The Salem News
---- — Swampscott senior Peter Hale topped the leader board in the Emerging Elite 2-Mile race at this weekend’s New Balance Indoor Nationals in North Carolina. Hale, who took the top spot in the Indoor Nationals back in March, ran an outstanding 9:15.94, finishing four seconds ahead of Newton’s Mike Schlichting.
Last June, Hale finished in the middle of the pack with a time of 9:36.02. This time around Hale emerged as the winner, beating his previous time by nearly 21 seconds.
Hale actually set a new Emerging Elite record in the 2-mile. His time beat the old record of 9:20.69, set by Vincent Ciattei of Maryland in last year’s meet.
Fellow Big Blue teammate Rob Seymour was 18th in the Emerging Elite shot with a throw of 49-01.75, but it was Danvers’ Joe Manson who took home the top prize in that event, with a throw of 57-07, good for first place.
In the Championship 2-mile, Peabody senior Catarina Rocha placed ninth and recorded a new personal best, 10:26.20. Last year Rocha was 13th in the 2-mile (10:39) and managed to beat her previous time by 13 seconds over the weekend.
Bishop Fenwick senior Maggie Lepley, who is going to Stonehill in the fall for track, took seventh in the Emerging Elite Hammer Throw, with a throw of 115-10, beating her previous best by almost 15 feet. The 18-year-old Lepley also competed in the javelin on Friday and finished 23rd (99-10).
“You couldn’t ask for better competition,” said Fenwick coach Jay Smith. “It’s great for Maggie to finish in the top 10, it was an excellent performance. She’s worked so hard and I’m sure she’ll make a strong impression on her college coaches.”