Sadri regional medalist
Darion Sadri finished off the indoor track & field season Saturday with one final medal.
The Pioneer Valley Regional School senior long jumper propelled himself to a fifth-place finish at the New England Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
Sadri was coming off a second-place showing at the Massachusetts All-State event, but has still been nursing his ankle back to health following an injury that cost him all but one meet during the regular season. Sadri came back just in time to compete in the postseason, and since then, he has not lost a step. Sadri won the PVIAC championships and then won the State Division V meet before the second-place jump last weekend that measured a personal-best 22 feet, 5.5 inches.
Sadri, who said he has still been dealing with some lingering effects from the ankle injury, and has also developed a slight injury in his heel, was unable to top his jump from last weekend during the New England meet on Saturday. The senior did leap 21 feet, 6 inches, which left him fifth. Hingham High School’s Andrew Bolze, who won the All-State meet last weekend, captured the New England meet with a jump of 23-7. Had Sadri matched his personal best of 22-5.5 from the weekend before, he would have finished third, which matched his seed going into the meet.
“I’m not really happy,” Sadri said. “I expected a little bit more. But my ankle was hurting a little bit. In addition to my ankle, my heel was also hurting and I think that affected how I jumped.”
While Sadri may have been disappointed, Pioneer coach Jim Bell said that he was proud of Sadri, and also pointed out the hard work put forth by Sadri as he worked with Pioneer jump coach Erin Cromack.
“Certainly, given his competitive spirit, I know Darion is disappointed,” Bell began. “What I saw was that his landing was different. It’s just been that injury all year. To think that he was able to compete in pain and do as well as he did was amazing.”
Sadri qualified for the National Championships, which take place in New York later this month. That meet is separate from the high school season, but student-athletes who qualify and wish to attend are invited. He will also rest his ankle for the start of the outdoor season, with the first day of practice coming up in two weeks.