School Track: Four straight for Warrior boys

  • Mohawk high-jumper Jacob Cross clears the bar on his way to a win in the event Monday afternoon in Buckland, where his host Warriors beat Frontier, 99-46, in their Intercounty League boys’ track and field showdown that decided the league crown. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Frontier pole vaulter Andy Habel begins his approach on the way to winning the event Monday afternoon in cool, sunny, wind-swept Buckland. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Mohawk pole-vaulter Sam Rode is all business as he makes his approach Monday afternoon in Buckland, where his host Warriors beat visiting Frontier, 99-46, to wrap up the Intercounty League boys’ track and field title.

  • Frontier’s Nate Walker clears the bar at 5 feet, 6 inches Monday in Buckland, where his visiting Red Hawks fell to host Mohawk, 99-46, to wrap up the Intercounty League boys’ track title. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/16/2016 11:21:40 PM

The Mohawk Trail Regional High School boys’ track & field team continues to reload every season and on Monday afternoon the Warriors completed their fourth straight undefeated season and clinched their fourth consecutive Intercounty Leage boys’ track and field title with a 99-46 victory over Frontier Regional School in Buckland.

The Warriors have managed to overcome losing some excellent multi-event athletes during that span but continue to retool and have not lost a meet since the 2012 season when Mahar Regional School won the league crown outright.

“I lose great athletes every year,” Mohawk coach Shawn Billings said. “In some cases, I lose some of the best athletes not just in the area, but in western Mass. But when one guy steps off, another steps on.”

Billings pointed to a number of runners in Monday’s meet to highlight his point. While someone like Eli Shearer can steal headlines by winning all four events he participates in (something he did again on Monday), it’s some of the others who give the team the ability to dominate. Billlings pointed to sprinters Ben Warger and Ben White, who each moved into the 200-meter dash in place of Shearer, who ran the 400 on Monday. Shearer is an automatic win in the 200, but Warger and White each ran sub 24-second times, Warger winning in 23.8 seconds, and White coming in second at 23.9.

“They both ran an Eli Shearer time today,” Billings said.

Another athlete who has stepped up is Seth Hoynoski, who has excelled in the hurdles, helping ease the loss of Amar Abbatiello, one of the top hurdles in western Mass. Hoynoski won the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.9 seconds, and also won the 400 intermediates in 62.3.

“Amar gets injured and Seth steps right in and fills his shoes,” Billings said.

Shearer swept his four events, winning the 100 in 11.4 seconds, the long jump at 19 feet, 4 inches, and the triple jump at 38-10½. He also ran the 400 in 51.4 seconds, falling .34 seconds off the school record held by Mohawk coach Billings. Jake Cross won the high jump at 6-2 and also ran the 110 hurdles for the first time in his life and qualified for the Division II meet in the process with a second-place time of 18.2 seconds. Cam Olanyk won the mile in 4:39.3 for Mohawk and John Demech won the javelin at 127-3.

Mohawk also swept the relays as London Summers, Ben White, Hunter Gibson and Warger won the 4x100 in 47.5 seconds, while the 4x400 relay team of Sam Rode, Hoynoski, Eddie Muenkel and Olanyk won in 3:45.4.

The 2-mile run was a battle of the Aidans as Aidan Waldron won the event in 10:35.3 for Frontier, while Mohawk’s Aidan Sandvik was second in 12:28. Connor Hamilton won the 800 in 2:04.3 for Frontier, Liam Koski won the discus at 96-2, Jared Kellogg won the shot put at 37-10, and Andy Habel won the pole vault at 10-6.

FC Tech 96, Athol 30

Pioneer 102, Athol 36

Greenfield 112, Athol 29 — Owen Ortiz won three events and Franklin County Technical School defeated Athol High School, 96-30, in a IL boys’ track meet in Turners Falls.

Four teams were on hand on the day, including Greenfield High School, which also defeated Athol, 112-29.

Ortiz won three events for the Eagles with wins in the long jump (18-6¾), triple jump (38-2) and 100 (11.3), while Calin Giurgiu won the javelin (106-5) and the 400 (57.4). Ricky Smith won the shot put (32-11) for Franklin Tech, Gabe Vorce won the discus (85-10), Kahmal Wilson won the high jump (5-6), Sohan Tyner won the mile (5:12), Nik Skiathitis won the 200 (24.7) and Martin Given won the 2-mile.

Mason Barrieau won the 100 hurdles (17.4) and 400 hurdles (61.9) for Athol, while Chase Michaud won the 800 (2:16.1).

Greenfield High School also competed against Athol and earned a 112-29 win.

David Emberly won the long jump (18-4), high jump (5-6) and javelin (138-8) for the Green Wave, and David Giurgiu won the pole vault (11-6) and the 400 (57.4). Isaiah Morrison won the triple jump (34-3½) and 800 (2:15), Nick Xayasouk won the shot put (36-8), Steve Lively won the discus (87-5), Richard Bukowski won the 100 (12.1), Liam McClain won the 200 (24.2), and Sam Knight won the 2-mile (12:42).

Pioneer rolled to a 102-36 win over the Red Raiders, behind Scott McDonough’s triple win, in the long jump (17-1), triple jump (34-11) and 100 meters (12.5).

Jake Kelton added victories in the pole vault (10-0) and 200 meters (25.8).

Mason Barrieau swept the 110 high hurdles (17.4) and 400 intermediate hurdles.

Girls’ meets

Frontier 87, Hampshire 58 — Kat Miner may have come up against her fiercest competition in the high jump Monday but still managed to win the event to go along with two others and Frontier clinched second-place in the Suburban League with a 87-58 victory over Hampshire Regional High School Monday in Westhampton.

Miner, the reigning New England high-jump champion, had to contend with gusty winds but still managed to clear 5-2 to earn a victory. She also won the 100 (13.1) and the 200 (26.6).

Izzy Contois was the other multi-event winner for the Red Hawks (5-1) with a victory in the javelin (78-5) and the shot put (24-1½). Jamie Byrne scored a personal best in the pole vault with her height of 9-6. Megan Grace-Slocombe won the discus at 87-8, Lisa Portier won the triple jump at 31-6, and Jenna Martin won the long jump at 15-½. Fiona Ferry won the 100 high hurdles in 18.3 seconds, and Zoe Barker won the 400 lows in 77.3.

Frontier also swept the relays as Remi Quesnelle, Alicia Hancock, Kathy Burke and Portier won the 4x100 in 55 seconds, while Barker, Kate Hickey, Grayson Young and Marsella Ackerman won the 4x400 in 4:47.6.

Pioneer 84, Turners 39

Turners Falls 80, Athol 45

Pioneer 108, Athol 27

Pioneer 74, Greenfield 71 — Danielle Devine won four events as Pioneer defeated Turners Falls, 106-37, during an IL girls’ track meet Monday in Turners Falls.

Devine won the 100 (13.2), long jump (14-8¾), triple jump (31-5) and high jump (5-3) for the Panthers, while Megan Weld won three events with victories in the 100 hurdles (19.4), 400 hurdles (85.6), and the shot put (26-11). Devon Roy won the 200 (28.6), 400 (65.9), and discus (74-6), Lily Van Baaren won the 2-mile (14:12), Paige Loughman won the javelin (71-4), and Emily Geser won the pole vault at 8 feet.

Kristin Slowinski won the discus at 74-11 for Turners falls, and Samantha Watson won the 800 in 3:12 and the mile in 6:47.6.

The Indians also took on Athol and earned a split on the day with a 80-45 victory.

Emily Giguere won the discus (101-6), pole vault (7-6), 100 hurdles (21.1) and 400 hurdles (92.2) for the Indians, while Watson won the aforementioned 800 as and mile, as well as the 2-mile (16:17). Wileshka Vega won the long jump (12-7¾) and the 100 (14.1).

Emily Casella won four events for Athol with wins in the shot put (36-0), discus (101-6), javelin (97-0) and 200 (28.6). Caley McLaughlin won the high jump (4-2) and the 400 (81.0).

Pioneer also edged Greenfield on the day, 74-71.

Ajah Farrington won the long jump (16-2¼), triple jump (29-6¾), 100 (13.0) and 200 (28.7) for the Green Wave, and Amy O’Sullivan won both the mile (6:02) and 2-mile (13:11.2). Amelia Simmonds won the 800 in 2:37.5.

Pioneer made it a clean sweep of the day as it competed against Athol and earned a 108-27 win over Athol.


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