Picture_6The Duxbury girls’ indoor track team added two more runners to their roster for States in their final meeting of their Patriot League season on Saturday. Junior Catherine Cronin and freshman Katerina Kramer both ran their best times of the season to meet the state meet requirement marks at the Patriot League Championship meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury.

Kramer got the Dragons off to a solid start in the second event of the day when she ran the 55-meter dash in 8.09 seconds to finish fifth in her heat and prolong her season for another two weeks.

“That was her personal best time,” head coach Ron Glennon said. “So that waspretty awesome.” While Kramer qualified early, Cronin had to wait until the final individual running event of the day, the two-mile, for her chance to keep her season alive. Whitman-Hanson junior Kelsey Tierney jumped out to a huge lead early, leaving Cronin to battle for second place with Middleboro senior Mary Cole. Cronin used Cole to pace herself during the first mile and then began to pull away in the final laps to take second by 12 seconds and qualify for Sectionals with a time of 12 minutes, 32.71 seconds.

“She ran a personal best by more than 40 seconds,” Glennon said. “That was exciting.”

Kramer nearly earned another spot at States with the 4x200-meter relay team, but she, Miranda Boynton, Claire Murphy and Nicole Galvin missed the qualifying mark by one-tenth of a second. 'They’ve improved a lot all season and they just ran out of time,' Glennon said. 'They could have gone if they had another meet. Losing a couple of meets [to snow] really hurt the girls.'

Boynton already earned two spots at states, in the 300 meters and 55 meters, and will join Kramer and Cronin back at the Reggie Lewis Center on Feb. 16. It has been a year of growing pains for the Dragons, who have one of the most underclassmen-laden teams in the Patriot League, but Glennon said sending three of his runners to States shows the rapid improvement Duxbury showed over the course of a short winter season.

“Overall I’m really happy with the way the season went I think the girls really started to get it. They practiced hard and showed some good results,” he said. “We have girls going to states, so I’m happy with that.”