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Frazee, Bergeron Outpace the Field


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Two notable performances highlighted Tuesday night’s Dual County League’s third indoor track meet of the winter season. Westford Academy’s Megan Frazee dominated the field in the girls 55-meter dash, winning the sprint by nearly a full second over second place finisher Obi Akubude from Concord-Carlisle. And sophomore Paul Bergeron ran away from everyone in the two-mile.

Frazee’s 8.65 second burst left rival Akubude nearly a full second behind with her 9.57 second place finish. Frazee also tied for first place in the Girls high-jump. Her 5′ 0″ clearance equaled Charlotte DiRocco of Concord-Carlisle.

Although the team did not fare so well, senior Frazee’s individual effort brought local optimism to the meet, which was held at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center.

Bergeron, the youngest competitor among the top 8 finishers, won the 2-mile with a time of 9:48.04, more than eight seconds ahead of runner-up, Concord-Carlisle’s Harrison Dow (9:56.11.) Also impressing was freshman Ashley Vinith, who took third in the girls 600 meter run, 1:53.09.

Senior captain Megan Frazee breaks the tape as winner of the girls 55 meter hurdles at Tuesday night’s Dual County League track meet. Frazee also placed in the high jump and shot put.

Other noteworthy showings by Westford athletes include a third place finish by the Girls A team in the 4X200 relay, 1:56.6; and 4th place in the 4X400. Owen Schultz, a junior, placed 5th in the boys high jump while Austin Desisto took sixth place honors in the 1,000 meter run (2:48.58).

In the throws, Frazee again shined with a third place throw of 28′ 10.5″ while teammate Ragini Kannan’s 22′ 11.5′ shot put was good enough for seventh place among the girls. On the boys’ side, Jon Smith also finished seventh with his put of 33′ 5″. Freshman runner Jack Graffeo had an impressive 9th place effort with a 4:43.90 mile. In the 600 meter run, Schultz and Bergeron took home 5th and 6th respectively.

“Bergeron is a sophomore who is constantly improving and has so much potential. We look forward to seeing him and his fellow athletes finish out this season and hopefully qualify in a few events for the State Championship,” said coach Ashley Smith.
“WA’s Track program is a young team, with many freshmen and sophomores making their mark early on. Two in particular are Jack Graffeo, who ran the 1 mile in 4:43.90, and then returned to run the 4×200, and Ashley Vinith who placed 3rd in the 600 and ran anchor for our 4th place 4×400 relay.” said Smith. Of Frazee she added, “She is a captain for our team and a phenomenal leader and role model for our underclassmen. She will be competing at UMass Amherst starting in the Fall.”

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