Garraway, McInnis Lead BHS Track and Field Athletes at Divisionals

May 29, 2024

One is concluding a stellar Bedford High School running career. The other is just getting started. One specializes in distance; the other is a sprinter. Both were among the top finishers in multiple events in last week’s MIAA Division 4 track and field championships and are expected to compete in the state Meet of Champions on Thursday and Saturday at Fitchburg State University.

Jonny Garraway, who will graduate next week, placed third in the 800-meter with a time of one minute, 56.54 seconds. He also was fifth in the mile run among Division 4 competitors in 4:22.31.

Madeline McInnis also captured third place in the 100-meter dash in 12.36 seconds. And her time of 25.78 in the 200-meter, good for sixth place in the divisional meet, set a BHS record that had stood for decades. Among all of the girl sprinters in MIAA divisional tournaments last weekend, McInnis was the fastest freshman.

The BHS boys’ four-by-800 relay team (L-R: Will Protasowicki, Oren Brosgol, Jonny Garraway, and Carter Rauch) finished third at the 2024 MIAA Division 4 track and field championships. Courtesy Image

Also finishing third was the BHS boys’ four-by-800 relay team, continuing its sparkling season with another BHS record time of 8:14.69. The quartet of Will Protasowicki, Oren Brosgol, Garraway, and Carter Rauch are expected to qualify for the Meet of Champions.

The Division 4 championships took place at Westfield State University with 44 teams competing. Twenty-four of the BHS student-athletes who participated are underclassmen.

Other results from the division championships among members of the BHS boys’ and girls’ teams:

Sophomore Mekhi Volcy was seventh in the shot put at the 2024 MIAA Division 4 track and field championships. Courtesy Image
  • Sophomore Mekhi Volcy was seventh in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, one inch. He also competed in the long jump, placing 33rd
  • Ryan Fitzgerald ran the 200 in 22.99 and placed ninth.
  • The girls’ 4×100 relay team placed ninth with a time of 52.02. The foursome was McInnis, Mia Free, Swetha Kaundinya, and Eliza Dickert. 
  • Two other girls’ relay teams also did well. The 4×800 team of Anna Massaro, Ariane Sweetland, Vivian Liu, and Elena Protasowicki ran 10:30.89 to place 10th
  • The 4×400 quartet of Grace Niu, Farrah Scott, Ciara Shelton, and Zadie Buckley ran 4:17.29 to place 13th.
  • Buckley, ninth in the 800, ran in 2:23.33. Also in that event, Niu ran 3:30.71 and placed 27th.  
  • Massaro was 10th in the mile (5:22.19) and two-mile (12:14). 
  • Emma Floyd ran the mile in 5:46.90 to place 24th and she placed 13th in the two-mile in 12:26.26.
  • Jacob Hollingsworth threw the javelin 139 feet, three inches to place 12th
  • Martin Nguyen jumped 40 feet, two inches for 13th in the triple jump. His long jump of 20 feet, two inches was good for 17th place. 
  • Carter Rauch ran the 800 in a time of 2:02.69, placing 20th.
  • Free placed 21st in the 200 with a time of 27.15 and 24th in the 100 in 13.32.  
  • In the girls’ 400-meter hurdles, Josie Donnelly ran 1:16.68 to place 29th and Maddie Ota ran 1:17.68 for 32nd.  
  • Buckley covered the 400-meter in 1:02.69, good for 18th place, followed by Shelton in 1:03.22 for 23rd, Niu in 1:03.89 for 27th, Scott in 1:04.07 for 30th, and Sweetland in 1:04.06 for 33rd.
  • The boys’ 4×100 relay team of Fitzgerald, Reece Gilmartin, Gil Galman, and Volcy ran in 45.09 seconds to place 12th
  • The boys’ 4×400 relay team ran 3:48.42 for 21st place. Members of the team were Hagan Knapp, Vineet Joseph, Ryan Bowman, and Platon Gorkavy.
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