of her all-time best jump.
Rival Ellen DiPietro of Marshfield High School won the event. DiPietro leapt 5-7 to claim the New England title.
Only seven jumpers in total had higher jumps than Josephs.
Coach Kulis said he was very proud of the way that Josephs finished off her high school career. She was a star for the team in the triple jump, hurdles, the relay and the high jump.
“She had a great career here,” the coach said. “She followed in the footsteps of people like Kimmy Cardeiro and Hadlee Coker and really lived up to them.
“She’s a remarkable kid. She came into her own as a senior. She’s a great, great girl and to get to the New England championship is a testament to her and how hard she’s worked.”