SRA’s Kipyego claims second place in 800 at New England meet

SRA’s Kipyego claims second place in 800 at New England meet

Boys’ team sends four athletes to this week’s New Balance Nationals in North Carolina

SACO, Me. – Three months after taking second place at the New England Indoor Track & Field Championships, St. Raphael Academy sophomore Darius Kipyego took home another runner-up honor at last Saturday’s 74th annual New England outdoor meet at Thornton Academy.

And Kipyego (pictured), who was 0.21 of a second away from winning last March’s 600-meter title, came up only 0.31 of a second short of defeating intrastate rival and Classical junior Conor Murphy in the 800, as Murphy took first place in a time of 1:52:23.

Murphy had lost to Kipyego in the 800 in the previous week’s state championship meet at Brown University, as Kipyego crossed the finish line in 1:52.17 to top Murphy by 2½ seconds.

Just missing out at All-New England honors in the 100-meter dash was Shea junior Jaylen Smith, who placed seventh in the finals of his event in 11.35 seconds. Smith, who had won the state title in the 100 in a personal-best time 10.72 seconds, finished fifth in the N.E. preliminaries in 11.18 seconds.

Kipyego, meanwhile, will join SRA juniors Braxton Fontaine, Jacob Lamothe, and Nasavell Medeiros at this weekend’s New Balance Outdoor National Championships at North Carolina A&T State University’s BB&T Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.

Head coach Chris Magill noted that Kipyego will compete in the Championship Division’s 800 and team up with Fontaine, Lamothe, and Medeiros on a Championship Division sprint medley relay team.

At the New Balance Indoor National Championships three months ago in New York, Kipyego earned All-American honors in the 600 by taking fourth place, as did the sprint relay team, which finished fifth.

Also placing in the top 25 at the New England meet was Fontaine, who claimed 15th place in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 10¾ inches, and Medeiros, who finished 22nd in the 1,600 in 4:30.20.

In the girls’ meet, the Saints’ 4x100 relay team of juniors Aliviah Perryman and Faith Kizekai, sophomore Jordan Cournoyer, and freshman Christine Kizekai took 15th place in 10.71 seconds. Faith Kizekai also placed 17th in the 100-meter dash in 13.24 seconds, and Christine Kizekai also finished 22nd in the 100 in 13.34.