Henderson dominates in finale
Kesheal Henderson scored four top-five finishes on Friday afternoon to lead Mohawk Trail Regional High School to wins over New Leadership Charter School (78-15) and Pioneer Valley Regional School (62-33) in the final meet of the Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference indoor track & field regular season at Smith College in Northampton.
Henderson finished third in the shot put at 30 feet, 4.5 inches, and then picked up a fourth -place finish in the 300 meters in 44.14 seconds. She added a pair of fifth-place finishes as well, one coming in the long jump at 14-6.5, the other coming in the 55-meter dash in 7.91 seconds. Natasha Olanyk added a win in the 600 for the Warriors with a time of 1:41.79.
Pioneer wound up finishing 1-1 on the day, earning a 71-11 victory over New Leadership.
Danielle Devine finished second in the high jump at 4-11 for the highest finish by a Panther on the day, and later added a sixth-place finish in the 55 meters in 8 seconds flat. Emily Malsch picked up a seventh-place finish in the high jump at 4-7.
Tiffany Tenney added three top-five finishes for Mahar Regional School but the Senators fell to South Hadley High School, 63-32. Tenney took third in both the 300 (43.61) and the 55 (7.80), and added a fifth in the high jump at 4-7. Sabrina Silva made a season sweep in the shot put as she won the event with a distance of 39-2.
Greenfield High School wound up going 1-1 on the day with a 28-23 victory over Cathedral High School and a 58-10 loss to Central High School. Claire Abelson finished 13th in the 1,000 meters for the Green Wave in a time of 3:49.65. Athol High School dropped a 92-2 decision to East Longmeadow High School. Sophia Palmacci paced the Red Raiders with an eighth-place finish in the high jump at 4-5.
On the boys’ side, Noah Rathbun won the shot put at 43-6.5 to help Pioneer go 1-1 with a win over New Leadership (78-14) and a loss to Mohawk (60-35). Greg Betsold finished third in the shot put for the Panthers at 42 feet, 0.5 inches.
Darion Sadri had another big day for Pioneer with a fourth in the long jump (19-6.5) and a sixth in the high jump (5-7). Daniel Bordner tied Sadri for sixth in the high (5-7), and Ed Kaczenski placed sixth in the 1,000 (2:56.97) for the Panthers.
Mohawk wound up a perfect 2-0 on the day as it also posted a 74-16 victory over New Leadership. Josh Rode placed third in the 1,000 at 2:53.24, while Amar Abbatiello took fourth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.19. Lucas Purington came in just behind Abbatiello, taking sixth in the 55 hurdles in 9.3 seconds.
Greenfield wound up splitting on the day, earning a 77-16 victory over Cathedral, but dropping a 64-31 decision to Central. Colen Stack placed third in the high jump at 5-5, and later took sixth in the mile in 5:01.03. Venihm Darmanchev came in fifth in the shot put at 40-8.5, while Jeff Jackson took sixth in the 2-mile (11:01.27), and Scott Grote took sixth in the 55 hurdles (9.49).
Athol earned a 56-29 victory over East Longmeadow. Matt Summers paced the Red Raiders with a fourth-place finish in the 55 (6.99) and a sixth-place finish in the 300 (38.49). Giovanni Palermo came in right behind Summers in the 300 with a seventh-place time of 38.64.
Alan Powell finished sixth in the 55 (7.07) for Mahar but the Senators dropped a 60-35 decision to South Hadley.
The PVIAC Indoor Track Championships take place Friday evening at Smith College.