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Popusoi, Silva state champions

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Sabrina Silva, top seed in the shot put event. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Sabrina Silva, top seed in the shot put event. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Amanda Mozea, Frontier Regional High School,  in the shot put ring. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Amanda Mozea, Frontier Regional High School, in the shot put ring. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Kat Miner, sophomore from Frontier Regional School. High Jump event. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Kat Miner, sophomore from Frontier Regional School. High Jump event. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Dario Sadri, Pioneer Valley Regional high School, Long Jump event. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Dario Sadri, Pioneer Valley Regional high School, Long Jump event. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Leroy Page, Mohawk Regional High School, Discus event. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Leroy Page, Mohawk Regional High School, Discus event. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Natalie Mako, Frontier Regional High School,  2-Mile run. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Natalie Mako, Frontier Regional High School, 2-Mile run. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, after his school record jump in pole vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, after his school record jump in pole vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault is congratualted by his coach. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault is congratualted by his coach. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Natalie Mako, Frontier Regional High School,  2-Mile run. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Natalie Mako, Frontier Regional High School, 2-Mile run. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Mairead Ferry, Frontier Regional High School, 100 High Hurdles. Photo by Beth Reynolds

    WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Mairead Ferry, Frontier Regional High School, 100 High Hurdles. Photo by Beth Reynolds

  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Sabrina Silva, top seed in the shot put event. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Amanda Mozea, Frontier Regional High School,  in the shot put ring. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Kat Miner, sophomore from Frontier Regional School. High Jump event. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Dario Sadri, Pioneer Valley Regional high School, Long Jump event. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Leroy Page, Mohawk Regional High School, Discus event. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Natalie Mako, Frontier Regional High School,  2-Mile run. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, after his school record jump in pole vault. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Vlad Popusoi, Greenfield High School, State Champ in Pole Vault is congratualted by his coach. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Natalie Mako, Frontier Regional High School,  2-Mile run. Photo by Beth Reynolds
  • WESTFIELD, MA (June 1, 2013) - MIAA All State Track Championship Meet held at Westfield State University. Mairead Ferry, Frontier Regional High School, 100 High Hurdles. Photo by Beth Reynolds

Vlad Popusoi had already obliterated the Greenfield High School record book this season. On Saturday, he added a Massachusetts All-State Track & Field title to his growing pole vaulting portfolio.

The Green Wave junior broke his own mark in the pole vault and was the only athlete in the state to clear 14 feet as he earned the title during the All-State meet at Westfield State University.

Mahar Regional School’s Sabrina Silva also added another accomplishment to her storied career with an All-State championship in the shot put. She and Popusoi will represent Franklin County at the New England meet Saturday in New Britain, Conn.

Popusoi entered this season after a solid campaign last spring that saw him achieve a personal-best mark of 12 feet, 6 inches, leaving him one inch shy of Seth Mansur’s GHS record set in 2003. Popusoi broke that record earlier this season with a vault of 12-9 and has continued to see his jumps improve. He entered Saturday’s competition on the heels of a 13-6 mark that won him last weekend’s WMass-CMass Division II title, and tied him with three other vaulters in the state for the top seed. Popusoi started his day out at 12 feet and cleared the height in his first attempt, setting the tone for the rest of the competition. Popusoi would go on to clear 13 feet on his first try, and then 13-6 on his first try. Even if he had not cleared 14 feet, he would have won on jumps.

But he made sure not to leave it up to that. Popusoi missed for the first time in the competition on his first attempt at 14 feet, and then missed again on his second attempt. His third and final attempt proved to be the one, as he sailed over the bar to set the new school record.

“It was just a beautiful jump,” Greenfield coach Stu Elliott said. “He had cleared 14 feet at practice a couple of times and I knew that two of the other competitors had hit 14 recently, but they had only done it one time. I figured Vlad had as good a shot as anyone at finishing top 3, and I figured he had an outside shot of winning it. When we got there and he was warming up, he was jumping beautifully, and I really thought he had a great shot to win.”

Popusoi is the first Green Wave All-State champion since Maura McDonald won the crown in the mile back in 1991.

As for Silva, she already owns All-State and New England titles on her resume after winning both during the indoor season this past winter. Silva proved she was the best in the event in the state no matter where it takes place as she put the shot 41 feet, 11 inches, to finish four inches in front of Michaela Smith from Newton North High School, who finished second.

Silva wasn’t done there. She also earned a third-place finish in the discus on the day with a throw of 117-5, leaving her four inches shy of second place and over six feet shy of winner Madison Braz of Plymouth South High School (124-0). She will compete in both events at the New England meet.

Frontier Regional School’s Natalie Mako ended her impressive high school career with a ninth-place finish in the 2-mile after a time of 11:38.36. She was joined by four Red Hawk teammates at the meet. Kat Miner finished 10th in the high jump at 5-2, while Amanda Mozea took 13th in the shot put a 35-10.75. Mairead Ferry appeared in multiple events, placing 16th in the 400 meter hurdles at 1:08.72, and 21st in the pole vault at 8-6. Frontier eighth-grader Jaime Byrne placed 25th in the pole vault at 8-6.

Mahar Regional School’s Ally Parker had a strong day in a pair of events. The freshman placed seventh in the long jump at 16-6.75, and 12th in the pole vault at 9-6. Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Danielle Devine placed 18th in the high jump at 5 feet. Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Natasha Olanyk took 19th in the 400 at 1:00.95, and teammate Abbie Yezierski took 21st in the pole vault at 8-6.

Pioneer’s Greg Betsold appeared in two events on the boys’ side, taking 14th in the discus at 132-5, and 20th in the shot put at 46-7. Mohawk’s Leroy Page also appeared in two throwing events, placing 21st in the javelin at 139 feet, and 22nd in the discus at 104-8.

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