NEW MILFORD - The fifth time was the charm for New Milford High School’s Mia Nahom and her quest for a New England track and field title.

Nahom won the girls 1600 at the New England Championship meet held at Norwell High School in Norwell, Mass.s. The UConn-bound senior turned in a time of 4:52.75 to set a new personal best.

The pace was fast from the start and Nahom stayed in the top group of runners before making her move down the stretch.

“New Englands was really exciting for me,” Nahom said. “My race strategy was to go out with whoever took the lead and just not look at the clock. The race went out pretty quick and I stayed in the front pack until I took the lead the last 100 meters.”

This was Nahom’s fifth metric mile at a New England Championship meet. As a sophomore she placed 10th indoors in the mile. In her junior season Nahom placed sixth indoors and fourth outdoors, and this year she was third at indoors before breaking through for her title.

“It was a new personal best in the 1600 for me, which was awesome to have on top of the win,” Nahom said. “The win was definitely the most satisfying accomplishment of high school for me, knowing all the hard work and hours I have put into track since I started freshman year.”

Nahom isn’t done yet. She will compete in the upcoming New Balance Nationals in North Carolina, where she is entered in one-mile and two-mile races.

“I'm hoping I can run a little faster at nationals with the fast competition,” Nahom said. “I caught a really bad cold virus at the start of post-season ... and it bothered me up until the week leading into New Englands, so I think I'm starting to peak. I'm pretty fresh just because these last couple weeks I haven't pushed my legs too much with the cold.”

Nahom earlier won the 1600 at the Class L meet and the State Open. She ran a little over a second faster at the Open than she did in winning the 1600 at the Class L championships, at 4:58.17. She chopped nearly six seconds off that time at New Englands and is ready to go even lower.

“For big meets like nationals, I just tell myself to compete with the people around me and hopefully push myself to a new personal best,” Nahom said. “I am especially looking forward to a fast two-mile because I don't race it much.”