MIAA DIV 5 INDOOR TRACK: Greenfield’s Victoria Marin among the favorites in Sunday’s meet

  • Greenfield’s Victoria Marin, shown here at last week’s PVIAC Championship, is among the competitors looking to make their presence felt at Sunday’s MIAA Div. 5 Championship in Boston. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Liviu Mihailicenco competes in the high jump during the PVIAC indoor track and field championships Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Dennis Simmons competes in the 1-mile run during the PVIAC Championships last week. Simmons is in the mix this weekend for Sunday’ s Division 5 state meet in Boston, qualifying in both the 1-mile and 2-mile. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Athol’s Anthony Marcucci competes in the 1000 meter run during the PVIAC indoor track and field championships Friday night at Smith College in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 2/13/2020 6:39:34 PM
Modified: 2/13/2020 6:39:23 PM

One week removed from winning her first-ever PVIAC championship, Victoria Marin now has her sights set on a Division 5 state crown for the Greenfield indoor track & field team.

Marin heads to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Sunday as the No. 2 overall seed in the 55-meter hurdles at the annual MIAA Division 5 Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meet begins at 1 p.m. and caps a week of five different state championships.

At the PVIAC Championships last week at Smith College in Northampton, Marin ran a personal best in the event of 8.84 seconds to take first place. April Luders of Lynnfield enters Sunday’s meet as the No. 1 seed in the event with a top qualifying time of 8.71 seconds.

Marin made the trip to Boston last season.

“It helps me to know what to expect,” Marin said of the experience. 

The junior has made the best of it this week, training with hurdles set up in the hallways at Greenfield High School in preparation for the state meet. She’s added in some days outside, when the weather has permitted.

“I’ve been really focused,” Marin said. “Since it’s only me (left), I get one-on-one (time) with the coach.”

While she’s seeded competitively in the hurdles, Marin should also be one to watch in the field events where she is seeded 10th in the high jump and 11th in the long jump. Marin will focus heavily on the hurdles, however.

“That’s my primary event,” Marin said. “Once it’s over I can have fun with the other two.”

Maddie Doolittle of South Hadley, who placed second at the PVIAC championships behind Marin in the 55-hurdles, is the next highest-seeded runner from Western Mass. in the event as the No. 6 seed (9.04).

Grace Dufour broke an Athol school record last week in the long jump, and enters Sunday’s meet as the No. 18 seed in the horizontal jump.

Dufour also qualified in the 300-meter dash and is seeded 32nd in the state field.

Mahar Regional’s Caroline Chase heads to Boston as the 17th seed in the 600-meter run (1:47.15).

The Greenfield boys team will have several competitors contending for state crowns.

Liviu Mihailicenco is seeded fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.31) after a runner-up showing in last week’s PVIAC championships. Francisco Laracuenete of Amesbury is the top overall seed in the event (8.09).

Mihailicenco is making his first trip to Boston and said there are no nerves heading into the event.

It’ll be a busy day for the sophomore, who is also the fifth seed in the high jump (6-2). Jaimon Scott of Bourne is the top-seeded high jumper with a qualifying mark of 6-4. Mihailicenco has a goal of 6-4 for the state meet in hopes of staying with Scott.

“I just want to do really well in the high jump,” Mihailicenco said.

Mihailicenco has a brand new pair of shoes designed for jumping events.

“Hopefully that makes an improvement,” he said. 

Greenfield’s Theodor Popusoi is seeded ninth in the 55-hurdles (8.44). 

Popusoi has a chance at the podium in the long jump, where he enters as the No. 3 seed (20 feet, 2½ inches).

Crescens Iavorschi will contend for the podium in the 55-dash as the 10th seed in the field (6.90). Top-seeded Jonas Clark of South Hadley (6.42) blew away the competition at the PVIAC championships last week.

Iavorschi comes in as the ninth seed in the 300-meter dash (37.46). Mohawk’s Cullen Brown is 11th in the same event (37.83).

Iavorschi and Brown will contend with No. 1 seed Zack Fisher of Carver (35.78).

Brown will also compete in the long jump as the 15th seed (19-2¼).

Anthony Marcucci of Athol and Liam O’Donnell of Mahar qualified for Sunday’s state meet in the 1,000-meter run.

Marcucci enters as the 19th seed (2:48) while O’Donnell is seeded  21st (2:49.01). 

Mohawk distance specialist Dennis Simmons will look to continue his forward momentum after a strong performance at the PVIAC championships. 

Simmons is seeded 8th in the mile (4:38) and 11th in the two-mile (10:14) on Sunday.

Athol’s 4x800 relay team, consisting of  Marcucci, Keegan Lutz, Colby Soltysik and Ryan Young, is seeded 21st and will look to make some noise in the event.




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