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Silva, Tenney shine at PVIAC

For the third consecutive season, Mahar Regional School’s Sabrina Silva can call herself a western Massachusetts Indoor Track & Field champion.

Silva joined teammate Tiffany Tenney as individual winners Monday night during the PVIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships at Smith College in Northampton.

Silva set a meet record and matched her personal record by putting the shot 40 feet, 7.5 inches to better second-place finisher Liann Simmonds (39-4) of East Longmeadow High School by more than a foot. Silva now looks to defend her Massachusetts Division IV state championship on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Mahar coach Sarah Woodward said that Silva continually pushes herself to improve.

“She throws year around, she competes in the summer,” Woodward said of Silva’s work ethic. “She’s always striving to keep going and pushing herself. This was matching her personal record today and she has about four meets left to try and beat it.”

Tenney, a sophomore, took home a gold medal in the 300-meter dash with her time of 43.08 seconds to finish .25 seconds ahead of Westfield High School’s Jessie Pratt. Tenney also took home a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter dash.

“She’s very athletic,” Woodward said. “She also competed in the high jump today but didn’t place in the top six. She’s a hard worker and just a very well-rounded athlete.”

Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Ashley Pierce picked up a third in the 1,000 run with a time of 3 minutes, 21.75 seconds. She was the first runner to come in after the top two girls in the race — Agawam High School’s Ashley Monahan and South Hadley High School’s Rachel Harrington — finished in 3:07 and 3:07.87 respectively, putting them well ahead of the pack.

Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Danielle Devine also had a strong showing with a fifth-place finish in the high jump as she cleared 5 feet, which left her two feet off the mark set by winner Adrienne Pascucci from Northampton High School. Greenfield High School’s Eve Charest was the final local to earn a top-six finish as she came in sixth in the 2-mile in 12:30.07. Westfield’s Allyson Morin won the event in a rout with her time of 11:13.40, which was nearly one full minute faster than second-place finish Sara Vannah (12:11) from Amherst Regional High School.

Pioneer was the only school to have any boys earn top-six finishes at the meet with a pair of athletes pulling off the feat. Noah Rathbun was the top local finisher with his fifth-place showing in the shot put. Rathbun put the shot 45-7 to finish 3 feet, 1 inch back of first-place finisher Brian Garcia from Chicopee Comprehensive High School. Teammate Darion Sadri earned a sixth-place showing in the long jump with a distance cleared of 19-10. Chicopee Comp’s Alex Niemiec won the event with a distance of 21-10.5.

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