Indoor Track Championships reschduled for tonight
Mahar Regional School has a pair of No. 1 seeds in the girls’ division for tonight’s Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference Indoor Track Championships at Smith College in Northampton.
The events get under way at 6 p.m., exactly three days after the event was originally scheduled but was postponed due to the weekend snowstorm.
Senator senior Sabrina Silva enters the shot put event not only as the reigning champion, but also as the record-holder with a throw of 40-3.5. She wound up winning last year’s WMass Individuals and then won the State Division IV meet before placing fifth in the All-State meet, and 12th in New England last year. Silva enters this year’s event as the top seed after a record-setting throw of 40-7.5. The second seed is nearly four feet behind. Some of Silva’s closest competition is right in her backyard, where Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Jen Tufano enters ranked fifth at 32-2.5 and Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Kesheal Henderson is sixth at 31-2.5.
The other local No. 1 seed is Silva’s schoolmate, Tiffany Tenney, who capped off a strong regular season by earning the No. 1 seed in the 300-meter run. Tenney’s time of 42.24 is .05 seconds faster than East Longmeadow High School’s Kaitlin Beluzo. Those two are one second faster than the third-place entrant. Mohawk’s Henderson is seventh in the event at 44.14, while Pioneer’s Devon Roy is 14th at 45.73.
Tenney is also ranked fourth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.79, which is .21 seconds behind the top seed. Pioneer’s Danielle Devine is 14th at 8 seconds, and Roy is 18th at 8.05.
Devine actually qualified in three events. Her best shot at placing comes in the high jump, where she sits fifth at 5-1, two inches behind the top seed. Devine is one of only five girls to clear five feet this season. Teammate Emily Malsch is seventh at 4-10, and Tenney is 15th at 4-10. Devine also qualified in the long jump, where she enters 13th-ranked at 14-10, well over a foot back of the top seed.
Mohawk also has a number of girls with chances of bringing home titles. Natasha Olanyk is ranked third in the 600 with a time of 1:41.79 — two seconds back of top-seeded Central High School’s Luise Vanderheyden, who comes in at 1:39.74. Teammate Ashley Pierce is seventh in the 1,000-meter run at 3:25.29, 16 seconds back of the top seed. Abbie Yezierski is the final Warrior athlete ranked in the top 10 of an event, entering the 2-mile ranked ninth in 12:45.67. Greenfield High School’s Eve Charest is ranked fifth in the event at 12:18.84, although both girls are well behind top-seeded Allyson Morin of Westfield High School. Morin blew away the competition this season and comes in with a time of 11:01.73.
No area boys were able to crack the top three seeds in any events, although there are a number of boys ranked fourth. Pioneer’s Darion Sadri qualified in three events, including the long jump, where he is ranked fourth at 20-3, behind Alex Niemic from Chicopee Comprehensive High School, the top seed at 23 feet. Athol’s Matt Summers is ranked 12th in the event at 19-4.
Niemic is also the top seed in the high jump at 6-8, and Sadri is the top local in the event, ranked 11th at 5-8. Pioneer’s Daniel Bordner is 13th in the event at 5-7, Greenfield’s Colen Stack is 16th at 5-6, and Athol’s Giovanni Palermo is 17th at 5-6. Sadri’s final event is the 55, where he is ranked 16th at 7.11. Summers is the top local in the event, ranked 11th at 6.99 seconds, while Mahar’s Alan Powell is 13th at 7.07.
Pioneer’s Noah Rathbun also earned a fourth seed in the shot put with his throw of 44-1.25. Chicopee Comp’s Brian Garcia is the top seed in the event at 50-9.5. Pioneer’s Greg Betsold is the eighth seed at 42-0.5, Greenfield’s Venihmin Darmanchev is 10th at 40-8.5, Athol’s Travis Heath is 15th at 37-11.25, Mahar’s Russell Grasso is 16th at 37-10.75, and Mahar’s Leo Jillson is 22nd at 37-4.5.
Mahar’s Zabien Shaw is the final local boy with a fourth seed, entering the mile run at 4:43, just over one second back of top-seeded Tim Dostie from West Springfield High School with his time of 4:31.52. Greenfield’s Colen Stack is 13th in 5:01.03 and teammate Will Borcy is 16th at 5:06.64.
Mohawk’s Lucas Purington is sixth in the 300 in 38.12, while Palermo is 11th at 38.64. Both are back of Central’s Edison Perez, the top seed at 36.95. Mohawk’s Josh Rode earned the ninth seed in the 1,000 with a time of 2:51.50, while Ed Kaczenski is 18th at 2:56.97. The top seed in the event is Agawam High School’s Mike Andre with a time of 2:32.50.
Central’s Perez is also the top seed in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.13. Mohawk’s Amar Abbatiello is the top local seed with a time of 9.18, while Mahar’s Dan Bergman is 14th at 9.30, Greenfield’s Scott Grote is 16th at 9.49, and Greenfield’s Vlad Popusoi is 22nd at 9.55.