Sadri long-jump runner-up
Pioneer long-jumper Darion Sadri stands at the Reggie Lewis Center Saturday wearing his second-place medal at the All-States meet.
Darion Sadri just keeps outdoing himself.
The Pioneer Valley Regional School long-jumper set a personal best with a jump of 22 feet, 5.5 inches and proved to be one of the best in the state as he took second place at the All-State Indoor Track & Field meet Saturday afternoon at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
It’s been quite a season for Sadri, who jumped a distance of 22 feet, 5 inches in his very first meet of the season but suffered an ankle injury that cost him the remainder of the regular season. He tried to give it a go at the Winter Classic in December, but doctors told him to shut things down until the PVIAC Championship meet so the ankle could heal. When he returned for the PVIAC’s, he leapt 22-4.5 on his first jump, which was plenty to win the event. He then cruised to a win at the State Division V meet with a distance of 22-0.5. On Saturday, Sadri broke his personal best with the distance of 22-5.5 and was only beaten by Hingham High School’s Andrew Bolze, who broke a meet record and won by more than a foot with a distance of 23 feet, 8 inches. Sadri said that, although he was pleased, he really wanted to win the meet.
“I’m not 100 percent happy,” Sadri said. “I really wanted to win.”
Sadri will now move on to the New England meet, which returns to the Reggie Lewis Center Saturday.
“It’s still kind of hard to believe,” he said of representing his school and the area at New Englands.
Sadri also said that the ankle is not 100 percent but continues to improve with each day. He believes there is plenty more in him and should be able to beat his best indoor distance when the track season moves outdoors this spring.
“It felt a lot better than it has been (on Saturday), but it’s still getting better,” Sadri explained. “I definitely feel like I’ll be better in the spring. I’ll be able to work out more and do a lot more stuff. I’ll be able to practice jumping.”
Although Sadri was the lone local participant to advance to the New England meet, he was not the only area athlete at the All-State event. Sadri had a pair of teammates along for the ride, giving Pioneer three athletes at the event, the most by any area school. Dan Bordner took 16th in the high jump at 6 feet on the boys’ side, while on the girls’ side, Danielle Devine came in 21st in the long jump at 15 feet.
Mahar Regional School’s Tiffany Tenney came in right behind Devine in the long jump, taking 22nd place with a distance of 14-8, and Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Natasha Olanyk took 11th in the 600 meter dash with a time of 1 minute, 39.12 seconds.