Top seeds eye PVIAC title meet
Five local athletes will go into events as the top seeds during the PVIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday evening at 6 at Smith College in Northampton.
Mahar Regional School’s Tiffany Tenney and Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Kesheal Henderson are both among the top seeds in two events on the girls’ side. Tenney is the top seed in long jump with a qualifying distance of 16 feet, 3.5 inches. The second seed is Angela Thibault from South Hadley High School, who comes in one inch back at 16-2.5. Tenney is also the second seed in the 55 dash. Top-seeded Kenya Brown from Amherst Regional High School comes in with a time of 7.43, while Tenney is just back at 7.66.
Henderson is the fourth seed in the 300-meter run with a qualifying time of 44.01 seconds, while East Longmeadow High School’s Shannon Kennedy is the top seed at 43.33. The Mohawk senior is also the third seed in the shot put, joining another local at the top of the list. Northampton High School’s Lauren McGrath is the top seed in the shot at 35-5.25, while Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Savannah Sojka is second at 34-9. Henderson sits third at 33-10.5.
Mohawk’s Natasha Olanyk is the other local girl to earn a top seed, leading the 600 pack. Olanyk’s time of 1:38.53 is more than four seconds faster than the No. 2 seed in the event, Northampton’s Alexandra Dibrindisi, who comes in at 1:42.86. The final local girl to keep an eye on is Pioneer’s Danielle Devine, the fourth seed in the high jump at 5-1. East Longmeadow’s Paige Suse is the top seed at 5-5.
On the boys’ side, three events are led by locals. The shot put actually has the top two seeds from Franklin County, where Greenfield High School’s Veniam Darmanchev is No. 1 with a distance of 44 feet and Mohawk’s Leroy Page is second at 43-11.
Pioneer has the other two boys to keep track of. Darion Sadri is the top long jumper at 22-5, while Minnechaug’s Jack Devine is over a foot back in second at 21-3. Sadri’s teammate, Dan Bordner, is tops in the high jump at 6-3. He is actually tied with Minnechaug’s Devine at the height, while South Hadley’s Connor Cassidy is in the mix at 6-2.
This is the final event of the PVIAC season. Athletes who qualified for the State Division V meet will compete there on Wednesday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Those who qualify from that event will move on to the All-State meet.