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Michael Hartjens and Aaron Moore finished 1-2 for Turners Falls High School Tuesday and the Indians earned their fourth win of the season with a 24-32 victory over Frontier Regional School in a PVIAC South Division boys’ cross country meet at Frontier.
The victory gave the Indians (4-8) four wins for the first time since the 2008 season when the team went 7-9. The Indians went winless (0-25) the past two years, and nearly had the program fold completely before co-oping with Franklin County Technical School.
The runners who remained with the team have seen the program’s numbers grow slightly this season, which has paid off. The Indians now have enough runners to compete as a team, including Hartjens and Moore, who have led the Indians all season. Hartjens completed the 2.75-mile course in a time of 15 minutes, 30 seconds against Frontier. Moore was just behind at 15:43.
Frontier’s Jack Rybczyk came in third overall at 15:49. Teammate Colin Lacey placed fourth at 16:03. Ricky Field came in fifth at 16:52.
The Indians picked up the victory by placing the next three runners. Alex Giurgu came in sixth at 16:55, Zack Korpiewski took seventh at 17:17 and Jarod Brown rounded out the scoring Indians with an eighth-place showing (17:32).
Greenfield 21, Southwick 35 — Colen Stack cruised to a 29-second victory in the individual race to lead Greenfield High School past Southwick-Tolland Regional High School, 21-35, in an independent boys’ cross country Tuesday at Highland Park in Greenfield
Stack finished the 3.1-mile race in 18:30. Teammate Jeff Jackson followed in second place, stopping the clock in 18:59, and Will Borcy placed fourth in 19:10.
Tyler Miller (sixth, 20:21), Mike Aras (eighth, 21:06) and Sam Guiod (10th, 21:17) also earned top-10 finishes as Greenfield earned the win with retired longtime Wave head coach Peter Conway on hand.
Amherst 17, Mohawk 46
Ludlow 18, Mohawk 45 — Brian Crowley raced home to a first-place finish at 16:42 and Ludlow High School knocked off Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 18-45, in an independent boys’ cross country tri-meet Tuesday in Amherst.
Amherst also defeated Mohawk, 17-46.
Evan Wheeler was the lone Warrior runner to crack the top 10 with a sixth-place finish of 17:40.
Chicopee 25, Pioneer 35
Sci-Tech 25, Pioneer 30 — Pioneer Valley Regional School was swept by Chicopee High School (25-35) and Springfield School of Science & Technology (25-30) in an independent boys’ cross-country tri-meet Tuesday in Northfield.
Ed Kaczenski led the Panthers by finishing second on the 2.79-mile course in 16:53. Teammate Dustin Guyer took third in 17:29.
Sci-Tech’s Jose Bautista won the race in 16:15.
Frontier 18, Turners 43 — Natalie Mako broke her own course record Tuesday afternoon as Frontier knocked off Turners Falls, 18-43, in a girls’ cross-country meet in South Deerfield.
The Indians had just one runner, Clarisse Hutchinson, who took third overall in 18:11. So the girls ran along with the boys. That did not stop Mako from coming in first overall on the day, beating everyone in a time of 15:23 to break her own course record. The previous record was set back in the first meet of the season against Mohawk, when Mako came in at 15:43, 20 seconds slower than Tuesday’s time.
Amy Graham finished second overall at 17:35, while Mairead Ferry took fourth at 18:21. Caitlin Burnett placed fifth at 19:21. Chloe Nunn took sixth at 19:33.
Mako and the Red Hawks ended the season 7-4 and are off until Nov. 3, when they compete at the PVIAC Championships at Westfield State University.
Pioneer 15, Sci Tech 48
Chicopee 26, Pioneer 29 — Natalie Hale placed first overall in 19:24 to help Pioneer earn a split in its independent girls’ cross country tri-meet Tuesday. Pioneer beat Sci-Tech, 15-48, but lost to Chicopee, 26-29, to spoil the Panthers’ bid for a perfect regular-season record.
Maddie Scott finished fifth in 21:17 for Pioneer (11-1) on the 2.79-mile course. Brie Paradis finished sixth (21:28), Rachel Allen was eighth (22:01) and Sarah Kaczenski came in ninth (22:05) for the Panthers.
Amherst 19, Mohawk 41
Mohawk 15, Ludlow 41 — Abbie Yezierski and Natasha Olanyk had a strong showing Tuesday to help Mohawk to a split of an independent girls’ cross-country tri-meet in Amherst.
The Warriors defeated Ludlow, 15-41, and fell to Amherst, 19-41.
Mel Devoney won the race for the Hurricanes with a time of 19:32. Yezierski was the first Warrior to cross the finish line in fourth place at 21:23. Olanyk was just behind in fifth place at 21:26. Lilly Wells also had another strong showing for the Warriors with a ninth-place finish of 21:31.