PVIAC indoor track campaign opens today

Realignment has significantly changed the PVIAC Valley Division in boys’ and girls’ indoor track for the next four seasons.

Both were reduced from 11 to 10 teams, and then divided into two five-team divisions: North and South.

Mahar Regional School and Mohawk Trail Regional High School have been placed in the North with Cathedral, Holyoke and South Hadley high schools. Athol High School, Greenfield High School and Pioneer Valley Regional School are in the South with Hampshire Regional and West Springfield high schools.

Teams meet each opponent in the North and South once, but only the four meets against divisional opponents count toward the league title.

The PVIAC season opens today at Smith College in Northampton. Here’s a look at the area squads:


Athol’s boys went 5-5 last year for head coach Dave St. Jean, who is assisted by Sarah King. Jamie Posk, Travis Heath and Zack Bergquist are the top returning athletes, but only three boys returned in all, so a rebuilding season may be in the works.

Seniors: Wyatt Doiron-Larue (mid distance), Travis Heath (throws), Jamie Posk (mid distance/jumps).

Juniors: Mark Batchelor (mid distance), Matt Drazek (mid distance), Danny Pablo (sprints), James Ridell (sprints/jumps), Todd Smith (sprints/jumps), Tunc Yavuz (mid distance/Sprints/Jumps).

Sophomore: Mike Welcome (throws).

Freshmen: Rowan Anderson (throws), Zack Bergquist (distance/jumps).

• The Red Raiders girls were 3-7 and only return five veterans, but most of them are ones to watch. They include Holly Brisette, Liz Casella, Sophia Palmacci and Shelby Sawin.

Seniors: Elizabeth Casella (throws/sprints), Annie MacLean (distance/jumps), Amanda Bergquist (mid distance/distance), Jordan Carey (throws/Sprints).

Juniors: Sophia Palmacci (sprints/jumps), Patricia Sullivan (mid distance/sprints), Kayla Lutz (mid distance), Jess Mann (distance/mid distance/jumps), Stephanie Putnam (mid distance/distance/jumps), Rielley Richards (mid distance/jumps), Ali Riddell (mid distance/sprints/jumps), Shelby Sawin (throws/sprints), Amber Young (mid distance/throws).

Sophomore: Holly Brisette (mid distance).


The Green Wave boys went 6-4, and head coach Stuart Elliott’s squad is hoping to improve upon that with a fairly strong squad led by Veniamin Darmanchev, Vladimir Popusoi and Will Borcy.

Seniors: Nick Brandl (distance), Veniamin Darmanchev (shot put/long jump), Riley Phelps (shot put), Vladimir Popusoi (hurdles/mid distance/high jump), Teofil Taraburca (shot put).

Juniors: Will Borcy (distance), Parker Brown, Dominic Glasson (sprints), Steve Gordon, Andrew Grote (shot put), Scott Grote (shot put), Kodey LaBombard (high jump/distance), Sam Mimitz, Zac Pyfrom (sprints).

Sophomores: Josh Day (mid distance), Nick Xayasouk (shot put).

Freshmen: Mike Aras (distance), Nikolas Georgitsa, David Giurgiu (distance), Dawson Glasson, Sam Knight (distance), Sam Marsden, Sylvian Popusoi (mid distance/jumps).

• Greenfield’s girls are struggling with numbers after a 1-9 campaign a year ago. Only five girls were out for the squad as of press time.

Sophomore: Claire Abelson (distance).

Freshmen: Alyssa Garvin (mid distance), Anna Jackowski (distance), Chelsea Mass (sprints/high jump), Lan Nguyen (sprints).


The Senators were 5-5, but a tremendous amount of depth could prove to be the difference as they battle for the North title. They’ll be led by Zabien Shaw, Patrick Richard, Shawn Dennis, Dan Bergman and Ethan Nye.

Seniors: Logan Barrett (sprints), Daniel Bergman (hurdles/jumps), Joseph Capuzzo (shot put), Richard Coffin (shot put), Cody Fifield (mid distance), Darnell Jones (shot put), Kennie Nutter-Truehart (mid distance), Patrick Richard (distance), Andrew Wagner (sprints/jumps).

Juniors: Thomas Anderson (shot put), Winston Chayee (hurdles), Henry Frost (mid distance), Xavier Godette (sprints/jumps), Russell Grasso (shot put), Zach Gurganus (distance), Leo Jillson (shot put), Tristan Melanson (shot put), Nick Newton (hurdles), Ethan Nye, (sprints/jumps), Datu Pendatun (shot put), North Peredina (distance), Zabien Shaw (distance), Nicholas Sullivan (shot put), MJ Watson (distance), Trevor Whitcomb (shot put).

Sophomores: Shawn Dennis (sprints), Troy King (distance), Jed Richardson (mid distance/distance).

Freshmen: Ethan Barbuto (sprints/mid distance), Levi Baruch (mid distance), John Nye (shot put).

Eighth-graders: Ryan Badgley (shot put), John Blattenberger, Sean Doyle (shot put), Cole Emery (shot put), Hugo Frost (mid distance), Alex Gurganus (mid distance), Aaron Hendry (mid distance), Cecil Talbot (distance), Jamie Teele (sprints), Tyreece Younger (sprints).

Seventh-graders: Brendon Arsenault, Edward Bennington (distance), Adam Clement, Justin deDiego, Will Peredina, Damitrius Sayarath (sprints/jumps), Lucas Seney (shot put), Thomas Shortis (distance).

• The Senators have a loaded roster with 40 girls, and that alone could see them eclipse their win total from 2012-13 (they finished 6-4). Tiffany Tenney, Kelsie Bardsley, Amber Meehan and Quiana Rivera are Mahar’s top athletes.

Seniors: Kelsie Bardsley (sprints/jumps), Elizabeth Currie (shot put), Taylor Doyle (shot put), Amber Meehan (distance), Emilee Melanson (shot put), Lyndsay Paluk (shot put) Megan Perea (shot put).

Juniors: Amber Bonk (sprints), Colleen Burke (mid dist/jumps), Amber Colon (distance), Kelly Costa (shot put), Sabrina LaDeau (shot put), Jessica Lloyd (distance), Kaila Lundgren (mid distance), Tiffany Tenney (sprints/jumps), Zoe Tuudel (distance), Abigail Truesdell (hurdles).

Sophomores: Meghan Doyle (distance) Ashley Ehlen (shot put), Carly Jillson (sprints), Faith Latwis (sprints), Quiana Rivera (hurdles/jumps), Alexandra Temple (distance), Sophia Wetherbee (hurdles).

Freshmen: Leah Breen (distance), Yunjung Seo (sprints), Lauren White (shot put).

Eighth-graders: Karaghen Mcburnie (mid distance), Kirsten O’Brien (sprints/jumps), Ava Paine sprints/jumps), Erin Sandova (hurdles).

Seventh-graders: Lana DeDiego, Sarah Graeff, Jeanne Grutchfield (sprints/hurdles), Carissa Johnson, Komal Khan (shot put), Michelle Moulton, Marie Nottleson, Shelby Ponusky (sprints/hurdles), Anna Wetherbee.


After a 6-4 season, head coach Kevin Freitas is looking for consistency form the boys’ team due to a lower numbers (14 at press time). Amar Abatiello, Josh Rode and Lucas Purington will anchor young but talented squad.

Seniors: Leroy Page (middle distance, sprints, shot put, high jump), Josh Rode (middle distance, long jump), Tyler Tobin (sprints).

Juniors: Nikolai Anzuoni (middle distance, long jump), Eddie Munkel (mid distance, long jump), Lucas Purington (sprints, long jump), Clay Selleck (sprints), Josh Taylor (sprints).

Sophomores: Amar Abbatiello (hurdles, sprints), Cam Olanyk (distance, middle distance, long jump), Sam Rode (distance, middle distance).

Freshman: Zach Coburn (distance, long jump).

Eighth-graders: Luke Veins (distance), Ben Warger (sprints).

• The Warrior girls could contend for the North title after finishing 8-2 last season. Among the 16 who came out for head coach Joe Chadwick, his senior class of Kesheal Henderson and Ashley Pierce will likely score a good deal of Mohawk’s points.

Seniors: Kesheal Henderson (shot put/sprints), Ashley Pierce (distance).

Juniors: Aimee Funk (mid distance), Halley Glier (distance), Alyse Leonard (sprints/jumps), Natasha Olanyk (mid distance), Kaylee Quenneville (sprints/shot put), Amanda Taylor (hurdles/sprints).

Sophomores: Taylor Brown (high jump/sprints), Megan Grant (distance), Jueliette Shean, (distance), Sally Slowinski (jumps, mid distance).

Eighth-graders: Haley Rode (sprints), Kristin Slowinski (sprints/shot put), Lilly Wells (distance).

Seventh-graders: Meghan Davis (distance).


A good deal of talent led by Darion Sadri, Dan Bordner and Evan LaCoy should help the Panther boys’ team improve on a 3-7 slate from a year ago. Head coach Jim Bell returns for his 15th season, and assistant Erin Cromack is back for second go-round.

Seniors: Ethan Finnell (distance), Chris Gilbert (mid dist/relay/long jump), Dan Bordner (high jump/hurdles/relay), Alex Bridges (hurdles/high jump), Tony Dizenzo (long jump/distance), Dan Horvath (distance), Jeremy Kemble-Lund (hurdles), Evan LaCoy (high jump), Darion Sadri (sprints/jumps), James Wheeler (relay/mid distance).

Junior: Ben Potee-Martin (mid distance).

Sophomores: Sean Butterfield (mid distance), John Ramsdell (mid distance), Ben Tufano (sprints/hurdles/long jump).

Eighth-graders: Ethan Foster (mid distance), Jacob Kelton (sprint/mid distance), Andrew Pratt (sprints/shot put), Sam Stone (mid distance), Alex Wahlstrom (shot put), Adrian Wilson (shot put).

Seventh-grader: Gavin Curtis (sprints).

• The Panther girls went 5-5 last year, and returning stars Danielle Devine, Devon Roy and Emily Malsch could put them in the title hunt unless depth — or a lack thereof — starts to affect them.

Seniors: Sarah Kaczenski (distance), Sydney Martin (shot put/sprints), Erin Bertrand (shot put/relay), Savannah Sojka (shot put).

Sophomores: Danielle Devine (sprints/hurdles/jumps), Emily Geser (mid distance), Emily Malsch (hurdles/high jump), Kelsey Prest (hurdles/long jump/relay), Devon Roy (sprints/mid distance), Megan Weld (shot put/relay).

Freshmen: Madeline LaValley (distance), Sophia Peduzzi-Nelson (mid distance/relay/hurdles), Karissa Perkins (hurdles/mid distance), Grace Rathbun (mid distance/sprints).

Eighth-grader: Eleanor Scott (distance).

Seventh-graders: Audrey Corrigan (distance), Avery Kelton (sprints/high jump).

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