HS girls XC preview: Mohawk Trail still loaded

  • Frontier, Greenfield and Franklin tech girls cross country teams run at the start of their meet in 2017. FILE PHOTO

  • Greenfield's Johanna Guiod is one of the returning runners looking to help the Green Wave on the cross country circuit this fall. STAFF FILE PHOTO

  • Mohawk's Erica Szewczyk should be near the top of the order for the Warriors this fall, as the team is loaded with talent. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 9/8/2019 1:37:15 PM

While Meghan Davis, the top area runner for what seemed like a decade, won’t be on the trails for Mohawk this year, the Warriors still appear to be the team to beat in the Pioneer North Division this fall.

Other than Davis, everyone returns to a team that went unbeaten a year ago.

While there isn’t one superstar runner like Davis, the collective talent on the roster should be able to make up for her loss.

“Our strength is as a team,” Mohawk coach Joe Chadwick said. “None of them are going to replace Meghan, but all together, we could get more points at Western Mass.”

Chadwick is expecting a big year from senior Grace Poplawski. He feels she could be a top three finisher in Western Mass.

While Poplawski doesn’t have much experience running cross country, she ran distance in track and liked it so much she made the switch from soccer this year. Chadwick said she has looked good on the trails early. 

Senior Erika Looman and sophomore Erika Szewczyk also return, and both were key contributors at the top of the lineup a year ago right behind Davis.

“It would take a very good team to beat these girls,” Chadwick said. “Five to seven girls finishing within a minute of each other would be an ideal situation.”

Frontier will give Mohawk the most competition, though the Red Hawks will field a young team.

Freshmen Angelina Egland and Abigail Howard, and eighth-grader Leah Gump will lead the team this year. The roster has 10 runners from the sophomore, junior and senior classes also expected to add to the varsity squad. Frontier added six runners this season.

Greenfield and Pioneer each have small rosters, with the Green Wave fielding seven runners and the Panthers having five on the squad.

Of the five Pioneer runners, one is a sophomore, one a freshman and the rest are in seventh grade, as coach Gina Johnson will look to develop young runners this fall.

Frontier

COACH: Bob Smith

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer North/2

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 10-2

RETURNING PLAYERS: Seniors — Evelyn Boyden, Adrienne Josephs, Lia Vichi, Marie Diemand, Juliet Keefe. Juniors — Catherine Bezio, Malia Hanes, Skyler Dennie. Sophomores — Blanche Reading, Sadie Ross. Freshmen — Angelina Egland, Eva Howard, Abigail Howard, Lena Johnson. Eighth Graders — Leah Gump, Iris Hill, Nicole Plasse.

NEWCOMERS: Freshmen — Renee Hait, Cheryl Moreau. Seventh Graders — Mary Burt, Isabella Graves, Sasha Malo, Ashlee Weagel.

Greenfield

COACH: Stu Elliott

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer North/2

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 4-3

ROSTER: Juniors: Johanna Guiod, Eva Heath, Shane Subeldia. Sophomores — Kaci Breiwick, Kandice Lu. Freshmen — Ashlee Bowen. Eighth Graders — Natalie Grunwald.

Mohawk Trail

COACH: Joe Chadwick

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer North/2

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 7-0

ROSTER: Seniors — Carli Cusimano, Erika Looman, Grace Poplawski. Sophomores — Erica Szewczyk, Caitlin Upton. Freshmen — Savannah Simmons, Savy Ellis. Eighth Graders — Kyra Goodell, Siera Upton. Seventh Graders — Isabella Pettengill.

Pioneer

COACH: Gina Johnson

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer North/2

LAST YEAR’S RECORD:

ROSTER: Sophomores — Lucy Koester. Freshmen — Samantha Baldwin. Seventh Graders — Allison Clary, Amelia Fowler-Shaw, Jayne Leger.




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