Meghan Davis finishes second at PVIAC Cross Country Championships

  • Meghan Davis, of Mohawk, heads to the finish at the 2018 PVIAC Championships on Sunday at Stanley Park in Westfield. Staff photo / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Carsten Carey, of Frontier Regional, heads to the finish at the 2018 PVIAC Championships on Sunday at Stanley Park in Westfield. Staff photo / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Carsten Carey, of Frontier Regional, heads to the finish at the 2018 PVIAC Championships on Sunday at Stanley Park in Westfield. Staff photo / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Runners take off during the boys race at the 2018 PVIAC Championships on Sunday at Stanley Park in Westfield. Staff photo / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Runners take off during the girls race at the 2018 PVIAC Championships on Sunday at Stanley Park in Westfield. Staff photo / KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff writer
Published: 10/28/2018 9:31:10 PM

WESTFIELD — Meghan Davis showed she belongs among the best cross country runners in western Massachusetts.

The Mohawk Trail Regional senior finished second at the PVIAC Championships on Sunday at Stanley Park. She crossed the line in 18 minutes, 13 seconds, which was 15 seconds faster than 2017.

“I knew given the conditions it was going to be a little muddy, but I wanted to go out as fast as I can for my last race here,” Davis said.

She was 11 seconds behind Amherst Regional senior Sophia Jacobs-Townsley, who won her third straight individual title. Davis stayed with Jacobs-Townsley through the first mile before they broke apart.

“I knew I had to get out fast,” Davis said. “I wanted to stay with her as long as I could and keep her in my sights.”

The result has Davis confident ahead of the Division 2 Western Mass. championships, which are Nov. 10 at Northfield Mountain.

“I love the hills. It’s great to get out here and run a fast course, but it’s also good to see how many people can take the hills and the flats because I think it takes a different mentality,” Davis said.

Amherst won the team title with 32 points. The Hurricanes placed five runners in the top 10.

Mohawk was fifth (186 points), the best finish for a Division 2 team in the field. The Warriors were just five points behind Longmeadow. Erica Szewczyke placed 24th at 21:24, while Erika Looman finished 32nd (21:42). Caitlin Upton was 56th (22:28) and Savannah Simmons finished 72nd (23:19) to round out the scoring.

Frontier Regional placed 11th as a team with 279 points. Angelina Egland paced the Red Hawks in 37th (21:53) followed by Marisela Ackerman in 55th (22:27), Abigail Howard in 58th (22:31), Marie Diemand in 63rd (22:55) and Leah Gump in 66th (23:05).

Greenfield was 16th with 456 points. Louisa Calama finished 33rd (21:44). Candace Lu followed in 73rd (23:20), Shane Subeldia in 105th (24:51), Johanna Guiod in 118th (25:49) and Morghan Blanchard in 127th (26:17).

Frontier boys still building

Racing against Division 1 competition will only sharpen the Frontier Regional boys for the big-time meets ahead. The Red Hawks placed sixth at the PVIAC Championships with 204 points. They were the top-ranked Division 2 team ahead of Hampshire Regional, which was eighth with 240.

“We don’t get that opportunity at all during the regular season, which is a shame,” senior Carsten Carey said. “Whenever we can get a chance to go against them at invitationals or regional championships, it’s great.”

Carey placed 10th in 16:39. West Springfield’s Gabriel Medina won in 15:49.

“The first mile was slow for everyone. We’re definitely not at where we’d like to be for speed,” Carey said.

Alex Sharp finished 23rd for the Red Hawks (17:15) followed by Peter Carey in 40th (17:37), George Balis in 60th (18:08) and Gehrig Brynda in 71st (18:32).

“It sets us up well because we’re getting opportunities to put full effort in,” Carsten Carey said. “Our team feels stronger and faster than it did last year. We’re nowhere near our peak right now.”

Mohawk’s Dennis Simmons placed 19th in 17:02.

Thor Mead of Mahar finished 79th (18:37). Greenfield’s Andy Bostrom was 101st in 19:24.




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