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Milford Girls Finish First in Pentathlon

The Milford girls took first place in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, paced by Michelle Savoie taking home the top spot.

The event consists of a pentathlon, the 55 meter hurdles, the long jump, the high jump, the 800 meter run, and the shot put, and each school entered three competitors with a total of 83 girls competing in the event. MHS senior Michelle Savoie finished first overall with teammates Juliana Sheehan checking in 7th and Olivia Grose 17th, enough points for Milford to win the team competition.

"Shot put was the challenge for Michelle," said Milford head coach Lori Brogioli. "When she gets off a good throw, she can get it into the 27 or 28 foot range. She will get there, though, she has the legs for it."

Savoie finished a spectacular indoor season in which she was able to enjoy great success in seemingly every event she touched. She had been a distance runner in the past, but has now moved to the sprints and continues to win more often than not. Her winning point total was the fifth highest in state history. Savoie won the long jump portion of the pentathlon with an 18 foot leap and also took first place in the hurdles. The latter of the two victories was especially impressive to her head coach.

"The win in the hurdles was the amazing thing, she dabbles here and there but she has been hazing shin trouble so we have not had her practicing them that much," said Brogioli.

Like many great athletes, Savoie's success is due to a combination of factors.

"She is such a natural, she has a ton of God given talent but she also works her tail off," said Brogioli. "From the first day she joined the track team as a freshman her body was just able to 'do.'"

The coach admits she can only take so much of the credit.

"I remember when she was learning to long jump, she asked 'what's that thing people do where they run the air?' She watched it on video and taught herself how to do it," said Brogioli. "I wish I could say I had something to do with it but I honestly didn't. I feel that she could pick up any sport and, with a little time, she could be great at it."

Savoie also competed in the pentathlon in the national track meet in New York City, although she could not compete as a representative of Milford High as the high schools do not sanction the event. Brogioli said Savoie was able to finish with a strong point total despite being a bit worn down after a number of competitions in a row.

"It was a great experience for her, she enjoyed it and really held her own," said Brogioli.

In the state pentathlon, Sheehan's 7th place finish included a 4'10" high jump, a 9.30 second hurdle time, and a heave of close to 27 feet in the shot put that put her at 2,475 points for the event. Grose, also a senior, finished with 2,237 points. Savoie won the event with 3,219 points, 202 more than her closest competitor.


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