Red Hawk girls win inaugural C-WM title
Mairead Ferry of Frontier Regional pole vaults during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University.
Natalie Mako of Frontier Regional runs in the two-mile Monday duringthe West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University. She won the event.
Amanda Mozea of Frontier Regional throws the discus Monday during the West/Central Massachusetts Division 2 championships at Westfield State University.
WESTFIELD — You can change the format, but the formula remains the same.
In the first year of the Central-Western Massachusetts Division II Championship track and field meet, the Frontier Regional School girls’ team took home top honors with an impressive showing, winning the meet with 61 points. Notre Dame Academy of Worcester was second with 54 points. After Frontier had a 107-meet winning streak broken during the regular season, the Red Hawks have responded by winning the WMass Division II meet last weekend and adding another trophy on Monday.
“This is so great for (the girls),” elated Frontier coach Bob Smith said. “They keep looking back and saying ‘what loss?’”
The loss in mention was a dual meet defeat to South Hadley earlier this season. The first one since some of the athletes on the team were even born.
“South Hadley did us a favor,” Smith said. “From that meet on, we showed up to play every meet.”
One of the girls that showed up on Monday was Natalie Mako. The senior took home top honors in the 2-mile run with a time of 11 minutes, 17.38 seconds, notching the only first-place finish for the Red Hawks on the day, and her sole win in the event ever on the track at Westfield State University.
“It’s good,” Mako said of the feeling of winning her event. “Whether it has been a mental thing, or off days, but I’m happy I’ve finally got it.”
What made the victory even more impressive was the fact she was sick this week. Coming in, she wasn’t sure how she would do.
“I wasn’t feeling the best coming in sick,” she said. “My time wasn’t as low as I would have liked it, but I can work on that for next week.”
Her coach added that “the 2-mile has slapped her around in the past. It is so good she conquered it today.”
While Mako was the only Red Hawk to finish in first, teammates Katherine Miner (freshman) and Mairead Ferry (junior) each took home second place finishes to boost the Red Hawks’ score.
Ferry finished second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:08.09) and the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches) and took third in the 100 hurdles (16:39).
“It was a good day,” Ferry said. “I PR’ed in both of my hurdles.”
Miner chipped in with a second in the 200 (26.66), moving up a place from where she had qualified earlier in the day. Miner also finished fourth in the high jump (5-0).
The trio all advance to the State meet next weekend with their finishes. Girls who finished in the top four of each event advance to next week.
Besides the three, Amanda Mozea was the other Red Hawk to qualify for the state meet. Mozea finished third in the shot put (37-02).
The winner in the shot put was one of the best individual stories of the day.
Mahar Regional School’s Sabrina Silva, who is headed to the University of Rhode Island next year to continue her career in throwing events, tossed the shot put a whopping 42-02, breaking her own school record in the process. She also took home first in the discus, throwing that for a personal best of 120-04.
“I felt good and I was ready to go today,” Silva said. “It was really great, I’m really proud of myself.”
Silva’s teammate Ally Parker, a freshman, also had a stellar day.
Parker took first in the pole vault with a jump of 9-0, while earlier in the day she took second in the long jump (17-1.25).
The two combined to score 38 points for Mahar, which was good enough for third as a team.
Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Natasha Olanyk took home a second-place finish in the 400 with a time of 1:00.90. Teammate Abbi Yezierski finished tied with Ferry for second in the pole vault (8-6). Mohawk also qualified its 4x400 team for the State meet next week, with the team of Emma Jepsen, Ashley Pierce, Lydia Morris, and Olanyk finishing third (4:19.19)
Athol High School’s Emily Casella finished fourth in the discus (102-7) and will be the lone Red Raider at the State meet next week.
The State Divisional meet will also be held at Westfield State on Saturday, with events starting at 1 p.m.