High school track and field

Mustang trio trots out strong efforts at New Englands

Mount View's Overlock, Davis, Pound excel in prestigious meet
By Staff | 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 — Three Mount View High School student-athletes — Matt Overlock, Shala Davis and Sage Pound — experienced strong performances in the 74th annual New England Interscholastic Track-and-Field Championships on Saturday, June 8 at Thornton Academy.

The three Mustangs qualified for and competed in the prestigious high school event.

Overlock threw the javelin, Davis tossed the discus and Pound raced in the 1,600 meters.

Overlock, a senior, had a javelin distance of 166 feet and 10 inches heading into the competition and was ranked 23rd among 36 competitors. At the meet, he finished at 152-9 and 21st of 31. Ian Hall of Rogers School of Fairhaven, Mass. finished first at 191-11.

"It was a great experience," said Overlock. "I got to compete with the best of the best of the six New England States. I was a little nervous, but once I got there, I realized that it was a huge accomplishment just to make it there. I knew going into the meet there was going to be some tough competition.

"I had been improving my throws meet after meet, so I was hoping I would be able to go out there and throw further than my best. There was a lot of athletes that could throw further than me, but the weather conditions weren’t the greatest so a lot of athletes were off, including me. Unfortunately I did not make it in to the finals, but I was okay with that, because it was an honor to be there. I was just glad to end my senior year with a state title and breaking my school’s record."

Davis, a senior, entered the discus event with a throw of 118-0, which seeded her 11th among 36. She finished at 110-4 for 17th among 33. Natalie Rolon-Issa of Bacon Academy of Colchester, Conn. finished first at 129-2.

Pound, a sophomore, entered the 1,600 with a time of 5:22.33 and 36th among 36 competitors. However, she finished in 5:20.70 for 25th among 28. Mya Dube of Kearsarge of North Sutton, N.H. finished first at 4:55:03.

"Being able to go to New Englands was a great opportunity for me," said Pound. "I was up against a lot of talented and experienced runners, and it was good to be able to have the chance to compete with them and learn about the strategy used at large meets like that. There were some very talented girls at the meet, some of which had attended the New Englands meet in past years.

"I was hoping for a [personal record] at the meet, which I didn't get, but I felt being my first time competing at such an event and with the heat, I performed well. This year was really just to gain experience and watch the strategy of the other girls to prepare me for years ahead. I am going to be training and hope to be able to return to New Englands next season."

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