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Grace Devanny of Concord: Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Season

  • Concord High junior Grace Devanny won the 200- and 400-meter races at both the Division I Championships and the Meet of Champions. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file



Monitor staff
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Already recognized as one of the top sprinters in New England, let alone New Hampshire, Concord’s Grace Devanny did the only thing she could do – she ran even faster.

Thanks to a tougher training regiment and a lot more hard work and focus, Devanny won the 200- and 400-meter races at both the Division I Championships and the Meet of Champions, leading the Concord girls’ track and field team to fifth place in D-I, and wrapped up her junior season with a third-place finish at New Englands in the 400.

Devanny’s victory in the 400 at the D-I Championships (run in a time of 56.8 seconds) was her third D-I crown in that event and her personal-best time of 25.56 seconds in the 200 secured Devanny her fourth career D-I title.

Devanny ran a personal best in the 400 (56.28) at the Meet of Champions a week later to secure her second straight MOC title in the one-lap race. She also won the 200 (25.96 seconds) for good measure.

One week after that, Devanny finished third at New Englands in the 400, tying her career-best finish that she had in 2016 during her freshman year. Although Devanny tied her career-best finish, the time she clocked at New Englands this year (56.31) would have won her the regional title back in 2016.

In addition to the 400, Devanny also finished 11th in the 200 at New Englands, clocking a 26.11.

In her three-year career, Devanny has finished only first or second in individual events in D-I and at MOC and has always finished in the top four in the 400 at New Englands (she was fourth in 2017).

Despite entering the 2018 outdoor track season with an already decorated career, Devanny kept finding new ways to challenge herself.

“She pushes herself in almost everything she does,” Concord head coach Hayden Daly said. “Even when few people are watching. She loves to compete.”

Typically an Alpine skiier during the winter, Devanny also ran on the indoor track team during the 2017-18 winter season (she won the D-I 300 title) and received personal training at Architect Fitness.

She also played travel soccer during the spring.

“I think my success this year was mostly because of my persistence with the training,” Devanny said. “I think doing my personal training and doing indoor track with coach Daly really helped me for the outdoor season. I came into the season more in shape and ready for the rough training schedule ahead of me.”

For all of her personal success, Devanny’s highlights of this past season were the relays.

Devanny ran on the 4x100 relay with teammates Sam Ossoff, Kaitlin Jelley and Sarah Waite, breaking the school record multiple times, finishing third in D-I, second at MOC and 11th at New Englands in a Concord-record time of 49.99 seconds.

She was also a member of the 4x400 squad, alongside Kat Jepson, Serena Britos and Waite, which finished eighth in D-I and 14th at MOC.

“I would never would have had the success I had this season without the help of my team and amazing coaches,” Devanny said. “This team is filled with incredible people and is by far my favorite team I have ever been a part of and I will never forget this season of Tide track.”

The Tide has steadily improved each season since Devanny’s freshman year, and she still has one season to go, where she will no doubt continue to find ways to push herself.