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High school track and field

Vannoy bests own 1,600-meter school record at New Englands

By Zack Miller and Ken Waltz | Jun 10, 2019
Courtesy of: George Gould Medomak Valley's Annie Vannoy, left, and Mount View's Sage Pound race to the finish line in the New England 1,600 meters on June 8 in Saco.

Saco — Coastal Christian School freshman Annie Vannoy — who competes for Medomak Valley High School — always has been a talented all-around athlete with track and field one of her fortes.

In fact, the young Panther/Ram has the athleticism to dabble in many track-and-field events and excel in all, but has perhaps even surprised herself with the level of success in the 1,600 meters — a race she has run a handful of times.

Vannoy finished second in the 1,600 at the state Class B championships and earned a spot in the 74th annual New England Interscholastic Track-and-Field Championships on Saturday, June 8 at Thornton Academy.

"It was really overwhelming [at New Englands]," said Vannoy. "It was crazy, and I didn’t think about New Englands because I was thinking about states [the previous week]. I didn’t really know [the New England meet] existed until about a week ago. We got there and there were tons of people cheering. It was really well run, and people kept saying, 'Wow you’re a freshman.' It was a really cool experience."

Her best time of 5:21.36 broke a 25-year-old school record, previously held by Kara Karvounis at 5:23.70, in the event.

"I remember looking at the school records at the beginning of the season, and I wanted to get the 400 record, [since] I was only a couple seconds off," said Vannoy. "I glanced at the mile record and saw it was 5:23.70. I ran KVACs and thought I could get the record because I was a few seconds off, but I was [extremely tired] at the end of the race.

"Going into the state meet I felt pressure, but said to myself, 'I’m going to get to the school record.' I remember coming around the last lap I was really tired and had 10 seconds to break [the record] [which] I did in the final few seconds."

The young athlete bested that mark again in Saturday's meet.

Before the meet, Vannoy was ranked 35th among 36 in the New England event, but finished at 5:20.80 to place 26th among 28.

"I felt a lot of pressure [in the race]," said Vannoy. "If I feel pressure as a freshman, I will continue to feel it as I move [forward in my career]. The Lord has given me a great opportunity, and I continue to run for Him. In the next years I want to focus on other things, as well as the mile, and expand to the 800 and maybe the 400 at other meets. I think of the mile as a [hard] race, and in middle school I never thought I would run the mile in high school."

Mya Dube of Kearsarge of North Sutton, N.H. finished first at 4:55:03 at the New England meet.

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