Junior Craig Green will not be the top-seeded runner in either the 100m or 200m finals at the All-State Meet. The star sprinter from Falmouth High had to deal with a steady headwind that slowed him down at Pembroke High School on Saturday, May 31, which will have him ranked lower than he would have preferred.
Green isn’t concerned, though. According to FHS head coach Bill Kulis, it will just serve as something else to stir the competitive fires for the young man who hopes to win two individual sprint championships at Bridgewater State University on Saturday, June 7.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re seeded, it’s how you do on the track,” Kulis said. “A little bit of extra motivation never hurt anyone.”
Green is arguably the fastest runner in the MIAA, and he will have a chance to prove that tomorrow. Last Saturday he proved that he was the quickest runner in Division 3 by winning both the 100m and 200m titles on an extremely blustery day.
In the 100m, Green had his stiffest competition in D3. Adam Couitt of Somerset-Berkley had run a faster official qualifying time during the season that counted, though Green had run quicker handheld times. Green beat Couitt in the qualifying heats with a time of 11.08 to Couitt’s 11.19, and also in the finals. In the finals, Green ran 11.22 seconds and Couitt finished in 11.36.
The 200m race was not nearly as close. Green dominated in qualifying, running a time of 22.86 seconds, with the next fastest time turned in by Will Caffey of Melrose at 23.74.
In the finals, Green cruised to a time of 22.9 seconds to win. Max Jones of Belmont was second at 23.05.
Green was the only Falmouth athlete to move on to the state finals, though Lily Josephs arguably should have, and would have if not for a controversial decision by the official who was overseeing the high jump pit.
Josephs appeared to clear the five-foot, two-inch bar on her last jump. She got over the bar and cleared the landing cushion. As she stepped away, a gust of wind blew the bar off of its perch. The official ruled the jump no good.
Kulis was adamant that Josephs’s leap should have counted. Had it been ruled a good jump, she would have finished second overall to Westwood's Phoebe Fitzbiggon, the only athlete to officially clear the 5-2 height. Instead, the FHS star senior shared fifth place.
“She was off the mat,” Kulis said. “It was a judgment call by the official.”
Kulis said he did not agree with the interpretation of the rule. However, his attempt to discuss the matter was nixed by the official, who quickly informed him that if he continued to make his case, he’d be making it from outside the facility.
Josephs also competed in the 100m hurdles, and made it to the finals. Unfortunately, it was not her lucky day. The senior was in the mix to finish somewhere in the top five in the event after running 16.52 seconds in the qualifying heats, but she was tripped up coming over the eighth, and final, hurdle, and crashed. She ran a time of 18.89 in the finals to finish eighth.
Luck wasn’t there for the FHS girls at Pembroke. Lauren O’Neil, one of the favorites to finish in the top two or three spots in the two-mile, also took a spill during her race when on the second lap her feet got tangled with a competitor's.
O’Neil picked herself up and finished the race. Despite her spill, she made it interesting, rallying to finish sixth in the field of 37 at 11:29.24.
“It was a gutsy showing,” Kulis said. “She was trying to make a move, and her feet got tangled up and she took a spill. That was a great effort to get back into the race like that.”
Junior Alexa Johnson had a nice day for FHS, taking fifth place in the long jump. The speedy three-sport athlete long- jumped 16 feet, 6inches. She also placed 11th in a field of 29 competitors in the 100m dash with a time of 13.38 seconds, finishing just outside of qualifying for the finals with a time of 13.38 seconds.
Clippers junior Meghan Burke placed 10th overall in the discus. Her best throw of the day traveled 95 feet, 3 inches. She also placed 22nd in the shot put with a throw of 28-5.75.
Rounding things out for FHS was junior Sara Buscher, who placed 20th in the the triple jump with a leap of 31-9.5.