Nahom’s title highlights New Milford indoor effort at State Open
NEW MILFORD - Mia Nahom highlighted a solid effort by the New Milford indoor track teams at the State Open by capturing yet another title.
The Class L champion in both the 1,000-Meter Run and 1,600-Meter Run, Nahom ran the 1,600 at the Open and won the event with a time of 5:02.93. The UConn-bound senior finished almost eight seconds ahead of the runner up.
“I was really focused on running fast enough to get myself into the fast heat at New Englands,” Nahom said. “I’ve made it the past two years running 5:07, so I should be set for it.”
Brigit Humphreys finished in seventh placed in the 3,200 and also earned a trip to the New England Championships.
The New England Championships will be on Saturday, March 4, in Boston.
New Milford also has its sights set on the second weekend of March for the national championship meet, where Nahom will compete individually as well as the Green Wave Distance Medley Relay Team of Humphreys (1,200 m), Riley Peragine (400 m), Sara Grudzwick (800m) and Nahom (1,600 m).
On the boys side, Herlandt Lino placed seventh in the 3,200 and will compete at New England's, as well. Lino dropped eight seconds off his personal best from last week, and will look to end his season on a high note up in Boston next weekend. Moroni Lima also recorded a personal best in the 1000 to place 12th.
“Herlandt should have a chance to be in the fast heat of the 3,200 at New England’s and we hope to get his time into the 9:20’s,” New Milford coach Ryan Rebstock said. After a successful cross country campaign this fall, we knew Herlandt could have a breakout indoor season. He was our number two runner behind Eli Nahom in the fall, but Herlandt has always been more comfortable on the track, and his times continue to come down while his confidence grows. I never have to say anything to Herlandt before a race; his instincts and competitive drive set him up to be successful in every race.”
With the indoor season winding down, the boys team is setting its sights on the spring season and trying to continue the growth they have shown over the winter.
“Opens was a nice way to cap off in-state competition for us. We believe that we are a team on the rise, and the experience of competing at the Open, particularly for our young SMR team, should prove invaluable,” Rebstock said. “Matt Bouzakis, Andre Vial, and Luke Chastain proved they can hang with the state's elite, despite being a freshman and sophomores, respectively.”