Watertown Runner Turns in All-American Performance, High Jumper Places

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Watertown senior Mange Camara placed fifth in the 400 in the New Balance Nationals Indoor Track championships in New York over the weekend. Here he runs the 55 meter dash at the MIAA Div. 5 Meet.

Watertown sprinter Mange Camara wrapped up the indoor track season by showing he is among the best high school runners in the United States.

The senior competed at the New Balance Nationals Indoor meet at the Armory in New York City. Also competing at the Indoor Nationals from Watertown was high jumper Abbi Peterson.

Camara took on the best runners in the nation in the 400 meters in the Championship Division — the top division. In the preliminary heats, he ran a 48.96, and narrowly made the final. The judges had to go to the thousandth of a second to determine who would advance, and Camara ran 0.003 seconds faster than the ninth-place finisher.

In the final, which was split into two heats, Camara improved to 48.25 seconds. He ran the fifth fastest time in the Championship Final and earned All-America status, according to Watertown Track Coach Tom Wittenhagen.

Watch the video of Camara running in the final by clicking here.

Camara had previously won the 300 meters at the New England Indoor Track Championships, the All-State Meet, the MIAA Div. 5 Meet, and the Middlesex League Meet.

High Jumper

Senior Abbi Peterson finished 10th in the Emerging Elites Division at the New Balance Nationals in New York. Here she competes at the at the MIAA Div. 5 Meet in Boston.

High Jumper Abbi Peterson has also enjoyed a successful senior season. She set the new school record in the event, and placed fifth at the New England Championships and the All-State Meet. She also got second in the Div. 5 Meet, and won the event at the Middlesex League Meet.

Her performances qualified her for the Emerging Elite division of the New Balance Indoor Nationals.

After passing at 1.5 meters (4-foot-11), Peterson cleared 1.55 meters (5-foot-1) and 1.6 meters (5-foot-3) on the first try. She could not clear 1.65 meters (5-foot-5), which would have equaled her personal best.

Peterson’s performance earned her 10th place in the Emerging Elite girls high jump.

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