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Exeter's Gaughan tops regional mile

January 29. 2017 12:55AM

Exeter's Jackie Gaughan is shown winning the Girls' Large School race at the Manchester Invitational at Derryfield Park in September 2016. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

Exeter's Jackie Gaughan finished first in the girls' mile against a top regional field Saturday in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Gaughan, a junior, finished in 4 minutes, 52.57 seconds, just ahead of second-place finisher Abbe Goldstein of Pennsylvania (4:53.17).

Bedford senior Leya Salis finished sixth, with a time of 4:57.60.

Gaughan's time is the fifth best so far this season nationwide, according to

In the boys' mile, Oyster River senior Patrick O'Brien finished fifth with a time of 4:19.08, nearly 10 seconds behind winner Josh Hoey of Pennsylvania.

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