Local boy, girl harriers primed for postseason

  • Greenfield's Courtney Danielsen runs down the final stretch toward a third place finish on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at Highland Park in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier's Fiona Ferry runs to a sixth place finish during the girls cross country meet on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield's Tyssen LaBombard leads the pack at the start of the boys' cross country meet on his way to a first place finish on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at Highland Park in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Meghan Davis will be shooting for the top at Saturday’s PVIAC meet. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Thursday, November 02, 2017

After big regular-season performances, several local cross country runners now have their sights set on proving themselves on the big stage.

All eyes will be on Stanley Park in Westfield Saturday, when the PVIAC Cross Country Championship will be contested with the top runners from WMass regardless of division in attendance. The girls’ varsity race begins at 3 p.m., followed by the boys’ varsity race at 3:40.

In what is the final race before next weekend’s WMass Division II championship at Northfield Mountain, Saturday’s PVIAC race should be interesting indeed.

On the girls’ side, Mohawk Trail Regional High School junior Meghan Davis has put together a dominant regular-season, compiling seven individual victories. That’s more than any other female runner in the PVIAC. Davis finished third overall at last year’s race and should once again figure into the top part of the podium.

Greenfield High School’s Amy O’Sullivan enters Saturday’s race with five individual wins under her belt this season. The senior — who helped the Green Wave to their first Pioneer North regular-season title on the strength of an undefeated record — was 36th overall in last year’s PVIAC race.

Greenfield senior teammates Jamie Day (18th last year) and Jenna Silk (53rd) were other high finishers at last year’s meet, while Courtney Danielsen has been a consistent top scorer for the Wave all season long. Last year’s team finished ninth overall.

Frontier Regional School is led by Angelina Egland, Greyson Young, Emily Laus and Fiona Ferry have all been top performers this fall and will look to pace the Red Hawks.

In the boys’ race, Frontier was the top local team in last year’s event thanks to a sixth-place finish. The Hawks should again be a contender. The Pioneer North regular-season champion is deep and balanced throughout its order.

Juniors Carsten Carey and Alex Sharp were both top-25 finishers a year ago, and the duo have consistently been atop the lineup yet again this fall. Ben Litskoski and Peter Carey are also in the mix for Frontier, with Peter Carey leading the roster with a team-high four individual victories during the regular-season.

Greenfield junior Tyssen LaBombard has been the team’s No. 1 runner this season, and he finished a team-best 58th overall at last year’s PVIAC meet. LaBombard won three individual races to pace the Green Wave this fall.

Franklin County Technical School’s Sohan Tyner leads all of WMass with seven individual wins, though Tyner and his Eagle teammates will not be participating in today’s race. Instead, the squad is focusing on preparing for next weekend’s WMass Div. II Championships, where Tyner should be among the leaders for a title.

Mohawk’s Dennis Simmons won two races during the regular-season and tops the lineup for a Warriors team that finished 12th a year ago at PVIACs.