Wave storms back to beat Warriors
Mohawk Trail Regional High School got four of the first six runners across the finish line against Greenfield High School, but the Green Wave roared back with the next three runners and came back to edge the Warriors, 28-29, in a Pioneer North Division boys’ cross country race Tuesday at at Highland Park in Greenfield.
Both teams also took on St. Mary High School on the day, with Greenfield earning a 16-43 win and Mohawk taking a 18-37 win, but the main event featured two of the top teams in Franklin County squaring off and the race lived up to the hype.
Will Borcy cruised to a win in the 3.1-mile race for Greenfield (3-0, 2-0 North) with a time of 18 minutes, 59 seconds, which put him nearly one full minute ahead of second-place finisher Josh Rode, from Mohawk, who came in at 19:54. Greenfield freshman Isaiah Morrison, who is quickly making a name for himself locally, placed third in a time of 19:57.
That would be it for Greenfield runners for the next minute, as a pack of three Mohawk runners came sprinting across the line in close proximity. Luke Viens placed fourth in 20:19, Tom Damery came in fifth at 20:25, and Zach Coburn took sixth in 20:38. That left the Warriors (3-1) looking for one final runner to cross in the next five places, but Greenfield managed to get all five runners it needed to displace the final Mohawk scorer and win the event. Sam Guiod took seventh in 20:50, Mike Aras came in eighth in 20:52, Kodey LaBombard took ninth in 21:33, and Nick Brandl came in 10th in 21:40.
“There are a lot of people on this team that are in different places this year,” Greenfield coach Stu Elliott said. “And out of the top 10 overall, we have some nice runners coming pretty nicely.”
Frontier 20, Pioneer 41
Frontier 23, McCann 38
Pioneer 27, McCann 27 — Frontier Regional School has come out in the early part of the season and shown that it plans to contend for the Pioneer North title along with Greenfield and Mohawk.
The Red Hawks improved to 3-0 and sit atop the North standings after sweeping a boys’ dual meet Tuesday afternoon in Northfield. Frontier earned a 20-41 win over Pioneer Valley Regional School and a 23-38 win over McCann Technical High School. McCann and Pioneer raced to a 27-27 tie.
Justin Schneider won the 2.79-mile race for the Hornets with a time of 16:55, while Frontier’s Colin Lacey (17:03) and Orlando Wildman-Hanlon (17:15) were just back in second and third place respectively. The Red Hawks went on to place four more runners in the top 10 overall en route to the win. Carston Carey (17:59) came in sixth for Frontier, and Brandyn Robinson (18:09), Tre Roy (18:47) and Aidan Waldren (18:52) finished eighth through 10th overall.
Jordan Cutting was the top Panther runner on the day with a fourth-place finish in 17:33. Teammate Seamus Garland came in seventh overall in 18:08.
FC Tech 28, Mahar 29 — Mahar Regional School placed three of the first four runners in Tuesday’s Pioneer North boys’ cross country meet in Orange, but Franklin County Technical School stormed back to take a 28-29 victory.
Zabien Shaw cruised to the win for the Senators (1-1) on the 3.1-mile course in 17:31. Tech’s Aaron Moore came in second over one minute back in 18:37, but Mahar placed the next two runners in Pat Richard (18:39) and Dan Bergman (20:29) to take command of the meet.
The Eagles (2-1) rallied, as the next four runners to cross the finish line all came from Franklin Tech. Nick Waterman came in fifth overall at 20:59, while Jarod Brown was one second behind in sixth. Alex Giurgiu came in seventh in 21:08, and Riley Palmer took eighth at 21:33. Franklin Tech then had to displace runners by earning two of the next three spots, and while Andrew Hill (21:35) came in ninth for the Senators, the Eagles got a 10th-place finish in Tyler Millane (22:09) and an 11th-place finish from Clarisse Hutchinson (22:25) to do just that.
While Mahar did come up on the short end of the score, coach Jen Scotland said she was pleased that nearly every player on her team exceeded time goals they set prior to the race.
Mohawk 16, Greenfield 45 — The first four runners to cross the finish line each wore a Mohawk jersey on Tuesday and the Warriors earned a 16-45 win over Greenfield in a Pioneer North girls’ cross country meet in Greenfield.
Lilly Wells, who has emerged as one of the top early-season runners in Franklin County, won the 3.1-mile race in 21:03 and was followed by three of her teammates within 47 seconds of her. Maddie Boucias took second in 21:46, Abbie Yezierski was two seconds behind in third, and Natasha Olanyk was two seconds back of that in fourth place with a time of 21:50.
Greenfield’s first runner across the line was Jenna Silk, who came in well back of the top four in 23:29, while Mohawk’s Allison Lull (24:36) and Aimee Funk (26:03) took fifth and sixth respectively. Greenfield’s Claire Abelson (26:08) and Amelia Simmonds (26:09) were the next two runners, and Mohawk’s Halley Glier (26:58) rounded out the top 10.
Frontier 26, Pioneer 30
Frontier 15, McCann 49
Pioneer 15, McCann 44 — Pioneer gave Frontier everything it could handle on Tuesday but the Red Hawks came out of the Pioneer North girls’ cross country meet with a 26-30 victory in Northfield.
Both teams easily cruised to wins over McCann Tech on the day, as Frontier earned a 15-49 win, while Pioneer took a 15-44 victory.
Frontier (3-0) and Pioneer (1-2) traded finishers for each of the first six spots, helping the Red Hawks take the lead. Caitlin Burnett won the race for the Red Hawks in 19:21, but Pioneer’s Natalie Hale came in second in 19:46. Frontier came back to earn a third-place finish in the form of Mairead Ferry (20:20), but again Pioneer came back to earn a fourth-place finish in Audrey Corrigan in 20:15. Savannah Emery responded for Frontier with a fifth-place time of 21:09, but Pioneer came back to take the lead as Mary White (21:30) and Sarah Kaczenski (21:48) took sixth and seventh respectively.
The Red Hawks grabbed the final three spots in the top 10 to earn the sweep. Chloe Nunn took eighth in 21:52, Greyson Young took ninth in 21:55, and Jackie Spencer came in 10th in 22:00.