Mohawk’s Davis, Frontier’s Vecellio No. 1

  • Mahar senior Hugo Frost set a school record in the 400 meter hurdles and placed third in the event Saturday during the MIAA Central/West Division II Track & Field Championships at Fitchburg State University. Submitted Photo

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/27/2018 10:57:31 PM

Saturday’s Central/West Division II Track & Field championships not only pitted athletes against one another, it also pitted them against the elements.

Battling heat and humidity unlike anything they’ve had to deal with all season, Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Meghan Davis and Frontier Regional School’s Jack Vecellio each took home individual championships to highlight the meet at Fitchburg State University.

“You train for six weeks in 40-degree weather and then on Saturday it’s in the 80s,” joked Frontier coach Walt Flynn.

Davis’s biggest battle in the girls’ 2-mile event may in fact have been the heat. The Mohawk junior was a huge favorite in the event and she did not disappoint, winning the event in 11 minutes, 14.22 seconds to best the next closest finisher by more than 34 seconds.

“After about half a mile, it was sort of over,” Mohawk coach Joe Chadwick said.

Chadwick said that Davis was pleased to win but as always, because she did not improve on her personal-best time, was not completely satisfied.

“Unless she runs a faster time than she has, she’s not satisfied,” he said. “But it was hot and she was all by herself.”

Chadwick said that Davis hoped her time would get her in the top heat at this weekend’s MIAA All-State Meet, which takes place back at Fitchburg State. With increased competition, it could push Davis toward her ultimate goal to break the 11-minute mark. She will be joined at the All-States by Greenfield High School’s Amy O’Sullivan, who is in the final season of her strong distance career and finished fourth on Saturday in the 2-mile at 12:00.12.

The top four finishers in each event qualified for All-States.

The other local champion came in the boys’ pole vault, where Frontier’s Vecellio reigned supreme with his leap of 11 feet, 6 inches to top the field. Like Davis, Vecellio did not hit his personal-best height of 12 feet, which he cleared earlier this month, but Flynn said the heat was certainly a factor. Vecellio tied Quabbin Regional High School’s Seth Talbot by clearing 11-6, but won the event due to clearing it on fewer attempts.

“He’s a heck of an athlete for an eighth-grader,” Flynn said.

Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Jacob Kelton will join Flynn at All-States after placing third in the event at 11 feet. His teammate, Gavin Curtis, also cleared 11 feet, but finished fifth due to jumps.

Mohawk has two other girls joining Davis at All-States as Violet Rawlings and Erin Laffond both advanced. Laffond took second in the girls’ pole vault Thursday night at 9-6 while Rawlings was second in the discus on Saturday at 97-7 to finish just behind Hudson High School’s Morgan Collins, who won the event at 98-3. Frontier sophomore Olivia Vecellio, Jack’s older sister, finished fifth in the event at 91 feet.

Two other area girls also qualified for All-States. Frontier freshman Reilly Isler took second in the javelin at 109-8 to finish behind Blackstone Valley Technical High School’s Isabelle Angelini, who won at 116-6. Pioneer freshman Paige Loughman was fourth in the javelin at 107-10 and qualified for All-States, while Greenfield High School’s Courtney Danielsen was seventh at 105-10.

Mahar Regional School had four girls perform well on the day. Two of them finished in the top 10 in the shot put as Maeve Powell took fifth (32-6½), and Chloe Taddeo finished seventh (31-5¼). Anna Wetherbee finished ninth in the 400 (1:02.71) and 10th in the long jump (16-4), while Kamryn Reilly was right behind her in the long jump at 16-2.

The area also celebrated a third championship as the Mahar boys’ 4 x 400 relay team set a school record and cruised to a victory in 3:30.36, narrowly missing the meet record of 3:29.89 set by Whitinsville Christian School of Northbridge in 2013. The Mohawk boys will join Mahar at All-States after finishing as the runners-up in the event at 3:37.34.

Three area boys will join Jack Vecellio at All-States. Mahar senior Hugo Frost, who was part of the 4 x 400 relay team, also set a school record in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and finished third in the event at 57.34. Douglas High School’s Alec Goldenberg won the event at 56.76. Frontier’s Phaelon Koski took sixth in the event (59.33), Athol High School’s Mason Barrieau was seventh (60.46) and Mohawk’s Cullen Brown was ninth (60.80).

Greenfield sophomore Crescens Iavorschi took fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.66 while Oakmont High School’s John Caouette won the event in 10.92. Mohawk’s Seth Hoynoski also extended his senior season by finishing fourth in the 400-meter run in 52.46. Hudson’s Michael Blake won the event in 50.09, and Frontier’s Brandyn Robinson was sixth in the event at 53.23.

Other area boys had solid days at the meet. London Summers took fifth in the javelin at 144-8, while Pioneer’s Scott McDonough was sixth in the long jump at 19-6¼. Frontier’s Carsten Carey was seventh in the 2-mile at 10:16.05, Pioneer’s A.J. Wilson was eighth in the shot put at 40-3¼, and Mohawk’s Bennett Boucias was ninth in the 800 at 2:05.42.


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