Selanis leads Raiders in Meet 2

Recorder Staff
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Through just two weeks of the PVIAC Indoor Track season, the question hasn’t been who, but how much?

Athol High School senior Kris Selanis won the shot put for the second week in a row Friday night, helping the Red Raiders to a 49-42 dual meet win over Pioneer Valley Regional School at Smith College.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Selanis is the heavy favorite to win the event each and every week of the indoor season. On Friday, he threw the shot put 50 feet, 7¾ inches to give him first place in the late session by over 14 feet.

The shot put went well for the locals, as Mahar Regional School’s Nick Sharp was the winner in the early session of action Friday. Sharp’s top heave of 44 feet, 10½ inches helped the Senators to a 53-41 dual meet win over Pope Francis High School.

Here’s a closer look at the rest of the action from PVIAC Meet No. 2.

Early Session

The Mahar girls’ team made it a perfect sweep of Pope Francis on Friday. The Senators edged the Cardinals, 48-47, to help the school to a 2-0 dual meet session.

In addition to Sharp, two other Mahar athletes won individual events on Friday in their session. Junior Anna Wetherbee captured first overall in the 600 meters, crossing the line with a time of 1 minute, 51.94 seconds. Sophomore Kamryn Reilly captured the long jump, where her leap of 15-7 was enough for the top spot.

Reilly had a solid all-around meet for Mahar, taking fifth in both the 55-meter (7.89 seconds) and high jump (4-6).

Emma Currier took fifth in the 2-mile (14:03), with teammate Aileen Fitzgerald ninth overall in 14:24.

Marie Nottleson was ninth in the 55-meter hurdles (10.60), and Emma Savoy was eighth in the 1,000 (3:45).

On the boys’ side, the Senators backed up Sharp’s win in the shot put with a plethora of top 10 finishes.

Hugo Frost was fourth in the high jump (5-6) and sixth in the 55-meter hurdles (9.36), while Sebastian Shaw was sixth in the 2-mile (11:27) and seventh in both the 300 meters (40.20) and high jump (5-2).

Ash Shaw finished seventh in the 1-mile (5:16), while Aidan DiDonato was sixth in the 600 (1:36.90). Liam O’Donnell (2-mile) and Brendon Arsenault (55-meter hurdles) were each 10th overall in their events, while the 4x400 relay team wound up in third place.

Late Session

Selanis wasn’t the only winner for Athol Friday night, as teammate Mason Barrieau won the 600 meters in the late session with a time of 1:27.47.

The Red Raiders held off Pioneer despite a win in the long jump for Panther junior Scott McDonough. He bested the field with a top leap of 21-2.

The rest of the boys’ dual meet scores from the late session saw Greenfield High School knock off Pioneer, 53-42, while Pioneer defeated Hampden Charter School of Science, 78-0, to finish 1-2 overall on the night.

The Green Wave were led to victory by the performance of junior Tyssen LaBombard, who finished fifth in the 1,000 meters (3:05) and ninth in the 1-mile (5:16).

Greenfield’s Crescens Iavorschi was seventh in the 55-meters (6.98), and eighth in the 55-meter hurdles (10.29), while Dylan Badillo was sixth in the 2-mile (11:58). Laz Santiago earned a top 10 showing in the shot put (33-4½) where he was ninth.

Barrieau’s win in the 600 was followed up by a third-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles (8.69), and he also snuck into the top 10 in the long jump (10th, 18-3½).

Athol’s Dennis St. Jean was the runner-up in the 1,000 meters (2:53), and teammate Chase Michaud notched an impressive fourth-place finish in the 600 (1:36.84). Noah Guiffre rounded out the top 10 finishers from Athol with an eighth-place performance in the shot put (33-11¾).

The 4x400 relay team was the runner-up in 3:49.10.

For Pioneer, McDonough ran to an eighth-place finish in the 55-meter dash to go with his victory in the long jump.

The Panthers finished well in the high jump, with Jake Wallace taking fourth at 5-2, and Andrew Pratt finishing 10th (5-0).

Two more Pioneer athletes cracked the top 10 in the shot put, where Adrian Wilson was fifth (35-5½) and Andrew Pratt was seventh (34-7). 

In girls’ action from the late session, Athol defeated Pioneer, 53-35, while Greenfield knocked off Pioneer, 55-40. The Panthers did pick up a 62-16 win over Hampden Charter.

Greenfield’s Amy O’Sullivan was the lone winner for the locals in the session, as the senior harrier won the 1-mile with a time of 5:45.

Senior Jamie Day had a busy night for the Wave, finishing in the top 10 in three different events. Day was fifth in the 1-mile (6:06), sixth in the 1,000 meters (3:38) and eighth in the 2-mile (13:56).

Sophomore Dina Samake took sixth in the shot put for Greenfield (23-9¾).

Athol’s Shelby Mailloux was ninth overall in the 1,000 meters (3:40) to pace her team, while teammate Haylie Baker was ninth in the shot put (23-2¾). Crista Jillson finished 10th in the 600 meters (1:55.73).

Pioneer had two top 10 finishers in the late session with McKayla Glazier earning a sixth-place finish in the high jump (4-0), and Liesel Nygard claiming ninth in the 55-meter hurdles (10.90).