It’s always exciting when an athlete has a breakthrough, and reaches a goal, and for Falmouth High School senior Devon Green that happened over the weekend. The sprinter took first place Saturday at the Massachusetts State Track Coaches’ Association Meet in the 55m dash, running a superb time of 6.67 seconds in the finals. As of that running, his time was the 11th fastest in the state this year, and less than a 10th of a second away from the best.
“Devon did a tremendous job, that’s a huge breakthrough for him that puts him in the elite group in the state. He’s become a real model for the younger kids with his tremendous work ethic and commitment,” Falmouth Head Coach Bill Kulis said. “He can get faster, but needs a little more work on the start.”
Green was third in the prelims, with a time of 6.80 seconds. In the finals he took the race over in the last 20 meters and beat Drew Henson, from Barnstable, by a good stride and a half.
Senior Hadlee Coker had another outstanding performance, coming off a bout with the flu which kept her out of school for a week and off the track for 10 days. In the meet she was clear over five feet, two inches in the high jump, and then a season best jump of 5-4. She was the runner-up to Amy Collins, of Wachusett, who cleared 5-8.
Sophomore Lauren O’Neil is another in a long line of track athletes who have battled the flu and severe colds this winter. The sophomore distance runner finished 16th in the two-mile in a time of 12:08.40. “Lauren is incredibly tough, and gutted it out. Getting her healthy for a run at the D2 title is a priority,” Kulis said.
Junior Lily Josephs had good day Saturday, finishing 13th in the long jump at 15-5 and 21st in the hurdles with a personal best of 9.55 seconds.
Senior Sarah Bunker, who had been sidelined for almost three weeks, continues to make strides in the 600m. She ran a time of 1:49.32, good for 70th. She has already qualified for the D2 championships.
Senior Carmen Cilfone was an injury scratch with elbow tendonitis and was unable to compete in the shot put. He’ll be working toward a return for the D2 and ACL championships.