Warriors’ Olanyk in top 10 at PVIAC
Mohawk Trail senior Natasha Olanyk, far left, will be one of the top runners in the area this season.
Mahar's Zabien Shaw was the first runner from Franklin County to finish the boys varsity race during the PVIAC Cross Country meet Saturday at Stanley Park in Westfield. Zabien was 31st overall in the combined Division I and II race, finishing the 5K course in 17:46.46.
WESTFIELD — Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Natasha Olanyk recorded the area’s only top-10 finish, crossing the finish line in eighth overall in a field of 232 in the PVIAC Cross-Country Championship Saturday afternoon at Stanley Park.
“I ran pretty well today,” said a winded Olanyk, who completed the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 10.34 seconds. “On the uphill, that last uphill, I caught probably about five girls. We’ve been working on those, and that definitely helped.”
“She’s run really well all year, she’s been really into it, and still has [the Western Massachusetts Championship] next week,” said Warriors Hall of Fame coach Joe Chadwick.
The Mohawk girls finished four runners in the top 50, with Lily Wells 25th, Abby Yezierski 45th, and Madison Boucias 46th. The Warriors finished sixth as a team, and behind only one Division II squad, fourth-place Holyoke Catholic.
Unlike in the PVIAC race, in the Western Mass Championship to be held at Northfield Mountain this coming Saturday, runners will be competing against only their own divisions. For perspective, only one Division II runner, Monson High School’s Kathryn Wright, crossed before Olanyk at the PVIAC. Other local runners of note were Frontier Regional School’s Caitlyn Burnett (28th), Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Audrey Corrigan (30th), Franklin County Technical School’s Clarisse Hutchinson (40th), and Frontier’s Savannah Emery (43rd) and Greyson Young (47th). All were among the top 20 among Division II competition.
Frontier as a team finished ninth overall, and fourth amongst Division II opponents.
On the boys’ side, in a field of 267, only three local runners cracked the top 50, but even more so than with the girls, the Division I programs were dominant.
Mahar Regional School’s Zabien Shaw crossed the line 31st with a time of 17:46.46, but was fifth among Division II competitors. Franklin County Technical School’s Aaron Moore crossed 42nd (seventh Div. II), and Mahar’s Patrick Richard was 48th (ninth Div. II).
“Everybody was so good, so it was hard to do much today,” said Richard. “It was hard and fast, very fast. The conditions were great, not cold, but not too hot. Perfect.”
Mohawk’s Josh Rode placed 53rd (10th Div. II), Frontier’s Colin Lacey 55th (12th Div. II) and Orlando Wildman-Hanlon 71st (17th Div. II), and Mohawk’s Zach Coburn finished 73rd (18th Div. II).
Frontier finished 15th as a team, but was third among Division II squads. Mohawk and Franklin Tech finished 21st (seventh Div.II) and 23rd (seventh Div.II).
Amherst Regional High School’s Anna Kaplan won the girls’ individual title with a time of 19:00.46. Minnechaug Regional High School’s Samuel Conway was first for the boys in 15:48.95.
Amherst swept the team titles with total times of 1:39:37.24 for the girls, 1:24:38.99 for the boys.