Grace Devanny of Concord: girls’ indoor track player of the season

  • Grace Devanny

Monitor staff
Published: 4/20/2018 11:09:27 PM

Competing in one varsity sport in a season is challenging enough, but Concord’s Grace Devanny competed in two. Not only did Devanny survive the season, she thrived, winning an individual title in the 300-meters at the Division I indoor track championships in her first year competing in the sport.

Devanny, a junior, also finished third in the 55-meter dash at the state meet, scoring all 16 of the Tide’s points and single-handedly lifting Concord to eighth place.

A standout on the outdoor track and field team who has competed at the New England level, Devanny joined the indoor track team this season in addition to skiing for Concord’s Alpine team.

“For skiing, we like to get as much time on snow as possible, so the training doesn’t really overlap with indoor (track),” said Devanny, who kept up with separate training schedules through indoor track, Alpine and her personal training at Architect Fitness. Devanny added, “the transition from outdoor to indoor was more difficult than expected.”

Devanny credited Concord’s head coach for indoor and outdoor track, Hayden Daly, with helping her balance her training.

“I would love to thank Mr. Daly for being so flexible this winter and allowing me to be a part of both Alpine skiing and indoor track ... He really helped out with the planning and preparation this season.”

Despite balancing all of her commitments, Devanny clocked a 7.68-second race in the prelims of the 55 dash at states, the second-fastest qualifying time, before settling for third in the finals with a time of 7.59.

“A third-place finish wasn’t what I was hoping for,” Devanny said, “but because of my inexperience in the event, I was happy with my performance.”

Devanny’s somewhat-disappointing result didn’t faze her, however, as she ran a 41.88 in the 300 to secure her title later in the meet.

“I was very nervous leading up to the (300),” Devanny said. “Before the race, I felt a little weary and not 100 percent on my game. Once the race started, I was able to pull myself together and run a strong race.”

Devanny also was one of the top skiers on the Alpine team. She had the second-fastest time for Concord in the giant slalom (20th overall) and was the third-fastest Tide skier in the slalom.

“Grace had an incredible season,” Daly said. “She would show up to practice whenever she could and participated in the meets that did not conflict with skiing. Having said that, she proved how hardworking she is by going above and beyond. She worked with a personal trainer and juggled her academic workload as well. She oozes with talent on the track, but I also see a side of her that some don’t. She pushes herself in everything she does, even when few (people) are watching. She loves to compete.”

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