Indoor Nationals Day 3: McDonald Wins Mile Racewalk Title

Day 3 Indoor Nationals recap  


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Rowan McDonald of Bonny Eagle won the boys 1 mile racewalk national title with relative ease as the junior clocked 7:12.96 to win by 47 seconds. McDonald picked the pace up throughout the race, opening with a 1:52.24 for the first 400m, then increasing the pace to 1:49.85 for the next two laps, the pace continued to quicken as he covered the third 400m in 1:47.27 before kicking it in with a 1:43.61 over the last 2 laps.

Other Maine athletes competing for the Maine Race Walkers team like McDonald had strong efforts as well. Kodi Quimby of Mt Blue was the runner-up with a 7:50.03 effort as he pulled away from Carter Butterfield of Mt Abram over the last half of the race. Butterfield was third in 7:54.48 while Lucien Beardsley of Gorham was next in 7:56.62. All of those athletes earned All-American status.

In the girls 1 mile racewalk Ashlyn Poulin of Gardiner clocked 7:27.96 to finish as the runner-up. Poulin was in fourth until the half way point of the race but finished strong over the last half. Maya Boyington of Orono was 11th (8:06.05) and Rahel Delaney of Maine Coast was 12th (8:13.13), both athletes set new personal bests for the distance. Abigail Fortin of Gardiner was 38th in 9:37.31.

Class A long jump and New England runner-up Billy Albertson of Skowhegan leaped 22-4 1/2 in flight 1 of the Championship long jump. Albertson finished 12th overall.

Class B mile champion Cary Drake of York clocked the second fastest mile of her career as she finished ninth in section four in 5:00.69.

Class B shot put champion and New England Matt Charpentier of York placed 22nd in the Championship with a throw of 52-7 1/2

Maya Judice of Thornton Academy finished fourth in the 1 mile racewalk as she clocked 8:15.77 to earn All-American honors.

Brunswick senior Miles Logan competed in the Emerging Elite 800m where he ran in heat one and finished third. Logan ran the second fastest 800m of the season with his 1:58.16 effort which was good for 11th overall.