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Green Wave boys more than Mohawk can handle

Natalie Mako of Frontier approaches the finish line during a cross country meet against Amherst and South Hadley Tuesday in Amherst. She took first place.
JERREY ROBERTS

Natalie Mako of Frontier approaches the finish line during a cross country meet against Amherst and South Hadley Tuesday in Amherst. She took first place. JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

Greenfield High School took four of the top six spots and went on to defeat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 23-35, in PVIAC South boys’ cross country action on Tuesday in Buckland.

The Warriors’ Evan Wheeler became the 47th runner in 45-year history of the 2.55-mile course to finish it in under 15 minutes, stopping the clock in 14:57.

Colen Stack finished close behind in a time of 15:06. Will Borcy took third in 15:51 and Jeff Jackson came in fourth in 16 minutes.

Mohawk’s Josh Rode completed the top five in 16:13.

In the girls’ individual race, Greenfield’s Eve Charest won in 17:49 followed by Abbi Yezierski in 17:51 (she becomes the 41st Warrior girl to break 18 minutes). Natasha Olanyk had the third-best time in 18:07.

Turners 28, Mahar 31

Monson 15, Turners 50

Monson 21, Mahar 41 — Monson High School claimed four of the top five spots to defeat Turners Falls High School (15-50) and Mahar Regional School (21-41) in a boys’ cross country tri-meet Tuesday in Turners Falls.

Mahar’s Zabien Shaw won the 2.6-mile race in 15:32, followed by Monson’s Ian Thorpe in 15:52. Zach Korpiewski was the top Turners runner, placing 10th in 17:06.

Neither local squad had enough girls to keep a team score, but Turners’ Clarisse Hutchinson won the individual race in 18:14.

Frontier 25, S. Hadley 30

Amherst 15, Frontier 50 — Amherst Regional High School captured the top seven spots on Tuesday as it cruised to identical 15-50 victories over Frontier Regional School and South Hadley High School in an independent boys’ cross country tri-meet in Amherst.

Frontier picked up a 25-30 victory over South Hadley to earn a split on the day.

Amherst had six runners break the 19-minute mark in the 3.1-mile race including Gabe Fishman, who won the event in 18:13. Teammate Connor Evans came in just behind Fishman at 18:18, while Owen Wright made it three runners in under 18:30 as he placed third at 18:25. Allen Vance (18:47) came in fourth, while John Santolucito and Rob Sailer tied for fifth in 18:56. Jonathan Josea capped off the Amherst sweep in seventh place at 19:11.

Jack Rybczyk was the first Frontier runner to come in with his eighth-place time of 19:13. South Hadley’s Nevin Murray (19:14) and Travis Warren (19:14) came in ninth and 10th, and Frontier’s Colin Lacey was just behind in 11th at 19:21.

Girls’ meets

Frontier 26, S. Hadley 30

Amherst 20, Frontier 39 — Natalie Mako finally failed to set a course record, although she came awfully close.

The Frontier speedster snapped a string of four-straight record-setting performances, falling six seconds off the all-time mark in Amherst, but she still finished first overall to help the Red Hawks earn a split during an independent girls’ cross country meet on Tuesday.

The Red Hawks (6-2 overall) earned a 26-30 victory over South Hadley but fell to Amherst, 20-39.

Mako had broken course records in each of her first four races of the season but came up just short in her effort on Tuesday when she came in at 18:50, six seconds shy of record at the 3.1-mile course.

Mako was followed over the finish line by three straight Amherst runners. Mel Devoney came in second at 19:07, Sara Vannah took third at 20:04, and Emmy Zimmerman came in fourth at 20:12.

Amy Graham was the next Frontier runner to cross the line at 21:32, while Mairead Ferry came in 11th at 22:03.

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