HS Roundup: Mihailicenco sets Greenfield boys high jump record against Frontier (PHOTOS)

  • Greenfield’s Liviu Mihailicenco clears a top mark of 6 feet, 10 inches, breaking the school record in the high jump during a meet against Frontier on Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Liviu Mihailicenco competes in the high jump during the track and field meet against Frontier on Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Liviu Mihailicenco runs to a first place finish in the 100 hurdles during the track and field meet on Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Liviu Mihailicenco runs to a first place finish in the 100 hurdles during the track and field meet on Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Abi Howard clears a PR of 5-2 in the high jump during the track and field meet Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Caroline Crocker runs to a first place finish in the 100 hurdles during the track and field meet on Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Theo Popusoi competes in the pole vault during the track and field meet against Frontier on Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Jack Vecellio competes in the hurdles during the track and field meet on Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Theo Popusoi competes in the hurdles during the track and field meet against Frontier on Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Aiden Dredge competes in the 4x100m relay during the track and field meet on Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Jack Vecellio competes in the pole vault during the track and field meet on Friday afternoon in Greenfield. PHOTO BY DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 4/8/2022 9:35:18 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s Liviu Mihailicenco surprised himself on Friday in a track meet against Frontier. 

The senior entered the season hoping to beat the Green Wave school record in the high jump of six feet, seven and one quarter inches, which was set by Kory Breiwick in 2012. His previous high last season was 6-4, and he had been close to hitting that mark at practice this season.

At Friday’s meet, Mihailicenco more than cleared his PR, hitting the 6-4 mark with ease. Then he jumped 6-6. Then he hit 6-8 to break the school record.

He wasn’t done there. He finished the day with a top jump of 6-10, breaking the school record by nearly three inches. The 6-10 jump would have placed him first at the MIAA state meet last year by two full inches.

“It’s crazy,” Mihailicenco said. “When I almost had 6-4 in practice, I felt so much better than I did last year. I was very confident I’d be able to get the school record sometime this season but getting 6-10 the first meet of the season is crazy.”

Mihailicenco was able to set the mark in front of one of his teachers, Luke Martin, who had held the Greenfield high jump record of 6-7 until Breiwick beat it, making the moment all the more special. 

With it being just the first meet of the season, Mihailicenco now has his sights set on the seven-foot mark going forward. 

“Since ninth grade I told him I’d beat him one day,” Mihailicenco said of Martin. “I’m so happy he was here to see it. I was worried with COVID and losing that season that I wouldn't be able to get to my full potential. There's more I can do. It’s just the beginning of the season.”

Mihailicenco wasn’t the only athlete at Friday's meet to surprise themselves in the high jump.

Frontier’s Abi Howard set a PR of 5-2, breaking her previous best by nearly two inches to finish with the top jump in the girls meet.

“When I get to a meet, my adrenaline is going through the roof,” Howard said. “It improves my jumping. I’m very surprised with myself today.” 

Like Mihailicenco, Howard hopes to continue raising the bar and challenging herself to top her personal best. 

“My goal is to get 5-4 this season,” Howard said. “I just have to get over my fear of 5-3 now. I’ll just keep practicing, working on my form and I’ll get there.” 

Fellow Redhawk Jack Vecellio hit the high mark in the pole vault on Friday, finishing with a top leap of 15-6. He continues to push himself in hopes of breaking the state record before he graduates. 

“I’m just working my way back into it,” Vecellio said. “I’m waiting for it to get warm. Every practice has been chilly. I’m not really in a big rush but I’d like to break the state record of 17-2. I just want to jump high in the postseason. I’m trying not to set too many expectations right now.” 

Howard also took first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:47.9 on Friday as the Frontier girls earned a 127-18 victory. Caroline Crocker won the long jump (16.25 feet) and 100 hurdles (16.7), Alena Maes-Polan won the pole vault (9-6) and 400 hurdles (73.1), Sadie Ross took the javelin (79-6), Lilly Novak won the discus (80-1), Sophia Leone took the 100 (13.8) and 200 (29.0), Hannah Mackin won the mile (6:07), Josie Fosnot took first in the 400 (67.0) and Bianca Peura won the 2-mile (14:19) in the win for the Redhawks. 

Tess Rancourt won the shot put and Emma Savoy took the triple jump (30-5) for Greenfield. 

In the boys race, Frontier came away with an 84-60 triumph. Vecellio won the 100 (11.1) and 400 hurdles (59.5), Erich Brown won the 800 (2:14), Luke Howard won the mile (5:08) and 2-mile (11:24), Alex Schreiber took the discus (94-2) and Aiden Dredge won the javelin (106-2) for the Redhawks.

Mihailicenco took the 110 hurdles (15.7) and the 400 hurdles (55.0) in addition to his win in the high jump. Theo Popusoi took first in the long jump (19-7.75) and triple jump (38-11.5), Deion Brewington took first in the shot put (31-5.75) and Keegan Doty-Smith won the 200 (25.4) in the loss. 

Baseball

Franklin Tech 7, Smith Academy 5 — The Falcons made things interesting by loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh but the Eagles hung on to earn a 7-5 Bi-County North victory in Turners on Friday. 

Sam Knight and Jake Whitney each smacked a single and a double for Franklin Tech (1-1, 1-0) while Nate Fuess drilled an RBI double. Kyle Begos picked up the win on the mound and Alex Sulda earned the save. 

Turners 5, Mohawk Trail 0 — Make it two in a row to open the year for the Thunder.

Joey Mosca, Kainen Stevens, Emmanuel Villafana and Derek Wissman surrendered a combined two hits to propel host Turners to a 5-0 Bi-County North victory over the Warriors on Friday. 

Levin Prondecki had an RBI single, Devon Sloane hit safely and Jake Lyone had a pair of RBIs for the Thunder (2-0). 

Logan Moore and Hunter Donahue each tallied a hit for Mohawk Trail (0-2). Oliver Johnson struck out four on the hill in the loss. 

South Hadley 12, Athol 2 — Logan Cormier hit in RBI single in the Bears’ loss to the Tigers in South Hadley on Friday. 

Connor Mahony and Aedan Erickson each hit safely for Athol (0-2) in the defeat. 

Softball

Westfield 7, Greenfield 1 — Kaitlin Lavoine had an RBI single in the Green Wave’s 7-1 independent loss to the Bombers on Friday in Greenfield. 

Rachel Dodge and Ellis Benitez each hit safely for Greenfield (2-1). MacKenzie Paulin and Benitez each struck out three in the circle in the defeat. 

Boys track 

Mohawk Trail 89, Athol 50 — Chay Mojallali won the triple jump (35-7), high jump (5-10) and the 400 hurdles (81.5) as the Warriors earned a win against the Bears in Buckland on Friday. 

Dennis Simmons took the 400 (61.7) and the mile (5:10) for Mohawk Trail. Other Warriors winners included Sean O’Dea in the long jump (16-6), Emmett Johnson in the pole vault (6-6), Vincent Gauthier in the 800 (2:29.4) and Wyatt Alling in the 2-mile (15:20.3). Mohawk Trail also won the 4x100 (53.1) and 4x400 (4:09.7) relays. 

Michael Koutrakos won the discus (89-0), 100 (12.5) and the 200 (26.3) for Athol. Joseph Gray took the javelin (127-5), Joe Grant won the shot put (34-1.5) and Riley Reed took first in the 100 hurdles (23.2) in the loss. 

Franklin Tech 100, Pioneer 40 — Brody Williams won the shot put (30-3) and the javelin (98-4), Anthony Gallo won the mile (6:22) and 2-mile (13:15) while Brayden McCord took the triple jump (34-4) and the 100 (12.3 seconds) to lead the Eagles to a victory over the Panthers on Friday in Turners. 

Grayson Rollins won the discus (80-6), Josiah Little won the long jump (17-4.25), Owen LaValley took the pole vault (8-0), David Stowe came in first in the 100 hurdles (21.2), Patrick Conell Jr. won the 400 hurdles (1:164) and Cameron Candelaria took the 200 (27.2) for Franklin Tech. The Eagles also won the 4x100 with a time of 50 seconds. 

Jonathan Bodenstein won the high jump (5-4) and 800 (2:25.4) while Sam Bodenstein took the 400 (61.6) for Pioneer. The Panthers won the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:25.5. 

Girls track 

Mohawk Trail 117, Athol 15 — Emily Sisum won three events while Ellie Pinkham took first in four events as the Warriors cruised to a win over the Bears on Friday in Buckland. 

Sisum took first in the triple jump (31-2), javelin (68-7) and 400 hurdles (77.4) while Pinkham won the long jump (15-3), 100 (13.6), 200 (28.8) and 400 (67.3). Other Warrior winners included Sofiya Slocik-Gritzner in the high jump (4-2), Savannah Simmons in the pole vault (6-0), Lily Jenks in the 100 hurdles (21.2), Natalie Lanoue in the mile (6:31.4) and 2-mile (14:21.6) and Anya Reid in the 800 (2:59.2). 

Mohawk Trail won the 4x100 (61.1) and 4x400 (5:18.4) relays. Sydney Gauvin won both the shot put (25.5 feet) and discus (68-1) for Athol. 

Pioneer 112, Turners 35 — Sahanna Heilman won the 100 hurdles (19.1) and 400 hurdles (1:24.3), Hailey Ring took the 200 (28.2), long jump (14-3) and triple jump (30-1.5) and Caroline Ring won the shot put (24-5), discus (83-11) and javelin (68.3) to lead the Panthers to a victory over the host Thunder on Friday. 

Other Pioneer winners were Nina St. Clair in the 100 (13.6) and high jump (4-8) and Brianna May in the mile (7:21) and pole vault (6-6) and 800 (3:09). 

Elise Wolfe won the 400 (1:09) and Anna Morrissey won the 2-mile (15:19) for the Thunder. 

Boys volleyball

Putnam 3, Athol 1 — The Bears won the opening set but dropped the next three, suffering a 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 loss to the Beavers in Athol on Friday. 

Boys tennis

Frontier 4, Turners 1 — The Redhawks won three of the four matches contested to defeat the Thunder on Friday in South Deerfield. 

Miles Keefe picked up a 5-7, 6-3, 10-5 win in No. 1 singles for Turners over Frontier’s Mike Boyle. Redhawk Robert Fuqua earned a 6-0, 6-1 win in No. 2 singles over Alex Sabin and Jacob Han beat Jacob Reich 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles. 

In No. 1 doubles, Frontier's Caiden Manning and Harry Wright defeated Dane Lupien and John Carmichael 6-0, 6-0. The Redhawks won No. 2 doubles via forfeit. 


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