Grace Devanny of Concord: Girls’ Track Player of the Season

  • Concord High sophomore Grace Devanny won the 400 at the D-I state meet for the second year in a row, then took first at the Meet of Champions. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 6/16/2017 10:19:06 AM

It’s only taken two seasons, but Concord’s Grace Devanny is already putting together quite the impressive resume.

After a freshman campaign in which Devanny won the 400-meter dash at the Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships and placed second at the Meet of Champions, the sophomore outdid herself the second time around.

Devanny defended her crown in the 400 at the D-1 state meet May 26 at Merrimack High School, and then grabbed a new one when she placed first in the same event at the Meet of Champions on June 3.

“It’s awesome coming back, just knowing that, not just my freshman year I could hold up here in the 400, but how much the work had paid off and knowing that I still held up the championship,” Devanny said.

At the D-I meet, where the budding Concord girls’ team finished fifth overall with a score of 40.50, Devanny made it look easy. She topped Amelia Graves in the 400, finishing more than a full second ahead of the Pinkerton sophomore with a time of 57.04 seconds. She was also part of the 4x100 relay team that took third.

The Meet of Champions produced another top finish as Devanny ran the event in 57.54 seconds, and then took her talents to the 72nd New England Track and Field Championship Meet in Norwell, Mass., on June 10, where she placed fourth and was the highest finisher from New Hampshire in the 400.

“I love going to those meets because you’re just surrounded with people who love the sport just as much as you,” Devanny said. “It’s great seeing people excelling in their events and just doing the best that they can and it’s awesome to see everyone having a good time doing what they love.”

Devanny’s success at such a young age has even caught her by surprise at times.

“I came into my freshman year not thinking that I was going to improve my times at all because throughout my middle school career, I didn’t really improve that much and I was kind of staying at the same pace,” Devanny said. “But with the coaches and all of the training that you do in high school, it’s incredible how much you can improve and I was just surprised at how much my times and training have increased.

“Just knowing that there’s still two years ahead, it’s awesome.”

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