Chadwick passes Goodnow for career wins

Recorder Staff
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Mohawk Trail Regional High School coach Joe Chadwick is breathing some rarified air after Friday’s PVIAC Indoor Track Meet 6 at Smith College in Northampton.

The Warriors topped Baystate Academy (84-8) and Pioneer Valley Regional School (71-23) to help Chadwick pass legendary Frontier Regional School coach Vi Goodnow for the most wins by a Franklin County coach. Chadwick entered Friday tied with Goodnow at 1,224 wins and with the two victories now has 1,226, moving into second-place all-time in the state, behind Leominster High School coach Emile Johnson, who retired in 2013 at the age of 76 with 1,250 wins in baseball and soccer.

“It’s a little hard to put it into words,” Chadwick said of passing Goodnow. “As far as I’m concerned, she is probably the most decorated coach in western Mass. All the things she did for women’s sports in the 70s and 80s, many people don’t know that today, but us old timers remember how much she did.”

The three-sport coach (cross country, indoor track, outdoor track) began coaching in 1982 at the urging of longtime coach and athletic director Connie Putnam and he has stuck with it for 36 years.

“You think of the coaches I’ve had, I mean, how lucky can you be?” Chadwick said. “I bet that every successful coach would profess that the people around you are so important.”

Erica Szewczyk finished second in the 2-mile in 13 minutes, 24.61 seconds and took fifth in the mile (6:24.26) to pace the Warriors. Meghan Davis added a second-place finish in the 600 in 1:50.11. Caitlin Upton finished eighth in the 2-mile (13:49.26) and 10th in the mile (6:33.26) for the Warriors, and Gabby Shean was fourth in the shot put at 31-2¾. Riley Hayward finished ninth in the 1,000 (3:46.08), and Jaxon Palmer came in ninth in the 300 (47.25).

Pioneer finished 1-2 on the day as it defeated Baystate Academy (61-12), but fell to South Hadley High School (75-16). Avery Kelton led the Panthers with a 10th-place showing in the high jump (4-2), while Sydney Unaitis took 11th in the long jump (13-5¾).

On the boys’ side of the evening session, Pioneer went 3-0 as it defeated Baystate Academy (88-2), Mohawk (50-45) and South Hadley (56-39). Scott McDonough led the Panthers as he won the long jump (20-7) and was fifth in the 55 (6.98). Adrian Wilson was fifth in the shot put (39-8), while teammate Andrew Pratt was 10th in the event at 37-3½. Jake Wallace was sixth in the high jump at 5-2, and teammate Jacob Kelton was 10th at 5 feet. Gavin Curtis added a 10th-place finish in the 600 in 1:38.37. 

Mohawk earned a split on the day by topping Baystate Academy 70-14. Mohawk excelled in the 300 as Seth Hoynoski came in second (38.55), Luke Viens took fifth (39.54) and Ben Warger was 10th (41.88). Cullen Brown finished fourth in the 600 (1:35.09), and Dennis Simmons was ninth in the mile (5:24.21).

• In the afternoon session, Mason Barrieau broke his own school record in the 55 meter hurdles and Athol High School wrapped up the Valley South League title with wins over Hampshire Regional High School (71-23), Ludlow High School (71-22) and High School of Commerce (59-34).

Barrieau finished second in the 55 hurdles in 8.50 seconds. He won the 300 in 37.38 and took fourth in the long jump at 18 feet, 7 inches. Kris Selanis continued to blow away the competition in the shot put as he won the event at 53-1¾. James Laford had a nice night for Athol as he took seventh in the 55 (7.27), seventh in the 300 (39.16), and eighth in the high jump (5-2). Chase Michaud came in fifth in the 600 (1:30.96).

Mahar had several top individuals en route to a 70-23 win over Commerce. Aaron Hendry finished second in the 55 (7.11), second in the 300 (38.00) and third in the 55 hurdles (8.82). Ash Shaw won the 1,000 (2:49.31) and the high jump (5-8) and was ninth in the long jump (17-6), while Hugo Frost won the long jump (19-5½), took fourth in the 55 hurdles (8.87), came in sixth in the shot put (35-8½) and was seventh in the high jump (5-2). Nicholas Sharp was second in the shot put (44-4¼), while teammate Sean Doyle took eighth in the event (33-11½).   Sebastian Shaw was third in the 600 (1:29.35) and eighth in the 2-mile (11:49.13), and Liam O’Donnell was fourth in the 2-mile (11:31.58). Aidan Didonato took sixth in the 600 (1:31.56).

Greenfield High School topped Ludlow 49-40 as Liam McLain was eighth in the 55 (7.29) to lead the Wave. Dylan Badillo took 10th in the 2-mile in 12:10.83, and Theodor Popusoi was 10th in the 55 hurdles in 10.28.

In the girls’ early session, Greenfield got strong performances by distance runners Amy O’Sullivan and Jamie Day but the Wave fell to Ludlow, 54-40.

O’Sullivan won both the mile (5:43.17) and the 2-mile (11:52.79) for the Wave — setting new school records in both events — and added a fourth-place finish in the 600 (1:51.32), while Day came in fourth in the mile (5:59.79), sixth in the 2-mile (13:05.73) and was sixth in the 1,000 (3:37.19). 

Dina Samake was sixth in the shot put (26-4¼) for the Wave and set a sophomore record at GHS, and eighth-grader Eva Heath took 10th in the 2-mile (14:58.44) and set an eighth-grade school-record in the event.

Anna Wetherbee won the 600 (1:48.56) to help Mahar to a 65-25 win over Commerce. She also placed third in the long jump at 15-8¾. Kamryn Reilly continued her strong winter, finishing second in the long jump (15-9¼), third in the high jump (4-8) and seventh in the 55-meter dash (7.98). Marie Nottleson was fourth in the high jump (4-4) and fifth in the 55 hurdles (10.39), while Jordyn Berry took fourth in the high jump (4-4). Chloe Taddeo took fourth in the shot put (27-¾), Emma Savoy was seventh in the 1,000 (3:44.26), and Grace Rich was ninth in the 2-mile (14:49.51). 

Athol went 2-1 on the day, with wins over Hampshire (50-40) and Commerce (44-32), and a loss to Ludlow (54-31). Shelby Mailloux led the Red Raiders with a fourth-place finish in the 1,000 (3:34.07), and Crista Jillson was sixth in the 600 (1:55.81).