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Sadri top Classic performer

Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Darion Sadri turned in the area’s best performance by winning two events during the Winter Classic Invitational indoor track and field event on Saturday at Springfield College.

The Panther senior, who competed despite a nagging ankle injury, cruised to an easy victory in the long jump and won the high jump with a school-record height. He also finished fourth in the 55-meter dash.

Sadri only recorded one attempt in the long jump, but it was a stellar distance or 21 feet, three quarters of an inch to top a field of 41 competitors. Mahar Regional School’s Ethan Nye placed second in the event, leaping 19-91/2.

In the high jump, Sadri and Pioneer teammate Daniel Bordner both cleared 6 feet, 2 inches to break the school record, but Sadri was declared the winner because he cleared the bar on his first attempt.

Panther head coach Jim Bell was understandably happy — and even a little speechless — about Sadri’s performance.

“It’s hard to describe,” said Bell, when asked what has been main factor behind Sadri’s ascent in the sport. “I think it’s focus; he really wants it. The athletic ability has always been there, and he’s a strong, fast young man. Toward the end of spring (track), when he was beginning to have success, it occurred to him that this is the sport he can do in college.”

Sadri and Bordner were among 13 athletes to record top-three finishes in the meet.

In the boys’ shot put, Greenfield High School’s Venia Darmanchev earned top honors with his heave of 43-73/4, and Leroy Page of Mohawk Trail Regional High School took second at 39-6. Greenfield’s Will Borcy captured the boys’ two-mile run in 11 minutes, 55.62 seconds, and Mahar Regional School’s Zabien Shaw placed third the boys’ mile in 4:54.03.

Two area girls earned blue ribbons on the day. Mahar’s Tiffany Tenney was best in the 300 meters (44.96 seconds) and Mohawk’s Natasha Olanyk was tops in the 1,000 meters (3:14.44).

Juliette Shean of Mohawk registered a second-place finish in the mile (5:51.86) and Savannah Sojka of Pioneer (28-3) and Shelby Sawin of Athol High School (28-21/2) were second and third, respectively, in the shot put.

X-country skiing

Mohawk at Notchview

Mohawk’s boys finished fourth as a team and the girls were fifth in the opening race of the Berkshire County Cross Country Ski League season on Saturday at Notchview Reservation in Windsor.

The Warrior boys had two top-10 finishers in the 5.5-kilometer freestyle race. Tom Damery was seventh overall in 27:47, and Tyler Andrews came in 10th in 28:44.

Aidan Sandvik was 25th overall in 31:17, and Thomas Aurigemma took 35th in 34:50.

Allison Lull led the Warrior girls with her runner-up finish in 30:20. Maddie Boucias was 19th overall (38:48), Abbi Yezierski came in 34th (44:24) and Sarah Gokey was 37th (45:28).

The second race is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton.

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