Popusoi sets another record
Vlad Popusoi shattered his own school pole-vault record Monday as Greenfield High School edged Pioneer Valley Regional School, 87-58, in an Intercounty League boys’ track & field meet in Northfield.
Popusoi, who had already broken Greenfield’s school record earlier this season by clearing 12 feet, 9 inches on April 8, breaking Seth Mansur’s 2003 record of 12-7, bested that jump by nine inches against the Panthers with a jump of 13-6. That nearly broke the Pioneer site record set two years ago during Vaultapalooza by Longmeadow High School’s Greg Copeland at 13 feet, 7 inches. Ironically, Vaultapalooza will take place Saturday at Pioneer 1 p.m. Popusoi said he was trying to break the 13-foot mark but had no idea he was going to clear 13-6.
“Today I was going for 13 feet,” Popusoi said. “My coach (Stu Elliot) was supporting me, though, and when I cleared 13 by one inch, he told me to keep going. I didn’t think I was going to do that, but I was pretty pumped.”
The junior said he now has another mark in his crosshairs.
“(Coach Elliot) cleared 13-8 when he was in high school, so I’ve got to beat that,” he said. “That’s my goal this year.”
The pole-vault bar was not the only thing Popusoi leapt over Monday. He swept the two hurdling events as well for the Green Wave. Popusoi won the 110-meter high hurdles in 19.1 seconds, then won the 400 intermediate hurdles in 1 minute, 13 seconds.
Veniamin Darmanchev won the shot put for the Green Wave (4-1, 4-1) with a distance of 43-5, while Mike Meyers won the javelin in 132-9. Colen Stack won the 800 (2:24) and the mile (5:08). Dominic Glasson won the 100-meter sprint for Greenfield (12.7), Kodey Labombard won the 400 (62.0), and Will Borcy won the 2-mile (11:32).
Pioneer (1-2) also had some individuals with strong showings on the day. Greg Betsold threw a season best 134 feet, 8 inches in the discus to win the event and finish less than two feet shy of his personal best. Dan Bordner also won the high jump for the Panthers at 6 feet, marking the first time he has ever cleared that height.
Darion Sadri won the long jump (18-4) and the triple jump (37-9) for Pioneer. Noah Rathbun won the 200 in 26.25 seconds.
Mohawk 101, Athol 38 — Jeremiah Jones won three events to lead Mohawk Trail Regional High School to a 101-38 win over Athol High School in an IL boys’ track and field meet
Jones recorded first-place finishes in the discus (102-8), two-mile (12:27.6) and 400 intermediate hurdles (64.1).
Leroy Page and Josh Rose each added two wins for the Warriors. Page took the javelin (146-6) and
400 meters (56.5), while Rode was tops in the triple jump (37-2.75) and 800 meters (2:05.4).
Matt Summers led the Red Raiders with blue ribbons in the high jump (5-4) and 200 meters (24.1).
Mahar 89, Turners 56 — Joey Verheyen won the 800 (2:24.7) and the high jump (5-8) and Mahar Regional School edged Turners Falls High School, 89-56, in IL boys’ track & field action Monday afternoon in Turners Falls.
Zabien Shaw also won two events on the day for the Senators (3-1) with a long jump of 16-6 and a 400-meter time of 56.4. Dan Bergman won the 400 hurdles in 71.1 seconds, Thomas Anderson won the discus (100-8) and Leo Jillson won the javelin (132-0).
Tyler Peters won both the 100 (12.3) and the 200 (24.9) for the Indians, while Aaron Moore won both the mile (5:16) and the 2-mile (11:27). Zaviere Washington won the 110 hurdles in 19.7 seconds, and Alex Giurgiu won the pole vault at 8-6.
Turners 5, Holyoke 0 — Turners Falls High School continued to cruise through the independent portion of its schedule with a 5-0 verdict over Holyoke High School in boys’ tennis action Monday at the Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
Tuners dropped just 10 games during the match.
Ken Leng downed Zane Patrie, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1 and Sam Danford bested Garrett Lemieux, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2 for the singles wins. The shorthanded Purple Knights were forced to forfeit No. 3.
In doubles, Tensen Khenrab and Dennis Gheorgita cruised past Ben Cornell and Nick Glanville, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1, while Alex Gheorgita and Spencer Hubert whitewashed Omar Sanchez and Angel Sanchez, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2.
Turners (7-1) travels to Chicopee Comprehensive High School on Wednesday.
Greenfield 4, Mohawk 1 — Patrick Crowningshield defeated Jake Pieffer in a three-set match at third singles to lead Greenfield to a 4-1 independent boys’ tennis victory over Mohawk Monday afternoon in Buckland.
Crowningshield picked up a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 for the victory. Paris Felogloy also earned a singles victory for the Green Wave with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Zach Arfa at second singles.
Ben Westerman and Nick Brandl earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Dante Gardner and Evan Bruffee at first doubles, while Dustin Cutler and Jackson Pelletier finished off the Green Wave’s doubles’ sweep with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Eric Shattuck and John Hollister.
Thomas Aurigemma registered the lone victory for the Warriors with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) win over Greenfield’s George Felogloy at first singles.
Athol 3, Commerce 0 — Jose Sierra finished with 17 digs and three kills Monday to help Athol move one step closer to qualifying for the postseason with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-23 independent boys’ volleyball match in Athol.
Lorenzo Carra was 15-for-15 from the service line with 14 points won and one ace. Wyatt Doiron-LaRue registered 10 kills, nine digs and two blocks, and Kevin Marigliano was 8-for-8 from the service line and added one kill. Tyler Lajoie served up eight points and finished with 12 assists and three kills, Nelson Leadbetter chipped in 14 digs, and Erik Aikey added three kills and five blocks.