Kezal Stands Out in Class of 2022
To wrap up the indoor season we are taking a further look at the best athletes in each class . We are naming a girls sophomore of the year as well as naming an additional top four athletes from the class of 2022.
Thornton Academy sophomore Mia Claire-Kezal had a standout indoor track and field season that saw her finish second in the 800m at the Class A state meet, and then go on to earn earn All-New England honors in the 1000m with a 2:58.89 effort which was good for fifth place. At the state meet Kezal set the fast pace in the 800m as she ran to a personal best 2:17.44, the time was the second fastest in the state in 2020, and the sixth fastest performance in state meet 800m history.
On the season Kezal clocked the third best mile in the sophomore class with a 5:16.97, while also clocking the second best 2 mile 11:32.83 with her fourth place finish at the state meet. For good measure Kezal recorded the 12th fastest 400m in the state this winter with her 61.78.
Alexandra Brent (York) Brent was a double champion at the Class B state meet. She surprised three time champion Darcy Cochran to win the 55m hurdle title in a personal best 8.66 (see picture above). She completed the unique double by kicking home over the last 100m to win the 800m in 2:26.64. Alexandra has been clutch in the big meets as she won the Class B 800m title a year about outdoors. She recorded the fastest 55m hurdle time among all sophomore, plus was ranked 7th in the 800m.
Emmaline Pendleton(Bonny Eagle) - Pendleton lead all sophomores in the mile (5:16.52) and the 2 mile (11:32.60), and was the fourth best in the 800m (2:23.73) during the indoor season. At the state meet she ran a key leg on the winning 4x800m squad from Bonny Eagle, and then went on to place sixth in the two mile in Class A. She was one of the most improved athletes in the state from a year ago, taking 56 seconds off her best two mile, 23 second off her best mile, 21 seconds off her best 800m from indoors in 2018-19.