Coaches Large School Speed Classic: Newton South’s Amelia Everett turns heads in 600 – Boston Herald

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It’ll be fun to see how fast Newton South starlet Amelia Everett will run on the track this season. The Lion talent and defending state champion in the mile was tough before and now, with her first cross country season in the bank, Everett could be downright frightening in whatever event she runs.
Everett moved down to the 600-meter run at Saturday’s Coaches Large School Speed Classic and decimated the field in a personal best of 1 minute, 35.21 seconds at the Reggie Lewis Center, a clear sign she hasn’t lost a bit of leg speed.
“This was an opportunity to run fast,” said Everett. “I want to get out of the cross country mindset and run fast and short.”
The intensity in her workouts are going up under the watchful eye of head coach Steve McChesney and Everett is hoping to juggle some 1,000-meter races into the mix, along with the mile.
“We do a workout where we do hills and then go right to the track,” she said. “It’s the hardest workout we’ve done all season, but it’s very beneficial.”
Wellesley sophomore Annie Comella dominated the infield with wins in the 55 (7.37) and long jump (17, 9-1/2).
“I wanted to place at the top of my events,” she said. “Obviously the season has just started, but I’ve made a lot of improvements. The long jump was new to me last year. I know the events now and how to improve in them.”
Comella’s teammate, Lillie Caiazzo, has been working at practice on her technique and turning much of her attention to her steps between hurdles. Her form was near flawless in the 55 hurdles on the Reggie Lewis infield.
The senior was out fast at the gun and accelerated through the tape for a personal-best win in 8.99. Caiazzo edged Melinda Haagensen of Westboro (9.03) for the gold medal. With the win and her quality workouts, Caiazzo is brimming with confidence, leading to a more aggressive approach.
“Last year I was a little timid with my steps,” said the speedy Caiazzo. “I’m definitely running more confidently now. It’s just putting it out there. You have to go with it. I’ve been working on getting my steps down. Last year I was four stepping (between hurdles) and I’ve gotten it to three stepping.”
Caiazzo gave credit to the girls in her heat for pushing her to a fast time. She is hoping to improve on her time through the season.
“After the final hurdle I could see the girls in my peripheral,” she said. “It really helped to race against some really good girls. I want to be in the top three at Bay States and get under 8.7. That’s a goal.”
Winter Festival winner Alan Nguyen of Westboro was back at it in the 55 hurdles and the outcome was the same — only faster. This time Nguyen was behind early, but he quickly regained the lead and pulled away for a personal best and new school record of 7.73. Nidlaire Olivier of Lowell, who was out fast at the start and pushed Nguyen, was a strong second in 8.03.
“The guy to my right (Olivier) got out pretty fast and I went right after him,” said Nguyen. “The pressure definitely hepled a lot. I was able to push myself even more while staying relaxed.”
Leominster’s Diamani Canuto dueled with Avery Glidden of Whitinsville Christian on the way to capturing the girls’ 300 in 42.07. Glidden was a strong second in 42.90. Johnny Emmanual of Malden turned away Natick’s Drew Waldron to take the boys’ 300 in 35.69. Waldron clocked a fast 36.55 and was also fourth in the long jump with a leap of 19-9-1/4.
JV Cunha of Revere turned away challenges from Hopkinton’s Luke Boothroyd (1:26.00) and Natick’s Nicholas Bianchi (1:28.43) to grab the gold medal in the 600 with a 1:25.73.
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