Mahar edges Mohawk in Intercounty clash, 79-66

  • Mahar’s Aaron Hendry soars through the air en route to winning the long jump Thursday afternoon as the Senators all but clinched their second straight Intercounty League title with a 79-66 win over Mohawk at the Woodward Complex in Orange. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Mahar's Sebastian Shaw cleared the bar on this attempt and went on to finish second in the high jump Thursday afternoon as the Senators all but clinched their second straight Intercounty League title with a 79-66 win over Mohawk at the Woodward Complex in Orange. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Mahar’s Ash Shaw cleared the bar on this attempt and went on to win the high jump Thursday afternoon as the Senators all but clinched their second straight Intercounty League title with a 79-66 win over Mohawk at the Woodward Complex in Orange. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Mohawk’s Cullen Brown placed second in the long jump Thursday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/10/2018 11:33:39 PM

Two days after its girls’ team clinched a league title, the Mahar Regional School boys’ track & field team joined the party on Thursday.

The Senators secured at least a share of their second consecutive Intercounty League championship thanks to a 79-66 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a battle of undefeated teams at the Woodward Complex in Orange.

Mahar (5-0 overall, 5-0 IL) all but locked up a repeat as league champs after dethroning Mohawk’s four-year title run last spring. The Senators have one meet left against Pioneer Valley Regional School on Tuesday where they will look to close out an undefeated 2018 campaign.

“We put a challenge out to all the seniors and they responded,” offered Mahar coach Kyle Magoffin of the victory. “We let them know, this is probably your last really close meet of your careers so give it all you’ve got. There’s no reason to save anything. They were fired up.”

Senior Hugo Frost led the way for the Senators. He set a new school record in the 400-meter hurdles, winning the event with a time of 58.6 seconds. That time bested the old school mark, set in 2009 by Tony Cole (59.2). It was over two seconds faster than Frost’s previous best time in the event this spring.

“He was awesome today,” said Magoffin of Frost, who added wins in the triple jump (40 feet, 10¼ inches) and 110 hurdles (16.6 seconds).

Ash Shaw won both the 800 (2:12.4) and high jump (6-2) for Mahar. The squad clinched the victory thanks to Jon Gariepy’s win in the 200, as he avenged a disappointing third-place showing in the 100 to win the 200 in a tight-finish in 24.4 seconds.

“He came out in that 200 and nobody was stopping him,” said Magoffin of Gariepy.

Aaron Hendry captured the long jump (18-6) to help the Senators in the field events, where they led 39-24 entering the track competitions. Alex Gurganus led a sweep of the pole vault for Mahar, clearing 9-6 to help the hosts snag all nine points.

Mohawk (5-1, 5-1) earned a trio of victories from Seth Hoynoski, who crossed first in the 100 (11.6), 400 (52.1) and shot put (44-4).

“Talking to (Mohawk coach) Shawn (Billings) after the meet, we talked about how much fun it is to sort of have a rival and battle it out for the league,” said Magoffin. “It’s not a malicious rivalry where we don’t like each other. It’s a rivalry and it’s real, we all get butterflies about it but it’s a fun one. We like going against each other. I think it brings out the best in both teams.”

Mohawk’s Dennis Simmons won the 2-mile in 11:33, while Bennett Boucias took a win in the mile (4:55.3).

“I’m very proud to lose to a great group of sportsmen and athletes and wonderful kids that I’ve watched grow up,” explained Billings of the meet. “I remember watching (Mahar) at the middle school meet years ago. They had 60 kids that day and I knew they were going to be great. We PR’d all over the place today, and they PR’d all over the place. It’s so wonderful to compete at a level that Mohawk and Mahar can compete at and are so enthusiastic in our sport. Two years in a row, Mahar has come away as the deeper team.”

Pioneer 79, South Hadley 66 — Behind a stellar performance in the field events, Pioneer Valley Regional School made an impressive trip to South Hadley on Thursday. The Panthers knocked off the host Tigers, 79-66, in an independent boys’ track & field meet at Mount Holyoke College.

Scott McDonough turned in another fine day at the office. The junior won four events to help Pioneer improve to 3-3 on the season. McDonough won the 100 (11.9) and 200 (24.9), and swept the horizontal events with victories in the long jump (20-1) and triple jump (38-5¾).

Andrew Pratt joined McDonough in the winners’ circle, taking the top spot in the discus with a throw of 113 feet. AJ Wilson captured the shot put (40-½), and Jake Kelton helped lead a sweep of the pole vault (10-6).

Girls’ track & field

South Hadley 118½, Frontier 35½ — In pursuit of a Suburban League title Thursday, Frontier Regional School was unable to stay with high-powered South Hadley High School.

The host Tigers won all but two events, locking up the SL crown with a dominant 118½-35½ victory over the Red Hawks in a battle of undefeated league foes at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley.

Frontier (5-1, 4-1) received individual event wins from Olivia Vecellio in the discus (100-4), and Reilly Isler in the javelin (87-4). Vecellio was second in the javelin, while Ivy Shattuck nabbed runner-up honors in the discus.

Lexa Boyden took second in the shot put for the Hawks, followed by Vecellio who was third behind winner Savannah Sudyka.

Frontier’s Jenna Martin was second in both the 100 meters and 400 hurdles, while Lilli Powers was the runner-up in the pole vault (7-6).

Greenfield 97, Turners 45 — Senior Courtney Danielsen won three events, and her Greenfield High School girls’ track team defeated rival Turners Falls High School, 97-45, in an Intercounty League meet Thursday in Greenfield.

Danielsen took first in the 100 hurdles (19.4), javelin (94-2) and pole vault (7-6), while teammate Amy O’Sullivan continued her dominant senior season with wins in the mile (6:34) and 2-mile (14:34). Victoria Marin took victories in the long jump (15-6) and high jump (4-6), while Ashley Hubbard claimed first in the triple jump (30-7).

Kristin Slowinski won the shot put (27-1) for Turners, while Kate Boulanger captured the 400 hurdles (80.8) and Dabney Rollins was a winner in the discus (84.2).




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