School Track: Mohawk boys roar back, take driver’s seat for title

  • Second-place high-jumper Issak Reiniikainen of Mahar tries to squeeze over the bar Thursday afternoon in Orange, where his host Senators fell to visiting Mohawk, 87-58, in their Intercounty League boys’ track meet. for the recorder/Mike Phillips

  • Mohawk’s high-jumper Jacob Cross tries to clear the bar on his way to a first-place finish Thursday afternoon in Orange, where his visiting Warriors beat host Mahar, 87-58, in their Intercounty League boys’ track showdown. for the recorder/Mike Phillips

  • Second-place pole-vaulter Camden Mosher of Mahar clears the bar Thursday afternoon during his host Senators’ 87-58 loss to visiting Mohawk in their Intercounty League boys’ track showdown in Orange. for the recorder/Mike Phillips

  • Meet champ Sam Rode is all business as he approaches the pole-vault bar Thursday afternoon in Orange, where his visiting Warriors beat host Mahar, 87-58, in their Intercounty League boys’ track showdown in Orange. for the recorder/Mike Phillips

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/5/2016 11:19:26 PM

Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s depth on the track may have just led it to the Intcounty League boys’ track & field title.

In what was most likely Mohawk’s toughest IL challenge this season, the Warriors came back from a 40-23 field deficit against Mahar Regional School Thursday and outscored the Senators, 64-18, on the track en route to a 87-58 victory at the Woodward Complex in Orange.

The Senators looked to be in good shape after the seven field events as Mahar used its own depth in the field to score 40 points. Mohawk actually won four of the seven field events, but Mahar was taking many of the second and third places in events to take the lead heading onto the track. Mahar also swept all three of the throwing events.

“It’s the biggest deficit we’ve seen all year,” said Mohawk coach Shawn Billings. “They swept three events. It was basically a clinic for our guys by them in the throws. Mahar’s guys aren’t that much bigger than ours. They are not an old team. They just had much better form, much better technique and it was awesome to watch them throw.”

Mohawk put on its own clinic on the track, winning all but one of the eight individual events and also sweeping both relays. Mohawk actually swept all three spots in two of the individual events (the 200 meter dash and the 2-mile), which means placing the top three runners.

Eli Shearer had a huge day for the Warriors, winning all four events he participated in to score 20 points. Shearer won the long jump at 19-4.5, the triple jump at 39-10.5, the 100 in 11.2, and the 200 in 23.4.

The high jump was a tightly contested event in which Mohawk’s Jake Cross (6-0) narrowly edged Mahar’s Issak Reinikainen (5-10). Bennett Boucias swept the distance events with a win in the mile (4:56.6) and the 2-mile (11:19.6), and Cam Olanyk won the 800 (2:01) and was second in the mile (5:00.3). Billings said that Boucias was able to sweep the distance due to Olanyk (mile) and Sam Rode (2-mile) pacing him in both events, which was a great show of support by his senior captains.

“Cam and Sam and the rest of my captains got my younger kids to perform better than they ever have before,” Billings said. “Our captains can score, but they also have that leadership about them to help out the younger guys.”

Seth Hoynoski also won a pair of events as he captured the 110-meter high hurdles (16.7) and the 400-meter run (54.6), and Sam Rode won the pole vault at 9 feet, besting Mahar’s Cam Mosher, who matched Rode’s height but finished second on jumps.

Bryce Cleveland won both the shot put (34-6) and the javelin (137-0) for the Senators, while Nick Sharp won the discus at 106-4. Brendan Arsenault was the only other winner for Mahar, taking first in the 400 hurdles in 63.2.

Pioneer 71, FC Tech 70

Greenfield 103, Pioneer 42 — Pioneer Valley Regional School defeated Franklin County Technical School in the final event of the afternoon, the 4x400 relay, and the Panthers used the five points from the victory to edge the Eagles, 71-70, in an IL boys’ track meet at Turners Falls High School Thursday.

Greenfield High School also ran against Pioneer on the day and dominated the Panthers, 103-42.

A.J. Wilson had a big day for Pioneer with victories in both the shot put (37-11.75) and the discus (100-10) against both teams. The Panthers’ 4x400 relay team also won against Greenfield, the only other event the Panthers won against the Green Wave.

Against Franklin Tech, Alyks Kostecki won a pair of events, taking the 110 hurdles (19.8) and the 400 hurdles (66.2), while Sean Damon won the 800 meter in 2:37.1, and Jake Kelton won the pole vault at 9-6.

Franklin Tech’s Owen Ortiz won three events, taking the long jump (18-5), triple jump (37-7) and the 100 (11.2). Sohan Tyner swept the distance events, winning the mile (5:17.9) and the 2-mile (11:42.8), Calin Giurgiu won the javelin (115-11), Dalton Wesoloski won the high jump (5-0), Grayson Funk won the 400 (61.6), and Nik Skiathitis won the 200 (25.2).

David Emberley won three events for the Green Wave, taking the long jump (18-4), high jump (5-6) and javelin (127-6). Silvian Popusoi won four times, in the pole vault (12-0), triple jump (34-9), 110 hurdles (17.8) and 400 hurdles (66.2). Sam Knight won the mile (5:23.2) and 2-mile (11:56.4), John Dyer won the 100 dash (12.4), David Giurgiu won the 400 (60.7), Matteo Velez won the 800 (2:21.6) and Liam McClain won the 200 (24.5).

Girls’ track

Mohawk 83, Mahar 62 — Mohawk took advantage of its strength in the running events to beat Mahar, 83-62, in IL girls’ track and field action Thursday afternoon in Buckland.

“It was a really good meet,” said Warriors head coach Joe Chadwick. “It’s always a pleasure to run against Sarah (Woodward)’s teams, they throw eveything they have at you.”

Sally Slowinski and Maddie Boucias led Mohawk (6-0, 3-0 IL) with two victories apiece — Slowinski was tops in the triple jump (33-3¾) and 400 low hurdles (75.8), and Boucias cruised to wins in the 800 (2:38) and one-mile (6:08).

Boucias led the Warriors’ dominance in the running events, as Lilly Wells won the 400 meters (68.3), Megan Davis claimed the two-mile (12:42), and Lilly Shearer was first in the 100 high hurdles (18.5).

Violet Rawlings captured the discus (94-1) and Gabby Shean was best in the javelin (85-4) for Mohawk’s other wins.

Ally Parker tuned in another stellar performance for the Senators, sweeping all four events in which she competed. She was best in the long jump (15-9¼) and pole vault (8-0), then sprinted to wins in the 100 (13.2) and 200 (27.4).

Maeve Powell won the shot put (29-5) and Kianna Reilly took the high jump (4-10).

Mahar hosts Turners Falls High School Monday at 3:30 p.m.

South Hadley 74, Frontier 71 — South Hadley High School won the 4x400 relay and a share of the Suburban League title with a 74-71 win over Frontier Regional School in girls’ track and field action Thursday in South Hadley.

The Tigers were able to withstand a perfect 20-point performance from the Red Hawks’ Katt Miner, who posted a top height of 5-4 in winning the high jump, and posted season-best times of 17.0 in the 100 high hurdles, 13.3 in the 100 meters and 27.1 in the 200 meters.

South Hadley had one double-winner, that being Jocelyn Rondeau in the 800 meters (2:36.7) and one-mile (5:53.6).

Other individual winners for the Red Hawks (3-1 SL) included Lisa Portier in the triple jump (31-9¼), Elizabeth Fuqua in the discus (78-5) and Jaime Byrne in the pole vault (7-6).

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