Mahar wins FCL crown
Mohawk senior Ashley Pierce (Phillips)
Mahar multiple-event contender Ally Parker should be a threat in the long jump Saturday at the WMass Division II Girls' Track and Field Championships at Mohawk in Buckland.
Prcocious Mahar sophomore Aly Parker can do it all for the high-powered Senators.
Mohawk long-jumper Kelsey Scranton is a junior the power-packed Warriors expect big things from this season in the Franklin County League girls' track wars.
Welcome to the club, Mahar Regional School.
The Senators became the first school not named Frontier Regional School or Mohawk Trail Regional High School to win the Franklin County League championship when it outlasted Mohawk, 73-72, in Orange Tuesday.
“I was so happy,” said Mahar head coach Sarah Woodward. “I don’t even know what to say. ... It definitely hasn’t sunk in. I usually don’t get nervous before a meet, but (today) I was really nervous. I knew it would be close but never thought it would be this close.”
The Senators (6-0 overall, 5-0 FCL) entered the two-mile run needing five points to clinch the victory and title, and eighth-grader Cassidy Verheyen came up with the pivotal victory to put Mahar over the top, recording a career-best final time of 13 minutes, 13 seconds.
“I told her to stay with Abbi (Yezierski),” said Woodward. “She passed the Mohawk runners and I was worried, but she kicked it in and held on at the end. For an eighth-grader to come through like that shows what a great athlete she is.”
Aly Parker made Verheyen’s clinching win possible. The freshman standout swept all four of her individual event to give Mahar 20 vital points. Parker captured the long jump at 17 feet, missing the school record by just two inches, then she won a jump-off after clearing 8-6 in the pole vault to win that event. She then swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes, recording times of 13.3 and 27.8.
University of Rhode Island-bound Sabrina Silva completed a perfect regular season in the shot put and discus, recorded winning distances of 39-7.25 in the shot and 106-8 in the discus, while Alexis Barrett claimed top honors in the high jump (4-8).
Woodward was also thrilled with career-best efforts by Carly Jillson in the 400 meters and Amber Colon in the 800. Both were good for key runner-up finishes.
“Mohawk is such a classy team,” offered Woodward. “You want to beat everyone and do well in the league, but I love competing against them. They’re very genuine and sportsmanlike, and it’s always fun to compete against them. They had some great performances, too.”
Ashley Pierce was the Warriors’ lone double winner, as she swept the 100 high hurdles in 17.8 and the 400 lows in 76.3.
Danielle Hartnett won the javelin (103-0), Kelsey Scranton took the triple jump (31-4), Natasha Olanyk grabbed first in the 400 (62.9), Emma Jepsen was victorious in the 800 (2:36) and Maddie Boucias earned a blue ribbon in the mile (5:53).
“I feel about a point short,” said veteran Mohawk head coach Joe Chadwick with a slight chuckle. “It was a really good meet, and they were just flat-out one point better. I shook (Sarah’s) hand and even hugged her after. ... What can you say? You just have to tip your hat and congratulate them on a great job.”
Mahar will now prepare for the postseason, while Mohawk (4-2, 3-1 FCL) closes out the regular season Monday at home against Turners Falls High School.
Frontier 102, Southwick 34 — Frontier Regional School distance runner Natalie Mako decided she would like to try her hand in the 800-meter run Tuesday afternoon when her Red Hawks faced Southwick-Tolland Regional High School in a Suburban League girls’ track & field meet in South Deerfield.
After dominating the mile all season, Mako proved she is more than a one-trick pony by adding a victory in the 800 to her impressive running career, and Frontier handed Southwick it’s first loss of the season with a 102-34 decision.
Mako had already won the mile in 5:20.7 before she ran the 800 and came in first with a time of 2:27.4. She was one of just five Frontier athletes to win two events Tuesday. Clare Cycz captured the 100 meter in 13.5 seconds and the long jump in 15-1, while Kat Miner won the 200 in 27.4 and the high jump at 5-0.
Mairead Ferry won the 400 low hurdles in 73.5 seconds and the triple jump in 32-6, and Amanda Mozea won the discus (91-9) and the shot put (31-7). Frontier also got single wins from the Emilie Cycz with a time of 63.7 in the 400, Taryn Marquis with a time of 13:19 in the 2-mile, and Meghan Slocombe in the javelin at 92-2.
Frontier wraps up the regular season at home Tuesday against Monson High School.
Pioneer 107, Turners 29 — Two girls won two events to lead Pioneer Valley Regional School to a 107-29 FCL victory over Turners Falls High School in girls’ track and field action Tuesday in Turners Falls.
Danielle Devine broke the school record in the high jump (5-4) and added a first in triple jump (30-4.5), while running a leg of the 4x100 relay team that also set a school record in 54.24. Tirena Raymond Marte Johannessen and Sydney Martin also ran a leg of that relay.
Johannessen also captured the long jump (13-11) and 100 meters (14.2), Martin won the pole vault (9-0) and Raymond grabbed the top spot in the 200 (29.2).
Other field event winners included Savannah Sojka in the discus (92-7) and Jen Tufano in the shot put (32-11.25), while Devon Roy won the 400 (65.4), Natalie Hale finished first in the 800 (2:44.2) and Maddy Scott took the 400 low hurdles (75.0).
Emilee Felton captured the javelin (105-5), Clarisse Hutchinson won the mile (6:09) and Lauren Grimard was best in the 100 high hurdles (18.2) for the Indians.
Athol 85, Greenfield 60 — Emily Casella won three events on Tuesday as Athol High School knocked off Greenfield High School, 85-60, in a FCL girls’ track & field competition in Northfield.
Casella won the discus (97-7) and the shot put (32-1.75) on the field and then took the 200 (30.2) on the track. Tanner Favreau won two events, taking the 400 low hurdles in 81.1 seconds and the long jump at 14-3.5. Shelby Bronnes won both the 100 (14.6) and the javelin (87-11), while four athletes won one event for the Red Raiders (3-3). Lindsey Hamlett won the 400 (72.8), Molly Cleveland won the 800 (2:51.3), Sophie Palmacci won the high jump (4-6) and Holly Brisette won the pole vault (7-6).
Eve Charest swept the distance events for the Green Wave (0-4), finishing with a time of 6:17 in the mile and a time of 13:44 in the 2-mile. Joni Chapin won the 100 high hurdles in 21.8 seconds, and Sabrina Sparda won the triple jump in 30-1.