Mohawk girls, Frontier boys champs
SHELBURNE FALLS (October 22, 2013) — Girls' cross country tream runners set off across the track at Mohawk Regional High School on Tuesday. Mohawk hosted Frontier, Mahar and Hampshire Regional Schools in a quadrangular cross country meet. Recorder/Trish Crapo
SHELBURNE FALLS (October 22, 2013) — Girls' cross country runner Tasha Olanyk, 16, of Ashfield, enters from the woods and onto the track at Mohawk Regional High School on Tuesday, beating her own personal best time. Mohawk hosted Frontier, Mahar and Hampshire Regional Schools in a quadrangular cross country meet. Recorder/Trish Crapo
The Mohawk Trail Regional High School girls’ cross country team finished off an undefeated regular season and won its first league title in seven years with a 19-40 North Division victory over previously unbeaten Frontier Regional School Tuesday afternoon in Buckland.
Both teams came into the meet with unblemished records, setting up a winner-take-all finale to the season. The Warriors, who have not won a league championship since 2006 and have not gone unbeaten in a season since 2004, had four of the top six runners in a meet that included Hampshire Regional High School. Mohawk beat Hampshire, 19-40, while Frontier earned a split on the day with a 25-30 win over the Red Raiders. Mahar also competed but didn’t have enough individuals to be recognized as a team.
Natasha Olaynk got Mohawk (11-0, 7-0) off to a great start with her winning time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds on the 2.55-mile course. Lilly Wells came in third overall in 17:53, made even more impressive by the fact that it was the eighth-grader’s first race in three weeks after suffering an injury. Maddie Boucias came in fifth overall for Mohawk in 18:06, and Abbie Yezierski took sixth in 18:14. Yezierski is the team’s lone senior and has been running for six years, and coach Joe Chadwick said he felt like the rest of the team really wanted to win it for her.
“I’m so happy for Abbie,” Chadwick began. “For them to win the league title for her on her senior year was really special. I think everyone would say that they were running for Abbie today.”
Mohawk’s fifth and sixth runners also had strong days to close out the win. Seventh-grader Lucy Carr finished eighth overall in 18:28, and Allison Lull came in just behind her with a ninth-place finish in 18:35.
Savannah Emery was the top finisher for the Red Hawks (10-1, 6-1) with a fourth-place finish of 17:57. Caitlin Burnett came in seventh overall in 18:23, and Mairead Ferry took 10th in 18:46.
Granby 25, Greenfield 32
Palmer 28, Greenfield 29 — Jenna Silk came in first overall but her Greenfield High School girls’ cross country team was edged by both Palmer High School (28-29) and Granby High School (25-32) Tuesday in Palmer.
Silk won the 2.99-mile race in a time of 20:01, while teammate Claire Abelson came in fourth overall in 22:43. Amelia Simmonds took 10th for the Green Wave in 24:06.
Frontier 27, Mohawk 30
Frontier 25, Mahar 34
Frontier 25, Hampshire 32
Mohawk 27, Mahar 28
Hampshire 26, Mohawk 31 — The Frontier boys’ cross country team made history Tuesday by winning its first league title with a North Division sweep over Mohawk (27-30) and Mahar (25-34) in Buckland.
Frontier (13-0, 8-0) also ran against Hampshire in an independent meet and hit the trifecta with a 25-32 victory. As they have done all season, the Red Hawks won with a full team effort. The Hawks did not have a runner in the top six, but beginning with seventh place, had five of the next six runners. That consistency led to the league championship.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Frontier coach Bob Smith joked. “It’s a full team effort because there isn’t that one individual who’s a standout. It hasn’t been that way. They are a blue-collar team. They go to work every day and work hard. And they’re young. Tre Roy is the only senior on the team. But they have quietly been talking about this because they look at all those banners in the gymnasium and there is no boys’ cross country banner ... until now.”
Colin Lacey was the top Frontier performer with a seventh-place time of 15:55. Orlando Wildman-Hanlon was one second back in eighth place and Aidan Waldron took ninth in 16:03. Brandyn Robinson came in 11th in 16:20, and Roy took 12th overall in 16:26.
Mohawk, which would have earned a tie for the league championship with a win over Frontier, edged Mahar, 27-28, but fell to Hampshire, 25-32. Josh Rode came in fourth overall in 15:25 for Mohawk, Zach Coburn took sixth in 15:45, and Luke Viens placed 10th in 16:03.
Mahar was led by race-winner Zabien Shaw and his time of 14:47. Pat Richard came in fifth in 15:41.
Greenfield 23, Granby 32
Palmer 27, Greenfield 29 — Will Borcy took second overall and Greenfield finished off the regular season with a boys’ cross country split Tuesday in Granby.
The Green Wave defeated North Division foe Granby, 23-32, but was edged by Palmer, 27-29.
Borcy finished the 2.99-mile course in 17:04 for the Green Wave (9-4, 6-2), while Isaiah Morrison came in sixth in 18:04. Sam Guiod rounded out the top 10 with a 10th-place time of 18:54.
Palmer’s Henry Domnarski won the race in 16:31.
FC Tech 28, St. Mary 29
Gateway 27, FC Tech 29 — Franklin County Technical School split a tightly contested cross country meet Tuesday at Littleville Dam in Huntington by beating St. Mary High School (28-29) and lost to Gateway Regional High School (27-29).
Aaron Moore led three top-10 finishers for the Eagles, placing second in 17:27. Jared Brown took seventh in 18:56 and Nick Waterman was ninth in 19:30.
Chris Hanacek won the 2.76-mile race in 17:21.
• In the girls’ race, Franklin Tech’s Clarisse Hutchinson was the individual winner in 20:27.