Track and field senior Maggie Riseborough competed in the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships in New Britain, Conn., on June 8, marking the second straight year she has represented the Vineyard and the state at the meet. Riseborough qualified for New Englands with a top-four finish at the Massachusetts All-State meet on June 1, which featured athletes from all levels of high school competition. The Vineyard competes in division four.
At New Englands, Riseborough placed 24th in a field of 35 with a throw of 34 feet, six inches.
“I didn’t place as well as I hoped to do, but . . . the experience of it is [like] no other,” she said on Tuesday. “I’m super happy that I got there.” This year’s meet was a bit rushed, she said, since she had to return to the Vineyard the next day for graduation.
Riseborough began competing in shot put in sixth grade, during middle school track. By junior year of high school, she was consistently making throws of 36 feet, and this year broke her own personal best four times. The throw that carried her to New Englands was a 38-foot, 4.75-inch throw at Massachusetts All-States.
The end of the season takes on a different tone as the track team dwindles to a member of one, but Riseborough said she appreciates having more focused practice time.
“It’s a little lonely,” she said, “But I know that it’s hard to get to the end.”